Jim Smart
June 1, 2004

Coast High Performance is home to the 347 Street Fighter high-performance, small-block V-8. The 347 Street Fighter isn't just one type of engine, but a family of small-block Fords bored and stroked to the same dimensions, but very different in terms of performance. Call it sibling rivalry of the best kind. The 347 Street Fighter and Street Fighter GT are snappy street engines you can sink your teeth into. Let's take a closer look.

Street Fighter GT* Cast-Steel Crankshaft* CHP CNC Beam Forged 5.400-inch Connecting Rods* Probe SRS Forged Pistons* Pro Mustang Hydraulic Roller Camshaft* Performance-Prepped Cylinder Heads* 4.040-inch Bore* 3.400-inch StrokePrice: $1,999.99 (Short-Block)Price: $3,999.99 (Long-Block)

Street Fighter* Cast Steel Crankshaft* CHP CNC Beam Forged 5.315" Steel Connecting Rods* Probe SRS Forged Pistons* Dished & Blower Dish Piston Available* Pro Mustang Hydraulic Roller Camshaft* Edelbrock Performer Cylinder HeadsPrice: $2,299.99 (Short-Block)Price: $4,799.99 (Long-Block)

The 347 Street Fighter GT and Street Fighter engines are also available as kits that you may assemble yourself for less money. Although it may seem like you are saving money by assembling the engine yourself, there are bound to be things you are going to miss, which could wind up costing you plenty later. There's a lot to be said for having a professional build it for you. It's peace of mind money can't buy.

Although our focus here is the 347ci Street Fighter series, Coast High Performance (CHP) offers other displacements: 306, 331, 393, 408 and 427ci. CHP also offers 385-series, big-block crate engines displacing 521, 532, 545 and 557ci-yielding quite the powerhouse of convenient brute crate force. Also new from CHP are 4.6L and 5.0L SOHC and DOHC Modular V-8s. CHP has plenty of accessories and components on hand, offering you the convenience of one-stop shopping for your crate-motor experience.

For more information: Coast High Performance, Dept. MF, 2555 W. 237th St., Torrance, CA 90505; (310) 784-1010; www.coasthigh.com.

Crate Tips*When ordering a crate engine, be very specific about specs and get it in writing. Know exactly what is included in your crate engine purchase.

* Confirm what is included in the price of the engine. Shipping costs are normally not included. Shipping costs can get downright expensive-amounting to hundreds of dollars, depending on how far you live from the builder.

* If casting numbers and dates are important to you, confirm specifics with the builder before placing your order. Most crate engine builders will send you whatever they have for your '65 Mustang, which means it could be any block/head casting from 40 years of small-block production.

* If your crate engine includes the camshaft, what are the camshaft specifications? Camshaft specs have a huge effect on power and performance. Will the builder allow you to choose the camshaft?

* If your builder offers kits, short-blocks and long-blocks, confirm what is included with each. for example, kits and short-blocks don't normally include the oil pump. Long-blocks don't normally include the oil pan and timing cover. Most of these include the gasket set.

* When ordering your crate engine, seriously consider a roller hydraulic camshaft for both efficiency and performance. It is money well spent.

* Always opt for the best gaskets available. The emotional rush of spending less is quickly forgotten when there's oil on the driveway or the popping of a blown head gasket.

Seal The DealFew of us think about the importance of proper gasket sealing, that is until there's oil on the garage floor-or worse, coolant in the oil. When you are practicing your talents on a freshly delivered crate engine, your focus needs to be proper installation of gaskets. Too many of us get this one wrong time and time again.