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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427 555hp PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2016 MODEL DART HEADS FORGED
427 555hp PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2016 MODEL DART HEADS FORGED
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GM Goodwrench 350ci 195 HP Chevy Crate Engine Chevrolet Performance 10067353
GM Goodwrench 350ci 195 HP Chevy Crate Engine Chevrolet Performance 10067353
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383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2015 MODEL NO RESERVE
383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2015 MODEL NO RESERVE
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496 CU IN 606hp CHEVY ENGINE BIGBLOCK STROKER POWERFULL 454 502 540 CRATE MOTOR
496 CU IN 606hp CHEVY ENGINE BIGBLOCK STROKER POWERFULL 454 502 540 CRATE MOTOR
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CHEVY 383 350 HP 4 BOLT TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 383 350 HP 4 BOLT TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2015 LAST ONE HI BIDDER WINS
427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2015 LAST ONE HI BIDDER WINS
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BluePrint Small Block Chevy 101 SBC 383 Stroker Crate Engine 420hp 450ft lb
BluePrint Small Block Chevy 101 SBC 383 Stroker Crate Engine 420hp 450ft lb
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CHEVROLET 383 360 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
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CHEVY 350 325 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 325 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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Chevy 350 DYNOED HP CHEVELLE CAMARO SBC Engine Crate Motor Pro Street NO RESERVE
Chevy 350 DYNOED HP CHEVELLE CAMARO SBC Engine Crate Motor Pro Street NO RESERVE
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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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CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
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CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
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CHEVROLET 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
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12530282 96 2000 New Chevy 1 2 Ton 57 Crate Engine
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CHEVY 383 360 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 383 360 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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CHEVROLET 327 330 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
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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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CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY DART HEADS10
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CHEVY 350 328hp Midnight Black Crate Engine HIGH PERFORMANCE Great Street 10D
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CHEVY 383 427 HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY ORANGE GM HIGH PERFORMANCE 7DWRH
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383 STROKER MOTOR THEME 510HP ROLLER TURNKEY OPTION PRO ST CHEVY CRATE ENGINE
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GM 10067353 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 195HP 2 Piece Rear Main Seal
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383 STROKER TH350 COMBO 510HP ROLLER SEMI TURN KEY CHEVY CRATE ENGINE
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CHEVY 350 350A HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CAMARO SALE 10TK
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CHEVY 350 335HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE 327TK7
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383 STROKER THEME MOTOR 505HP ROLLER PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC
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383 STROKER 700r4 transmission COMBO 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY CHEVY CRATE ENGINE
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Chevy big block 454 415hp 497tq complete crate engine 2 year warranty
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CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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GM Performance Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 330 hp Turn Key Each
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420 HP 383 Stroker SBC Custom Chevy Crate Engine For Camaro Chevelle 383 427 434
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$4,999.00
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Chevrolet 302DZ Chevy 302 Short Block Crate Engine
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CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 383 STAGE 20 ROLLER CAM CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 510 HORSE POWER
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355 Street MOTOR 375HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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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.