Whether you're building a new rig from the ground up or renovating one with a new powerplant, crate engines can offer a solution to the absent, tired, or blown engine in your project.
We've compiled a list of engine suppliers that can offer solutions for nearly all budgets. Powertrain offerings range from well-appointed long-block replacements to as close to ready-to-run as you can get with companion transmissions and complete electrical engine management systems. Fortunately for you, your options are many.
ATK is a large engine remanufacturer in North America covering a huge range of domestic and foreign engines. Additionally, the company offers GM, Ford, and Chrysler high-performance options, including stroker and turn-key engines. They can also do custom builds and can mate a custom-built transmission to your engine.
Chevrolet Performance offers more than 40 different crate engines from the 2.0L LTG turbo-charged four-cylinder engine to its baddest big block V-8. The ZZ572 is a monster pumping out 720 hp and over 600 lb-ft of torque. It offers both carbureted and fuel-injected crate engines, along with harness and ECU assemblies where needed. Transmissions and other engine accessories are available to help complete the installation.
Edelbrock has been well-known as an aftermarket performance supplier for decades. Several years ago it entered the crate engine market with offerings for small-block Chevy, big-block-Chevy, and small-block Ford powerplants. Engines are available with carburetors or fuel-injection. Its Chevy LS and Ford Coyote engines are topped with an Edelbrock EForce supercharger and can be ordered complete with accessories and electronics package that is essentially ready to run.
Ford Performance can satisfy owners looking for blue oval crate engines. Its lineup spans engines set up to accept traditional carburetors or with fully equipped fuel-injection systems. Popular Ford V-8 displacements are available at various competition levels. Ford also offers an EcoBoost choice and several versions of its modular 5.0L V-8 engines built for more serious builds with components built to withstand forced-induction such as a supercharger.
Golen Engine Service builds custom GM LSx and LT1/LT4 powerplants from short-block up to turnkey engines. It also offers a turn-key supercharged LS1, or for those looking for more go from their Jeep I-6 engine, Golen has a 4.6L stroker with the ability to add a supercharger or turbo on top.
Golen Engine Service
Jasper Engines & Transmissions is a major supplier of completely remanufactured Ford Triton and GM Gen III and Gen IV engines rebuilt with new parts to meet or exceed the original factory specifications. The company also provides crate engines at four levels of increasing performance. While it doesn’t offer complete ready-to-run–style engines, it can provide a custom packaged parts kit to complete the engine installation, minus ignition, fuel system, and exhaust components.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions
LSx4U.com is a supplier of salvage Chevy LS V-8 engines. The company sells engines in two ways: basic standalone or its "drop out" version that includes OEM engine harness, ECM, exhaust down spouts, and all the engine accessories. It can provide a reworked harness for your application and provide transmission help to successfully mate your LS engine to a drivetrain.
Many know Novak Conversions has been providing powertrain conversions for nearly half a century and has substantial expertise in what works in what vehicle. But most probably didn’t know Novak offers complete or partial powertrain components for your project. Novak assembles an entire powertrain on a test stand and test runs it. The crated powertrain arrives to you ready to drop into the vehicle. Powerplant choices are typically late-model GM salvage V-6 and V-8 engines, combined with a transmission and transfer case of choice, including one supplied by the customer. Modifications and other options are available.
Summit Racing offers several manufacturers’ crate engines built with all new parts such as this Chevy Performance 350 crate engine. The long-block engine with oil pan and valve covers is accompanied in shipment by an intake manifold, carburetor, HEI distributor, air cleaner, and a few other parts. It does require assembly of those parts, along with integration with your electrical and ignition system.
Tilden Motorsports specializes in GM LS engines and can offer assistance to customers performing these swaps. The company offers ready-to-run V-8 engine packages comprised of new or take-out engines with standalone engine harnesses and pre-flashed engine computers. Engines range in size from their stock 4.8L Vortecs to its high-horsepower Pro Series LS3 that puts out 625 hp after substantial modifications.