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FnA Get a NEW Engine For the Farmboat, Plus a tour of Blueprint Engines Facility

A Journey to the Heart of Horsepower

Farmtruck and AZN, the dynamic duo known for their outrageous builds and entertaining antics, recently embarked on an exciting journey to the Blueprint Engines facility in Kearney, Nebraska. Their mission? To pick up a brand-new 632 cubic inch marine engine for their latest project, the Farmboat. This isn’t just any ordinary engine—it’s a powerhouse that promises to bring serious muscle to their new build.

Shenanigans at Blueprint Engines

Upon arriving at Blueprint Engines, Farmtruck and AZN wasted no time in bringing their signature humor to the office. They joked around, grabbed some candy and soda, and made sure their trusty camera crew from Lou 405 captured every moment. The energy in the room was electric as they prepared to meet Norris Marshall, the CEO and founder of Blueprint Engines.

Meeting the Mastermind

Norris Marshall, the visionary behind Blueprint Engines, greeted Farmtruck and AZN with a warm welcome. Marshall’s story is the epitome of the American dream. Over 40 years ago, he started building engines in a small garage in central Nebraska. What began as a hobby for friends, neighbors, and local racers has now evolved into a leading manufacturer of high-performance crate engines. With over 400,000 engines built to date, Blueprint Engines has become synonymous with affordable, reliable horsepower.

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From Left To Right – Norris, AZN, Farmtruck, Kelly. Courtesy of FNA 405 Insta

A Tour of Blueprint Engines

Norris guided Farmtruck and AZN on an exclusive tour of the 210,000-square-foot facility, offering a glimpse into the meticulous process of creating these legendary engines. The shop tour was an eye-opener, showcasing a blend of cutting-edge technology and hands-on craftsmanship.

Engine Assembly

The first stop on the tour was the engine assembly area. Here, skilled technicians meticulously assemble each engine, ensuring every component fits perfectly. The attention to detail was astounding. From the custom-designed blocks and heads to the precision-machined cranks, rods, and oil pans, every part is crafted to exacting standards.

In-House Design and Manufacturing

One of the standout features of Blueprint Engines is its in-house design and manufacturing capabilities. They don’t just assemble engines; they design and produce their own components. This includes everything from the engine blocks to the oil pans. By maintaining control over the entire process, Blueprint Engines can ensure the highest quality and performance.

Dyno Testing

No engine leaves the facility without rigorous dyno testing. This crucial step ensures that every engine meets Blueprint Engines’ stringent performance standards. Watching an engine roar to life on the dyno is a testament to the power and precision that goes into each build. It’s no wonder they have become the #1 source for GM, Ford, and Chrysler compatible engines.

The Blueprint Engines Philosophy

Blueprint Engines has built its reputation by following a simple yet powerful mission: to provide affordable, reliable horsepower that enthusiasts can enjoy every day. Whether you’re a weekend cruiser or a competitive racer, Blueprint Engines offers a range of crate engines designed to meet various needs and budgets.

Their industrial division, Origin Engines, follows the same philosophy. It supplies robust power solutions for applications such as gensets, forklifts, and wood chippers. This versatility highlights Blueprint Engines’ commitment to engineering excellence and innovation.

Loading Up the Farmboat Engine

After the tour, it was time for the main event: loading the massive 632 cubic inch engine into Farmtruck’s truck. The engine, a marvel of engineering, was carefully forklifted through the camper shell and secured in the truck bed. Farmtruck and AZN could hardly contain their excitement as they prepared to bring this beast back to their garage for the new build.

  • The "Farmboat" Courtesy Lou405 / 405 Photo

Preparing for the New Build

With the engine loaded and ready for transport, Farmtruck and AZN set their sights on the next phase of their project. The new build promises to be one of their most ambitious yet, with the 632cc marine engine at its heart. This powerhouse will provide the Farmboat with unparalleled performance, ensuring it stands out in any crowd.

A History of Excellence

Norris Marshall’s journey from building engines for friends to running a state-of-the-art facility is a testament to his passion and vision. Today, Blueprint Engines continues to uphold the values that Norris instilled over 40 years ago: quality, reliability, and performance.

Building for the Future

As Farmtruck and AZN drove away from the Blueprint Engines facility with their new engine, they carried with them more than just horsepower. They carried the legacy of a company that has dedicated itself to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of performance engines. The Farmboat build is set to be a spectacular showcase of this legacy.

The Blueprint Difference

What truly sets Blueprint Engines apart is their dedication to their customers. By building engines “by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts,” they have created a community of passionate individuals who share their love for horsepower. This connection to their customers is evident in every aspect of their business, from the meticulous assembly process to the rigorous testing each engine undergoes.

The Future of the Farmboat

With the new engine in tow, Farmtruck and AZN are poised to take their latest build to new heights. The Farmboat, powered by the 632 cubic inch marine engine, promises to be a true masterpiece of performance engineering. Fans of Farmtruck and AZN can look forward to a build that not only showcases the power of Blueprint Engines but also the creativity and ingenuity of two of the most beloved figures in the automotive world.


The journey to Blueprint Engines was more than just a trip to pick up a new engine. It was an adventure filled with laughter, learning, and a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into building high-performance engines. As Farmtruck and AZN prepare for their new build, they carry with them the spirit of Blueprint Engines—a commitment to quality, performance, and the joy of driving.

Stay tuned as Farmtruck and AZN embark on this exciting new project. With the 632 cubic inch marine engine from Blueprint Engines, the Farmboat is set to become a legend in its own right. And as always, Farmtruck and AZN will make sure the journey is as entertaining as the destination.