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What You Should Know Before You Buy A Crate Engine

What You Should Know Before You Buy A Crate Engine

Not all crate engines are created equally. From the price to the components used in their assembly, the buying process can be difficult if you’re not sure what to look for.  

At BluePrint Engines, we believe that you should consider the following before you spend your time and treasure on a crate engine for your ride.

Know Your Budget

When it comes to a project, it’s important to know what you’re willing to spend. Take some time and think about your overall budget and break that down further. How much are you willing to pay for just the engine? Other parts? What about labor if you can’t do everything yourself? Have a set price in mind with a little wiggle room just in case.

Know the Warranty

Be sure to know your warranty inside and out. At BluePrint Engines, we give our engines the industry's best-in-class warranty for 30 months or 50,000 miles. Our warranty applies to individual or professional installations, is fully transferable, and is covers engines worldwide.

Know if it’s Dyno Tested

How do you know if the engine makes the horsepower and torque that was advertised? Even though there is a warranty, the stress and heartache of having a problem after the fact are the worst. Dyno testing is one more way to ensure our customers get the quality product they deserve.

Know that the experts at BluePrint Engines are happy to help you choose the right engine. Give us a call at 1-800-483-4263 and we’ll be happy to answer all of your technical questions.

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The Gearhead Holiday Gift Guide

The Gearhead Holiday Gift Guide

From BluePrint Engines and top-rated from Amazon, don’t miss your chance to snag some of the best gifts for yourself or your favorite engine enthusiast this holiday season.

 Keep Calm and Do A Burnout Shirt

Declare your love of hot rods with this shirt from BluePrint Engines! Our tee shirt comes in black and is 100 percent cotton. Printed on two sides, it comes in unisex sizing and is available in small through 4XL sizes.

Eazoo Gravity Car Phone Auto Mount Holder

With a five-star Amazon rating, the Eazoo Gravity car phone holder is easy to use and is a hands-free phone solution while driving your ride. The kit comes complete with phone mount, dual port USB charger, and a quick-charge micro USB cable.

BluePrint Engine 10w30 Engine Oil

BluePrint Engines’ 10w30 engine oil contains zinc and phosphorus that is specially formulated to meet the wear and contaminate concerns of engines. This oil can be used after the initial break-in period of 500 miles, or for the remaining life of the engine.

High Power Car Vaccum Cleaner

This vacuum cleaner from RETECK features powerful suction, a wet-dry function, a washable filter, and a two-year warranty. With almost 500 Amazon reviews, there’s no doubt this handy vacuum will keep your ride spic and span.

Dukes of Hazzard License Plate

Show everyone who the real Boss Hogg is with this Dukes of Hazzard specialty license plate. The plate has a glossy finish and has “no fade” vinyl lettering. 

Paul Walker “Fast and Furious” Decal

Channel your inner speed demon with this “Tuna No Crust” decal. This vinyl, die-cut decal that can last up to six years on a car, or longer on other surfaces like laptops.

14” Chrome Air Cleaner

Ready for a new air cleaner? Not only do BluePrint Engines air cleaners look sharp, they provide crate engines with cleaner air for optimum performance. BluePrint Engines air cleaners include a chrome embossed top, chrome base, and a 3-inch mesh-covered paper filter.

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Why Break-In Oil?

Why Break-In Oil?

Oil is the lifeblood of an engine. This fluid lubricates, cools, cleans, and prevents corrosion.

If not changed consistently and properly, metal, dirt, soot, and other particles can build up in oil—much of which is too small to get caught by the filter—and can cause oil to get abrasive, which significantly accelerates engine wear. Who wants that to happen to their investment?

Along with changing oil often, it’s extremely important to remember to use quality break-in oil when buying or building a new engine. This kind of oil helps your engine during its “break-in” period so that everything runs soundly and smoothly.

In the past five years, the Environmental Protection Agency has changed its regulations on oil and has prohibited a number of anti-wear components from the production of engine oil, making it imperative to find a break-in oil that meets proper, federal regulations while still giving you anti-wear components.

BluePrint Engines has created break-in oil that is specially designed with anti-wear components that will make your engine start and run well during that break-in period of 500 miles. 

Specially formulated to meet contaminate concerns, BluePrint break-in oil is made with high amounts of zinc which is important for distributor drive gears, oil pump components, cylinder walls, ring seals, flat tappets, and roller lifters. 

Along with high levels of zinc, BluePrint break-in oil also has high levels of phosphorus and extends oil film capacity, which allows for ultimate engine protection.

It increases high-temp film strength, oil pressure, and compression at all RPM ranges. BluePrint break-in oil provides high-temp viscosity and anti-wear control and protects bearings at initial startup and at higher speed and temperature.

This oil is recommended for all types of engines, including flat tappet and roller camshafts.

When preparing an engine for the break-in period, be sure to refer to BluePrint Engines' Engine Installation Guide or your engine builders instructions for proper flat tappet break-in procedures.

BluePrint break-in oil is sold in a single quart or as a 6 pack.

Have a question about your engine or break-in oil? Give us a call at 1-800-483-4263.

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