One company offers dyno-tested crate engines ready-to-ship, with a great warranty, and at a price anyone can afford!
When you’re in the market for an engine for your muscle car project, sometimes you need to go big, and sometimes you need to go practical. One company we came across called Blueprint Engines can do both, and at a price that ought to leave some cash in your wallet for other stuff. When you’re spending dollars on a weekend toy, you’ve only got one chance to get it right. You probably never thought about having a warranty on a hot rod engine, but it’s nice to know that Blueprint stands behind their crate engines with a 30 month, 50,000-mile promise. We also dig the fact that all Blueprint crate motors come dyno tested on a DTS/Superflow Powermark dyno, the same one we rely on for scoring accuracy in the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge. (Trust us, they don’t give up HP numbers easy.) On the budget side of things, this 355ci small-block Chevy partial long-block assembly with iron heads is the perfect example of what we’re talking about. It’s rated by Blueprint at 310 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. This package gets you a cast-iron crank and cast pistons with 9.5:1 compression, a four-bolt main block, flat-tappet cam with .480/.486-inch lift and 229/230 duration, and assembly by Blueprint’s master engine builders. Just add your intake, distributor, balancer, flywheel, and carb, and you’re there. Cost on this 355 is just $2,295—including the dyno test and warranty. Fully dressed with an aluminum dual-plane intake, 600cfm carb, and HEI distributor, the price rises to a modest and manageable $3,095 (photo shown above).
Need something besides a 355 Chevy? Blueprint also has 383s, 396s (small-block), 496 big-blocks, and LS motors in stock, ready to ship. Ford guys are covered too, with 331ci, 347ci, and 408ci Windsors. Mopar guys can get into the action with 408ci small-block combos and 493ci big-block Wedge crate motors. You can also choose your Blueprint engine as a short-block (this 355 is just $1,699), and build the rest with your own parts, saving you even more cash. If your budget allows you to own a take-no-prisoners mill, Blueprint has their Pro Series engines that can take the pony count well north of 800hp. It’s not cheap, but it’s a lot less than you might think. Blueprint engines are also stocked by Summit Racing, meaning you’ll get a great deal on a product you can trust. Before you buy, you owe it to yourself to check with Blueprint, unless you’ve got money to throw away!