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After one year on the ERA wait list Peter has just started on my 427 chassis No 844. I am now Shopping for an engine, but the supply chain issues are creating a back log such that many of the usual engine builders have declined or been non responsive. Does anybody have experience of Prestige Motorsports for an FE turnkey build?
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After one year on the ERA wait list Peter has just started on my 427 chassis No 844. I am now Shopping for an engine, but the supply chain issues are creating a back log such that many of the usual engine builders have declined or been non responsive. Does anybody have experience of Prestige Motorsports for an FE turnkey build?
I understand there are supply chain issues and shortages. Those would affect all engine builders, so if one is promising something that others won't I'd be asking 'why'. Is that because they have access to components others can't source (low probability), or is it because they're being less than honest in order to get you to put down a deposit?

Have you spoken to Brent Lykins at Lykins Motorsports? He's 'blykins' on this forum and contributes quite often. Has lots of fans / supporters and has a very good reputation from what I've seen.
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After one year on the ERA wait list Peter has just started on my 427 chassis No 844. I am now Shopping for an engine, but the supply chain issues are creating a back log such that many of the usual engine builders have declined or been non responsive. Does anybody have experience of Prestige Motorsports for an FE turnkey build?
If the major engine builders from this site tell you they can't build you an FE for xxx number of months then believe them. Keep in mind though that all FEs look the same when they're in an ERA. That means a well built stroked and bored 390 is in many ways just as good, and sometimes better, than an original 428, like mine (which is stroked and bored to 447 cubes), or an OEM side oiler. If you've ever looked at an FE in an ERA you can't see the side of the block without an inspection mirror anyway. Blykins will build you a stroked and bored 390, assuming that he can get the parts, that will outperform the spec's on any of the original side oilers, by a long shot. So, keep that in mind.
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Shelby Engine CO has motors in stock or can build to your specs. I personally Know Bill Denbeste and his Builder joe. They do 90% of all IN HOUSE. The motors are amazing... and he is a sponsor to this site... I highly recommend.
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I wish I could help, but I'm reluctant to take orders right now. Parts availability has been pretty much stupid. Took me 4 months to get pistons, months to get lifters, heads out of stock because Edelbrock moved, etc.

I took a bunch of orders through the summer because I expected parts to get to me soon, and now I'm here working through an enormous backlog.

I've built 4 FE's in the past 6 weeks, dyno'ing 2 this week, then on to a SBF next week.
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Shelby Engine CO has motors in stock or can build to your specs. I personally Know Bill Denbeste and his Builder joe. They do 90% of all IN HOUSE. The motors are amazing... and he is a sponsor to this site... I highly recommend.
Thanks Mike. I must admit that I have never seriously considered an aluminium block, as there seem to be some concerns for reliability and of course their additional cost. I did notice on the company in questions’ associated YouTube videos that they had a Shelby FE block in stock and that the shop manager was “constantly amazed at how many engines they produced with them”. So perhaps I’ll follow your advice and enquire - the thought of a Shelby Engine in an ERA does have some appeal!

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I wish I could help, but I'm reluctant to take orders right now. Parts availability has been pretty much stupid. Took me 4 months to get pistons, months to get lifters, heads out of stock because Edelbrock moved, etc.

I took a bunch of orders through the summer because I expected parts to get to me soon, and now I'm here working through an enormous backlog.

I've built 4 FE's in the past 6 weeks, dyno'ing 2 this week, then on to a SBF next week.
No problem Brent, maybe next time!

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I think Shelby was the only one that had aftermarket blocks for a long time. BBM and Pond were out for months, and Shelby had blocks in stock. They don’t make cast iron blocks, so their $7500 aluminum block was the only choice.
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Surely iron 390 blocks are still plentiful.
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They are. And even a stock stroke 390 with TFS heads on pump gas and a little jazzy cam will make 525-540 hp.
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They are. And even a stock stroke 390 with TFS heads on pump gas and a little jazzy cam will make 525-540 hp.
So now for a hypothetical question. Is a cobra containing an Aluminium Shelby engine, putting out the same house as a 390 worth the $20k extra that it will cost to put it in the engine bay?
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So now for a hypothetical question. Is a cobra containing an Aluminium Shelby engine, putting out the same house as a 390 worth the $20k extra that it will cost to put it in the engine bay?
Only if someone else is paying for it.
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I prefer a depleted uranium block. They add substantial normal force to the front tires and provide for a very memorable spirited driving experience compared to lighter cylinder block alternatives.

An extra added attraction, available at no extra cost, is the pale blue glow the engine block adds to the ground immendiately below the nose of the car. This is extraordinarily helpful after leaving various establishments serving vision impairing beverages. The light blue glow provides proof positive as to where you vehicle is parked even in dark garages!


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So now for a hypothetical question. Is a cobra containing an Aluminium Shelby engine, putting out the same house as a 390 worth the $20k extra that it will cost to put it in the engine bay?
JMO, but if I were buying an ERA, I would want the engine to be as period correct as possible. I think a medium riser 427 would up the resale value.

However, lots of guys like shiny things, and form over function, so that's where the all-aluminum engines come in.
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So now for a hypothetical question. Is a cobra containing an Aluminium Shelby engine, putting out the same house as a 390 worth the $20k extra that it will cost to put it in the engine bay?
It's a supply/enjoyment issue. With today's supply chain limitations it comes more down to "is spending 20K extra to get an engine now worth the time driving a car between now and 9 months from now".
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