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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383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL LIMITED ADDITION LAST ONE
383 505HP PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE 2014 MODEL LIMITED ADDITION LAST ONE
$2,425.00 (12 Bids)
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383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE ZOMBI 383
383 STROKER MOTOR 510HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY CRATE ENGINE ZOMBI 383
$5,299.00
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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
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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
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383 STROKER SBC CRATE ENGINE 500 562HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY NR
383 STROKER SBC CRATE ENGINE 500 562HP ROLLER TURN KEY PRO STREET CHEVY NR
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427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2013 ONSALE LOWEST PRICE EVER
427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2013 ONSALE LOWEST PRICE EVER
$5,895.00
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 52m

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: 29d 4h 55m
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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
$3,999.00
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COMPLETE 454 468 CHEVY CRATE ENGINE STREET ROD RAT ROD DRAG 500HP
COMPLETE 454 468 CHEVY CRATE ENGINE STREET ROD RAT ROD DRAG 500HP
$3,399.00
Time Remaining: 4d 2h 21m
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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: 23d 14h 14m
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CHEVY 406 490HP SMALLBLOCK PRO STREET ENGINE NEW BUILD CRATE POWERFUL HI BIDWIN
CHEVY 406 490HP SMALLBLOCK PRO STREET ENGINE NEW BUILD CRATE POWERFUL HI BIDWIN
$2,700.00 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 52m

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
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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: 22d 17h 53m
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COMPLETE 454 496 STROKER BBC CHEVY CRATE ENGINE STREET ROD RAT ROD DRAG 540HP
COMPLETE 454 496 STROKER BBC CHEVY CRATE ENGINE STREET ROD RAT ROD DRAG 540HP
$3,699.00
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 47m
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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: 9d 8h 9m
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Chevrolet Performance ZZ572 720R Deluxe Crate Engines 19201334
Chevrolet Performance ZZ572 720R Deluxe Crate Engines 19201334
$1,000.00
Time Remaining: 5d 13h 13m
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New BluePrint 383 Small Block Chevy SB Stroker Crate Engine 420 HP 50K Warranty
New BluePrint 383 Small Block Chevy SB Stroker Crate Engine 420 HP 50K Warranty
$3,499.99
Time Remaining: 23d 12h 11m
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CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 7
CHEVY 350B 383 409HP 4 BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 7
$3,995.00
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 15m
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383 CHEVY STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER 1 8 PRO STREET CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC CAMAR
383 CHEVY STROKER MOTOR 465HP ROLLER 1 8 PRO STREET CRATE ENGINE SBC CNC CAMAR
$3,550.00
Time Remaining: 10d 5h 28m
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CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT RED HOT SALE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM7R
CHEVY 350 325HP ENGINE MIDNIGHT RED HOT SALE CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM7R
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 2d 16h 36m
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$13.32 (1 Bid)
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GM Performance Engine Assembly Crate Engine Long Block Chevy LSX 454 Each
GM Performance Engine Assembly Crate Engine Long Block Chevy LSX 454 Each
$10,259.97
Time Remaining: 28d 16h 9m
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CHEVY 350BV 383 406HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 7
CHEVY 350BV 383 406HP 4BOLT CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE TURN KEY WORLD HEADS 7
$3,995.00
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GM 10067353 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 195HP 2 Piece Rear Main Seal
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$1,509.97
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05 12 CHEVY CHEVROLET C6 LS2 LS3 BILLET ENGINE GUNMETAL OIL FILLER CAP
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$23.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 8m

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: 20d 9h 48m
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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
$5,185.00
Time Remaining: 3d 7h 41m
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CHEVY 350 355 HP 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 10TK
CHEVY 350 355 HP 4 BOLT TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE 10TK
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COMPLETE 454 468 CHEVY 510HP CRATE ENGINE HYDRAULIC ROLLER BIG RELIABLE POWER
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$3,799.00
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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
$14.99
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CHEVY 283 CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
CHEVY 283 CRATE ENGINE BY TUFF DAWG ENGINES
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 7d 15h 21m
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BluePrint Engines Engine Assembly Long Block Crate Engine Chevy 355 4 Bolt Main
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$2,295.00
Time Remaining: 10d 16h 59m
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496 600hp CHEVY ENGINE BIGBLOCK STROKER POWERFULL 454 502 540 572 CRATE MOTOR
496 600hp CHEVY ENGINE BIGBLOCK STROKER POWERFULL 454 502 540 572 CRATE MOTOR
$5,895.00
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 52m
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CHEVY 454 510 HORSEPOWER COMPLETE CRATE ENGINE PRO BUILT NEW 396 402 427 BBC
CHEVY 454 510 HORSEPOWER COMPLETE CRATE ENGINE PRO BUILT NEW 396 402 427 BBC
$6,790.00
Time Remaining: 4d 5h 15m
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Chevrolet  Impala impala 1973 Chevy Impala Estate wagon Donk chevrolet crate engine kingswood daytons
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$810.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 16h 55m

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: 10d 8h 37m
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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.