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Thanks for your input Jay. We've considered building it ourselves from the shortblock up; but as far as value, warranty, having no experience, etc ... we are beginning to wonder if the extra cost is worth buying the full completed motor. Plus it'd be really nice to have something to just drop in and go! I guess we need to weigh our options and figure out the pros and cons of each. Thanks again.
well I guess the money is steep and I was already worried after lashing out 2000 for my engine.
I guess like JMD said you could build a monster yourself for half price, but noone will warrant that and you might end up destroying expensive parts and then ending up going to buy a crate engine.
I never heard of their engines reliability etc, but they claim:
Q: Will my Keith Craft Performance Engine come with a warranty?
A: All Street/Performance engines come with a 2yr 24K mile Warranty. Any racing or use of any oils other Joe Gibbs Hot Rod Oil will void all warranties.
worth discussing with them anyway on what exactly that implies
302ci, Edelbrock RPM heads and cam, 650 Holley DP(Ultra Street Avenger), Hooker Long Tube headers and Flowmaster 40s
Quick Performance Racing 9" rear, Moser axles, 3.5:1 trac-loc from FRPP and T5 transmission.
CSRP disc brakes front and FRPP discs back. http://www.gascc.ie
I was and still am looking at their 408W. I emailed them and Keith emailed me directly the next day, kind of unexpected that he sent it out. (At least it appeared to be him using his name in the email). I got pretty good vibes after communicating with them.
Have you looked at Woody's engines? fordstrokers.com If I had the money to get one today, this is who I would most likely go with.
When I bought my 347 I had narrowed down between Fordsrokers, Smedding, and Keith Kraft. All had good reps. Ended up going with Fordstrokers somewhat cheaper and within driving distance. No warranty or dyno - but turned out I did not need either. Good guy to deal with. May want to check out engine factory also. Heard some positives about them and they were willing to deal at the end of the season. The Keith Kraft engine sure looks sweet though.
We looked at the Engine Factory engines as well. They seem to stand behind what they sell although when we looked at their 351w/435hp we saw some components that didn't stack up with the price. They don't dyno test their engines either. Not to say they are bad at all, there were just more benefits with the Keith Craft. When you add up the parts list in the street 408w from KC you come to around 6k. Add in a dyno session, tuning and a strong track record and the package seems to make pretty strong sense. From people we have talked to Keith really seems to back his products. Those were are thoughts on things anyway.
No doubt you could build a screaming street engine for much less coin if you were to DIY and if we had any engine-building experience it would be the way to go.
We have contacted Woody (FordStrokers) about what he would recommend us doing as he has come highly recommended also. Starting from a shortblock up may be an option also depending on what he says.
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