A great little engine for early Mustangs, Falcons, Cobra kit cars, etc where you want to stay with the 289 / 302 sized engine rather than going with a 351W size is something like this hot little 331 stroker. The nice thing about a 331 is the internal geometry isn't as bad as the 347. In other words, there is less piston side loading with a 331 compared to a 347, which helps make more power per cubic inch and doesn't wear the cylinder walls, or expose the rings as much as a 347 does.
This particular engine was based on a hard to find Mexican block which are much heavier duty than any standard 289 or 302 American blocks. It features a a fully ARP studded bottom-end with one of our billet main supports, a Scat 4340 forged crank, super strong and light weight Scat 4340 "Pro Comp" I beam rods, SRP forged lightweight pistons, a fully balanced rotating assembly, Iron ductile-plasma moly rings, a custom ground roller cam with light weight (transfer bar) roller lifters, fully CNC'd AFR heads, chrome moly push rods, roller rockers, a port matched Edelbrock RPM Air Gap intake manifold, topped off with a nice little 600 cfm Quick Fuel carb. Oh, and this engine is also getting a little 100HP shot of nitrous once it's in the car. An engine of this caliber an easily run on the $9,000 - $10,000 area depending on how complete it is, or how many outer accessories you want with it.
We do a LOT of small block Ford engines in al kinds of configurations, from mild street, to street/strip, to all out hard core race use.
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