Tips for Buying Chevy Crate Engines

Buying Chevy crate engines online can be risky. Below you will discover exactly what a crate motor is, what goes into reconditioning one and why you should consider buying your next engine from one of the suppliers listed below.

TWO things you need to know when buying a crate motor online.

1) There are basically two different types of crate engines, new and rebuilt. The term "crate" simply means the engine arrives in a crate ready to be installed directly into your car or truck. Typically you would need to install your own items like the carburetor or fuel injection system, distributor, exhaust manifolds and so on...continued below...

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CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 383 STAGE 20 ROLLER CAM CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 500 HORSE POWER
CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 383 STAGE 20 ROLLER CAM CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 500 HORSE POWER
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427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2014 ONSALE LAST ONE
427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2014 ONSALE LAST ONE
$5,895.00
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CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
$3,195.00
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383 STROKER MOTOR 505HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 505HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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GM Performance 12499529 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 290HP 326TQ
GM Performance 12499529 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 290HP 326TQ
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383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL NO RESERVE
383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL NO RESERVE
$2,700.00 (42 Bids)
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Chevy 350 Crate Engine 325hp 373tq 4bolt main
Chevy 350 Crate Engine 325hp 373tq 4bolt main
$2,100.00
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CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
$2,195.00
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Chevrolet Performance 19166393 Chevrolet ZZ427 Crate Engine
Chevrolet Performance 19166393 Chevrolet ZZ427 Crate Engine
$9,078.99
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CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS10
CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS10
$4,195.00
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High Performance 572ci Chevy Crate Engine BBC Free Shipping
High Performance 572ci Chevy Crate Engine BBC Free Shipping
$8,690.00
Time Remaining: 7d 17m

CHEVY 350 330 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE SILVER NIGHT HOT SALE CORVETTE GM LS 77D
CHEVY 350 330 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE SILVER NIGHT HOT SALE CORVETTE GM LS 77D
$2,995.00
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CHEVY 350 350V ORAHP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CAMARO 355 10TK
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$3,295.00
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CHEVY 350 325hp ENGINE HOT SALE   LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF 7TKY
CHEVY 350 325hp ENGINE HOT SALE LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF 7TKY
$2,995.00
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New BluePrint 383 Small Block Chevy SB Stroker Crate Engine 420 HP 50K Warranty
New BluePrint 383 Small Block Chevy SB Stroker Crate Engine 420 HP 50K Warranty
$3,499.99
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CHEVY McGUNEGILL CT400 350cc CRATE ENGINE 400HP 400tq ONLY 100 MILES
CHEVY McGUNEGILL CT400 350cc CRATE ENGINE 400HP 400tq ONLY 100 MILES
$7,000.00
Time Remaining: 3d 20h 41m

GM Performance 12530283 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 L31 R Truck Van
GM Performance 12530283 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 L31 R Truck Van
$2,129.97
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350 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart heads
350 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart heads
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 5d 17h 24m
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CHEVY 383 426HP V 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY ORANGE GM HIGH PERFORMANCE427 7VD
CHEVY 383 426HP V 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY ORANGE GM HIGH PERFORMANCE427 7VD
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 2h 50m
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CHEVY 383 426HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS 10D
CHEVY 383 426HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS 10D
$4,995.00
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1997 2004 GM CHEVY CORVETTE LS1 57L V8 ENGINE CHROME BILLET OIL CAP
1997 2004 GM CHEVY CORVETTE LS1 57L V8 ENGINE CHROME BILLET OIL CAP
$23.75
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 31m

GM 10067353 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 195HP 2 Piece Rear Main Seal
GM 10067353 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 195HP 2 Piece Rear Main Seal
$1,579.97
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383 STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$4,399.00
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383 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart heads
383 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart heads
$3,495.00
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 18m
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CHEVY 350 300VHP CRATE ENGINE MIDNIGHT PURPLE CHEVY NOVA HIGH PERFORMANCE 327P5
CHEVY 350 300VHP CRATE ENGINE MIDNIGHT PURPLE CHEVY NOVA HIGH PERFORMANCE 327P5
$2,095.00
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97 04 CHEVY CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C5 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
97 04 CHEVY CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C5 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
$23.95
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BluePrint Engine Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 383 63L 420HP 450TQ 4 Bolt Main
BluePrint Engine Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 383 63L 420HP 450TQ 4 Bolt Main
$4,395.97
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CHEVY 350 355 HP 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 10TK
CHEVY 350 355 HP 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 10TK
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CHEVY 350 326Vhp ENGINE HOT SALE  LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF325TKY5
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$2,995.00
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383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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$4,999.00
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Chevrolet  El Camino Custom Standard Cab Pickup 2 Door 1970 chevrolet el camino w new crate engine 350 ci 57 l v 8
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$10,000.00
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CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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CHEVROLET 383 360 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
CHEVROLET 383 360 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
$3,695.00
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CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,395.00
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CHEVY 350 330 E HP SHOW SPECIAL 31 CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO GM 7SP
CHEVY 350 330 E HP SHOW SPECIAL 31 CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO GM 7SP
$2,495.00
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Chevrolet  Chevelle Coupe 1968 chevrolet chevelle ss with 502 aluminum crate engine
Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe 1968 chevrolet chevelle ss with 502 aluminum crate engine
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Continued from above...

2) Not all Chevy crate engines are created equal. While you can purchase new units online from the factory which come with a warranty, most are "rebuilt" which means they are used motors that have been reconditioned and therefore you need to be cautious as to which company you buy from.

What exactly goes into "rebuilding" an engine?

Most of the time rebuilt Chevy engines start as worn out motors that an engine re-builder, often a machine shop reconditions and makes "like new" again.

This typically involves boring (slightly increasing) the cylinders to make true again and adding new internal components like a crankshaft and bearings, cam shaft, lifters, timing gear components and so on. If done properly the rebuilt engine is truly "good as new." ...continued after listings.

The problem is you never really know what you're getting when you order a crate engine because you can't see inside the motor without disassembling  it and a knowledge of what to look for.

Why you get an added layer of security buying a crate engine through a distributor on this site.

All companies that sell Chevy engines have professional looking web sites and offer warranties. But who exactly backs those warranties? If you buy a crate engine online from a non-local company, what happens if it fails and the company does not honor the warranty? Sure you have some recourse depending on the circumstance but sometimes this could turn out to be a real hassle.

The crate engine rebuilders listed above list their products through a system that incorporates CUSTOMER FEEDBACK. This is very important for two reasons;

  1. You can review their track record with other customers. This gives great insight as to the quality of their work and how they might respond to you with any issues you may have.
  2. The companies above are RATED by the prior customers and they know that future sales DEPEND on having an excellent rating so they are more inclined to provide you with a top quality product knowing that you could ruin their reputation if they did not.

These are very powerful reasons why it is probable the Chevy crate engines listed on this site are high quality rebuilt motors.

If you cannot find what you need above there are reputable crate engine dealers, a few are Speedway Motors, GM Performance Parts and Crate Engine Depot.