About Us – BluePrint Engines
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A Message from the Founder and CEO, Norris Marshall

Norris Marshall founded BluePrint Engines more than forty years ago by building engines for local racers out of his garage. Since then, BluePrint Engines has grown to be one of the largest crate engine manufacturers in the world. Watch as Norris explains what makes BluePrint Engines different.

One High-Performance Crate Engine At A Time

BluePrint Engines® was started 40 years ago in a small garage in central Nebraska. What started as a passion for speed turned into a hobby, then a job, and finally a career.

Our founder, Norris Marshall, built one engine at a time for his friends and neighbors, and bit by bit his business and reputation grew. Drag racers, circle track racers, and street rodders all got some of the first engines produced by BluePrint Engines.

Most of us can relate to what happened next. Every day cars, or “grocery-getters,” were easier to sell to a LOT more people as babies, mortgages, and a need for financial security changed the way people shop.

This shift pushed Norris into the mainstream and his success in that endeavor is legendary.


High-Performance Crate Engine Experience

BluePrint means fun reliable horsepower that you can drive every day.

Our experience means that BluePrint is the best choice for your crate engine. But more importantly—you want to get that horsepower from a solid, reputable company that does the job right and stands behind it.

During our history, we have continued to build high-performance crate engines, and have always tried to give the buyer exactly what they wanted. That's another hallmark of BluePrint Engines - we build engines for all needs and budgets.

Most of our buyers are spending a lot of time on their car. Spend a little more time looking for an engine, and you'll see the BluePrint difference!


Niche Market Engine Manufacturing

Our sister company, Origin Engines, has grown alongside BluePrint Engines and works in tandem to bring customers best-in-class service and products. Where BluePrint Engines focus is on the high-performance engine market, Origin Engines is keenly focused on the industrial sector. The same types of stringent quality control and technological advancements are shared between the two companies. To learn more about Origin Engines, please visit https://www.originengines.com/



Want to Learn More?

Give us a call at 308-236-1000 or email us at info@blueprintengines.com


Bare Block

Brand New bare block

Each BluePrint bare block engine is perfectly cast, precision machined, and balanced within two grams by only the finest true-blue craftsmen. Our engine blocks are the perfect foundation for your high performance and heavy-duty applications!

Shortblock (SB)

With internal components

Each BluePrint shortblock engine assembly includes the block assembled with crank, rods, pistons, freeze plugs, oil galley plugs, and installed cam bearings and features internal components. This option is perfect if you have already invested in a good set of heads, camshaft, and intake that you wish to utilize!

Shortblock Plus

With internal/external components

BluePrint Engines Shortblock Plus option features internal and external components along with crank, rods, pistons, freeze plugs, oil galley plugs, and installed cam bearings. Our Shortblock Plus engines are designed for you to customize to fit your build!

Complete Engine - No Fuel Delivery

You can get most versions built up to the intake manifold. Our base units come complete with oil pans, valve covers and front timing covers. We’ll let you finish the engine out with your fuel and ignition systems. Base models are balanced, blueprinted and dyno tested. If you have good “top end” components, use them on a BluePrint base model.

Exceptions may apply. See individual engine specs for details.

Complete Engine with Carburetor

Complete and ready to install, our dressed engines come complete with ignition, carburetor, water pump and even spark plugs. More complete than almost any other crate engine out there, our dressed models provide fast, easy installation. And because they are dyno tested, you can be sure all the components are working perfectly.

Exceptions may apply. See individual engine specs for details.

Complete Engine with Fuel Injection

The ultimate in smooth crate engine operation, our fuel injected engines are complete and ready to install. Experience all that a BluePrint fuel injected engine has to offer...excellent throttle response throughout the rpm range, better fuel economy and improved cold starting. There’s just nothing like bringing your engine to an instant roar with a simple turn of the ignition key.




We make sure we hit our target horsepower and proper torque with every crate engine. We use an advanced computerized balancer to get our rotating assemblies within two grams, ensuring silky smooth power over the entire RPM range. That’s precisely why our engines sound and run better than our competitors.


A comprehensive, dyno-generated printout showing these critical specs will accompany your delivered engine. No more guessing or wondering what your installed engine's real-world peak horsepower and torque ratings actually are. Any doubters in the crowd? Simply flash 'em your dyno results!