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 350 325 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
CHEVY 350 325 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
$2,295.00
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CHEVY 383 350 HP 4 BOLT PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE TRUCK CAMARO
CHEVY 383 350 HP 4 BOLT PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE TRUCK CAMARO
$2,995.00
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CHEVROLET 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
CHEVROLET 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
$4,795.00
Time Remaining: 29d 14h 21m
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CHEVY 383 360 HP 4 BOLT HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
CHEVY 383 360 HP 4 BOLT HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
$2,795.00
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CHEVROLET 327 330 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
CHEVROLET 327 330 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
$3,495.00
Time Remaining: 19d 11h 37m
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CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,495.00
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CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
$3,295.00
Time Remaining: 27d 19h 25m
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CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,495.00
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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
$3,795.00
Time Remaining: 21d 21h 7m
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CHEVY 283 280 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
CHEVY 283 280 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
$2,295.00
Time Remaining: 19d 15h 22m
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350 Chevy High Perf balanced Crate engine Dart cast heads
350 Chevy High Perf balanced Crate engine Dart cast heads
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 22d 10h 58m
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ATK Chevy 350 Vortec crate engine 260HP+ Carbed hotrod cruiser street car
ATK Chevy 350 Vortec crate engine 260HP+ Carbed hotrod cruiser street car
$2,999.00
Time Remaining: 13d 14h 22m
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CHEVY LS CRATE ENGINE 60L 364CID LS2 LS1 LS3 LSX 550HP TURN KEY RECT PORT HEADS
CHEVY LS CRATE ENGINE 60L 364CID LS2 LS1 LS3 LSX 550HP TURN KEY RECT PORT HEADS
$6,495.00
Time Remaining: 12d 7h 18m
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Chevy 350 Crate engine 375HP aluminum heads Hyd roller camshaft free shipping
Chevy 350 Crate engine 375HP aluminum heads Hyd roller camshaft free shipping
$2,875.00
Time Remaining: 9d 16h 27m
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CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$3,795.00
Time Remaining: 23d 11h 33m
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12530282 96 2000 New Chevy 1 2 Ton 57 Crate Engine
12530282 96 2000 New Chevy 1 2 Ton 57 Crate Engine
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 21d 12h 23m
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383 450HP STREET CRUISER SERIES CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2017 MODEL NO RESERVE
383 450HP STREET CRUISER SERIES CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2017 MODEL NO RESERVE
$1,999.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 47m

355 Street MOTOR 400HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
355 Street MOTOR 400HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$4,100.00
Time Remaining: 7d 11h 36m
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GM Performance 12499529 Chevy 350 Crate Engine Assembly 290HP 326TQ
GM Performance 12499529 Chevy 350 Crate Engine Assembly 290HP 326TQ
$2,347.08
Time Remaining: 12d 17h 42m
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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
$3,899.99
Time Remaining: 16d 15h 1m
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Chevrolet Performance 350 290HP Crate Engine 12499529
Chevrolet Performance 350 290HP Crate Engine 12499529
$2,347.08
Time Remaining: 7d 9h 53m
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327 Chevy High Perf balanced Crate engine with Aluminum heads
327 Chevy High Perf balanced Crate engine with Aluminum heads
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 27d 1h 31m
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396 Chevy Chevelle Camaro Corvette High Perf Big Block Crate BB engine
396 Chevy Chevelle Camaro Corvette High Perf Big Block Crate BB engine
$4,495.00
Time Remaining: 6d 17h 30m
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383 STROKER TH350 COMBO 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY CHEVY CRATE ENGINE LS
383 STROKER TH350 COMBO 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY CHEVY CRATE ENGINE LS
$6,400.00
Time Remaining: 5d 17h 50m
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CHEVY 57L 350 355 385+HP CUSTOM CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY DYNO TEST 2 YEAR WARRANTY
CHEVY 57L 350 355 385+HP CUSTOM CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY DYNO TEST 2 YEAR WARRANTY
$4,385.00
Time Remaining: 21d 12h 30m
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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
$1,599.97
Time Remaining: 21d 8h 52m
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383 STROKER crate engine turnkey MOTOR 500HP ROLLER PROSTREET CHEVY AC
383 STROKER crate engine turnkey MOTOR 500HP ROLLER PROSTREET CHEVY AC
$5,980.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 21m
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GM Performance 12530283 Vortec 350 Crate Engine Assembly Chevy L31 R Truck
GM Performance 12530283 Vortec 350 Crate Engine Assembly Chevy L31 R Truck
$2,169.97
Time Remaining: 16d 8h 51m
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CHEVY 350 385HP CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 4 BOLT MAIN CHEVROLET SBC HI PERF LOPEY IDLE
CHEVY 350 385HP CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 4 BOLT MAIN CHEVROLET SBC HI PERF LOPEY IDLE
$3,295.00
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 15m
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383 STROKER MOTOR 525hp ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 525hp ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$5,949.00
Time Remaining: 21d 9h 14m
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BBC CHEVY 540 555 ENGINE STAGE 70 DART BLOCK CRATE MOTOR 731 hp BASE ENGINE
BBC CHEVY 540 555 ENGINE STAGE 70 DART BLOCK CRATE MOTOR 731 hp BASE ENGINE
$7,850.00
Time Remaining: 23d 14h 23m
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Chevrolet Performance 10067353 GM Goodwrench 350ci Crate Engine Assembly
Chevrolet Performance 10067353 GM Goodwrench 350ci Crate Engine Assembly
$2,110.74
Time Remaining: 14d 11h 24m
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383 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart RHS World cast heads
383 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart RHS World cast heads
$3,495.00
Time Remaining: 13d 19h 13m
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12530283 96 2000 New Chevy 3 4 1 Ton 57 Crate Engine
12530283 96 2000 New Chevy 3 4 1 Ton 57 Crate Engine
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 11d 8h 39m
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BluePrint Engine Assembly Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 355 4 Bolt Main
BluePrint Engine Assembly Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 355 4 Bolt Main
$3,229.00
Time Remaining: 9d 9h 51m
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CHEVY 383 cid 430+HP CUSTOM CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY DYNO TEST 2 YEAR WARRANTY
CHEVY 383 cid 430+HP CUSTOM CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY DYNO TEST 2 YEAR WARRANTY
$5,195.00
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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.


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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.