Chevy High Performance - - The Great Crate Exchange -

When in­stalling a crate en­gine like this, most en­thu­si­asts just look at the cost of the new en­gine and think, “I’ll just add $100 to the en­gine and that will cover ev­ery­thing else.” That might have been true back when Nixon was pres­i­dent, but not now.

Just the price of the break-in oil plus the first oil change and two PH30 fil­ters is close to $75. Add spark plugs, plug wires, new hoses, clamps, and two gal­lons of an­tifreeze and we’re ap­proach­ing $250. We priced the com­plete parts list through Sum­mit Rac­ing and not to scare you but it to­taled north of $2,400. Of course, there are lots of parts here that you prob­a­bly won’t need, but it’s not far off if you are start­ing from scratch.

This is the re­al­ity of en­gine swap­ping to­day, but if you plan ahead this al­lows you to line up as many of the parts you will need ahead of time so you’re not rush­ing off to the auto parts store or wait­ing for the UPS guy to ar­rive. It’s a lot less stress­ful.

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