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How much is a "turn key" engine?



This is a pretty open question. We sell most of our engines as "long blocks" which are complete engines with the heads and everything all put together except the "tin" such as valve covers, oil pan, water pump, fuel pump, etc. This is simply because the customer usually likes to do some of his own work and add his own flavor to his new engine.

When we give you a price on an engine, everything it comes with is on that list according to what you told us you wanted. If it says it comes complete with oil pan, intake manifold, etc. then it those are included in the price, and if it doesn't list those items, then they weren't included.

Keep in mind, we build countless engines and engine combinations. What you see on our Engines page is only a tiny fraction of what we build. If you want a "turn key" engine, complete with everything from carb to pan, water pump to flywheel, we can do that for you. As far as price goes, that's where the "open question" comes in. We need to now what "caliber" of parts you want with it. In other words, do you want a $299 Holley carb on it or a $650+ custom built carb? Should we give you a price on a polished aluminum / high flow water pump or a stock, off the shelf rebuilt water pump? There's at least $100 difference between the two.

How about the valve covers? Are we talking $400 fabricated aluminum covers or $20 chrome steel covers? What about something as simple as a harmonic balancer? Do you want an $89 nodular iron balancer, or a beautiful looking $400 SFI approved after market balancer?

Now you still have the flywheel, the timing cover, the oil pan, the fuel pump, the ignition, the plug wires, the wire separators, the starter, the pulleys, the alternator and brackets, etc. Those items alone can sway the price more than $1,500 (or more) one way or the other depending on which parts you go with. So when you want a price on an engine like this, you need to be SPECIFIC on what caliber of parts you are looking for, otherwise we can't give you an accurate price, and there will be a lot of going back and forth which just wastes a lot of everyone's time, both yours and ours.

If you're a serious buyer, we can put a price together for you with the parts you want, but we don't already have prices made-up because of the vast amount of variables in the parts that could be used to turn your engine into a "turn key" set-up..

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