Wayne Cook
January 17, 2007

Panhandle Performance
Panhandle Performance Street stroker engines are available in a variety of displacements. Inside the engine you'll find hardware such as a Scat crank and 4340-steel forged 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 cylinder blocks.

Engine Name: 331 Super Street Carbureted
Displacement: 331 ci
Block: Ford 5.0 roller
Cylinder Heads: Canfield Stage 1
Crank: Scat cast steel
Piston/Rod: Ross pistons/Scat 4340 rods
Induction: Extra
Warranty: Per-case basis
Price: $5,995
Engine Name: 408 Super Street Carbureted package
Displacement: 408 ci
Block: Ford 351W, Ford Sportsman or Dart extra
Cylinder Heads: Canfield Stage II
Crank: Scat cast steel
Piston/Rod: Probe, Diamond, or Ross pistons/Scat 4340 H-beam rods
Induction type: Edelbrock Victor Jr. or Weiand Stealth/Holley HP Carb
Warranty: Per-case basis
Price: $8,495
This 347 Extreme from Smeding is loaded with extras. Smeding forged pistons and I-beam connecting rods make for a stout reciprocating assembly. Hardware up top is all Edelbrock, including an Air Gap aluminum intake manifold.

Smeding Performance
Smeding Performance in Rancho Cordova, California, is now a major player in the crate engine and stroker marketplace. A wide selection in displacement and options combined with expert assembly and good prices make Smeding one of the companies to beat.

Engine Name: 347 Extreme
Displacement: 347 ci
Block: Ford 5.0 roller
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Crank: Nodular iron
Piston/Rod: Forged aluminum pistons/4130 Forged I-beam rods
Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap
Warranty: 2 years
Price: $5,495
Smeding Performance has an in-house engine dyno for testing output and making specific component evaluations. This 427 Cobra Special is up and running on electronic fuel injection. The engine was tuned to perfection by Ben Smeding himself.
Engine Name: 427 Cobra Special
Displacement: 427 ci
Block: Ford Sportsman/Dart optional
Head: Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Crank: 4340 Steel
Piston/Rod: Forged pistons/4340 steel rods
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Warranty: 2 years
Price: $7,495

Steve SchmiDt Competition Racing Engines
Steve Schmidt Racing is dedicated to the serious racer as well as the weekend warriors. The company's high-performance engines and parts are designed to provide its racing customers with the best possible competition engine that fits their racing budget.

Engine Name: 418 Windsor Ford Cobra Performance
Displacement: 418 ci
Block: Ford 351W
Cylinder Heads: Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Crank: Eagle 4340
Piston/Rod: JE 10.5:1 forged pistons/4340 H-beam rods
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr./ Holley 750-cfm carb
Warranty: 24 months/24,000 miles
Price $10,250

Trans Am Racing
Trans Am Racing offers both short-deck and 351 Windsor-based stroker engines. While the 347 Street Demon is a great engine, the all-aluminum King Cobra 427 also sounds like a winner. It has TA Racing's own cylinder heads, ported Super Victor intake, and Barry Grant carb. The company also offers a series of small-block Ford road-racing engines.

Here a Trans Am Racing 347 Street Demon is wound up on the engine dynamometer at Carroll Shelby's shop. The cool blower-drive-style front dress is available from TA Racing.
Engine Name: 347 Street Demon
Displacement: 347 ci
Block: 5.0 roller
Cylinder Heads: Trans Am Racing
Crank: Forged steel
Piston/Rod: Forged pistons/ forged steel H-beam rods
Induction: Edelbrock Air Gap/650 Speed Demon
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
Price: $6,895
This Trans Am Racing 427 King Cobra is an in-house specialty that includes an aluminum block, special TA Racing aluminum cylinder heads, and a Barry Grant carburetor.
Engine Name: All-Aluminum King Cobra 427
Displacement: 427 ci
Block: Fontana
Cylinder Heads: TA/Racing aluminum
Crank: 4340 steel
Piston/Rod: Forged pistons/ forged steel H-beam rods
Induction: Edelbrock Super Victor/Barry Grant 850Mighty Demon carb
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
Price: Starts at $12,999
This view of the World Man O' War cast-iron block shows the extra-robust construction incorporated into the design. It's available in four different deck heights: 8.2, 8.7, 9.2, and 9.5 inches.

World Products
World Products offers engines that are an alternative to factory crate motors. The company provides high-performance components that are reinforced in critical areas for excellent durability. If you decide to add a power adder, the engine is ready for it. World Products engines come completely balanced and dyno tested.

Engine Name: Daily Driver
Displacement: 302 ci
Block: World Man O' War 8.2
Cylinder Heads: Cast iron
Crank: Forged steel
Piston/Rod: Forged aluminum/ forged steel
Induction: Aluminum dual plane
Warranty: 2 years/24,000 miles
Price: $6,995
Engine Name: Hard Core Small-BlockFord 427
Displacement: 427 ci
Block: World Man O' War 9.5 cast-iron block
Head: World Windsor Senior
Crank type: Eagle 4340 forged steel crank
Piston/Rod: Manley coated Pistons/Eagle 4340 H-beam rods
Induction type: Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Warranty: 2 years/24,000 miles
Price: $9,295