What it is: GM 350ci short-block crate engine
Some details: It includes a crankshaft made of nodular iron, aluminum pistons, ZZ4 connecting rods, and Edelbrock aluminum heads (so you can use regular pump gas) with a 64cc combustion chamber and straight spark plugs.
Oh, and...: It makes 320 hp at 5,500 rpm and 382 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
What it'll cost you: $2,395.
Also: The engine in this photo has the optional ZZ4 heads.
How to get it: Go Auto Center, 214/634-3900, www.goautocenter.com
What it is: 514ci Performance Crate Engine
Some details: This mill has 9.8:1 compression, Super Cobra Jet aluminum cylinder heads and valvetrain, Victor Jr. single-plane intake manifold (that requires a Dominator carb), and also includes spark plugs, valve covers, and a high-performance solid-roller mechanical camshaft.
Oh, and...: Expect 625 hp at 6,250 rpm and 600 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.
What it'll cost you: $7,895.
Also: You may need to switch to a performance oil pan and pickup, and if a mechanical fuel pump is to be used, the front cover must be changed and a fuel-pump eccentric added to the front of the camshaft.
How to get it: Ford Racing Performance Parts, 586/468-1356, www.fordracingparts.com
What it is: 383 Off-Road Plus engine
Some details: The new-parts list includes a GM heavy-duty 350 four-bolt-main engine block, Crane Cams valvesprings, a Holley 110-gph mechanical fuel pump, an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb, and a Mallory HEI distributor and coil.
Oh, and...: Look for 402 hp at 5,300 rpm and 448 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm on 91 octane.
What it'll cost you: Long-block with manifold and tin: $5,499; turnkey package: $6,399.
Also: Some GM body styles don't have enough firewall clearance for the distributor, so verify before you order so they can make the necessary changes before sending it to you.
How to get it: Beck Racing Engines, 602/477-1700, www.beckracingengines.com
What it is: KB500 Chevy-style block
Some details: It's an aluminum version of the big-block Chevy engine, and the package includes the fully machined block with sleeves sized to your specs, main caps, installed cam bearings, and other race-ready hardware. The maximum bore-and-stroke is 4.500, and it comes in standard or .400 tall styles.
Oh, and...: It's good for applications up to 1,700 horses, and is a dry-liner block (the block is made to run in applications that need to circulate water without the worry of water getting into the oil).
What it'll cost you: $4,830.
Also: Stock or aftermarket 454 Mark IV or Gen IV parts bolt to this block.
How to get it: Keith Black Racing Engines, 562/869-1518, www.keithblack.com
What it is: Pro Series Engines
Some details: Performance engine packages for Toyota four-cylinder engines: 20R, 22R, 22RE, 2RZ, and 3RZ.
Oh, and...: The engines are designed to bump ponies and torque utilizing the stock Toy intakes and exhaust.
What it'll cost you: They start at $3,487.05.
Also: Improvements can include mid-range torque, mid-range horsepower, and low-rpm throttle response.
How to get it: LC Engineering, 877/505-2501, www.lcengineering.com
What it is: Performer Engine No. 45400
Some details: It's built from a new GM Goodwrench 350 short-block with four-bolt mains and Edelbrock parts, such as the Performer Series 600-cfm carb, manifold, aluminum heads, camshaft, and the Elite Series aluminum valve covers. There's also an MSD Pro-Billet distributor. It has a 9:1 compression ratio.
Oh, and...: It makes 320 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque.
What it'll cost you: $4,695.99.
Also: It's shown here with the optional water pump.
How to get it: Northern Auto Parts, 800/831-0884, www.northernautoparts.com