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1990 Ford F-Series Specs

Whereas the 1980s saw the rise of the pickup truck from work vehicle to stylish family machine, the 1990s would propel the pickup - and specifically the F-150 - to the best selling overall vehicle in America.

1990 Ford F-150 Blue White Regular Cab

10 years prior, Ford entered a new decade with a new generation of the F-Series, but with ninth-generation trucks still a couple years away, the existing style was tasked to keep the legions of Ford buyers satisfied. Fortunately, F-Series pickup was up to the task.

1990 Ford F-150 Video

Take a few minutes and check out this really sweet 1990 F-150 XLT Lariat Regular Cab:

What's New For 1990

Changes for 1990 were all but nonexistent, with one reasonably significant exception. Offered for the first time was the Sport Appearance Package, which consisted of unique 15" x 8" wheels, special striping, and a black roll bar outfitted with off-road lights. This Sport package had late availability.

1990 Ford F-150 Sport Appearance Package in Black

Ford also created a Heavy-Duty Service Package from existing options, including skid plates, super engine cooling, and a heavy-duty battery. The only other noteworthy change was the inclusion of a chrome grille as standard equipment on all XL trim levels.

1990 Ford F-Series Model Lineup

Regular Cab and SuperCab models continued to be available across the entire F-Series line. Crew Cab trucks with either single or dual-rear wheels were available in the F-350. Custom, XL, and XLT Lariat continued to serve as the main trim levels for all F-Series trucks, save for Cab & Chassis versions.

1990 F-150 Tan

1990 F-Series Engine / Powertrains

More of the same punctuates Ford's line of 1990 trucks. 5.8 liter V-8 engines came standard in bigger trucks like the F-350 or F-250HD in four-wheel drive. Everything else continued to use the backbone of the F-Series fleet for a quarter century, the 4.9 liter inline six cylinder.

All trucks came with a standard issue five-speed manual transmission, with three and four-speed automatics available throughout the line. The F-150/250 also offered an available four-speed manual transmission as an option.

Engine Availability Power/Torque
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD (2WD only)
150 / 260
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250
185 / 270
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD / F-350
210 / 315
7.3 L V-8 Diesel
F-250HD / F-350 / F-Super Duty Chassis Cab
180 / 345
7.5 liter/460 cid V-8
F-250HD / F-350
230 / 390

1990 Ford F-Series Gauges Guages

1990 Ford F-Series Recalls & Defects

The same recalls from 1989 also affect the 1990 model year F-Series. They include the fuel selector valve (recall ID 52690), affecting fuel flow between dual tanks on trucks with that option. A bad snap ring can lead to Park not engaging properly on automatic transmissions (recall ID 63948), and a bad ignition switch (ID 41646) can lead to a fire in the steering column.

Despite the dawn of a new decade, worn out suspension bits and rust continued to plague the F-Series, especially in cab corners and occasionally on oil pans as well.

1990 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options

Major standard features include:

Seven Preferred Equipment Packages (500A through 507A) were available depending on trim level. They include:
Custom - 500A, 501A
XL - 502A
XLT Lariat - 503A, 507A

Interior trim colors include Scarlet Red, Dark Charcoal, Crystal Blue, and Chestnut. These colors are coded to certain exterior paint colors and may not be available in all interior/exterior color combinations. Available exterior paint color choices for 1990 include:

1990 Ford F-Series Resources