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 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: 20d 10h 59m
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454 Big Block Chevy TH 400 Combo  Crate Engine Complete 454 496 502
454 Big Block Chevy TH 400 Combo Crate Engine Complete 454 496 502
$4,274.41 (15 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $6,995.00

CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 325 HP 4 BOLT HI PERF BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,195.00
Time Remaining: 24d 3h 22m
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CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 327 330 HP HI PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,395.00
Time Remaining: 26d 9h 8m
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CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 350 355 STAGE 10 CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 400 HORSE POWER
CHEVY TURN KEY SBC 350 355 STAGE 10 CRATE MOTOR ENGINE 400 HORSE POWER
$4,795.00
Time Remaining: 27d 1h 9m
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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: 9d 23h 36m
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427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2014 ONSALE LAST ONE
427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2014 ONSALE LAST ONE
$5,895.00
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 8m

GM Performance 12499529 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 290HP 326TQ
GM Performance 12499529 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 290HP 326TQ
$2,029.97
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 49m
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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: 26d 9h 9m
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383 STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$4,399.00
Time Remaining: 19d 23h 39m
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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: 26d 9h 8m
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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
$5,195.00
Time Remaining: 22d 23h 57m
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CHEVY McGUNEGILL CT400 350cc CRATE ENGINE 400HP 400tq ONLY 100 MILES
CHEVY McGUNEGILL CT400 350cc CRATE ENGINE 400HP 400tq ONLY 100 MILES
$7,000.00
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 20m

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: 11d 2h 21m
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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: 20d 23h 52m
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CHEVY 350 326Vhp ENGINE HOT SALE  LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF325TKY7
CHEVY 350 326Vhp ENGINE HOT SALE LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF325TKY7
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 38m
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350 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart RHS cast heads
350 Chevy High Performance balanced Crate engine with Dart RHS cast heads
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 5d 21h 59m
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Chevrolet  Nova Coupe Restored Chevy Nova w Crate 383 stroker engine w Corvette and Camaro Parts
Chevrolet Nova Coupe Restored Chevy Nova w Crate 383 stroker engine w Corvette and Camaro Parts
$8,000.00 (24 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 2h 8m

CHEVY 383 427HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS GM 10D
CHEVY 383 427HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY ALUM HEADS GM 10D
$4,995.00
Time Remaining: 9d 10h 56m
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383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$4,999.00
Time Remaining: 26d 5h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $4,999.00

CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 454 450 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$3,695.00
Time Remaining: 9d 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $3,695.00

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: 22d 21h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $3,195.00

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 10h 8m
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Chevrolet  Impala 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe Bubbletop 1961 impala bubbletop new 350 ci 355 hp gm crate engine new th 400 r 134 ac air ride
Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe Bubbletop 1961 impala bubbletop new 350 ci 355 hp gm crate engine new th 400 r 134 ac air ride
$3,377.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $45,900.00

CHEVY 454 455 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK HIGH PERFORMANCE HOT STREET HOT SALE 7
CHEVY 454 455 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK HIGH PERFORMANCE HOT STREET HOT SALE 7
$4,495.00
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 20m
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CHEVY 454 502 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK TURN KEY HIGH PERFORMANCE FAST TRACK 7D
CHEVY 454 502 HP CRATE ENGINE BIG BLOCK TURN KEY HIGH PERFORMANCE FAST TRACK 7D
$5,995.00
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 4m
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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: 2d 21h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $3,495.00

383 STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
383 STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC
$4,996.00
Time Remaining: 24d 2h 1m
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1997 2004 GM CHEVY CORVETTE LS1 57L V8 ENGINE CHROME BILLET OIL CAP
1997 2004 GM CHEVY CORVETTE LS1 57L V8 ENGINE CHROME BILLET OIL CAP
$23.75
Time Remaining: 5d 21h 33m

BluePrint Engines Engine Assembly Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 355 4 Bolt Main
BluePrint Engines Engine Assembly Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 355 4 Bolt Main
$2,595.97
Time Remaining: 13h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $2,595.97

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: 3d 11h 32m
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383 700R4 COMBO 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC STROKER LOOK
383 700R4 COMBO 465HP ROLLER TURN KEY CHEVY CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC STROKER LOOK
$7,309.99
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 24m
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383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE ZOMBIE 383
383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE ZOMBIE 383
$5,385.00
Time Remaining: 19d 22h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $5,385.00

CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
CHEVY 350 310 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE TBI BALANCED CRATE ENGINE
$2,395.00
Time Remaining: 20d 10h 57m
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CHEVY CORVETTE C2 C3 MR GASKET TWIST ON STYLE OIL FILLER CHROME CAP NEW
CHEVY CORVETTE C2 C3 MR GASKET TWIST ON STYLE OIL FILLER CHROME CAP NEW
$16.95
Time Remaining: 5d 21h 33m

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
Time Remaining: 7h 50m
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Continued from above...

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.