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Blue Ovals in Boxes: 10 Awesome Ford Crate Engines for Under Your Hood


Whether you’re looking to replace a tired old Ford engine, swap in a more powerful mill, or modernize your classic muscle car or street rod with a mod motor, there are plenty of options available. Ford Racing Performance Parts, Edelbrock, BluePrint, ATK, and Roush Performance all offer crate motors to meet your performance and/or budgetary demands.

Here are 10 great Ford crate engine options:

ATK High Performance Ford 302 300HP Stage 2 Crate Engines

ATK High Performance Ford 302 300HP Stage 2 Crate EnginesWhy we like it: It fits the bill as a solid, affordable replacement for your worn out small block–with a little added kick. It’s billed as a good choice for daily drivers or mild mannered street rods. And the price is certainly right.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 302 cubic inches
Compression: 10.0:1
Power: 300 horsepower/336 ft.-lbs. of torque


What You Get/What You Need

You get most of the essentials–you’ll have to add a carburetor, air cleaner, spark plugs, and a few other items to finish it off. If you want the fully dressed version, you can step up to the Stage 3 for extra money. This one includes everything from the intake manifold down to the oil pan, including cast iron heads, hydraulic roller cam, OE-style crank and connecting rods, valve covers, damper, timing set and cover, oil and water pumps, and more.

Warranty: 24-month

BluePrint Engines Ford 306 390HP Base Crate Engine

BluePrint Engines Ford 306 390HP Base Crate EngineWhy we like it: It’s amazing what a few extra cubes gets you from this BluePrint 306. Based on the Ford 302, this small block delivers surprisingly big power–as in 390 horses! Even though it doesn’t come with everything included in the standard 302 above, it’s still competitively priced for the power you get.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 306 cubic inches
Compression: 9.5:1
Power: 390 horsepower/370 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

Includes a new cast steel crankshaft and connecting rods, hypereutectic pistons, hydraulic roller cam, aluminum cylinder heads with 190cc runners, valve covers, timing set, high-volume oil pump, and oil pan. You’ll need to add your own intake, carburetor, spark plugs, and related accessories.

Warranty: 30-month/50,000 miles



ATK High Performance Ford 351W 385HP Stage 3 Crate Engine

ATK High Performance Ford 351W 385HP Stage 3 Crate EngineWhy we like it: If you’re looking to drop a 351W into your car or truck, this ATK High Performance is the perfect starting point for your project. You can choose from budget-priced 300HP 351W engines, or go with the stouter 385-horse version. We like the 385HP Stage 3 engine. It gives you extra power in a turnkey package that comes in under the $6,000 mark.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 351 cubic inches
Compression: 9.8:1
Power: 385 horsepower/410 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

This is a complete drop-in option, with the carburetor, spark plug wires, and even flexplate included. Things you’ll need: air cleaner and wiring harness.

Warranty: 24-month

BluePrint Engines Ford 347 400HP Base Stroker Crate Engine

BluePrint Engines Ford 347 400HP Base Stroker Crate EngineWhy we like it: We’re fans of stroker motors, and you can find Ford crate motors for 331, 347, 393, and 408 setups, and more. This 347 is a great bang-for-buck option, offering 400 horsepower for under $4,200.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 347 cubic inches
Compression: 10.0:1
Power: 400 horsepower/415 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

You get a hand-picked, seasoned Ford 302 block that’s been bored .040 inches over. Inside, it features a cast crank, forged rods, and hypereutectic pistons to handle the extra power. BluePrint adds in its own aluminum cylinder heads, hydraulic roller camshaft, and a double roller timing set. To complete the setup, add your own intake manifold and induction system.

Warranty: 30-month/50,000 miles

Ford Racing EcoBoost Crate Engine

Ford Racing EcoBoost Crate EngineWhy we like it: That’s right–we’ve included a four-cylinder. You can’t deny that the performance of this compact little engine is impressive. The 2.0L powerhouse delivers 252 horsepower and 272 ft.-lbs. of torque in a very lightweight package. Seeing is believing, and more and more people are coming around to the Ford EcoBoost.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 2.0L
Compression: 9.3:1
Power: 252 horsepower/272 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

The latest technology is what you get. This 2.0L EcoBoost is outfitted with a Borg-Warner turbocharger that produces 16 psi of boost, twin independent variable camshaft timing, and a direct-injection, high-pressure fuel system. That’s how you make big (or at least respectable) power in a small package. It includes everything from the induction system, to the oil pan, to the valve covers and spark plugs. You even get the accessory drive, air cleaner, starter, alternator, and intercooler. It’s another turnkey solution!

Warranty: 24-month/24,000 miles

Roush Racing 511RFE Crate Engine

Roush Racing 511RFE Crate EngineWhy we like it: The Ford FE series is legendary in our books, yet it’s often overlooked. Roush Racing makes it possible to drop one of these iconic big blocks into your street rod or hot rod. The 511-cube big block is based on the 428FE and delivers in a big way with 575 horsepower that’s been refined for the street.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 511-cubic-inch
Power: 575 horsepower/580 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

This is a turnkey setup and is priced as such. Here’s what you get for your money: aluminum cross-bolted block, steel crank, H-beam connecting rods, forged pistons, CNC-ported aluminum heads, hydraulic roller cam, double roller timing chain, single-plane intake manifold, and Holley 4150 carburetor. Oil pan, plugs and plug wires, Roush air cleaner, distributor, alternator, water pump, and breathers are also included. There’s not much else you need!

Warranty: 2-year/24,000-mile

Ford Racing 427 535HP Crate Engine

Ford Racing 427 535HP Crate EngineWhy we like it: It’s a modern version of the legendary Ford 427FE motor. This one is built on Ford Racing’s Boss 351 block, so you get big block power in Ford’s small block Windsor package.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 427 cubic inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Power: 535 horsepower/545 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

How does Ford deliver 500-plus horsepower from a small block package? It starts with the Boss 351 block with 4-bolt mains, forged steel crank, H-beam connecting rods, and forged pistons. Ford Racing then adds its aluminum “Z” cylinder heads and .594-inch lift hydraulic roller camshaft. The engine also includes oil pan, valve covers, timing set and cover, harmonic balancer, and water pumps. You’ll need to add your own intake manifold and induction components.

Warranty: 24-month/24,000 miles

Ford Racing 5.0L DOHC Aluminator Naturally Aspirated Crate Engine

Ford Racing 5.0L DOHC Aluminator Naturally Aspirated Crate EngineWhy we like it: Another one of Ford Racing’s popular Aluminator engines, this is a great drop-in replacement for 2011-14 Mustang GTs. It’s also ideal for restomods and customs where an LS swap alternative is desired.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 5.0L
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1

What You Get/What You Need

Designed for naturally aspirated applications, this engine is built on a production Mustang GT aluminum block. It features aluminum heads, forged pistons, Manley H-beam connecting rods, Boss 302 bearings, composite GT intake manifold, Ford Racing engine cover kit, ARP 2000 bolts. It also comes with a throttle body, oil pan, valve covers, damper, water pump timing cover, and spark plugs.

Warranty: 24-month/24,000 miles


ATK High Performance Ford 460 525 Stage 3 Crate Engine

ATK High Performance Ford 460 525 Stage 3 Crate EngineWhy we like it: This engine allows you to drop in traditional 385 Series big block power for under 10 grand. And it comes with a special surprise–42 extra cubic inches. Based off the traditional 460, it’s stroked to offer 502 cubic inches and around 525 horsepower.


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 502 cubic inches
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Power: 525 horsepower/570 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

You get pretty much everything but the air cleaner and wiring harness to hook it up. Highlights include nodular iron crankshaft, forged connecting rods, hypereutectic pistons, hydraulic flat tappet cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM cylinder heads, intake manifold, carburetor, and much more.

Warranty: 24 months


Edelbrock Supercharged 5.0L Coyote Crate Engine

Edelbrock Supercharged 5.0L Coyote Crate EngineWhy we like it: 700 horsepower. 606 ft.-lbs. of torque. Enough said. 


Assembly: Long block
Displacement: 5.0L
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Power: 700 horsepower/606 ft.-lbs. of torque

What You Get/What You Need

You get a brand new Ford aluminum block, forged crankshaft, forged H-beam rods, and forged aluminum pistons as the foundation for this package. Up top, you might notice an Edelbrock E-Force TVS2300 supercharger with all the fixins–electric intercooler water pump, intercooler, and intercooler plumbing. This complete package also includes 50-pound fuel injectors, mass airflow sensor housing, front-end drive accessories, oil pan, valve covers, air cleaner, and more. It also comes with the necessary computer and wiring harness to get the engine hooked up and tuned.

Warranty: 24-month/24,000 miles.




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  1. If you talk bang for your buck it almost seems silly to go beyond the High Performance Ford 460 525HP Stage 3 Crate Engine.
    The only other one close is the Ford Racing 427 535 hp stroked small block
    Sure you can get more hp from supercharged Coyote or the Roush Racing FE. But you could buy two of these other options for the same money and double the power that way.

  2. fredrick mace says:

    do you have 514 aluminum block or where do i get that information ?

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  6. what would you suggest for a 71 Mach 1?

    • Daniel Wilson says:

      JD…Your question is valid and deserves an answer. You didn’t mention which engine your 1971 Mach 1 is equipped with but it was the last year of early Mustang production that high compression performance engines were available options from the factory and the choices were impressive.

      The 351 Cleveland (351C) with 4-barrel carburetor and good heads featuring large valves and ports. The Boss 351 was the most powerful production small block Ford ever available to the public. Only available in 1971, it was based on the 351C with performance upgrades including a larger carburetor, adjustable solid lifter valvetrain, forged engine internals, four bolt main bearing caps and much more. The Clevelands are part of Fords 335 Series of Engines and with modern aftermarket parts support of alloy heads and blocks, 400 + cubic inch stroker Clevelands are producing over 900 horsepower in naturally aspirated trim.

      The big block option for 1971 Mustangs was the 429 Cobra Jet (CJ) and Super Cobra Jet (SCJ) Engines. They are part of Fords 385 Series of Engines which includes the 460 which provided big torque for Ford and Lincoln-Mercury full size Sedans.

      The 429/460 is also supported by the performance aftermarket and is the logical choice for big cubic inch Ford Performance Engines to build or buy as assembled crate engines at an affordable price.

      Since your ‘71 chassis was designed to accept both the 351C and 429 engines, parts like engine mounts and headers are still available so either one will bolt right in. The intended usage, such as street/strip and the budget available should be considered when choosing an engine. The 351C offers power in a small block light weight package. The 429/460 offers power and good torque with the additional weight of a big block.

      Transmissions available from the factory included both manual and automatic. The aftermarket offers some good 5 and 6 speed manual and automatic overdrive conversions. The best choice for an engine from the many good ones included in this article would be the ATK 460/502 big block stroker assembly. It offers good streetable power at a reasonable price and includes a warranty. For more choices, check out the excellent crate engines in the Ford Performance catalog online.
      And the beat goes on…..

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  9. John Tibolla says:

    I’m looking for a turn key 400 hp plus small block for my wifes 91 fox body please give me best option and price shipping would be to central Pennsylvania thank you.

  10. Lona Perry says:

    I have a 77 Cobra II 302 w manual trans. I was wondering what engines would fit. Also where I could get motor mounts. Thank you

  11. Peter malcolm says:

    Need a high performance engine for my 03 mustang gt

  12. I really been looking at your 502 for a project of mine. My question is how much boost can this motor handle. Also want some motor without intake manifold and carburetor. But from your list it’s the only Big Blocks you offer from Ford . What I know about some motor is that it’s very strong. And is a torque monster. Ideal for Marine Motors inboard… I have an 87 Mustang, cut the front clip off welded in a tubular K member. I paid extra for this K member can accommodate practically any motor.. coilover suspension, adjustable upper and lower control arms. I already have a supercharger ProCharger F-3X-140 good for
    60 PSI.

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  14. Thomas Brown III says:

    Please help me with my 1993 Mustang Gt I like Ford Racing 427/ 535 HP Crate Engine as a project. Would this be a reasonable daily driver application too pursue. I have a 5 speed. 8.8 rear with 3.55 gears. Too finish motor off I like to use Sniper EFI system, dual Sync distributor. on a Edelbrock Super Victor Intake. Is Ford Racing 427 535HP Crate Engine a good choice for my vision of durability/reliability for the street.

  15. Suggest the best and high performance engine for mustang 427R?

  16. Pete Brasee says:

    Would like to stick a V-6 into a 61 Metropolitan. Any suggestions or ideas.
    Thank you.

  17. Hello, we have a customer with a 67 mustang and he wants to install a new motor with transmission which adds a little more power over the original and be still very reliable, which one would you offer us?

  18. Brian Dickey says:

    Looking for a 460 for a 1978 f250. Not sure I want carburetors on it . May look at some kind of fuel injection system or a trouble free starting motor. Any suggestions?

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