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          ABOUT OUR HIGH PERFORMANCE CRATE 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.

Our Performance Crate engines receive new high Quality internal components such as 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, often 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. It can be absolutely critical to one's satisfaction to choose the correct idle type (cam size) for the engine. Most of us are happy with the sound and drivability of our "LOPEY" idle camshafts "BUT" some may find it too rough and some may find it not rough enough. Please put some thought into it!

For normal street use, we recommend either our "Mild, "Lopey", or "Choppy idle version engines. Our Mild idle has a hint of performance sound, good vacuum, and can be driven cross country. Our "Lopey" idle has a definitely noticeable performance sound and can be driven daily and short to medium trips. Our "Choppy" idle has the definitely performance "Chop" and can be driven daily but is not recommended for long trips or as primary daily drivers. Keep in mind that one horsepower per cubic inch is a good rule of thumb for a performance daily driver and the more horsepower per cubic inch, the less drivability. Also and maybe more importantly, larger cams sacrifice the lower RPM torque and horsepower. This lower RPM, 2000 to 4000, is where we mostly drive. This is where the fun and tire spin happens. Big cams make big power but are not as much fun for many of us.

"SMOOTH" idle is as smooth or almost as smooth as a stock OEM engine and has high manifold vacuum, 18 inches or more. These engines work well with the stock exhaust system and torque converter but all engines benefit from a good performance exhaust system and a higher stall torque converter. This is absolutely a true "Daily Driver" but more camshaft is needed for more power and the "Muscle Car" sound.

"MILD" idle can have a slight rumble and has very good manifold vacuum, 16 inches or more. These engines also work well with the stock exhaust system and torque converter. Again, a true "Daily Driver" with a hint of "Muscle" sound.

"LOPEY" idle is a well defined lope as in the lope or gallop of a horse, and will have good manifold vacuum, 14 inches or more. 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 for using overdrive, and lock up torque converters. Although no true performance engine should be classified as a "cross country driver", this is as most cam and compression that we would recommend for occasional long distance driving. These engines make nice "Daily Drivers" that have a great performance idle.

"CHOPPY" idle is a very definite performance idle and will have a somewhat lower manifold vacuum, 9 to 13 inches. We recommend quality headers and a torque converter in the 1800 to 2800 RPM range. This is basically a rougher "Muscle Car" idle. They are daily drivers but not distance or primary drivers. We define these engines as our "Almost Daily Drivers".

"ROUGH" idle is rougher than "Choppy" and is for those who really want the a super Hot Rod sound and higher peak horsepower numbers. Also, they must be 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.

"VERY ROUGH IDLE STREET/STRIP" engines have a very high duration and lift camshaft and have a very rough "Hotrod" or race type idle. These engines are slightly toned downed race engines. They will have very low manifold vacuum, need performance exhaust, and a torque converter with a lot of stall. Very light street driving only and 100% racing gasoline is recommended when WOT is in use.

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 the footnote column for each engine.

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 assembly line job, it takes most of a day per engine to do the right kind of job. Also we break open the oil filter after dyno testing and inspect for debris to ensure that the engine is perfect internally. Finally the engine is pressure tested at the crankcase for oil leaks and then painted. When provided or purchased, the carburetor and distributor will be verified and tuned to the 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! Always have your engine dyno tested with the carb and ignition you will be using no matter who builds it!

We guarantee the quality, dependability, and accuracy of our engines. Some engines are not legal for sale or use on pollution controlled vehicles.

Smooth, Mild, Lopey, and Choppy Engines come with a 12 month-12,000 Mile written warranty, also an optional 36 Month-36,000 Mile warranty is available. Rough idle engines carry a 90 day CME labor only warranty and "Very Rough Street/Strip" engines carry a 30 day CME labor only repair warranty. For the best performing and Highest Quality crate engines available, please call, fax or email us for more information or to place your order.

CALL:   (800)-903-6446 (800-90-ENGINE)
FAX:      (803)-275-4582
EMAIL: sales@cmengines.com

NOTICE: Prices listed are subject to change without notice. Deposits made on Performance, special, or custom jobs may be non refundable after the job has progressed! When acceptable, returns and cancellations are subject to fees up to 25%. Performance, Custom, Special, etc engines often require six to twelve weeks or more to complete depending on the engine. We do not rush our engines. Please let us know from the start if you have a hard deadline, we may have to decline. Please do not expect definite completion dates. We ask that you send us emails anytime, asking for updates since we cannot make routine calls or emails. Also make sure that you have all quotes and other information in print (emails) as we do not accept controversial verbal claims. Horsepower figures mentioned require that the user install the recommended performance parts and accessories such as carburetor, ignition system, and exhaust system for those figures to be accurate! Performance engines WILL be noisier than OEM stock engines especially when cold. This is due to centered pin pistons, extra clearances, and faster ramp lift camshafts! This cannot be avoided. These are not warranty issues. Requests for pictures or videos during the building process cannot be guaranteed! Such special requests can be at extra cost. 

  
Engine
Make
Cubic
Inch
Horse
Power
Idle
Type
Comp
Ratio
Foot
Notes
Complete
Engine
Long
Block
Block
Assy
Chevy 350 300 Smooth 9.0 #,o $3296 $2696 $1796
Chevy 350 325 Mild 9.25 #,o,t $3296 $2696 $1796
Chevy 350 350 Lopey 9.5 #,o $3296 $2696 $1796
Chevy 350 370 Choppy 10.0 $,o $3396 $2796 $1796
Chevy 350 375 Lopey 9.5 #,a $3796 $3196 $1796
Chevy 350 400 Choppy 10.0 $,a $3796 $3196 $1796
Chevy 350 425 Rough 10.0 a $3996 $3396 $1796
Chevy 383 375 Lopey 9.5 #,6,o $3596 $2996 $1996
Chevy 383 400 Lopey 9.5 #,6,a $3996 $3396 $1996
Chevy 383 425 Choppy 10.0 $,6,a $4096 $3496 $1996
Chevy 383 450 Rough 10.0 6,b $4296 $3696 $1996
Chevy 383 500 Street/Strip 10.5 6,a,f,rs $5996 $5396 $2996
Chevy 427 425 Lopey 9.5 #,7,a,f,n,2 $6996 $6396 $4496
Chevy 427 450 Choppy 10.0 $,7,a,f,n,2 $6996 $6396 $4496
Chevy 427 500 Choppy 10.0 7,afr,n,r,2 $9996 $9396 $4496
Chevy 454

425

Mild 9.25 #,o,t,z $4896 $4296 $2696
Chevy 454 450 Lopey 9.5 #,o,z $4896

$4296

$2696
Chevy 454 475 Choppy 10.0 $,o,z $4896 $4296 $2696
Chevy 454 500 Choppy 10.0 $,a,z $5596 $4996 $2696
Chevy 496 450 Mild 9.0 #,8,o,h,t,z $4996 $4396 $2996
Chevy 496 475 Lopey 9.5 #,8,o,h,z $4996 $4396 $2996
Chevy 496 500 Choppy 10.0 $,8,o,h,z $4996 $4396 $2996
Chevy 496 525 Choppy 10.0 $,8,a,h,z $5696 $5096 $2996
Chevy 496 550 Rough 10.0 8,a,h,z $5996 $5396 $2996
Chevy 496 600 Street/Strip 10.5 8,a,f,h,rs,z $7496 $6896 $4296
Chevy 540 525 Lopey 9.5 #,9,h,n,o,3 $7996 $7396 $5496
Chevy 540 575 Choppy 10.0 $,9,a,f,h,n,,3 $8996 $8396 $5496
Chevy 572 500 Mild 9.0 #,9,f,h,o,3 $7996 $7296 $5996
Chevy 572 600 Choppy 10.0 $,9,a,f,h,n,t,3 $9996 $9296 $5996
Chevy 572 650 Rough 10.0 9,b,f,h,n,3 $10996 $10296 $6496
Chevy 572 700 Street/Strip 10.5 9,b,f,h,n,z,3 $11996 $11296 $6496
Chevy 598 575 Lopey 9.5 #,a,f,h,n,3 $9496 $8796 $7496
Chevy 598 625 Choppy 10.0 $,b,f,h,n,3 $10996 $10296 $7496
Chevy LT1 350 370 Lopey 10.5 #,o,u $3996 $3396 $1996
Chevy LT1 350 390 Choppy 10.5 $,o,u $3996 $3396 $1996
Chevy LT1 383 400 Choppy 10.5 6,$,o,u $4496 $3896 $2496
Chevy LT1 383 425 Choppy 10.5 6,$,o,u $4696 $4096 $2496

NOTES:

No Core charges or trade-ins required for most engines, see footnotes for the particular engine. Otherwise, furnishing an engine core can reduce some prices considerably.

Aluminum heads option available on most engines. Also, engines built to customer specs available.

All prices are for automatic transmission. Some crankshafts have to be modified or upgraded at extra cost for pilot bearing when used with stick transmission.

#.....This "Daily Driver" has 14" 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 engine is our "Almost Daily Driver". It has 10" 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.

afr.....'Air Flow Research' heads.
a........Equipped with aftermarket Aluminum heads.
b........Equipped with CNC ported Aluminum heads.
d........Does not include magnum. Magnum engine available.
e........Equipped with Edelbrock aluminum heads.
f.........Equipped with forged pistons, rods and crankshaft.
h........Standard deck height block. Direct replacement fit for 396-454.
i.........Equipped with new cast iron high performance 
aftermarket heads.
          
Aluminum heads
optional @ $200.00 extra.
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 $300.00 extra.
m......351M/400 type engine.
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. Intended for minimal street use! Very Low vacuum.
         
Lower RPM manners are very radical. Street/Strip
versions are available for
         all engines. The warranty 
for these engines is 90 days for labor only not
         replacement parts.
RPM limiter required for warranty!! CME code HP12.
s.......Stroker engine.
t........Excellent towing and Motorhome engine.
u.......Priced based on using customer's core. Core may be able to be supplied at extra cost.
v.......Also available as 331 "Stroker".
w......Windsor type engine.
x.......Claimer/Bracket 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 narrow sump oil pan (Chevelle and others).
1.......440 "Stroker".
2.......Small Block aftermarket Siamese 4.125 bore block.
3.......Big Block aftermarket Siamese 4.500 bore Block.
4.......460 "Stroker".
5.......390 "Stroker". 434 cubic inches.
6.......350 "Stroker".
7.......400 "Stroker".
8.......454 "Stroker".
9.......502 "Stroker".
10.....360 "Stroker".
11.....302 "Stroker".
12.....351W "Stroker".
14.....Ford 4.6 (281) 2 valve non phaser Modular engine.
                                                                                                                   Notes updated 010514


ENGINE OPTIONS:
Chrome and polished components. Aluminum heads. Roller cam. Forged pistons, chrome moly 4340 steel rods, and crankshaft.

ENGINE ACCESSORIES:
Air filter, carburetor, distributor, coil, spark plug wires, flywheel, starter, water pump, fuel pump and alternator. Brackets and  pulleys are available for many engines.


           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 most 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. These engines make nice "Daily Drivers" that sound good.

"CHOPPY" idle is a very noticeable 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 "Almost Daily Drivers".

"ROUGH" idle is rougher than "Choppy" and is for those who really want the High Performance sound and are willing to tolerate the "cons" of these type 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.

"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 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. Dyno sessions are 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.

CALL:       1-800-903-6446  (800-90-ENGINE)
FAX:         1-803-275-4582
EMAIL:     sales@cmengines.com

 

NOTICE: Prices listed are subject to change without notice. Deposits made on special or custom jobs are non refundable after the job has begun! These Performance engines require six to twelve weeks or more to complete depending on the engine. We do not rush Performance engines. Please let us know from the start if you have a hard deadline. Please do not expect definite completion dates. Horsepower figures mentioned require that the user install the recommended performance parts and accessories such as carburetor, intake manifold, ignition system and exhaust system for those figures to be accurate! Performance engines WILL be noisier than OEM stock engines especially when cold. This is due to centered pin pistons, extra piston clearances and faster ramp lift camshafts! This cannot be helped.