The firing order of a Ford 302 engine is 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8. The number-one cylinder on this engine is at the front left when facing the engine with numbers two through four in sequential order behind it. Cylinders five through eight are on the right hand side of the engine following a similar pattern, with number eight at the far left rear of the engine.
The Ford 302 is a member of the Windsor motors that the manufacturer installed in new vehicles from 1962 until 2001. The first of these V-8 engines, the 221, was an option for the Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor. Ford increased the cylinder bore on Windsor engines to increase horsepower. Ford introduced the 302 in 1968. The SAE rating for the 1972 302 was 140 horsepower. However, to meet emission ratings, Ford dropped the compression, so the 1975 engine provided 122 horsepower. In the 1980s, the introduction of fuel injection allowed Ford to increase the rating to 210 horsepower.
During the 1980s, Ford marketed the 302 as the 5.0-liter engine and installed it in both cars and trucks. In the 1990s, its use began to decline in favor of the 4.6-liter modular V-8. As of 2014, Ford only produces the 302 as a crate motor as a part of its racing and performance parts line.