Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 13, 2006
At $3,299 retail, Blueprint Engines' Base 347 stroker ranks among the more affordable crate engines. Modified cast-iron heads and a flat-tappet cam help keep the cost down, yet it still pumps out a respectable 330 hp.

Blueprint Engines
Relatively new on the Ford scene is Blueprint Engines, but the company already offers a number of Ford small-block crate engines including a pair of 347s that are ideal for vintage Mustangs. Two versions of the Base 347 are offered, one with modified cast-iron heads and another with Dart aluminum heads. Both come with a flat-tappet camshaft and Professional Products' aluminum dual-plane intake manifold. At $3,299 retail, the Base 347 with cast-iron heads and 330 hp is an affordable option for vintage Mustang owners in need of a replacement engine.

As with every Blueprint Engine, the 347 engines are balanced, blueprinted, and dyno-tested. They come with a two-year, 24,000 mile limited warranty.

A Base 408 based on a stroked 5.8 with aluminum heads and dual-plane intake is also available. All of Blueprint Engines' crate engines are offered in dressed configurations with carburetor, distributor, fuel pump, and so on. Edelbrock multi-port fuel injection is also offered.

Description

Block

Heads

Cam

Intake

HP

Price

Base 347Stroked 5.0Cast-ironFlat-tappetDual-plane330$3,299
Base 347Stroked 5.0Dart aluminumFlat-tappetDual-plane370$5,695
Base 408Stroked 5.8Tri-State aluminumFlat-tappetDual-plane400$5,899