Mustang Crate Engines Buying Guide

Mustang Crate Engines Buying Guide

Last Updated February 5, 2020

Sometimes the inevitable bad day comes. Whether you’re running your Mustang hard at the dragstrip or it’s a revving contest gone wrong, we can confidently say that sometimes stuff happens and it’s out of our control.

But, that’s all part of the hobby and a chance we take as enthusiasts when we modify our vehicles. If that horrible time does come when you’re in search of a new crate engine, look no further than CJ’s to power your Mustang better and powerful than ever before!

Ford Performance 435HP 5.0L 4V Coyote Crate Engine

Out of the new S550 Mustang GT is the 435 horsepower variant of the 5.0 Liter 4-Valve V8, nicknamed the “Coyote.” Being the most recent Mustang GT engine, many look to the 435HP Coyote engine to swap into their older body style Mustangs. There is even an National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA) class dedicated solely to this engine named Coyote Stock, where racers are to use a sealed Coyote crate engine in their drag car. Even with such limitations, racers are dipping into the low 10s in the quarter mile! To put that in perspective, an S550 Mustang GT that rolled off the showroom floor will run a 12.8.

With that said, many enthusiasts and racers are turning to “Coyote Swap” their builds with this sophisticated engine. With features like Dual Overhead Cams combined with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT), the Coyote motor is extremely versatile in its capabilities. If you pick up this crate motor, be sure to add a control pack as well!

5.0L Coyote Crate Engine

Ford Performance 5.0L Aluminator XS Crate Engine

If you’re looking for something more than the factory 5.0L Coyote in your 2011-2014 Mustang GT, then meet the 5.0L Aluminator XS. With an 11:0:1 Compression Ratio and a host of forged internals, this crate engine is no joke. The 5.0L Aluminator XS is aimed to make over 500 horsepower at the crank.

This crate engine is perfect if you have a high-end restomod build or you’re looking to make a strict high-revving road course car. Additionally, this crate engine requires a custom engine calibration and you’ll likely want to strengthen up the rest of your drivetrain to handle the extra power as well.

5.0L Aluminator XS Crate Engine

Ford Performance 345HP Boss 302 Crate Engine

For an early model car, sometimes the tried and true combination is not only what works best, but also what sounds and performs best for the build itself. With that said, the 345 horsepower Boss 302 crate engine would fit perfectly in any 1965-1973 Mustang.

This crate engine is ideal for those who want to upgrade the straight six out of their early model Mustang, or simply want a full replacement for the tired, worn out engine in their classic ‘Stang. And for such a light car, 345 horsepower is no slouch either!

345HP Boss 302 Crate Engine

Ford Performance 350HP 347 Cubic Inch Sealed Crate Engine

Looking to kick it up a notch on your early model Mustang? How about 347 cubic inches of all-American V8! The 347 CI sealed crate engine comes from Ford Performance with an impressive 350 horsepower.

There is no doubt that this 347 cubic inch motor will provide good, reliable, long term power for your Mustang build!

347 Cubic Inch Mustang Crate Engine

Ford Performance 575HP 460 Cubic Inch Crate Engine

Whether you’re looking for big power in your early model build or SN95 Mustang, this 460 cubic inch monster from Ford Performance is here to deliver. Offering a staggering 575 horsepower at the crank - all naturally aspirated - this crate engine is no joke!

Using the incredibly successful Windsor Block from the BOSS 351, this Z460 is the largest displacement small block Windsor engine ever created! Packed with high-performance oriented internals, this Z460 crate engine is sure to pump out 575 horsepower of mind-numbing naturally aspirated power!

460 Cubic Inch Mustang Crate Engine

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Mustang Crate Engines Buying Guide

Whether your project started out with no engine to begin with, or you ran into some serious bad luck with your current engine configuration, it may be time to check out some of the crate engines from Ford for your Mustang. Offering a variety of different options for early model all the way to present Mustangs, CJ’s is your go-to spot when it comes to finding the right crate engine for your pony car!

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