Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
June 28, 2013
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Edelbrock also saw the need to simplify its most popular packages under one part number for ease of ordering. While you can still choose from Edelbrock's base packages by selecting cylinder head, camshaft, and timing chain options (on most), Edelbrock's Total Power Package kits simplify things by matching a specific set of heads, intake manifold, camshaft, and timing chain, and include such additions as gaskets and bolts—all of which is backed with real dyno-tested results. It should be noted that all Total Power Package kits shown here are carbureted applications, but Edelbrock does offer EFI intakes for the 302/5.0L and 351/5.8L in its base Performer and Performer RPM packages. Base packages are even available for 351C/M/400, FE, and 385-series big-blocks, though that's outside the realm of this story. See Edelbrock's catalog or Power Package guide for full details.

E-Street Power Package

The E-street package is Edelbrock's entry-level, top-end kit. The kit features its E-Street aluminum cylinder heads and is designed for '81 and older 289/302 small-block engines with a power range of idle-5,500 rpm. Edelbrock's dyno results for this package (on a 302 short-block) are 321 hp and 337 lb-ft of torque.

Kit Details
Intake Manifold Performer dual-plane aluminum
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum E-Street, 170cc runner, 60cc chamber, 1.90-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, single spring with damper, 3⁄8-inch stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods required
Camshaft Performer Plus hydraulic flat-tappet, 0.448/0.472 lift, 204/214 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, with lifters
Timing Chain Performer-Link double-roller chain, iron cam gear, billet-steel crank gear with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, 7⁄16-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, 5⁄16-inch cadmium plated steel with reduced hex head and hardened washers
Gaskets Yes, cylinder heads, intake, exhaust, valve covers, timing set
PN/Pricing 2027/$1,486.95 (via Summit Racing)

Performer RPM Power Packages

The Performer RPM-based top-end kits from Edelbrock expand the engine's breathing capabilities even further with hotter cam profiles, bigger cylinder heads, and more. These packages allow an operating range from idle-6,500 rpm and are available for '81 and older 289/302 engines (367 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque) and '69-'95 351 Windsors (400 hp and 412 lb-ft of torque with hydraulic flat tappet cam/443 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque with hydraulic roller cam). Edelbrock even offers a nice “Clevor” package that allows Cleveland-based Performer RPM aluminum heads to be bolted up to an 8.2-inch deck 302 block or a 9.5-inch deck 351 Windsor block, both with a hydraulic-roller cam. Edelbrock's testing of the 351-Windsor-based Clevor package netted 438 hp and 414 lb-ft of torque on the company's in-house dyno.

Kit Details (Performer RPM for 289/302)
Intake Manifold Performer RPM Air-Gap dual plane
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum Performer RPM, 170cc runner, 60cc chamber, 1.90-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, single spring, 3⁄8-inch stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods required
Camshaft Performer RPM hydraulic flat-tappet, 0.496/0.520 lift, 224/234 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, with lifters
Timing Chain Performer-Link double-roller chain, iron cam gear, billet-steel crank gear with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, 7⁄16-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, 5⁄16-inch cadmium plated steel with reduced hex head and hardened washers
Gaskets Yes, cylinder heads, intake, exhaust, valve covers, timing set
PN/Pricing 2091/$2,149.95 (via Summit Racing)

Kit Details (Performer RPM for 351 w/ flat tappet cam)
Intake Manifold Performer RPM Air-Gap, dual-plane
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum Performer RPM, 170cc runner, 60cc chamber, 2.02-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, single spring, 3⁄8-inch stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods required
Camshaft Performer RPM hydraulic flat-tappet, 0.496/0.520 lift, 224/234 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 110-degree lobe separation, with lifters
Timing Chain Performer-Link double-roller chain, iron cam gear, billet-steel crank gear with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, ½-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, 3⁄8-inch cadmium plated steel with reduced hex head and hardened washers
Gaskets Yes, cylinder head, intake, exhaust, valve covers, timing set
PN/Pricing 2092/$1,968.95 (via Summit Racing)

Kit Details (Performer RPM for 351 w/ hydraulic roller cam)
Intake Manifold Performer RPM Air-Gap, dual-plane
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum E-CNC, 185cc runner, 59cc chamber, 2.02-inch intake/1.57-inch exhaust valves, single spring, 7⁄16-inch stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods required
Camshaft Rollin' Thunder hydraulic roller, 0.573/0.582 lift, 235/238 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, lifters not included
Timing Chain Performer-Link double-roller chain, iron cam gear, billet-steel crank gear with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, ½-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, 3⁄8-inch cadmium plated steel with reduced hex head and hardened washers
Gaskets Yes, cylinder head, intake, exhaust, valve covers, timing set
PN/Pricing 2090/$2,869.95 (via Summit Racing)

The Performer RPM-based top-end kits from Edelbrock expand the engine's breathing capabilities even further with hotter cam profiles, bigger cylinder heads, and more

Kit Details (Performer RPM for 8.2-inch deck 302 w/ Cleveland heads)
Intake Manifold Performer RPM dual-plane aluminum “Clevor”
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum Performer RPM, 190cc runner, 60cc chamber, 2.05-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, dual springs, 7⁄16-inch stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods required
Camshaft Rollin' Thunder hydraulic roller, 0.520/0.520 lift, 227/234 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, lifters not included
Timing Chain Performer-Link double-roller chain, iron cam gear, billet-steel crank gear with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, 7⁄16-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, 3⁄8-inch cadmium plated steel with reduced hex head and hardened washers
Gaskets Yes, cylinder head, intake, exhaust, valve covers (no timing set)
PN/Pricing 2059/$2,979.95 (via Summit Racing)

Kit Details (Performer RPM for 9.5-inch deck 351 w/ Cleveland heads)
Intake Manifold Performer RPM dual-plane aluminum “Clevor”
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum Performer RPM, 190cc runner, 60cc chamber, 2.05-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, dual springs, 7⁄16-inch stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods required
Camshaft Rollin' Thunder hydraulic roller, 0.573/0.582 lift, 235/238 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, lifters not included
Timing Chain Performer-Link double-roller chain, iron cam gear, billet-steel crank gear with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, ½-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, 3⁄8-inch cadmium plated steel with reduced hex head and hardened washers
Gaskets Yes, cylinder head, intake, exhaust, valve covers (no timing set)
PN/Pricing 2060/$2,899.95 (via Summit Racing)

Trick Flow Specialties

If there's one thing the Trick Flow Specialties crew understands it is airflow. Arguably the manufacturer of one of the earliest mass-produced aftermarket aluminum performance cylinder head designs for the small-block Ford, Trick Flow put the performance world on its head with the original TFS Street Heat head back in the early 1990s. Then, the company's infamous “Twisted Wedge” cylinder head design later in the decade stunned the performance world once again. Today, Trick Flow Specialties is at the forefront of Ford airflow enhancement with cylinder heads, intake manifolds, and more for pushrod Ford engines, and now even Ford's modular engine family as well!

Currently, all of Trick Flow Specialties' top-end kits are designed for the '86-'95 5.0L EFI small-block, but you can put together an identical package by ordering the parts separately and then substituting a carburetor and dual-plane intake, such as Summit Racing's carb and intake Pro Pack setup. Of course, if you're looking to EFI your classic Ford, the included manifold will work. Trick Flow Specialties offers two dyno-proven top-end kits; a 360hp kit and a 350hp kit, with the main difference being the intake manifold ports. Lastly, Trick Flow Specialties' top-end kits include cast aluminum valve covers (either black or silver to match the upper intake manifold) and a nice billet EFI-style oil fill tube.

Kit Details (350 HP/370 lb-ft torque kit)
Intake Manifold Street Burner aluminum lower with Street Burner silver or black powder coated upper
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum Twisted Wedge, 170cc runner, 61cc chamber, 2.02-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, dual springs with damper, 3⁄8-inch 1.6:1 ratio stud-mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods included
Camshaft Track Max hydraulic roller, 0.499/0.510 lift, 221/225 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, lifters not included
Timing Chain Double-roller chain, billet-steel crank and cam gears with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, 7⁄16-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, bolt and stud kit for Trick Flow EFI manifolds
Gaskets Yes, cylinder head, intake, exhaust, valve covers, timing set
PN/Pricing TFS-K514-350-370/$2,599.95 (Silver) TFS-K514-350370B/$2,599.95 (Black)(via Summit Racing)

Kit Details (360 HP/350 lb-ft torque kit)
Intake Manifold Street Burner aluminum lower with Track Heat silver or black powder coated upper
Cylinder Heads Assembled aluminum Twisted Wedge, 170cc runner, 61cc chamber, 2.02-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves, dual springs with damper, 3⁄8-inch 1.6:1 ratio stud mount rockers and 5⁄16-inch hardened pushrods included
Camshaft Track Max hydraulic roller, 0.499/0.510 lift, 221/225 duration at 0.050-inch lift, 112-degree lobe separation, lifters not included
Timing Chain Double-roller chain, billet-steel crank and cam gears with advance/retard keyways
Head Bolts Yes, 7⁄16-inch black oxide chrome-moly with hardened washers
Intake Bolts Yes, bolt and stud kit for Trick Flow EFI manifolds
Gaskets Yes, cylinder head, intake, exhaust, valve covers, timing set
PN/Pricing TFS-K514-360-350/$2,599.95 (Silver)TFS-K514-360-350B/$2,799.95 (Black)(via Summit Racing)

Summit Racing offers its carb and intake Pro Packs for small-block Fords in several configurations. These kits are a great alternative to the EFI hardware in Trick Flow Specialties’ top-end kits if you wish to maintain a carb-based induction. Simply order the Trick Flow Specialties top-end kit of your choice by individual part number (the Summit Racing website makes this easy), and then substitute the Pro Pack for the EFI manifold. This is exactly what we did when we installed a Trick Flow Specialties top-end kit on our project High School Hauler in our May ’12 issue.