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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383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL no reserve
383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL no reserve
$2,550.00 (25 Bids)
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CHEVY 383 365V HP VORTEC TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 35010TK
CHEVY 383 365V HP VORTEC TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 35010TK
$3,895.00
Time Remaining: 9d 21h 35m
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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
$2,900.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 23m

CHEVY 327 335HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
CHEVY 327 335HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 8d 14h 4m
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Chevrolet Corvette LS7 Engine still in Crate
Chevrolet Corvette LS7 Engine still in Crate
$9,200.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 19h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $12,000.00

RAMJET V8 350 CRATE MOTOR ENGINE SBC SMALL BLOCK CHEVY DIPSTICK
RAMJET V8 350 CRATE MOTOR ENGINE SBC SMALL BLOCK CHEVY DIPSTICK
$14.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 19h 57m

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: 9d 21h 28m
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CHEVY CAMARO SS RS LSX ENGINE EMBLEMS BADGES QTY 2 NEW
CHEVY CAMARO SS RS LSX ENGINE EMBLEMS BADGES QTY 2 NEW
$16.95
Time Remaining: 15h 43m

CHEVY 350 330 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE SILVER NIGHT HOT SALE CORVETTE GM LS 10D
CHEVY 350 330 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE SILVER NIGHT HOT SALE CORVETTE GM LS 10D
$2,995.00
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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
$23.95 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 15h 56m

05 10 CHEVY CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C6 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
05 10 CHEVY CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C6 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
$44.00 (8 Bids)
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CHEVY 350B 383 426HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS 5
CHEVY 350B 383 426HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS 5
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 23m
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THE BOOBS ARE REAL THE SMILE IS FAKE Vintage Style Metal Sign
THE BOOBS ARE REAL THE SMILE IS FAKE Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99
Time Remaining: 20h 44m

CHEVY 350 375 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET HIGH PERFORMANCE HOT 10 TKW
CHEVY 350 375 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET HIGH PERFORMANCE HOT 10 TKW
$3,895.00
Time Remaining: 9d 21h 49m
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WE DONT DIAL 911 Vintage Style Metal Sign
WE DONT DIAL 911 Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 44m

THE 1939 FORD V 8 TRUCKS THE POWER OF ECONOMY Vintage STYLE Sign16  X 12 1 2
THE 1939 FORD V 8 TRUCKS THE POWER OF ECONOMY Vintage STYLE Sign16 X 12 1 2
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 44m

CHEVY 350 335HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE 327TKY
CHEVY 350 335HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE 327TKY
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 59m
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OLDER AND WISER SPEED SHOP ESTABLISHED 1969 Vintage Style Metal Sign
OLDER AND WISER SPEED SHOP ESTABLISHED 1969 Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 44m

CHEVY 350 350A HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CAMARO SALE 327 5TK
CHEVY 350 350A HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CAMARO SALE 327 5TK
$3,295.00
Time Remaining: 4d 22h 8m
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SUPER CHEVROLET SERVICE  Vintage STYLE Metal Sign
SUPER CHEVROLET SERVICE Vintage STYLE Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 44m

DRINKING CAN CAUSE MEMORY LOSSOR EVEN WORSEMEMORY LOSS Metal sign
DRINKING CAN CAUSE MEMORY LOSSOR EVEN WORSEMEMORY LOSS Metal sign
$7.99
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT HOT SALE ORANGE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE3EO
CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT HOT SALE ORANGE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE3EO
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 10m
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SEXY POLICE WOMENPROTECT AND SERVE POLICE DEPT Vintage Style Metal Sign
SEXY POLICE WOMENPROTECT AND SERVE POLICE DEPT Vintage Style Metal Sign
$10.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

CHEVY 350BV 383 406HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 3
CHEVY 350BV 383 406HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 3
$3,995.00
Time Remaining: 2d 21h 47m
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KNUCKLEHEADS GARAGE IF WE CANT FIX IT YOU DONT PAY Vintage Style Metal Sign
KNUCKLEHEADS GARAGE IF WE CANT FIX IT YOU DONT PAY Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

CORVETTE STINGRAY FROM DREAM TO REALITY Vintage STYLE Metal Sign
CORVETTE STINGRAY FROM DREAM TO REALITY Vintage STYLE Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

CHEVY 350 330HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
CHEVY 350 330HP CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 5d 23h 17m
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MUSTANG 30 YEARS TRIBUTE FORD MUSTANG Vintage Style Metal Sign
MUSTANG 30 YEARS TRIBUTE FORD MUSTANG Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

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: 27d 19h 42m
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CHEVROLET BEL AIR 5OTH ANNIVERSARY Vintage STYLE Metal Sign16  X 12 1 2
CHEVROLET BEL AIR 5OTH ANNIVERSARY Vintage STYLE Metal Sign16 X 12 1 2
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

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: 20h 45m

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: 28d 10h 35m
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LIFE IS TO SHORT TO ARGUE WITH STUPID PEOPLE Vintage Style Metal Sign
LIFE IS TO SHORT TO ARGUE WITH STUPID PEOPLE Vintage Style Metal Sign
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 20h 45m

CHEVY 383 427HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS GM 7D
CHEVY 383 427HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS GM 7D
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 21h 57m
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Chevrolet  Chevelle SS Super Sport 1969 Chevelle 396 SS 396SS SS396 454 V8 Crate Engine 353 Posi Rear 400 Turbo AT
Chevrolet Chevelle SS Super Sport 1969 Chevelle 396 SS 396SS SS396 454 V8 Crate Engine 353 Posi Rear 400 Turbo AT
$20,194.00 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 23m

Chevrolet  Camaro chrome 1973 z28 crate 350 with 4400 miles on engine 4 disc performance brakes
Chevrolet Camaro chrome 1973 z28 crate 350 with 4400 miles on engine 4 disc performance brakes
$7,800.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $13,500.00

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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.