Ford Racing Performance Parts takes you on a tour of our 5.0L Aluminator crate engine build line in Livonia Michigan. These hand assembled crate engines are available in naturally aspirated or supercharged versions. Applications include 2011-2014 Mustang GT or any Ford "resto-mod" or street rod build using our Coyote Crate Engine Controls Pack.
Here at the Ford Racing PAS (Performance Assembly Solutions) engine plant in Livonia Michigan – engineers take time and pride in building some of the most powerful and reliable Ford engines available to the aftermarket. After the engine is dissembled, cleaned and de burred it is jet washed and a dried with compressed air. The block is then gauged and all measurements and clearances are noted and recorded against the engine serial number for future reference.
The engine is assembled using Manley H beam forged Rods, Mahle Pistons with graphal low friction coatings dished 9.5:1compression for supercharged and 11:1compression for naturally aspirated applications. All components are assembled with ARP performance fasteners and bolts.
Main bearings are installed and sized for each individual engines measurements and specifications
The rebalanced crankshaft is installed next and then the main bearing caps are installed in their correct positions and torqued in sequence to spec with an electronic torque gun.
The crankshaft is then rotated with a special tool to measure average roll away and peak break away torque and the measurements are recorded again to the engines serial number.
Next the piston and rod assemblies are lubricated with oil and installed into the block, the rod caps are installed and then all torqued to spec with the electronic torque gun
The engine assembly is then rotated again and torque to turn is measured and recorded again for peak break away and average turning torque.
Now on the underside of the engine, it’s time to install the oil pan baffle (windage tray) and gasket, followed by the oil pump pick up tube. On the top of the engine its time to install the multi layered steel cylinder head gaskets and then the Ford cylinder heads.
The intake and exhaust camshafts are then lubricated and installed followed by the cam caps ensuring correct placement and orientation
Timing chains are next along with the VCT phasers and the engine is then timed using the ID marks on the gears with those on the chains.
All that’s left now is to install the engine covers – valve covers, timing covers and intake manifold and the engine then moves onto a series of final tests.
First is the coolant leak pressure test, then the engine is primed with heated oil to test oil pressure and torque to turn. The final cold stand function is to measure and test individual cylinder pressures and record them against the engine serial number.
Now the Ford racing Aluminator engine is complete and ready to race – What engine would you like to put in your ford Mustang or resto mod? Leave your comments below.