Some engine prices include the core charge and some engine prices are based on using the purchasers present engine core. We can always furnish the core at extra cost when needed. Often the price depends on the market value at the time. See the particular engine's footnotes to see if cores charges apply, footnote u.
Aluminum heads and roller cam options are available on most engines. Also, engines built to customer specs available.
Most prices are for automatic transmission. Some crankshafts have to be modified or upgraded at extra cost for pilot bearing when used with stick transmission. See footnotes.
#.....This "Daily Driver" has 14 inches or more of vacuum at idle. It is the maximum in compression, camshaft size, intake manifold, and head runner volume recommended for every day driving. The stock exhaust and torque converter may be used but performance versions are recommended for best
performance. Although not recommended, 87 octane gasoline may be used
when the ignition timing curve is absolutely correct. This is the maximum camshaft recommended for overdrive and lock up torque converter applications.
$.....This engine is our "Almost Daily Driver". It has 10 inches or more of vacuum at
idle and requires only a minimum extra torque converter stall to allow for a
little higher idle required by the higher duration camshaft.
!.....This engine is a weekend or occasional driver, NOT a daily or distance driver!
Also, NOT recommended for use with overdrive or lock up torque converter because it
may have a rough or jerking motion at low RPM cruising!
a........Equipped with new aluminum aftermarket performance heads.
al.......Aluminum heads available from $500.00 to $2000.00 extra. 20 to 30 horsepower gains
are seen for most engines.
b........Equipped with CNC ported Aluminum heads.
bb......May be equipped with either 455, 428, or 400 block.
c........Add $175.00 for rear sump oil pan.
d........Does not include magnum. Magnum engine available.
f.........Equipped with forged pistons, rods and crankshaft.
g........Add $2295.00 for "6 Pack", includes intake, carbs, and linkage.
h........Standard deck height block. Direct replacement fit for 396-454.
i.........Equipped with new cast iron high performance aftermarket heads. Aluminum heads are
optional at extra cost.
j........Tall deck block which is the same as the GM 572. Underhood modifications
and special headers may be required.
k.......2 wheel drive. Oil pan, screen, & dipstick for 4WD is $400.00 extra.
m......351M/400 type engine.
mw....Max Wedge style heads. Check hood clearance.
n.......All New engine.
o.......Equipped with reworked OEM heads.
p.......Equipped with forged pistons.
r........Equipped with Roller cam and lifters.
ss.....Street/Strip engine. Intended for minimal street use! Very Low vacuum with
Solid lifter very rough idle camshaft. Lower RPM manners are very
radical. The "Before Racing" warranty for these engines is 60 days for
labor only, not replacement parts. RPM limiter required for warranty!! Hydraulic
roller cam, lower CR, and dual plane intake are optional.
t........Excellent towing and Motorhome engine.
u.......Priced based on using customer's complete engine core or we can
supply core at extra cost. These rare cores usually run from around $500.00
to $1500.00, depending on market value at the time.
w......Windsor type engine.
y.......Price is for automatic trans. Crankshaft may have to be upgraded or
modified for stick at extra cost.
z.......Add $200 for short sump oil pan for Chevelle, etc.
2.......Small Block aftermarket Siamese 4.125 bore block.
3.......Big Block aftermarket Siamese 4.500 bore Block.
5.......390 "Stroker". 434 cubic inches.
14.....Ford 4.6 (281) 2 valve non phaser Modular engine.
Chrome and polished components. Aluminum heads. Roller cam. Forged pistons, chrome moly 4340 steel rods, and forge steel crankshaft.
Air filter, carburetor, distributor, coil, spark plug wires, flywheel, starter, water pump, fuel pump and alternator. Brackets and pulleys are available for many engines but not all.
ABOUT OUR PERFORMANCE STREET ENGINES
CAROLINA MACHINE ENGINES is an expert at extracting the most horsepower and producing the most dependable High Performance Pump Gas street engines available. We are able to do this because of our long time involvement in racing and performance street rodding 'and' because of our experience as a Production Engine Remanufacturer (PER).
Although we produce "high end" Performance and Race engines with expensive parts, we also produce more economical engines that use one or more of the stock OE parts such as block, crank, rods, heads, oil pan, etc. These engines can produce amazing horsepower and give good long service when "done right". We have the ability to accomplish this because of knowledge and experience gained from decades of racing under basically "stock" type rules and regulations of the various sanctioning organizations.
Each of our engines receive all new high Quality internal components, including performance valves, forged or hypereutectic pistons(when available), moly rings, brass expansion plugs, premium rod and main bearings, cam bearings, pushrods, valve springs, rocker studs, hydraulic lifters, rocker arms, timing chain set, and a specially chosen and dyno proven performance camshaft, usually of our design.
We use the highest quality brand parts such as ACL, B&B, BULLET, COMP CAMS, CLEVITE, CLOYES, DURA-BOND, EAGLE, EDELBROCK, ELGIN, FEDERAL MOGUL, FEL-PRO, HASTINGS, HOLLEY, JESEL, K-LINE, LUNATI, MAHLE, MANLEY, MELLING, PERFECT CIRCLE, PIONEER, PROBE, RHS (Racing Head Service), SCAT, SEALED POWER (Speed-Pro), STEF'S, SILVOLITE, STERLING, US SEAL, US TOOL, VICTOR-REINZ & WEIAND.
Many people make their engine choice based on the vacuum and idle characteristics of the engine. See the "Idle Type" column above with the engine pricing.
"SMOOTH" idle is as smooth or almost as smooth as a stock OEM engine and has high manifold vacuum, 18 inches and higher. These engines work well the stock exhaust system and torque converter but all engines benefit from a good performance exhaust system and a higher stall torque converter.
"MILD" idle can have a slight rumble and has very good manifold vacuum, 16 inches and higher. These engines also work well with the stock exhaust system and torque converter.
"LOPEY" idle is a well defined lope as in the lope or gallop of a horse, and will have good manifold vacuum, 14 inches and higher. This is pretty much the "Muscle Car" idle of many cars of the 1960's and 1970's. These engines have the largest cam recommended for the stock torque convertor. They are the maximum in compression, camshaft size, intake manifold, and head runner volume recommended for every day driving and using overdrive or lock up torque converters. These engines make nice "Daily Drivers" that have a great idle sound.
"CHOPPY" idle is a very definite performance idle and will have a somewhat lower manifold vacuum, 10 to 12 inches. We recommend quality headers and a torque converter in the 1800 to 2800 RPM range. This is basically a rougher "Muscle Car" idle. We define these engines as our "Almost Daily Drivers".
"ROUGH" idle is rougher than "Choppy" and is for those who really want the sound and feel of High Performance and are willing to tolerate the down side of these type street engines. With the "Rough" idle cam, the vacuum will be under 10". Also this engine will need headers and performance exhaust system. A 2800 RPM or higher torque converter is recommended. A vacuum canister or electric vacuum pump may be necessary. This engine is not recommended for daily driving, overdrive transmissions, or lock up torque converters because it may have a rough or jerking motion at lower RPM cruising.
"STREET/STRIP" engines have a very high to super high duration and lift camshaft and have a very rough "Hotrod" or race type idle. These engines are designed for the "all out die hard" Hot Rodder to only drive occasionally on the street. They will have very low manifold vacuum, need performance exhaust, and a torque converter with a lot of stall. Since we all know that these engines are intended to be abused, their warranty is very limited.
All vehicles will perform better upon acceleration with a performance torque converter. We can advise you and supply you with the correct torque converter.
Many of our engines receive new aftermarket cylinder heads which flow much better than the stock OEM heads, therefore increasing the horsepower output significantly. "Stroker" engines have a crankshaft with a longer piston stroke than original. Some engines are all "Brand New". See footnotes.
Our "Complete Engines" include the oil pump, oil pump screen, oil pan, oil filter adapter, oil filter, dipstick, timing cover, balancer, valve covers, intake manifold, and spark plugs.
Engines are expertly machined, balanced, blueprinted, plate honed, line honed, decked, and sonic tested. Engines are then assembled by a highly capable technician and spin tested with heated break-in oil with the proper additives. The oil pressure, compression and oil circulation is carefully verified.
To remove the possibility of our valued customers experiencing problems with break-in or initial problems of any kind, we dynamometer test "EVERY SINGLE" complete version using comprehensive "break-in" procedures including the correct break-in motor oil and oil additives. The actual dyno sheet for that particular engine showing the horsepower and torque at various RPM points is provided with the engine, no copies! A dyno session is not a 30 minute job, it takes most of a day to do the right kind of job. Also we disassemble the oil filter after dyno testing and inspect for debris to ensure that the engine is okay internally. Finally the engine is pressure tested at the crankcase for oil leaks and then painted the brand color or purchaser's choice of color. The carburetor and distributor can be furnished or purchased and will be verified and tuned to the customer's engine to ensure a 'no hassle' installation, just install, fire it up and it is ready to go! Carburetors and distributors are notorious for not allowing the best horsepower and drivability. They can make a good engine look bad. The dynamometer does not lie!
We guarantee the quality, dependability, and accuracy of our engines. Some engines are not legal for sale or use on pollution controlled vehicles.
A 12 month - 12,000 Mile written limited warranty (90 days labor only for "Street/Strip engines) is furnished with each Performance Street engine. Also available is an optional 36 Month - 50,000 Mile limited, conditional warranty. For the Highest Quality and best Performance Street engines available, please call, fax or email us for more information or to place your order.