If you are looking for a civilized crate motor with either a little or a fair bit of attitude for your project but your budget is tight, then Star Performance Products might have your answer. Star Performance Products in Corona, California, offers multiple crate motors from big-block to small-block, in just about every power and budget level you can think of. There is a 388hp 350ci small-block for $3,295, all the way up to a 655hp 496ci big-block for $7,995.
We spoke with Jeff Donker at Star Performance Products about his engine building philosophy and he told us, "We want to deliver as much engine as possible for the money. The combinations we use are tried and tested many times over. They are not exotic, but are solid performance packages that deliver power, reliability, looks, and sound at a very attractive price. Instead of spending the money on putting every engine on a dyno to prove what we already know, we chose to spend the money on better components like aluminum cylinder heads, stainless steel roller rockers, polished aluminum valve covers and air cleaner, high-volume aluminum water pump, 10mm plug wires, etc., so that the customer gets the most bang for the buck possible."
Jeff does estimate his recipes with a dyno program from ProRacing, just to make sure he's in his advertised ballpark.
We took a trip out to the Star Performance Products headquarters to follow along with a 0.040-over 350 buildup that a customer recently ordered. In this story we will show the components used in a Star build, and how it all gets put together.