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1931 Ford Fires Up The Blue Oval’s Most Powerful NA Modular Crate Engine For First Time

Firing up a newly installed engine in a car project is definitely a huge milestone. That is because it signals the start of a new automotive life. Featured previously in HotCars, Mike Burroughs’ 1931 FordModel A hot rod has roared to life after successfully transplanting a new heart — a new Ford Performance 5.0-liter Aluminator SC crate engine.

Resurrecting A SEMA Show Classic Hot Rod

Mike of the StanceWorks channel on YouTube has been chronicling the return to life of his 1931 Ford Race Truck. Mike originally built this truck for the 2018 SEMA Show. It sports a Ford Model A looks thanks to the custom radiator grille, driver’s cab and hood. Sitting on a custom tubular chassis, this Ford Model A hot rod previously a 2011 5.0 Mustang GT Coyote engine.

Boosted with a supercharger system, its previous Coyote mill was making 730 hp on the rear wheels. But it did not last long – the 1931 Ford Race Truck became a dead machine around 18 months ago. After some pondering, Mike decided to resurrect the Race Truck by shoehorning a new Ford Performance’s 5.0-liter Aluminator SC crate engine with a target output of around 800 hp.

Aluminator Crate Engine Is Finally Installed

Since the Aluminator SC crate engine arrived, Mike has been working diligently on how to install the new mill into his 1931 Ford Race Truck. He encountered some issues with the installation since the current engine management system, wiring, electronics and other supporting elements of the Race Truck don’t match with the new crate engine. Nevertheless, Mike figured out the how to make it work.

Mike managed to get a Haltech Elite 2500 standalone ECU system with complete plug and play harness. Then, he mounted the necessary components including the fuse box, ECU, coil igniter and wideband module. Mike had to make some holes and cut some metal to cram and organized everything in a small space. He also installed a new Haltech IC7 Digital Dash that features the StanceWorks logo.

Engine Roared To Life, But Things Went Wrong

After a working on the plumbing and pump lines (and more), it was now time to fire up the engine. The first start was a success, with the engine roaring like it should.

The next step would have been to fine tune the engine on the dyno, but it was not running as intended. Mike had to figure out where things went wrong. Thankfully, Mike solved the puzzle, promising to provide an update in his next video upload.

Source: StanceWorks channel on YouTube