Mustang Engine Upgrade (S05E12)

Chris Duke shows you how to upgrade a stock 1987 Ford Mustang GT engine to a new 331 crate motor from BluePrint Engines.

Episode Links

BluePrint Engines
Hedman Hedders
XS Power
AutoTwirler Engine Stands

Partz Mentions

Craftsman Heavy Duty Disc Pad Spreader
Covercraft DUSTOP Car Covers
Katzkin Leather Interior
Mothers Polish LeatherTech Moisture Infusion Gel Cream
Mothers Polish LeatherTech Foaming Wash

Episode Notes

Welcome to the season 5 finale! We started this season by showing you how to rebuild a Chevy small block V8 engine, so it’s only appropriate that we finish the season in a similar fashion… by showing you how to do a Ford engine swap!

In this episode, we return our focus to “Project Black Mamba”, our 1987 Ford Mustang GT. Where previously we updated the suspension, this time around we head right to the heart of this classic Mustang by upgrading the stock 302 V8 engine with over 200k miles with a new ready-to-run 331 crate motor from BluePrint Engines. All their engines are dyno tested before they ship, and our new V8 produced 392 HP and 398 ft. lbs. of torque! This engine can be dropped right into a 1986-1993 Ford Mustang.

Chris begins by showing you how to remove the stock engine, install a few extras to the BluePrint Engines motor, and drop it into the engine bay, and hook it all up!. There’s a lot going on in this episode, so sit back and enjoy! We owe a huge thanks to BluePrint Engines, Hedman Hedders, XS Power, and for all their help making this episode possible!

This episode features our regular segments, Partz, and Letterz. In “Partz”, Chris talks about Craftsman’s heavy duty disc pad spreader, Covercraft’s indoor DUSTOP car cover, RC4WD’s Trail Finder 2 Truck Kit, the DashMat, and how to care for your Katzkin leather interior with Mothers Polish.

As always, be sure to stick around to watch our out-takes at the very end… Kermit the Frog?


This episode features an original Motorz theme song by Jeremy Pritchard.

  1. How much would this cost? Cuz a YearOne 350 power crate costs $3k and makes over 400 hp and over 400 ft/lbs

  2. Why would you install the headers after you drop the engine in? Also who bolts motor mounts to the k member instead of the block…………..makes the process harder.

  3. I think reinstalling a new high performance engine like that you would not hear the word smog at all. In addition to that crank pulley adapter, wouldn’t Loctite reassure that thing never flew off?

  4. If she cant see well in the dark, why is she driving in the dark? I don’t need to see the brake pedal to find it. I mean, I hope nobody has to see the brake pedal to use it. Imagine lifting of your eyes from the soon to happen accident to find the brake pedal to maybe have a chance to then brake in time and not have said accident…I mean, i’m shocked someone drives without being able (sometimes) to feel/find the brake pedal quickly…

  5. I am surprised that they didn’t resurface the fly wheel for a new engine or replace it. I would have steam clean the enginecompartment . Wouldn’t be easier to install the engine block mount to the engine,and also to install the headers to theengine at first before installing it in car.

  6. Anyone have an opinion on installing a 3.7L ecoboost engine from a 2011+ mustang into a 2006 in place of a 4.0L ? I know the electric steering vs regular power steering pump is one issue. I am looking at how much more power this engine has over the 4.0 and so much better gas mileage. As well as my 4.0 has 140,000 miles on it and trying to get a game plan to replace it when it craps out instead of spending a ton repairing I want to know my best options on putting a low mileage newer engine or rebuilt engine in with all new parts and accessories.

  7. when i clicked on this video and it said how to upgrade a ford engine… i was expecting to see an ls engine !!!!!!!!

  8. Why would you use the same clutch when doubling the power? Also, why would you put back an EGR?

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