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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RAMJET V8 350 CRATE MOTOR ENGINE SBC SMALL BLOCK CHEVY DIPSTICK
RAMJET V8 350 CRATE MOTOR ENGINE SBC SMALL BLOCK CHEVY DIPSTICK
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383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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686 HP Dyno Tested 421 Chevy Alcohol Turnkey Crate Engine Motor 400 427 SB
686 HP Dyno Tested 421 Chevy Alcohol Turnkey Crate Engine Motor 400 427 SB
$4,200.00
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CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
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CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
CHEVROLET 350 325 HP HIGH PERF TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE
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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 350BV 383 406HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 7
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CHEVROLET 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE CHEVY
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$7.99 (1 Bid)
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355 Street MOTOR 420HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
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$7.99 (1 Bid)
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CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 7
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CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 383 STAGE 20 ROLLER CAM CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 500 HORSE POWER
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CHEVY 383 427 HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE TURN KEY ORANGE GM HIGH PERFORMANCE 10DWRH
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$9,500.00
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CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT RED HOT SALE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM7R
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Chevrolet  Other 5 Window 1951 Chevy 5 Window New 350 Crate Engine 5 Speed Air PS 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
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$15,100.00 (18 Bids)
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CHEVY 350 350V HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMARO GM CRATE 770TK
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383 CHEVY STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER 1 8 PRO STREET CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC CAMAR
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1979 Chevrolet K 5 Blazer 4x4 350 crate engine auto transmission NO RESERVE
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GENUINE PARTS CHEVROLET ESTABLISHED 1911  Vintage STYLE Metal Sign
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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
CHEVY 283 280 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE CHEVROLET
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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.