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 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: 27d 6h 57m
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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
$4,000.00
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 26m

CHEVY 383 STROKER CRATE ENGINE SBC CHVEROLET MOTOR 420HP 455TQ
CHEVY 383 STROKER CRATE ENGINE SBC CHVEROLET MOTOR 420HP 455TQ
$3,000.00
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 12m
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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
$4,899.00
Time Remaining: 8d 7h 1m
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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: 12d 13h 35m
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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
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 9m

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: 24d 6h 36m
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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 1h 9m
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Sbc Small Block Chevy 350 Complete Crate Engine Motor Gm Aluminum Stuff 260hp
Sbc Small Block Chevy 350 Complete Crate Engine Motor Gm Aluminum Stuff 260hp
$1,895.00
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 2m
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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: 3d 7h 36m
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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: 4h 46m

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: 12h 37m
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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
$4,195.00
Time Remaining: 10h 26m
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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: 8h 10m
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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: 13d 7h 4m
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CHEVY CORVETTE LS1 57L ENGINE CHROME BILLET OIL CAP
CHEVY CORVETTE LS1 57L ENGINE CHROME BILLET OIL CAP
$23.96
Time Remaining: 4h 46m

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: 13d 3h 50m
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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: 23d 3h 23m
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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: 6d 8h 56m
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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: 3d 9h 7m
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CORVETTE C4 LT1 BILLET CHROME SCREW IN STYLE OIL CAP
CORVETTE C4 LT1 BILLET CHROME SCREW IN STYLE OIL CAP
$27.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 53m

GM Performance 12530283 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 L31 R Truck Van
GM Performance 12530283 Engine Assembly Crate Engine Chevy 350 L31 R Truck Van
$2,129.97
Time Remaining: 23d 1h 19m
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CHEVY 350 326Vhp ENGINE HOT SALE  LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF325TKY5
CHEVY 350 326Vhp ENGINE HOT SALE LOOK AT PRICE TURN KEY CRATE HIGH PERF325TKY5
$2,995.00
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 55m
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686 HP Dyno Tested Alcohol 421 Chevy Turnkey Crate Engine Motor 400 427 SB
686 HP Dyno Tested Alcohol 421 Chevy Turnkey Crate Engine Motor 400 427 SB
$4,200.00
Time Remaining: 9d 7h 26m
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Chevrolet Performance 19260831 LSX376 Long Block Crate Engine
Chevrolet Performance 19260831 LSX376 Long Block Crate Engine
$5,974.99
Time Remaining: 26d 22h 40m
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97 04 CHEVY CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C5 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
97 04 CHEVY CHEVROLET CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C5 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
$26.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4h 53m

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: 12d 1h 11m
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427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2014 ONSALE LOWEST PRICE EVER
427 540hp CHEVY BIGBLOCK CRATE ENGINE NEW 2014 ONSALE LOWEST PRICE EVER
$5,921.25
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 34m
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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: 7d 10h
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470hp 383 Stroker SBC Custom Street Chevy Crate Engine HIGH QUALITY PARTS
470hp 383 Stroker SBC Custom Street Chevy Crate Engine HIGH QUALITY PARTS
$4,999.00
Time Remaining: 25d 10h 48m
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05 12 CHEVY CHEVROLET C6 LS2 LS3 BILLET ENGINE GUNMETAL OIL FILLER CAP
05 12 CHEVY CHEVROLET C6 LS2 LS3 BILLET ENGINE GUNMETAL OIL FILLER CAP
$23.95
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 8m

CHEVY 350 375 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET HIGH PERFORMANCE HOT 10 TKW
CHEVY 350 375 HP TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE BEST STREET HIGH PERFORMANCE HOT 10 TKW
$3,995.00
Time Remaining: 8d 6h 2m
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CHEVY 383 375V HP VORTEC TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE350 30TK
CHEVY 383 375V HP VORTEC TURN KEY CRATE ENGINE HIGH PERFORMANCE GM CRATE350 30TK
$3,995.00
Time Remaining: 27d 8h 17m
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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: 1d 45m
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Chevrolet Performance 19166393 Chevrolet ZZ427 Crate Engine
Chevrolet Performance 19166393 Chevrolet ZZ427 Crate Engine
$8,988.99
Time Remaining: 26d 21h 58m
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05 10 CHEVY CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C6 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
05 10 CHEVY CORVETTE LS2 LS3 C6 BILLET CHROME OIL CAP
$23.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 8m

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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.