Diesel Crate Engine: Buyer’s Guide

Replace That Worn Out Diesel

Mike McGlothlin
Feb 1, 2013
Photographers: Mike McGlothlin
Not interested in tearing down, inspecting, machining, and assembling the engine in your swap project? Don’t worry, a handful of reputable diesel performance companies, armed with professional in-house engine builders, offer short-blocks, long-blocks, and even complete, turnkey crate engines. The following names can get you the top-ofthe- line Cummins, Duramax, or Power Stroke you need to complete your project.
Gale Banks Engineering
Engine: 6.6L Duramax, 866T complete engine
Build Sheet: LML-based block and heads; high-volume oil system; upgraded piston cooling nozzles; rear oil pan sump; heavy-duty viscous vibration damper; CP3 injection pump; solenoid-style injectors; billet-aluminum, front-facing, dual thermostat housing; cast-aluminum valve covers; Garrett high-flow, water-cooled, VNT turbocharger; Banks exhaust manifolds and turbo up-pipes; and Banks AutoMind ECU
Power Level: 275 hp to 475 hp, 575 hp (shown); 1,200hp streetable, turbo-andsupercharged packages also available
Price: Starts at $15,980 (turnkey engine, complete with ECU)
Other Details: Six-month limited warranty (for material and workmanship), owner’s manual, and installation guide included with 275 to 475hp engines
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PPE
Engine: 6.6L Duramax, complete engines
Build Sheet: Heavy-duty main, rod, and thrust bearings; main studs, keyed crankshaft, and camshaft; Carrillo connecting rods; Mahle cast-aluminum pistons; head studs; complete gasket kit; Xtreme Balancer; race manifolds and up-pipes; and Garrett GT4094R turbo
Power Level: 600 to 800 hp
Price: Call for Pricing
Additional Options: 800 to 1,000hp crate engine adds Stage 1 cylinder heads and GTX4508R/GT4094R twin-turbo system ($28,900); 1,200-plus-hp crate engine adds Stage 2 cylinder heads, forged pistons, and GT5533R/GT4202R twin-turbo system ($32,900)
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Industrial Injection
Engine(s): 5.9L through 6.7L Cummins (mechanical 12-valve, electronic 24-valve, and common-rail 24-valve), short-blocks, long-blocks, complete engines
Build Sheet: Fully balanced and polished rotating assembly, line-bored main bearing surfaces, heavy-duty rod bolts, 12mm or 14mm girdle, coated and chamfered Mahle pistons, radius-cut fire-rings, performance camshaft, exhaust and intake, CNC porting of cylinder head, oversized valves, ARP head studs, new oil pump and oil cooler, new water pump
Power Level: 450 hp to 750 hp (Street Performance), 750 hp to 1,200 hp (Race Performance)
Price: From $8,500 (12-valve Stock Street shortblock) to $28,000 (complete common-rail 6.7L race engine)
Other Details: Engines do not come with turbocharger(s), injectors, or injection pump(s), but they can be added. Common-rail race-performance short-blocks are fitted with 12-valve connecting rods. Higher-horsepower builds receive coated performance Mahle pistons and forged Carrillo connecting rods.
Core Policy: Core charge of $1,500 for short-blocks, $2,000 for long-blocks (cores can be sent in before build to eliminate this charge)
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*Engine builds vary according to customer’s intended use.
Engine: 6.6L Duramax (LB7, LLY, and LBZ) performance short-blocks
Build Sheet: Internally balanced and keyed crankshaft, ATI damper, 14mm Gorilla girdle, coated performance Mahle pistons, forged Carrillo connecting rods, keyed camshaft, new oil pump and oil cooler, new water pump
Price: $14,300 (LB7 Street Performance short-block), $14,800 (LLY and LBZ Street Performance shortblock).
Additional Options: CNC head porting, upgraded valvetrain, ARP head studs, and billet flexplates are also available. Short-blocks do not come with cylinder heads. Complete turnkey engines are also available.
Core Policy: Core charge of $1,500 for short-blocks, separate core policy for cylinder head work
*Engine builds vary according to customer’s intended use.
Performance Machine & MFG
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke, complete engines
Build Sheet: 0.020-inch overbore, 0.020 pistons and rings, high-pressure oil pump, IPR valve, ICP sensor, camshaft sensor, crankshaft sensor, turbocharger, oil cooler, water pump (exhaust manifolds are not included)
Price: $8,995
Additional Options: ARP head studs; Carrillo connecting rods; coated pistons; upgraded valves, pushrods, and camshafts; short-blocks retail for $2,695, Stage 1 long-blocks for $4,495, and Stage 2 long-blocks for $7,295
Core Policy: Core charge of $2,000 on all complete engines (unless you ship your engine first), $1,000 core charge on long-blocks
Warranty: On Stage 1 and 2 long-blocks, 12-month/12,000-mile; Extended No-Fault Warranty of 3-year/36,000-mile for $1,500
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke, long-blocks
Build Sheet: 0.20-inch overbore; new Mahle rod, main, and camshaft bearings; Mahle 0.020-inch pistons and rings; new oil pump; three-angle valve job; milled heads; ARP head studs; all other engine gaskets
Price: $5,995
Additional Options: Carrillo connecting rods; coated pistons; upgraded valves, pushrods, and camshafts; complete engines can also be assembled with injectors, high-pressure fuel pump, and turbochargers
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SoCal Diesel
Engine(s): 6.6L Duramax (LB7, LLY, LBZ, and LMM)Stage 1 complete engine
Build Sheet: Core engine is disassembled and thermo-cleaned, all core components are magnafluxed (where appropriate) and visually inspected, cylinders bored and blueprinted for size and location, cylinders squared up with the block, main journals are alignbored, balanced and keyed crankshaft, ARP main studs, SoCal damper, Carrillo forged connecting rods, cut and coated pistons, Stage 1 cylinder heads, SoCal camshaft, new GM water pump with welded impeller
Price: $15,300
Additional Options: Stage 2 adds upgraded cylinder heads with titanium retainers, chromoly pushrods, SoCal Diesel billet flexplate and rocker stud kit ($18,400), optional forged pistons, billet main caps, main cap girdle, ARP 625 or 14mm head studs, and internally
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Alligator Performance
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke; Elite Diesel Engineering Stage 1 long-blocks
Build Sheet: Torque plate bore and hone; decked block; reconditioned crankshaft, connecting rods, and cylinder heads; balanced rotating assembly; ATI damper; coated Mahle pistons; Elite Stage 1 camshaft and valvetrain kit; chromoly pushrods; H-11 head studs; and billet flex plate
Price: $11,000
AdditionalOptions:
Stage 2 long-block adds H-11 main studs, Stage 1+ camshaft, and zero-gap second piston rings ($13,384). All long-blocks come with oil pan, front and rear covers, rocker stands, rocker arms, high-pressure oil pump branch tube, associated sensors. and remaining required seals. Long-blocks do not include high-pressure oil pump, oil rails, injectors, oil cooler, intake manifold, glow plugs, or valve covers. Stage 1 short-blocks run $6,315, and Stage 2 short-blocks go for $8,725.
Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile parts warranty on both short-blocks and long-blocks
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Legacy Classic Trucks
Engine: 3.9L Cummins 4BTAA (air-to-air intercooled) Stage III complete engine
Build Sheet: New 4BT, balanced rotating assembly, cut and coated pistons, Fluid damper, head studs with machined rocker pedestals, 150-pound valvesprings, custom camshaft, modified P7100 pump (3K governor spring kit, full rack, and 19 degrees of timing), honed injectors (set at 280 BAR), billet intake manifold, valve covers, tappet covers, T4-mounted turbo with Turbonetics wastegate, engine dress kit with stainless-steel hex bolts, painted and tested
Power Level: 350 hp (at 50 psi of boost)
Price: $19,995
Additional Options:
Stage 1 engine includes new factory long-block, P7100, 3,200-rpm governor spring kit, and 130 hp ($7,250). Stage II engine includes new factory long-block, P7100, 3,200-rpm governor spring kit, 12cm turbine housing, number 6 cam plate, billet valve covers, and 180 hp at 28 psi of boost ($9,950). New 4.5L QSB Cummins includes SAE number 3 bellhousing, ECU, alternator, water pump, starter, and 170 hp ($11,950). New 3.3L QSB Cummins includes SAE number 3 bellhousing, ECU, alternator, water pump, starter, and 110 hp ($8,995).
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Sources

PPE
Fullerton, CA 92831
714-985-4825
www.ppediesel.com
Gale Banks Engineering
Azusa, CA 91702
800-398-9256
www.bankspower.com
Industrial Injection
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
800-955-0476
www.industrialinjection.com
SoCal Diesel
Valencia, CA 91355
661-775-5620
www.socaldiesel.com
Hypermax Engineering
Gilberts, IL 60136
http://www.gohypermax.com
Alligator Performance
866-255-7212
http://www.alligatorperformance.com
Legacy Classic Trucks
888-589-1664
http://www.legacyclassictruck.com
Performance Machine and Manufacturing
877-408-3256
http://www.performancemachinemfg.com

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