Wayne Cook
December 21, 2009

Engine Upgrade
With so many engine types and builders in the Ford crate engine game, the range of choices is now bigger than ever. While the newer modular engines have been installed in classic Ford cars by many enthusiasts, it's clear that the Windsor Ford pushrod engines are still the overwhelming favorite when it comes time to repower the classic Ford cars we love. The pushrod configuration still offers the most compact package, and when we consider the power production potential of these engines it's easy to understand why the Windsor is still dominant.

We know of many projects where the means are at hand, both technically and financially, to use any powerplant out there. However, when all of the cost and difficulty analysis is done, the pushrod Windsor engine is often the mill of choice. Aside from ease of installation one of the main reasons why the Windsor is so popular is because stroker displacements are easy to achieve. Using the stock 302 block a 347 is now the most popular short-deck crate engine displacement. Because of the sturdy architecture and extra internal room available in the tall-deck Windsor block, displacements of well over 400 cubic inches are achievable. Hence, those of us who want to equip our '65 Mustang with an engine having big-block power potential can use a 351W-based stroker engine without too much difficulty. Beyond a set of special headers the swap is a drop-in affair and the result is a power level never available in the original 289 V-8-powered car.

While it's true that the newer Ford SOHC and DOHC engines offer considerable wow factor and are excellent and rev happy engines, it's now easy to match the power production potential of these engines with a pushrod package because of the many excellent aftermarket components available for the Windsor. Besides the myriad of aftermarket cylinder heads, now aftermarket replacement cylinder blocks are also available from several manufacturers. The blocks offer features not found on the standard Ford offerings such as extra-strength castings and four-bolt main caps. Both the 302 and 351W can use the same cylinder heads so the latest in cylinder head technology and design is available to both engines. The result is that a bored and stroked small-block Ford engine dressed with modern aluminum cylinder heads can deliver big-block power at roughly the weight of a stock cast-iron 289. Both the short- and tall-deck small-blocks are less expensive to construct than an FE or 385-series engine, and they fit in applications where a big block won't without radical modifications. With all of these factors considered it's easy to see why small-block Ford engines with enlarged displacements keep growing in popularity. Most of the manufacturers we looked at have both short- and tall-deck selections. We don't have the space to discuss every combination or option these companies have to offer, so we'll concentrate on their top selling engine offerings here. Be sure to check online or via phone to see what each company has in the way of packages from bare crate to turnkey engine.

Blue Print Engines
Blue Print Engines was started 20 years ago in a small garage and what began as a passion for speed has turned into a successful business. The company founder built one engine at a time for his friends and neighbors, and bit by bit his business and reputation grew. Today the company has produced more than 200,000 factory replacement engines for cars and light trucks. The most popular engine at Blue Print Engines is the BP3472CTC. It begins with a handpicked seasoned block, bored 0.040-inch over, square and parallel decked. The block is align-honed in the main bearing bore and are cylinders honed on computer-controlled machines to within 0.0002-inch straightness and roundness. The cylinders are then sonic tested for thickness.
Engine Name: Blue Print 347 2CTC
Displacement: 347
HP/TQ: 375/390
Block: Production Ford 302
Cylinder heads: Modified Ford cast-iron
Crank: SCAT cast
Pistons/rods: Keith Black hypereutectic/steel I-beam
Induction: Professional Products dual plane satin/Edelbrock 600cfm carburetor
Warranty: 30 month/50,000 mile
Price: $6,995

Jon Barrett Hot Rod Engines
Jon Barrett Hot Rod Engines has been in business since 1969. His engines are "developed rather than assembled," using properly matched components for great power production and reliability. He has an extensive automotive background and years of experience as a crew chief in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
Engine Name: Blue Oval Cruzer
Displacement: 302
HP/TQ: 300/310
Block: Production Ford 5.0 roller
Cylinder Heads: GT-40P
Crank: Cast steel
Pistons/rods: Hypereutectic/production Ford
Induction: Aluminum dual plane

Warranty: 1-year limited
Price: $3,395

D.S.S.
D.S.S. offers complete engine assemblies for the Ford Windsor performance enthusiast or racer who's looking for more than just a basic long-block. It has combinations for any application that will fit each customer's specific needs with only the best that D.S.S. and the aftermarket have to offer.
Engine Name: 331 Pro Bullet
Displacement: 331
HP/TQ: Not rated
Block: Production Ford 302
Cylinder Heads: AFR 185
Crank: Chamfered production crank or D.S.S. Nodular Iron
Pistons/rods: D.S.S. Forged/forged I-beam
Induction: Extra
Warranty: 6 months limited
Price: $7,200
(630) 587-1169
www.dssracing.com

Engine Factory
The Engine Factory has the answers to your Ford performance demands and can build your next crate engine to suit your application exactly. When you purchase a crate engine from the Engine Factory you'll get a fully dressed assembly including water pump, fuel pump, flywheel, harmonic balancer, oil pan, and valve covers.
Engine Name: 408/485 Stroker
Displacement: 408 HP/TQ: 485/480
Block: Precision machined production 351W roller block
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Crank: Eagle 4.00-inch stroke cast steel
Pistons/rods: SRP forged/steel I-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Air Gap/800cfm Edelbrock carb
Warranty: 3 months parts and labor
Price: $8,995
(800) 326-6554
www.enginefactory.com

Dart Machinery
Dart Machinery began in humble surroundings in 1981 in a two-car garage in Oak Park, Michigan. In the years since, Dart has become a leading manufacturer of aftermarket cylinder heads, intake manifolds, and engine blocks. This photo shows a Dart 347 short-block. The short-block is available ready to go and with one of the Dart top end kits installed, so are you. The short-block consists of a Dart Sportsman 302 block, which uses a 28-ounce externally balanced rotating assembly.
Engine Name: Dart SHP short block
Displacement: 347 (optional 363ci)
HP/TQ: Not rated
Block: Dart SHP 302
Cylinder Heads: N/A
Crank: Cast steel with upgrades available
Pistons/rods: Forged/4340 I-beam forged steel with 3/8-inch cap screws
Price: $3,648.75 (the 363ci version costs $4,235.95)

Dart Machinery
This Dart Top End Kit includes Dart Iron Eagle 180cc heads or 170/190cc Pro 1 aluminum heads. They come assembled with stainless steel valves and premium hardware. There is a choice of single- or dual-plane intake along with Dart-fabricated aluminum valve covers. Top end kits start at $1,682.12 for iron heads and $1,981.16 for aluminum heads.
(248) 362-1188
www.dartheads.com

Coast High Performance
Coast High Performance is famous for its line of Street Fighter stroker engines. It now offers both a 347ci short-deck crate engine while the 351 Windsor-based crate engines are available in 393 and 427 displacements. At Coast there are several different performance levels. They include the Street Fighter GT, the Street Fighter, Street Fighter Pro Street, and the Dominator. The engine we chose to examine was the Street Fighter Venom 427. The Coast High Performance Venom Street Fighter 427 is shown here. It's Coast's most popular displacement size for a tall-deck stroker engine.
Engine Name: Street Fighter Venom 427
Displacement: 427
HP/TQ: 480/475 Block: Production Ford 351W
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Victor Jr
Crank: Cast steel
Pistons/rods: Probe SRS forged/Probe machined I-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Warranty: 2 years/unlimited miles
Price: $10,997.99
(310) 784-1010
www.coasthigh.com

Edelbrock
Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock Corp. is recognized as one of the nation's premier designers, manufacturers, and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive aftermarket. After a long wait Edelbrock now offers a crate engine in the Ford small-block family. It's based on the Ford Racing Boss 302 block and is sure to be a winner.
Engine Name: Edelbrock RPM 347
Displacement: 347
HP/TQ: 449/417 Block: Ford Boss 302
Cylinder Heads: Performer RPM or RPM Extreme
Crank: Ford forged steel
Pistons/rods: Ford forged aluminum/Ford forged steel
Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM intake/800cfm Edelbrock carb
Warranty: 2 years/unlimited mileage
Price: $9,639 for as cast finish
(310) 781-2222
www.edelbrock.com

Ford Performance Solutions
Ford Performance Solutions offers technologically advanced engine building techniques combined with more than 50 years of combined experience in the Ford Performance Market. This is a Ford Performance Solutions 408 being put through its paces on an engine dyno.
Engine Name: 408/530 SBF Crate Engine
Displacement: 408
HP/TQ: 530/530
Block: OE Ford 351W casting
Cylinder Heads: AFR or Avenger cylinder heads
Crank: Forged steel
Pistons/rods: 4032 alloy forged/4340 forged H-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Super Victor
Warranty: 90 days/no warranty over 1.35hp per cubic inch
Price: $6,999.99
(714) 773-9027
www.f-p-s.com

Ford Racing Performance Parts
Built from the all-new Boss 302 block, the FRPP Boss 302 crate engines feature performance and packaging that accommodate displacements from 302 to 363 cubic inches. Entry level engines feature the Ford Racing GT-40X Xtra Performance Turbo Swirl aluminum heads to retain stock exhaust locations and are rated at 340 and 345hp. Higher-performance versions include Ford Racing's Z-head-equipped 302 and 347 cubic inch engines rated between 360 and 450hp, depending on configuration. The Boss engine series is capped by a 500hp 331ci engine that showcases the capability of the new block by breathing through all-new ported Z-heads.
Engine Name: FRPP Boss 302
Displacement: 302 or 347
HP/TQ: 390/360 (302), 450/400 (347)
Block: Boss 302 with four bolt main caps
Cylinder Heads: Z-304 Crank: Forged steel
Pistons/rods: Forged aluminum/Ford forged I-beam
Induction type: Victor Jr (Z347 engine only)
Warranty: 12 month/12,000 miles limited
Price: $6,995-$8,995
(800) FORD788
www.fordracingparts.com

Keith Craft Racing
Keith Craft Racing is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and has been in business since 1984. Owner Keith Craft has more than 30 years of professional experience in the racing industry. The Keith Craft 427 SBF Crate Engine is based on the Dart Iron Eagle Sportsman block.
Engine Name: 427 SBF Crate Engine
Displacement: 427
HP/TQ: 580/565
Block: Dart Iron Eagle Sportsman, 9.5-inch deck
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM or AFR 205
Crank: Eagle 4340
Pistons/rods: Mahle/Eagle H-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr/Quick Fuel 780cfm carb
Warranty: Per case basis
Price: $11,495
(870) 246-7460
www.keithcraft.com

JBA Racing
JBA Racing now offers small-block Ford 331 stroker engines designed to provide excellent horsepower and torque levels using the factory 289 or 302 block. The Stage 1 version uses carefully prepared factory parts to create an engine that is a great choice for your resto-mod project. The Stage 1 version is shown here being performance evaluated on the company's in-house engine dyno. Your engine is blueprinted, machined, and will be hand-built at the company's in-house facility in San Diego, California.

The Stage II 331 Ford stroker engine has become one of the company's most popular combinations for early model Mustangs and other Ford cars. Stage II and Stage III versions of this engine have produced more than 400 horsepower naturally aspirated. Prices start at $4,700 for long-block versions designed to produce 400 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque using a combination of factory and high-quality aftermarket components. For customers wanting greater horsepower levels JBA also offers more aggressive cam profiles and several types of aftermarket cylinder heads. For a sturdier foundation a Dart block can be added. JBA performance engines are custom-tuned and dyno tested to each individual application to provide a very high level of performance and reliability.
Engine Name: JBA 331 Anti Crate Stage I
Displacement: 331
HP/TQ: 400/395
Block: Stock 302 or Dart optional
Cylinder Heads: Stock, Dart, or Trick Flow extra
Crank: Scat or Eagle
Pistons/rods: Forged aluminum/Manley or Crower steel I-beam
Induction: Dual plane/Autolite 480cfm carb (optional Holley or other 600 cfm and aluminum single- or dual-plane)
Warranty: 1 year limited on Stage I only

Price: $4,700 and up
(858) 495-3395
www.jbaracing.com

M&R Engines
M&R Engines is a full service machining facility dedicated to high-performance engine design and production. It offers complete engines as well as engine kits for your high-performance Ford project. It offers in-house engine dyno testing services for the precise tuning of your new engine as well.
Engine Name: M&R HTX 427 stroker
Displacement: 427
HP/TQ: 475/460
Block: Production Ford 351W
Cylinder Heads: Pro Comp 190
Crank: 4340 forged steel
Pistons/rods: Probe Forged aluminum/4340 Forged H-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM/Holley 770cfm carb
Warranty: 2 years parts and workmanship
Price: $7,295
(818) 500-4990
www.mandrengines.com

Steve Schmitt Racing
Steve Schmitt Racing builds engines for the serious racer as well as a weekend warrior. SSR high performance engines and parts are designed to provide customers with the best possible competition engine for their budget.

Engine Name: 418 Windsor Ford Cobra Performance Engine
Displacement: 418
HP/TQ: 450/500
Block: Production Ford 351W
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Victor Jr
Crank: Eagle 4340
Pistons/rods: JE 10.5:1 forged aluminum/4340 forged steel H-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr/Quick Fuel 750cfm carb
Warranty: 24-month/24,000 miles
Price: $10,250
(317) 898-1831
www.steveschmidtracing.com

Patriot Performance
The crew at Patriot Performance is very well known for its line of cylinder heads for small-block and modular Fords, and has added to its GM-based engine program with a new Ford engine series. The first engine is a 347 stroker-based beauty that's ready for your project. Just add front dress and some headers and you're ready to twist the key. Plenty of options are available too, including performance oil pans, induction, and more.
Engine Name: Patriot Performance 347 SBF
Displacement: 347
HP/TQ: 425/378
Block: Production Ford 5.0 roller
Cylinder Heads: Patriot Performance 185cc Freedom Series aluminum
Crank: Scat forged
Pistons/rods: Forged Scat/Scat I-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr port matched
Warranty: 1 year unlimited miles
Price: $5,295
(888) 462-8276
www.patriot-performance.com

World Products
World Products offers engines that are an alternative to factory crate motors. It provides high-performance components that are reinforced in critical areas for excellent durability. World Products engines come completely balanced, dyno tested, and backed by a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty.
Engine Name: Hard Core Small Block Ford 427
Displacement: 427
HP/TQ: Not rated
Block: World Man O' War 9.5-inch cast-iron
Cylinder Heads: World Windsor Senior
Crank: Eagle 4340 forged steel
Pistons/rods: Manley coated/Eagle 4340 H-beam
Induction: Victor Jr
Warranty: 2 years/24,000 miles
Price: $9,295
(631) 981-1918
www.worldcastings.com

Smeding Performance
Smeding Performance in Rancho Cordova, California, is a major player in the crate engine marketplace. A wide selection in displacement and options combined with expert assembly and good prices make Smeding one of the guys to beat. This 347 Extreme from Smeding is loaded with extras such as forged pistons and I-beam connecting rods. Hardware up top is all Edelbrock including an Air Gap aluminum intake manifold.
Engine Name: 347 Extreme
Displacement: 347
HP/TQ: 405/405
Block: Dart Iron Eagle Sportsman
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Crank: Forged steel
Pistons/rods: Forged aluminum/4130 forged I-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap/Quick Fuel 650cfm carb
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
Price: $7,895

Trans Am Racing
Trans Am Racing has been around for a long time now and it has always kept up with the latest innovations. It now offers both short-deck and 351 Windsor-based stroker engines. Here is a Trans Am Racing 347 Street Demon on the engine dyno.
Engine Name: 347 Street Demon
Displacement: 347
HP/TQ: 410/380
Block: Production Ford 5.0 roller
Cylinder Heads: T/A Racing
Crank: Forged steel
Pistons/rods: Forged aluminum/forged steel H-beam
Induction: Edelbrock Air Gap/650cfm Speed Demon
Warranty: 1 year/parts and labor
Price: $6,895

Panhandle Performance
Panhandle Performance builds custom engines to suit classic Ford lovers' needs. Windsor-based engines range from 357 inches to over 460 inches. Whatever your needs are Panhandle Performance can build it, dyno test it, tune it, and ship it to your door. Inside the engine you'll find hardware like a Scat crank and 4340 forged steel H-beam rods. Complete the reciprocating assembly with your choice of Ross, Diamond, or Probe pistons. The Canfield Stage II heads top off the package. Many upgrades are available from Panhandle Performance including the FRPP or Dart engine blocks.
Engine Name: 408 Super Street Carbureted package
Displacement: 408
HP/TQ: 510/495
Block: Ford Racing 351W Sportsman or Dart
Cylinder Heads: Canfield Stage II
Crank: Scat cast steel
Pistons/rods: Probe, Diamond or Ross/ Scat 4340 H-beam Induction: Victor Jr or Weiand Stealth/Holley HP carb
Warranty: Per case basis
Price: $8,495
(850) 265-9818
www.panhandleperformance.com