If you are considering an engine replacement, you know that this can be a terrific way to keep your comfortable, familiar vehicle, while increasing its reliability. There are three main ways to update your old worn or damaged engine:
There are pros and cons to each of these choices.
This is the portion of the engine above the pistons that contains the valves. In an overhead cam engine this also houses the camshaft(s). In a pushrod engine this houses the rocker arms since the camshaft is located lower within the block. The cylinder head(s) are bolted to the engine block, and sealed to it with a Head Gasket.
A purchasable engine option containing the pistons, crankshaft (rotating assembly), fitted with rings, bearings, and other bits to make it a complete assembly. It does not come with cylinder heads, timing set, or peripherals
Same as Short Block except it also includes the cylinder heads, pushrods (as applicable), other internally lubricated parts, which are already pre-fitted. It does not come with peripherals.
Same as Long Block but also includes the valve covers, water pump, timing set, pulleys, intake manifold, distributor, fuel injectors (as applicable) or carburetor, spark plugs, oil pan, flexplate. It does not include peripherals.
Examples are: Starter, Alternator, A/C compressor, Power Steering Pump, sensors, wiring harnesses, Air Cleaner, Filters, Hoses, Cooling System, Exhaust System, Torque Converter, Transmission. These are generally not included in any engine option and are transferred from your old engine or purchased separately, depending on condition
There is some variation in the above, depending on vendor or engine type. We can verify these details when discussing your estimate.
Warranties for engine rebuild or replacement across the industry are different from the general service warranties. They also vary depending on the engine choice from above and the type of component that fails. We warranty new parts that we have supplied through our shop as OEM or manufactured to OE specifications, for normal street use, and installed by us. This warranty does not cover failures in such parts that are the result of other issues in the car or improper maintenance. Internally lubricated parts are not warrantied. Warranty claims must be accompanied with documentation of maintenance.
We remove your old engine, source the replacement engine, and install and test it. We do not accept customer-supplied engines or parts. Your old engine must be complete and assembled. Engines that have been disassembled by another party may have missing parts, improperly stored parts, or can incur additional complications. Also, by not having the ability to run your old engine, we are not able to always determine what issues led to its failure.
The customer assumes the risk that costs can escalate if peripherals or other components need to be changed rather than transferred from the original car. Keep in mind, those peripherals were as old as the engine if they were original, and some may have contributed to its failure. Peripherals from the old engine that are not serviceable, or that break during transfer, will be replaced at the customer’s expense if they block us from properly running and standing behind our work on the replacement engine.
Repairs that are against our advice are not warrantied. Repairs using performance parts are not warrantied.
A word about estimates: They are simply that; best effort estimates. As the development of a detailed estimate is a significant effort in of itself, often requiring us to examine the car in person, a detailed estimate is developed only after we have discussed a budget with you.
If your car has been suffering or disabled for extended periods, it likely has other issues that will need to be fixed before the car can be test drive safely. For example, failed brakes, compromised lighting, weak suspension, would make it difficult to road test the engine replacement. Some of these are not known in advance. Repair of these and other such examples can be arranged as well. If not addressed, we will test the engine replacement up to the limitations of the surrounding vehicle before final invoice and release of the car to the owner.
Engine replacement can be a great way to add modern technology and power to your classic, or just to breath new life into it and enjoy life without a new Car payment. Making the choice for Replacement that most fits your needs is key. We have Replaced, Freshened, or Rebuilt engines in Classic as well as Modern Cars, ranging from classic Chevy, Dodge, AMC, and Ford, to modern BMW, Hyundai, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Jeep, Ford, Chevy, GMC, Chrysler, Mazda, Buick, Volkswagen, Subaru, Volvo, and others.
Hopefully the general guidelines above will help in your decision.