Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 9, 2017
Photos By: Manufacturers

Probably one of the most adventurous aspects of a classic Mustang project is determining what it will be powered by. We’ve seen all sorts of engine swaps over the years. You name it, we’ve seen it between the framerails. Rotary engines, inline-six import engines with big turbos, stroked and blown big-blocks, and yes, even stuff from the General like small-block and LS-based engines. That said, the most common engine you’ll find under the hood of a classic Mustang is the ever-popular small-block Ford engine. Originally displacing 221 cubes, and later stretched to 260, 289, 302, and finally, 351 cubes, the small-block Ford engine has had a long, successful life powering just about every Ford nameplate they built.

Ford hasn’t cast a 302 engine block since 2001 (last used in the Ford Explorer). After 15 years of service, many of these engine blocks are no longer serviceable for aftermarket crate-engine builds. This has driven the price up of many crate-engine offerings, as they are all too commonly built with an aftermarket block casting, usually from Dart or Ford Performance. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re looking for bulletproof power application, but if you’re just looking for a nice cruiser to drop into your Mustang, it is a bit of overkill.

Gathering details for this engine guide, it became apparent you can pretty much have your crate-engine anyway you want it. From 300hp carbureted cruisers to 500-plus-hp stack fuel-injected monsters, you have many options indeed. We, however, will be focusing on small-block Ford engines less than $10,000 (including any 351 Windsor-based crate-engines) with this guide. If demand warrants, we’ll produce future guides on big-block crate-engines, high-end race engines, and take a look at the growing line of modular Ford crate-engines like the ever-popular Coyote 5.0L.

ATK
(866) 721-2315
www.high-performance-engines.com

ATK, a long-standing engine builder, launched its High Performance Division during 2006, which offers all manner of engine offerings from street to hardcore race and from short-blocks to completely dressed engines with either carburetors or bolt-on aftermarket EFI. With an ISO/TS 16949 quality level, you can be assured your engine is built with the best parts by certified engine builders. ATK builds on average more than 700 performance engines a year and has dyno-proven packages for whatever you’re building. ATK offers base, mid, and complete engine packages (with video of the dyno runs on request) with a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Customers can even visit ATK’s Grand Prairie, Texas, location to watch their engine’s dyno test in person!

HP79 302ci Base Engine—300hp, 336lb-ft, $2,782
- 9.1:1 compression
- 1987-1995 5.0L/302 seasoned OE roller block, OE one-piece seal external balance 50oz cast-steel crankshaft, OE cast-steel connecting rods, hypereutectic pistons with moly rings, hydraulic roller camshaft (219/219 @50 .498in/.498ex 110LSA), double-roller timing chain, stamped-steel 1.6:1 pedestal mount rockers, OE E5TE/E7TE cast-iron cylinder heads with 1.77 intake and 1.46 exhaust valves, front-sump-style oil pan

HP78M 302ci Mid-Dress Engine—365hp, 370lb-ft, $4,844
- 9.5:1 compression
- 1987-1995 5.0L/302 seasoned OE roller block; OE one-piece seal external balance 50oz cast-steel crankshaft; OE cast-steel connecting rods; hypereutectic pistons with moly rings; hydraulic roller camshaft (220/224 @50 .512in/.512ex 112LSA); double-roller timing chain, aluminum 1.6:1 roller rockers; Dart Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves; Edelbrock performer RPM dual-plane intake; External Balance 50oz balancer; TCI External Balance 50oz 157-tooth flexplate; MSD Pro Billet ready-to-run distributor; early RH inlet standard rotation water pump; front-sump-style oil pan

HP80C-EFI 347ci Complete Stroker Engine with EFI—410hp, 420lb-ft, $7,149
- 10:1 compression
- 1987-1995 5.0L/302 seasoned OE roller block, machined for stroker clearance; Scat nodular iron external balance 28oz crankshaft and 4340 forged I-beam connecting rods with ARP 8740 bolts; forged pistons with moly rings; hydraulic roller camshaft (220/224 @50 .512in/.512ex 112LSA); double-roller timing chain; aluminum 1.6:1 roller rockers, Dart Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves; Weiand dual-plane intake; external balance 28oz balancer with Scat kit; external balance 28oz 164-tooth flexplate and flywheel with Scat kit; MSD Pro Billet ready-to-run distributor and 8mm plug wires; Early RH inlet standard rotation water pump; front-sump-style oil pan; EFI System: FiTech Go EFI 4 600hp with throttle body, harness, and handheld unit

HP21C 408ci Complete Stroker Engine—430hp, 500lb-ft, $7,215
- 10:1 compression
- 1993-1997 5.8L/351 seasoned OE roller block, machined for stroker clearance; Scat nodular iron internal balance crankshaft and 4340 forged I-beam connecting rods with ARP 8740 bolts; forged pistons with moly rings; hydraulic roller camshaft (220/224 @50 .512in/.512 ex 112LSA); double-roller timing chain; aluminum 1.6:1 roller rockers; Dart Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves; Edelbrock performer RPM dual-plane intake; Internal Balance balancer, 164-tooth flexplate and flywheel; MSD Pro Billet ready-to-run distributor and 8mm plug wires; Early RH inlet standard rotation water pump; Holley mechanical fuel pump (110gph); front-sump style oil pan; Quick Fuel 780-cfm vacuum secondary carburetor with electric choke

Blueprint Engines
(800) 483-4263
www.blueprintengines.com

Blueprint Engines offers everything from short-blocks and induction components to performance crate-engines fully dressed and available with EFI. Several of Blueprint’s small-block Ford engine packages are offered for those looking to repower a classic Mustang or build a high-performance machine. The company’s budget offering includes a dressed crate-engine with cast-iron heads and a flat-tappet cam, fully dyno-tested and with a 30-month, 50,000-mile warranty for just $2,870!

302 Budget—235hp, 317lb-ft torque, $2,870
- 8.5:1 compression ratio
- Handpicked seasoned block, square and parallel-decked, align-honed main bearing bore, cast-steel crankshaft, cast-steel rods with new 150,000psi balanced rod bolts, hypereutectic pistons, cast-iron heads with swirl-polished 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, flat tappet cam, double-roller timing chain set, dual-plane intake, four-barrel carburetor, harmonic balancer, new water pump, fuel pump, and oil pan, distributor with plug wires, chrome valve covers

Moving up the performance ladder, Blueprint offers a 306ci small-block, as well as 331 and 347 stroker packages, each around $5,000 and including the same 30-month, 50,000-mile warranty. Common to these three engines are the seasoned block core, Blueprint Performance aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02/1.60 valves, hypereutectic pistons with Hastings moly rings, a roller cam, a double-roller timing chain set, and high-volume oil pump. The 306 features a stock cast crank with stock-cast rods (with new rod bolts), while the stroker offerings use a new cast-steel crank of appropriate stroke and forged I-beam connecting rods.

Ford 306—390hp, 370lb-ft torque, $4,529
- 9.5:1 compression ratio
- Carburetor, intake, valve covers, distributor, harmonic balancer, oil pan

Ford 331 Stroker—375hp, 390lb-ft torque, $5,129
- 9.7:1 compression ratio - 600-cfm carburetor, dual-plane intake, valve covers, distributor, oil pan

Ford 347 Stroker¬—415hp, 415lb-ft torque, $4,999 - 10.0:1 compression ratio
- 600-cfm carburetor, dual-plane intake, valve covers, distributor, oil pan

Ford 408 Stroker 351W—425hp, 455lb-ft torque, $5,729
Lastly, Blueprint Engines offers this 408ci stroked 351W crate-engine package. It comes dressed with intake and carb, electronic ignition distributor, timing cover, and oil pan. Like the 302ci-based strokers, it offers the 408W with a seasoned two-bolt main block fully machined in-house and filled with a new cast stroker crank, I-beam rods topped with aluminum heads, and also features Blueprint’s 30-month, 50,000-mile warranty.
- 9.7:1 compression ratio
- Carburetor, intake, distributor, valve covers, oil pan, timing cover

Coast High Performance
(310) 784-1010
www.coasthigh.com

If the offerings at Coast High Performance seem endless that’s because, well, they really are. We may be focusing on complete crate-engines, but CHP specializes in the engineering and supply of quality, high-performance engine components, stroker kits, as well as short-blocks, long-blocks, and complete turnkey crate-engines. Everything is customizable and CHP offers options to upgrade cylinder heads on long-blocks and crate offerings (for example, adding base aluminum heads to AFRs). The company even allows you to choose from several dress-up offerings (chrome, polished, black, and such) for your valve covers and air cleaner. Engines can be fitted with a carburetor, throttle-body EFI, or port EFI. All CHP crate-engines are machined, blueprinted, assembled, and inspected for proper pressures, and all critical fasteners re-torqued by master engine builders before shipping. Performance testing on its in-house engine dyno at its 15,000-square-foot facility in Gardena, California, ensures you’re getting what you paid for. All CHP crate-engines are backed by a two-year, unlimited-mile warranty. Note: CHP did not provide hp and torque numbers due to the ability to option heads, cam, and such. Sample engine builds CHP shared with us show 331/347 builds making 490-530hp and 430-460lb-ft, while the typical 408W pegs 570hp and 550lb-ft.

331/347 GT—490-530hp, 430-460lb-ft, $8,400
- 10.7:1 compression ratio
- CNC machined seasoned 5.0L roller block, cast-steel crankshaft and rods, CNC machined, Probe FPS forged pistons, ProMaxx CNC aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, custom-ground roller cam, double-roller timing chain set, Scorpion roller rockers, Professional Products intake manifold, harmonic balancer, new water pump, chrome alternator, pulleys with brackets, Canton oil pan, billet distributor, choice of valve covers and air cleaners

331/347 Street Fighter—490-530hp, 430-460lb-ft, $9,200
- 10.5:1 compression ratio
- CNC machined seasoned 5.0L roller block, cast-steel crankshaft and rods, CNC machined, Probe SRS forged pistons, Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads, custom-ground roller cam, double-roller timing chain set, Scorpion roller rockers, Edelbrock intake manifold, harmonic balancer, new water pump, chrome alternator, pulleys with brackets, Canton oil pan, billet distributor, choice of valve covers and air cleaner

393W Street Fighter—$9,750
- 10.4:1 compression ratio
- CNC machined seasoned 5.0L roller block, cast-steel crankshaft and rods, CNC machined, Probe SRS forged pistons, Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads, custom-ground roller cam, double-roller timing chain set, Scorpion roller rockers, Professional Products intake manifold, harmonic balancer, new water pump, chrome alternator, pulleys with brackets, Canton oil pan, billet distributor, choice of valve covers and air cleaner

408W GT—570hp, 550lb-ft $8,700
- 10:1 compression ratio
- CNC machined seasoned 5.0L roller block, cast-steel crankshaft and rods, CNC machined, Probe FPS forged pistons, ProMaxx CNC aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, custom-ground roller cam, double-roller timing chain set, Scorpion roller rockers, Professional Products intake manifold, harmonic balancer, new water pump, chrome alternator, pulleys with brackets, Canton oil pan, billet distributor, choice of valve covers and air cleaner

Craft Performance Engines
(870) 246-7460
www.craftperformanceengines.com

Started in 1992 with an emphasis on Ford performance engine builds, Craft Performance Engines builds small- and big-block Fords for muscle cars to full on race machines. Its dedicated staff has many years of experience, and all machine work and assembly is handled in-house by these craftsmen. Craft Performance Engines has two five-axis cylinder head CNC machines and a four-axis CNC machine for engine blocks, as well as all the other necessary engine building machinery. All engines are machined, electronic balanced, assembled, broke in, and dyno-tested to assure all crate-engines are in perfect working order before shipping. All budget and street performance engines include a warranty, too.

Budget 302 Based 331/347 Strokers—400hp, 375lb-ft, $6,495—and 351 Windsor—500hp, 475lb-ft, $6,749
These engines may be a budget offering, but they have all the right internals for a strong and long-lasting engine for your Mustang. Making 400hp and 375lb-ft of torque, the 302 based 331/347 strokers are perfect as a drop-in replacement for an old 289 or 302 and run $6,495. The 351 Windsor based offering features a displacement of 408/410 cubes and makes 500hp and 475lb-ft of torque for $6,749. Budget blueprinted crate-engines feature a one-year, 12,000-mile warranty.

- 10:1 compression
-Fully machined and prepped production block, Eagle cast-steel crankshaft (3.250 or 3.400 stroke for 302, 4.000 stroke for 351), Eagle I-Beam 5.400 rods (302) or 6.200 rods (351), KB hypereutectic pistons, Ford Performance hydraulic roller (331/347) or Comp Cams hydraulic roller (408/410), Comp Cams non-roller rocker arms and Cloyes double-roller timing chain, ProMaxx aluminum 170cc heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, new water pump and production-style oil pan, aluminum valve covers, new Pioneer balancer, fully balanced with flywheel or flexplate, 1 case Joe Gibbs Hot Rod oil

Street and Street Performance Crate-Engines
Moving up the ladder to Craft’s Street crate-engine packages nets a few changes in performance and strength, such as forged pistons, CNC cylinder heads (choice of Brodix or AFR), roller rockers, carb and air cleaner, and a full ignition system. Displacement remains the same with a nice little bump in power. The 331/347 stroker makes 425hp and 415lb-ft and will run you $9,195, while the 408/410 Windsor Street crate-engine brings 515hp and 500lb-ft to the table and rings the register at $9,895. The warranty on the street crate-engines is a little nicer, too, at two years, 24,000 miles. At the top of the ladder is the 331/347 Street Performance crate-engine. Similar to the street offering, the Street Performance ups the ante just a bit more with better-forged internals, H-beam rods, port matching on the intake with 450hp and 425lb-ft. Priced at $9,895, it also carries the same two-year, 24,000-mile warranty as the street crate line.

331/347 Street Crate—425hp, 415lb-ft, $9,195—and 408/410 Street Crate—515hp, 500lb-ft, $9,895
- 10:1 compression
- Fully machined and prepped production block, Eagle Cast-steel crankshaft (3.250 or 3.400 stroke for 302, 4.000 stroke for 351), Eagle I-beam 5.400 rods (302) or 6.200 rods (351), Mahle forged pistons, Ford Performance hydraulic roller (331/347) or Comp Cams hydraulic roller (408/410), Scorpion 1.6:1 roller rocker arms, Ford Performance double-roller timing chain, CNC Brodix 5.0 or AFR 165 aluminum heads (302) with 1.90 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, CNC Brodix LH 195 or AFR 185 (351) with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, new Edelbrock water pump and production style oil pan, aluminum valve covers with Craft logo and breather, Quick Fuel 680-cfm (302) or 780-cfm (351) carburetor, new fully balanced Pioneer balancer with flywheel or flexplate, MSD distributor with Craft logo Moroso plug wires, 1 case Joe Gibbs Hot Rod oil

331/347 Street Performance Crate—450hp, 425lb-ft, $9,895
- 10:1 compression
- Fully machined and prepped production block, Eagle 4340 steel crankshaft (3.250 or 3.400 stroke for 302), Eagle H-beam 5.400 rods, Mahle forged pistons, Ford Performance hydraulic roller, Scorpion 1.6:1 roller rocker arms and Ford Performance Double-roller timing chain, CNC Brodix LH 195 or AFR 185 with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, Edelbrock port matched Victor Jr. intake, new Edelbrock water pump and Moroso front or rear sump oil pan, aluminum valve covers with Craft logo and breather, Quick Fuel 680-cfm carburetor, new fully balanced Pioneer SFI balancer with flywheel or flexplate, MSD distributor with Craft logo Moroso plug wires, 1 case Joe Gibbs Hot Rod oil

Engine Factory
(800) 326-6554
www.enginefactory.com

Bruce Nelson started Engine Factory 47 years ago. That’s 1969 for you mathematically challenged individuals. His original belief when he first opened his doors still holds true today. An engine should arrive ready to run right out of the box. Each Engine Factory crate-engine is assembled by ASE technicians and is hot-run tested for over an hour, including setting initial and full timing advance, to ensure each engine is 100-percent perfect before it leaves for its new owner. Video footage is made of each engine test run, as well. Engine Factory offers a one-year, unlimited- mileage warranty on all of its crate-engines mentioned here. Based off of the late-model 302ci roller cam block casting, Engine Factory offers three different engine packages—a 350hp 302, a 415hp 331 stroker, and a 425hp 347 stroker. The 350hp 302 features a cast crank and rods with hypereutectic pistons for a nice solid street engine, while the two stroker packages step up the strength with an Eagle stroker crank, I-beam rods, and forged pistons.

302ci Engine Package–350hp, $8,295
- 9.5:1 compression
- Double roller style timing chain, Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft and roller rockers, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum cylinder heads, chrome front sump 5-quart oil pan, timing chain cover with scale, chrome baffled valve covers, automatic flexplate, Edelbrock Performer RPM dual-plane intake manifold, Edelbrock 650-cfm carburetor with electric choke, electronic ignition distributor, Taylor 8mm wires, fuel and water pump, chrome air cleaner

331ci Stroker—415hp, $9,695—and 347 Stroker—425hp, $9,795
- 10:1 compression ratio
-Eagle cast-steel stroker crankshaft, I-beam connecting rods, Power forged pistons, sealed Power moly rings, double-roller timing set, Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft and rocker arms, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum cylinder heads, harmonic balancer, automatic flexplate, chrome oil pan, aluminum timing cover, polished valve covers, Edelbrock Air Gap intake, Holley 650-cfm carburetor with electric choke (Edelbrock on 347ci package), fuel and water pumps, electronic ignition distributor, Taylor 8mm wires, chrome air cleaner

351Windsor—400hp, $9,295
The Engine Factory’s 351 Windsor based offering features a stock two-bolt Windsor block casting with stock steel crank and rods swinging a set of Hypereutectic pistons and decked out in many of the same internal and external bits as its 302-based offerings. Just like those 302-based engine packages, this 400hp 351 is hot-run tested, timing set, crated and ready for shipping. It comes with the same one-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. - 9.7:1 compression
- Ford 351W Block, Federal Mogul hypereutectic pistons, chrome moly rings, double-roller timing set, Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft and 1.6:1 roller rockers, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum cylinder heads, harmonic balancer, automatic flexplate, oil pan, timing cover, chrome baffled valve covers, Edelbrock Performer RPM dual-plane intake, Edelbrock 650-cfm carburetor with electric choke, water pump and fuel pump, electronic ignition distributor, Taylor 8mm wires, chrome 14-inch air cleaner

Ford Performance Racing Parts
(800) 367-3788
www.performanceparts.ford.com

Ford Performance has offered a plethora of crate-engine options over the years. From small-blocks built with remanufactured blocks and internals to high-dollar production-line assemblies. (Anyone remember when he or she offered the Ford GT supercar production line engine?) Today, Ford Performance Racing Parts (as they are now labeled) carries a full line of street performance and racing engines. The biggest change from years past is that all the pushrod offerings, and thusly, the small-blocks we’re focusing on, are now built from new Boss 302 or Boss 351 engine blocks for enhanced strength and performance. These new Boss blocks allow larger bores for some serious displacement, as well. Most Ford Performance Racing Parts crate-engines include a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty, too. Sadly, gone are the days of the original X302 engine, which used a seasoned core 5.0L roller cam block, but several offerings came in under our $10,000 price point, including a 340hp 302, a couple of 363ci strokers, and the ever-popular 427ci stroker Windsor.

302 Boss Crate-Engine—340hp, 310lb-ft, $8,150—and Boss 351—345hp, 320lb-ft, $8,150
The 340hp small-block from Ford Performance Racing Parts features all forged internals making 340hp and 310lb-ft torque with an E-303 camshaft (M-6007-X302E, $8,150) and 345hp and 320lb-ft of torque with the legendary B-303 camshaft (M-6007-X302B, $8,150). The X302E and X302B include the 2/24 warranty.

- 9.0:1 compression ratio
- Forged pistons, and forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, BOSS four-bolt main block (M-6010-BOSS302), hydraulic roller camshaft, double-roller timing chain set, rear sump oil pan fits most Fox body cars, Ford Performance aluminum GT-40 X cylinder heads (M-6049-X306) with 1.94 intake and 1.54 exhaust valves, roller rocker arms

363ci Boss Crate-Engine—500hp, 450lb-ft, $8,695
At one time, the only way to get 363 cubes out of a small-block was to use a 351-based block. Today, the Boss 302 block from Ford Performance Racing Parts is capable of some serious displacement. Using the standard 347 stroker internals, but with a bore size of 4.125 inches, creates this 363ci crate (M-6007-Z363FT, $8,695) with 450lb-ft of torque you can feel.

- 10.1:1 compression ratio
- Forged Mahle pistons w/ floating wrist pins, Scat forged steel crank and I-beam connecting rods, Boss four-bolt main block (M-6010-BOSS302), hydraulic roller camshaft, double-roller timing chain set, high performance 7-quart oil pan with windage tray and scraper, Ford Performance Aluminum Z Cylinder Heads (M-6049-Z304DA) with 2.02 intake 1.60 exhaust valves, Ford Performance SFI approved damper, Edelbrock high-performance water pump

427ci Boss Crate-Engine—450hp, 520lb-ft, $9,850
Moving up to the Boss 351 block Ford calls back to its roots with a 427 cubic inch monster built from the easy to fit Windsor small-block architecture without the expense and installation hassles of building a 427FE big-block. Available in a front or rear sump oil pan configuration (front sump, M-6007-X427FFT, $9,850; rear sump, M-6007-X427FRT, $9.850) the 427 starts with a Boss 351 block making 520lb-ft torque that is broad and flat and you can feel for days.

- 10.5:1 compression ratio
- Forged Mahle pistons with floating wrist pins, Scat forged-steel crankshaft and H-beam connecting rods with ARP bolts, Boss 351 9.5-inch deck four-bolt main block (M-6010-BOSS35195), hydraulic billet steel roller cam, double-roller timing chain set, high-performance 9-quart oil pan with windage tray and scraper, Ford Performance aluminum 64cc chamber cylinder heads (M-6049-X306) with 1.94 intake and 1.54 exhaust valves and PAC beehive springs, Ford Performance SFI approved damper, Edelbrock high-performance water pump, Long-type standard rotation water pump

Lykins Motorsports
(502) 759-1431
www.lykinsmotorsports.com

Known for custom-built Ford engines, including Cleveland and FE builds for Mustangs, Cobra replicas, and more, Lykins Motorsports offers a fairly standard 331/347 crate-engine package. Horsepower is in the 425 to 430 range with roughly 445lb-ft torque, depending on cam choice. Lykins’ small-block stroker crate-engine features a one-year warranty and costs $9,199 with dyno test and break in.

331/347 Crate Engine—425 to 430hp, 445lb-ft, $9,199
- 10:1 compression
- Factory Ford 302 roller block bored or honed with torque plates, align honed with ARP main bolts, Scat 9000 series crankshaft and I-beam rods, Racetec forged pistons, custom Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft, Ford Performance double-roller timing chain, Comp Cams roller rockers, Ford Racing hydraulic roller lifters, Pioneer harmonic balancer, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum 190cc cylinder heads, Weiand Stealth intake manifold, Quick Fuel HR-680 carburetor, choice of valve covers, front-sump or dual-sump pan for early-model Ford or late-model Ford vehicles, new aluminum water pump, MSD billet distributor and plug wires, March pulleys and alternator bracket, 100-amp one-wire alternator, Carter mechanical fuel pump, air cleaner with carb feed line

Panhandle Performance
(850) 265-9818
www.panhandleperformance.com

Mark Biddle’s Panhandle Performance has been building race-winning engines for almost two decades. From drag to road racing, Panhandle Performance’s engines have taken the win. Now, that winning performance is offered in street-friendly engine packages. Each engine is built in-house with the best parts and on state-of-the-art machines with clearances and small tweaks made to each assembly to achieve the customer’s desired power level and torque curve for their application. Panhandle Performance engine packages are based on proven combinations tested on either its chassis or engine dyno. Dyno-testing and tuning are available for each street-engine package and Panhandle Performance provides an in-house 90-day warranty. All Panhandle Performance engines come with complete spec and clearance sheets. Panhandle Performance offers 331 and 347 stroker crate-engines based off late-model 5.0L roller cam blocks. For those who want more, they have 351W-based engines with 393 and 408 cubes of displacement. Mind you, these crate-engines are built somewhat to spec, so hp and torque can vary. However, Panhandle Performance says the 331/347 package usually falls in the 450hp range, while the 393/408 Windsor puts out on average 550hp. The 331/347 engine retails for $7,995 for carb or $8,195 for EFI, while the 393/408 costs $8,295 for carb or $8,495 for EFI. Panhandle Performance offers dozens of options like aftermarket blocks, forged-steel cranks, custom pistons, solid roller cams, and much more.

331/347 Superstreet Engine—450hp, $7,995 for carb, $8,195 for EFI
- Pump-gas friendly compression ratio, factory Ford 302 roller block (bored and honed with torque plates, clearanced for stroker), Scat cast-steel crankshaft and 4340 steel I-beam rods and ARP cap screw bolts, Autotec or Probe forged pistons, custom Lunati, Comp Cams, or Bullet hydraulic roller camshaft, SA Gear nine-way double-roller timing chain with ARP fasteners, MEI or Scorpion roller rockers, SFI 157/164 tooth flexplate fastened with ARP bolt kit, Powerbond or Professional Products SFI harmonic balancer with ARP bolt, AFR 185 CNC ported aluminum heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, Edelbrock intake manifold for carb, Trick Flow, Edelbrock, or Holley Fox-Mustang port-injection-style intake for EFI, Panhandle Performance logo tall aluminum valve covers with Peterson baffled breathers, Canton 7-quart front or rear sump pan

393/408 Superstreet Engine—550hp, $8,295 for carb, $8,495 for EFI
- Pump-gas friendly compression ratio, factory Ford 351 block (bored and honed with torque plates, clearance for stroker), Scat cast-steel crankshaft and 4340 steel I-beam rods and ARP cap screw bolts, Autotec forged pistons, custom Lunati, Comp Cams, or Bullet hydraulic roller camshaft, SA Gear nine-way double-roller timing chain with ARP fasteners, MEI or Scorpion roller rockers, SFI 157/164 tooth flexplate fastened with ARP bolt kit, Powerbond or Professional Products SFI harmonic balancer with ARP bolt, AFR 205 CNC-ported aluminum heads with 2.08 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, Edelbrock Victor Jr. or Performer RPM air-gap intake manifold for carb, Trick Flow or Edelbrock Fox-Mustang port-injection style intake for EFI, Panhandle Performance logo tall aluminum valve covers with Peterson baffled breathers, Canton 7-quart front or rear sump pan

Roush Performance
(800) 597-6874
www.roushperf.com

When it comes to Ford engine performance the Roush name certainly carries a lot of weight with it. Jack Roush has been building custom Ford racing engines for customers—and just about every racing sanctioning body you can think of—for decades. Today, Roush Performance offers small- and big-block Ford crate-engines with performance, styling, and even a one-year, 12,000-mile warranty. Roush Performance’s 331 SRX is a small-block 331ci stroker that features great internals built with a factory production 5.0L pushrod roller-cam block making 350hp and 350lb-ft of torque and dyno-tested, all for $9,995.

331 SRX—350hp, 350lb-ft, $9,995
- Fully machined and prepped seasoned 5.0L block, cast-steel crankshaft, 3.250-inch stroke, steel H-beam connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, hydraulic roller cam and lifters with double-roller timing chain, aluminum cylinder heads and dual-plane intake manifold, Holley four-barrel carburetor

Smeding Performance
(877) 639-7637
www.smedingperformance.com

Ben Smeding is well known in Cobra replica circles. As such, many of his crate-engine packages have the name “Cobra” or “Cobra Special” attached to them. That doesn’t mean they won’t fit in your classic Mustang, it just denotes the company’s more popular engines that Cobra builders purchase. Starting with a Dart iron block, all Smeding Performance crate-engines are built with all new components for the utmost in strength and longevity. Ben Smeding is so sure of his company’s build quality, it offers a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty! Smeding Performance has two 347ci stroker crate-engine packages that come in under our $10,000 price point, the 347 Extreme at $8,895 and the 347 Cobra Special at $9,995. The main differences fall under the cam profile, cylinder heads, and intake.

Smeding 347 Extreme—405hp, 405lb-ft, $8,895
- 9.7:1 compression
- Dart splayed-cap four-bolt main block, CNC-machined 4.00-inch-bore forged steel crankshaft with 3.400-inch stroke, 4130 forged steel I-beam rods with 3/8-inch ARP WaveLock bolts, forged pistons, wrist pin below oil ring, custom-ground hydraulic roller cam .493/.510 lift, 212/222 duration @ .050, 1.6:1 roller rocker arms ratio, Performer RPM air-gap dual-plane intake, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum heads with 2.02 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves, Quick Fuel 650-cfm carburetor, vacuum-secondary, electric choke, calibrated and tuned on our dyno, Hall effect electronic distributor

Smeding 347 Cobra Special—340hp, 320tq, $9,995
-10.2:1 compression
- Dart splayed-cap four-bolt main block, CNC-machined 4.00-inch-bore forged-steel crankshaft with 3.400-inch stroke, 4130 forged steel I-beam rods with 3/8-inch ARP WaveLock bolts, forged pistons, wrist pin below oil ring , custom-ground hydraulic roller cam .508/.532 lift, 222/232 duration @ .050, 1.6:1 roller rocker arms ratio, Edelbrock Victor Jr. single-plane intake, Smeding/AFR aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02 intake and1.60 exhaust valves, Quick Fuel 650-cfm carburetor, manual secondaries, calibrated and tuned on our dyno, Hall effect electronic distributor