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...

Listing below are continually updated

427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2013 ONSALE LAST ONE WE HAVE
427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2013 ONSALE LAST ONE WE HAVE
$7,995.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 35m

CHEVY 327 335HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
CHEVY 327 335HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $1,995.00

383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL no reserve
383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL no reserve
$1,925.00 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 35m

CHEVY 406 490HP SMALLBLOCK PRO STREET ENGINE NEW BUILD CRATE POWERFUL HI BIDWIN
CHEVY 406 490HP SMALLBLOCK PRO STREET ENGINE NEW BUILD CRATE POWERFUL HI BIDWIN
$710.50 (20 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 35m

CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,395.00
Time Remaining: 29d 11h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $2,395.00

Chevy Engine 350 small block crate engine complete less than 1000 miles
Chevy Engine 350 small block crate engine complete less than 1000 miles
$2,750.00
Time Remaining: 4d 8h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $3,575.00

Chevrolet Corvette LS7 Engine still in Crate
Chevrolet Corvette LS7 Engine still in Crate
$12,700.00
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 15m

CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 22d 15h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $1,995.00

Holley 500 CFM 2 Two Barrel Carburetor 4412 Dirt Circle Oval Track NASCAR
Holley 500 CFM 2 Two Barrel Carburetor 4412 Dirt Circle Oval Track NASCAR
$76.00 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 16h 50m

Chevy Gas Service Station Parts Lot Garage Bowtie Logo Vintage Style Flange Sign
Chevy Gas Service Station Parts Lot Garage Bowtie Logo Vintage Style Flange Sign
$29.99
Time Remaining: 17h 4m

CHEVY 350 330HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
CHEVY 350 330HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 19h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $1,995.00

FISH NAKED SHOW OFF YOUR BOBBERS Vintage Style Metal Sign
FISH NAKED SHOW OFF YOUR BOBBERS Vintage Style Metal Sign
$8.49 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 23m

ITS ALL FUN AND GAMESUNTIL SOMEBODY ENDS UP IN A CONE Vintage Style Metal Sign
ITS ALL FUN AND GAMESUNTIL SOMEBODY ENDS UP IN A CONE Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 23m

CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 23d 6h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $2,995.00

QUICKIES PUMP  POLISH GET YOUR ROD POLISHED HERE Vintage Style Metal Sign
QUICKIES PUMP POLISH GET YOUR ROD POLISHED HERE Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 25m

THE BOOBS ARE REAL THE SMILE IS FAKE Vintage Style Metal Sign
THE BOOBS ARE REAL THE SMILE IS FAKE Vintage Style Metal Sign
$9.49 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 25m

383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$4,899.00
Time Remaining: 27d 14h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $4,899.00

AMAZINGLY ENOUGH I DONT GIVE A SHT Vintage Style Metal Sign
AMAZINGLY ENOUGH I DONT GIVE A SHT Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 25m

1957 BEL AIR BY CHEVROLET Vintage STYLE Sign
1957 BEL AIR BY CHEVROLET Vintage STYLE Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 36m

355 Street MOTOR 420HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
355 Street MOTOR 420HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$3,999.00
Time Remaining: 5d 7h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $3,999.00

CHEVY CAMARO SS RS LSX ENGINE EMBLEMS BADGES QTY 2 NEW
CHEVY CAMARO SS RS LSX ENGINE EMBLEMS BADGES QTY 2 NEW
$16.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 2m

05 12 CHEVY CHEVROLET C6 LS2 LS3 BILLET ENGINE GUNMETAL OIL FILLER CAP
05 12 CHEVY CHEVROLET C6 LS2 LS3 BILLET ENGINE GUNMETAL OIL FILLER CAP
$27.40 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 2m

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
$4,985.00
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $4,985.00

05 10 CHEVY CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C6 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
05 10 CHEVY CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C6 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
$24.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 2m

97 04 CHEVY CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C5 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
97 04 CHEVY CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C5 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
$37.75 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 39m

CORVETTE C4 LT1 BILLET CHROME SCREW IN STYLE OIL CAP
CORVETTE C4 LT1 BILLET CHROME SCREW IN STYLE OIL CAP
$26.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 39m

CHEVY 383 STROKER ENGINE WITH ALUMINUM HEADS STREET PERFORMANCE FREE SHIPPING
CHEVY 383 STROKER ENGINE WITH ALUMINUM HEADS STREET PERFORMANCE FREE SHIPPING
$2,675.00
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $2,675.00

Chevrolet  Camaro SS 1968 Chevrolet SS Camaro with 620 HP 572 cubic inch crate engine
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1968 Chevrolet SS Camaro with 620 HP 572 cubic inch crate engine
$19,899.00 (35 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 22m

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GARAGE STAYS IN THE GARAGE Vintage Style Metal Sign
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GARAGE STAYS IN THE GARAGE Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 13m

CHEVROLET 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
CHEVROLET 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
$4,495.00
Time Remaining: 29d 8h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $4,495.00

Chevrolet  Camaro 2 door 1973 Camaro 450 HP Crate Engine
Chevrolet Camaro 2 door 1973 Camaro 450 HP Crate Engine
$15,001.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 8h 4m

Chevrolet  Impala 350 CI Vortec Crate Engine 1966 Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Impala 350 CI Vortec Crate Engine 1966 Chevrolet Impala
$13,000.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 32m

CHEVY 383 427 HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY ORANGE GM HIGH PERFORMANCE 10DWRH
CHEVY 383 427 HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY ORANGE GM HIGH PERFORMANCE 10DWRH
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $4,995.00

RAT ROD GARAGE IN RUST WE TRUST Vintage Style Metal Sign
RAT ROD GARAGE IN RUST WE TRUST Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 23m

WE DONT DIAL 911 Vintage Style Metal Sign
WE DONT DIAL 911 Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 25m

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
$4,899.00
Time Remaining: 21d 19h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $4,899.00

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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.