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Ford Cammer 5.0L V8 - Crate engine for grownups

Ford Racing Performance Parts' (FRPP) new Cammer engine is for serious aftermarket enthusiasts only.


Cammer V8 from Ford Racing Performance Parts.
 
1965 Mustang Fastback features an all-aluminum Cammer V8 crate engine with four two-barrel Weber carburetors.

Tall, goofy-looking rear spoilers and enlarged exhaust pipes are aftermarket equipment for kids. Ford Racing Performance Parts' (FRPP) new Cammer engine is for serious aftermarket enthusiasts only. The 5.0-liter V8 crate engine is a descendant of the SVT Mustang Cobra 4.6-liter engine family. One big difference is larger 94-mm bores (compared to 90.2) with flanged cylinder liners resulting in the 5.0 liters of displacement. Other differences include forged pistons, an 11.0:1 compression ratio, ported heads, higher lift cams, and beehive-shaped valve springs.

The Cammer produces 420 horses and comes with a stock Mustang Cobra oil pan and exhaust manifolds. For easier installation, the powerplant comes with a choice of several length 5.0-liter four-valve modular wiring harness kits that cover most popular engine swap configurations. The harness kits contain a powertrain-control module as well as all electrical connectors including end terminals, a fuse box, a power-distribution box, switch connectors, and fuel-pump relays. This will set you back $14,995 and is available in the 2004 FRPP catalog. There are a couple of drawbacks though: The Cammer crate engine is not street legal and has no warranty.

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