common mistake that Ford crate engine customers make when shopping for
the best Ford crate engine value is that they try to compare motor
combinations, performance numbers, and price to determine which offering
has the most value. It's confusing because one offering can use cheap
or inferior fasteners, gaskets, bearings, rings, valvetrain etc. that
wont show up on the "spec sheet" and seem like a bargain. On the other
hand, another offering might make "more power" and seem like the best
performer. But there is much more that goes into a Ford crate engine
besides a collection of parts, labor to machine and assemble them, and a
dyno sheet. The engine development process is the most important
factor of all and won't show up on a spec sheet or dyno chart.
development process is also where the most money is spent, before even
one motor is sold. You can have a great spec sheet or a great dyno
chart but if the motor isn't durable or if the parts are not matched
properly then what seemed like the best buy really isn't. What if that
cheap rocker arm or valve retainer fails 10,000 miles later? Who's
fault is it? The engine builder can torque everything down, pass all
the pressure checks during assembly, and make great power on a dyno
before shipment, but are those parts designed to work together in
harmony long after? That is why the most important part of your crate
engine is the development and testing that went into it. That is where
the true value of your Ford Racing crate engine is. Without it, your
potentially left with a dead motor, flashy spec sheet, impressive dyno
chart, scraped knuckles, and a light wallet.
After the performance targets are reached,
the Ford crate engine is
run for durability. Durability testing is based on the market
application of the Ford crate engine. Various durability tests may be
run, sometimes as severe as 50 hours at wide open throttle, full power.
Others may be cycling tests where the Ford crate engine accelerates
from peak torque to peak power, then decelerates back to peak torque,
repeating this cycle for many hours. If something fails or shows
premature wear, then the development process
is started over. The weakness is resolved and durability testing
again. Upon successful completion of
durability testing, the Ford crate engine package is released for
production. This work ensures that you get a Ford crate motor that
deserves to wear the Blue Oval.
At Ford Motor Company, "Quality
is Job 1" and that extends to every facet of the business, including
crate engines from Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP). Ford Racing
crate engines are built with quality components, undergo rigorous
testing both on a dyno and at the track, and are assembled to exacting
crate engine begins with many new components, including rods and
pistons, cylinder heads and the finest gaskets and seals available.
Only after everything has been assembled to Ford's strict standards
does an FRPP crate engine earn the right to wear the Ford oval.
help illustrate Ford Racing's commitment to excellence, we walked through
the crate engine assembly line to showcase some of the many steps that
FRPP engines go through to ensure that customers receive one of the
highest quality crate engines on the market.
procedures highlighted above serve to illustrate the rigorous controls
that go into building FRPP's high-quality pushrod crate engines.