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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496 600hp CHEVY ENGINE BIGBLOCK STROKER POWERFULL 454 502 540 572 CRATE MOTOR
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CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL no reserve LAST ONE
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CHEVY 350 335HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE 327TKY
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383 STROKER MOTOR 505HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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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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CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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$4,700.00
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SMALL BLOCK CHEVY 383 STROKER CRATE ENGINE PUMP GAS 385HP BIG TORQUE
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Sbc Small Block Chevy 350 Complete Crate Engine Motor Gm Aluminum Stuff 260hp
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CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 383 STAGE 20 ROLLER CAM CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 500 HORSE POWER
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COMPLETE 454 468 CHEVY CRATE ENGINE STREET ROD RAT ROD DRAG 500HP
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CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
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$3,195.00
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COMPLETE 454 496 STROKER BBC CHEVY CRATE ENGINE STREET ROD RAT ROD DRAG 540HP
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New BluePrint 383 Small Block Chevy SB Stroker Crate Engine 420 HP 50K Warranty
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COMPLETE 454 468 CHEVY 510HP CRATE ENGINE HYDRAULIC ROLLER BIG RELIABLE POWER
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383 CHEVY STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER 1 8 PRO STREET CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC CAMAR
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CHEVROLET 383 360 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
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Chevrolet Performance 19260831 LSX376 Long Block Crate Engine
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SMALL BLOCK CHEVY 383 STROKER CRATE ENGINE ALUM HEADS PUMP GAS 440HP BIG TORQUE
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470hp 383 Stroker SBC Custom Street Chevy Crate Engine HIGH QUALITY PARTS
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Chevrolet  El Camino Classic Original Family Owned Crate Engine Rebuilt Transmission Low Miles Very Clean
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CHEVROLET 327 330 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
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CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
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355 Street MOTOR 420HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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CHEVY 350 328Ahp TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HOT SALE LOOK HIGH PERFORMANCE GM10TKYBLK
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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.