Should Ask Questions...
To Avoid Getting Ripped Off
When Buying Your Crate Engine
Always Ask The Following Questions
Know Exactly What Are You Paying For
Click on each questions for more details on what to ask.
What Quality Of Parts Will Be Used In My Engine Build?
Because like with most everything you can buy these days… you get what you pay for. Your engine can only equal the quality, strength and warranty of the parts used to assemble it.
Fact. It’s impossible to build a high-quality crate engine with inferior offshore, no-name or low end parts.
That’s why it’s absolutely critical you know the quality of all key components being used and installed in your engine. If you have to ask the seller what parts are included (and do if they are not published) it usually means they are trying to hide inferior, low-quality parts used in their builds.
Canadian Crate Engines only uses premium, high quality brand name components which have all been tested and know to be of the highest quality resulting in a high-performance, powerful, long-lasting and trouble free engine you’ll enjoy for years to come.
What Brand/Type Of Heads Are Used In My Chosen Build?
Good cylinder heads can make or break an engine component combination.
Not only will good cylinder heads add power, they also create good usable power in the lower to mid RPM range.
Get clear on what heads are being used in crate engines you are looking at. Do your homework on them or be stuck with an disappointing power plant.
At Canadian Crate Engines we only use quality tested heads known to work well together with ALL the other build components.
This is how we produce the proven, dyno’d horsepower of our builds.
Will My Engine Have A “Flat Tappet” Or “Roller” Camshaft?
A roller camshaft engine is far superior to a flat tappet engine and costs more. Make sure you know what you are paying for because flat tappet camshafts are used in some higher performance crate engines to save costs.
All high performance crate engines should have a roller camshaft.
All of our stage 3 and up engines come fully rollerized.
Do You Use ARP Fasteners Throughout The Engine?
We recommend you don’t trust anything other than the best fasteners on the market for your crate engine, “ARP” Automotive Racing Parts and here’s why.
I’m sure you’ve all heard someone say I “spun a bearing” or “blew the head gasket” or worse yet “it threw a rod.”
These terms are often associated with a failed engine due to low quality hardware (connecting rod bolts, head bolts, and main bolts).
We wouldn’t dare build you an engine with generic “hardware store” grade 8 bolts to cut costs.
ARP fasteners are the highest quality available – even superior to what is considered “aircraft quality” and are expensive.
ARP fasteners have a 220,000 psi tensile strength to handle even the most demanding racing engines. They are heat treated and shot peened for the utmost strength without being too brittle.
The peace of mind and confidence you get from having the highest quality hardware manufacturer in the industry holding together your crate engine is well worth the extra cost. Look at using ARP as cheap insurance.
Do I Have To Pay An Additional Core Charge & Ship You My Old Engine?
A “Core Charge” is like the deposit on a pop bottle. You are charged an additional fee or “deposit” when you make your purchase.
IMPORTANT: With engines, you can get your deposit back when you return your old engine core, usually after the condition of your old engine has been assessed to see if it is suitable for re-use. If it is not suitable (at their discretion) you will NOT get a refund or full refund on the extra “deposit” you have to pay for their core charge.
There is also the hassle of shipping a greasy old engine and the added cost of shipping – all with no guarantee of getting your money back.
At Canadian Crate Engines there are no hidden fees or hassles and uncertainty that come with having to ship your core.
Proof of Build Components & Specifications
Has My Exact Engine Been Dyno Tested For Accurate Horsepower & Torque Figures?
Not only does it give you a power number it allows the builder to see exactly how the components of the build are working together and if it is making optimum usable horsepower.
Our engine packages have been thoroughly tested.
We have tested 26 different camshaft profiles in our proven builds to make sure you are getting a maximized and optimized engine component combination.
Do You Provide a “Balance & Blueprint Sheet” Which Precisely Documents My Engine Build Specs?
Without a Blueprint Sheet there is NO way for you to know EXACTLY what you are getting or what corners may have be cut to save time and money building your engine.
There’s many hidden reasons other engine builders do NOT include the build specs. You’re making an investment in your engine and you want it to last. Don’t settle for not knowing exactly what you’re getting.
Your Canadian Crate Engine build will come with a balance and blueprint sheet for your specific engine, as well as your builds dyno sheets.
Will I Get All Boxes, Stickers & Instructions for Every Part Used To Build My Engine?
Parts can be substituted or mixed up by an oversight or sloppy build processes so it’s recommended to get all boxes, stickers and instructions from the parts used in your engine’s build.
Yes if someone wants to be fraudulent in this way they still could, but they’d need to somehow get or replicate the parts boxes and stickers.
Canadian Crate Engines includes every part box, sticker and instruction sheet provided by the parts suppliers.
We also follow a step-by-step build system with different certified in-house engine builders who double check each other’s work to guarantee your engine is built to spec.
And who said stickers are just for kids?
Questions About The Company
How Many Years Have They Been In Business?
If a company that has been in business for decades it must be doing things right.
What’s more, you can have full confidence that in the case something goes wrong, they’ll be there to back up their warranty so you’re not left high and dry.
So make sure the company you buy your engine from has been in business for at least a decade or more because it’s highly unlikely a company that doesn’t build solid crate engines which satisfy its customers fully could stay in business.
Canadian Crate Engines parent company has been in business since 1948, which is over 70 years now!
How Many Engines Has Your Company Built & Sold?
More experience yields a better product, plain and simple.
In our 68 years as a leading engine machine shop over 11,000 engines have been successfully built and stood behind with our warranty.
How Many Engines Of THIS Type Have You Built?
Don’t be used as a guinea pig to test an unproven build because NOT all components “play well” together.
We have built several hundred engines like our build options and in the process have tested 26 different camshaft profiles for optimum drivability and performance.
What Is The Warranty ?
Canadian Crate Engines stands behind our crate engines for 36 months or 60,000 kilometers/36,000 miles whichever occurs first, subject to the terms and conditions spelled out in the warranty agreement.
Certifications, Associations & Qualifications
Is Your Company A Certified Member Of The Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA) or The Automotive Industries Association (AIA)?
Without them they are likely building engines using outdated information, procedures and standards.
Canadian Crate Engines Is a certified member of both AERA and the A.I.A.
Are Your Machinists Certified By by A.E.R.A?
Without specialized and current knowledge of the components, systems, processes and tools used in machining your crate motor – any non A.E.R.A certified worker does not bring the same machining training to your build.
To guarantee only the highest quality finishes, and lowest tolerances of machining are produced consistently, Canadian Crate Engine machinist are certified by the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association A.E.R.A.
What’s more, as members of the association, our machinists stay current with the latest engine building information provided by A.E.R.A.
What Are The Qualifications Of Those Assembling My Crate Engine?
They must follow our stringent 29 step CCE assembly process that covers every aspect of your engine assembly.
After documenting and completing this process, Rob Borden (The owner) personally signs off on the build sheet.
Quality of Their Equipment
Does The Machining Equipment Used Meet Industry Standards?
Is the equipment they use current to industry standards?
Are they using the highest quality digital torque wrenches?
What are they using to precision hone the cylinders?
Whether it be our diamond precision hone or our $700 torque wrenches, we have all the quality equipment required to guarantee your engine is built to the highest quality standards.
Ease Of Installation
Will I Have To Do Any Modifications To My Engine?
Our engines come with the ignition timing pre-set and the carb adjusted for you.