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

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
$1,669.97
Time Remaining: 15d 12h 59m
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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
$4,695.00
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 27m
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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
$2,069.97
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 15m
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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
$3,695.00
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 27m
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CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
$3,195.00
Time Remaining: 26d 15h 25m
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CHEVY 350 355 HP 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 7TK
CHEVY 350 355 HP 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 7TK
$3,695.00
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 15m
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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: 6d 17h 31m
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CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
$2,195.00
Time Remaining: 23d 16h 1m
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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
$3,095.00
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 15m
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CHEVY 383 350 HP 4 BOLT TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 383 350 HP 4 BOLT TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,895.00
Time Remaining: 23d 22h 42m
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CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS7
CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS7
$4,195.00
Time Remaining: 3d 16h 22m
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CHEVY 350 334HP 4 BOLT 1014 4 x 4 TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE PERFORMANCE GM 10D
CHEVY 350 334HP 4 BOLT 1014 4 x 4 TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE PERFORMANCE GM 10D
$3,795.00
Time Remaining: 9d 22h 15m
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CHEVY 383 426HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS 10D
CHEVY 383 426HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS 10D
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 55m
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CHEVY 350 330 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE SILVER NIGHT HOT SALE CORVETTE GM LS 7D
CHEVY 350 330 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE SILVER NIGHT HOT SALE CORVETTE GM LS 7D
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 6m
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CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$3,695.00
Time Remaining: 17d 15h 41m
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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
$3,395.00
Time Remaining: 16d 13h 56m
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CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT HOT SALE ORANGE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE7EO
CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT HOT SALE ORANGE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE7EO
$2,095.00
Time Remaining: 3d 22h 55m
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350 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with RHS Aluminum heads
350 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with RHS Aluminum heads
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 35m
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CHEVY 350 350A HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CAMARO SALE 10TK
CHEVY 350 350A HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CAMARO SALE 10TK
$3,295.00
Time Remaining: 6d 17h 27m
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CHEVY 350 350 HP 4 BOLT V TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO10V 355TK
CHEVY 350 350 HP 4 BOLT V TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO10V 355TK
$3,695.00
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 55m
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CHEVY 383 426HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS GM V10D
CHEVY 383 426HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS GM V10D
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 55m
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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
$2,695.00
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 36m
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CHEVY 350 325 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 325 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,195.00
Time Remaining: 17d 15h 30m
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CHEVY 350 328Ahp TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HOT SALE LOOK HIGH PERFORMANCE GM10TKYBLK
CHEVY 350 328Ahp TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HOT SALE LOOK HIGH PERFORMANCE GM10TKYBLK
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 17h 24m
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CHEVY 383 375HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE TORQUER PER HIGH PERFORMANCE GR 327 375 1D
CHEVY 383 375HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE TORQUER PER HIGH PERFORMANCE GR 327 375 1D
$3,995.00
Time Remaining: 9d 22h 15m
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CHEVY 454 547 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK TURN KEY HIGH PERFORMANCE FAST TRACK10D
CHEVY 454 547 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK TURN KEY HIGH PERFORMANCE FAST TRACK10D
$6,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 16h 18m
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CHEVY 350 327 HP CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED STREET 7 327 corvette
CHEVY 350 327 HP CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED STREET 7 327 corvette
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 3d 22h 55m
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GM Performance Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 330 hp Turn Key Each
GM Performance Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 330 hp Turn Key Each
$4,997.97
Time Remaining: 29d 12h 30m
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CHEVY 350 300 A HP SHOW SPECIAL 31 CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO GM 10SP
CHEVY 350 300 A HP SHOW SPECIAL 31 CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO GM 10SP
$2,495.00
Time Remaining: 9d 22h 13m
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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
$5,295.00
Time Remaining: 22d 16h 22m
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CHEVY 57L 350 355 420+HP CUSTOM CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY CHEVROLET DART HEADS
CHEVY 57L 350 355 420+HP CUSTOM CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY CHEVROLET DART HEADS
$6,069.00
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 43m
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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: 8d 14h 39m
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383 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with RHS Aluminum heads
383 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with RHS Aluminum heads
$3,495.00
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 34m
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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: 24d 14h 55m
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CHEVY 454 435 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK TURN KEY HIGH PERFORMANCE GOODSTR496 30D
CHEVY 454 435 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK TURN KEY HIGH PERFORMANCE GOODSTR496 30D
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 26d 22h 57m
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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
$3,999.99
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 30m
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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.