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BUYING A BLUEPRINT A High-Performance Crate Engine Experience

NORRIS MARSHALL STARTED BLUEPRINT ENGINES OUT OF HIS GARAGE BY BUILDING ENGINES FOR LOCAL RACERS IN 1982. FROM THERE, THE COMPANY EXPANDED TO A FACILITY THAT COULD HOUSE THREE FOOTBALL FIELDS IN JUST THE PRODUCTION AREA ALONE.

S O, YOU WANT TO BUY A CRATE ENGINE FOR YOUR NEXT PRODUCT? Not sure where to order or who to trust? Those are some of the most common concerns we hear over and over again. We decided to throw our opinion out there for you to consider so you’re a little more educated before dropping some cash. Based on our experiences, we can offer some words of advice and tips for a positive engine-buying experience. We’ve ordered them, installed them, rebuilt them and even destroyed them. So, learn from our past to make the right decision in the future.

BluePrint Engines was started 20 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. The founder, Norris Marshall, built one engine at a time for his friends and neighbors while his business and reputation grew bit by bit. Drag racers, circle track racers and street rodders all got some of the first engines produced by BluePrint Engines, and they performed like no other.

Most of us can relate to what happened next. In the early 2000s, mortgages, children and a need for financial security changed the way people shop. Everyday cars, or “grocery-getters,” were easier for dealerships to sell. So, a focus on crate engines for everyday buyers became an important part of their success strategy. This shift pushed Norris into the mainstream, and his success in that endeavor is legendary.

Today, BluePrint Engines has produced more than 300,000 engines for cars and light trucks. The company’s tremendous staff of qualified technicians has a passion for performance both on the job and in the street. Their experience means that BluePrint is the best choice for reliable horsepower that you can drive every day. And you know it’s coming from a solid, reputable company that does the job right and stands behind it.

Keep in mind that most crate engines on the market do not come as complete as their premium lines of engines. BluePrint’s premium crate engines come complete with fuel system, ignition system, plugs, wires, and the water and fuel pumps. Also, know that you can opt for either forged or cast components on most models. Every BluePrint Engine is dyno-tested and balanced, and most engines are backed by a 30-month/50,000-mile warranty.

Ready to order? Whether you’re building a 4x4 off-road machine, street-driven kit car or frame-off restoration, we recommend you contact BluePrint Engines direct for any engine purchases or questions. BluePrint Engines makes a powerplant to fit your budget needs, and these guys can break it down perfectly. Choose from a huge selection of short and long blocks for Chevy, Ford and Chrysler applications or get maximum value with the most complete crate motors on the market.

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