Common Ford Truck Problems by Year | Ford F-150 Issues In 1984, Ford discontinued its F-100 line because it failed to meet newly revised emission standards. Longtime buyers of that vehicle switched over to the Ford F-150, which became the automaker’s leading full-sized truck. In 1985, Ford unveiled its fuel-injected 5.0-liter engine as an option for F-Series models. Ford F-Series Pickup Truck History From 1973-1979 Ford offered the F-150 Special in 1976 A new 4-speed manual transmission became available on 2WD pickup trucks with the 4 6-cylinder and the 5.0 and 5 V-8 engines. 1979 Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks . This model year saw the addition of catalytic converters to all F-150 pickup trucks. 1979 FORD F-150 5 302cid V8 Engine Parts | RockAuto RockAuto ships auto parts and body parts from over 300 manufacturers to customers' doors worldwide, all at warehouse prices. Easy to use parts catalog.