How to Transport an Engine

by | Aug 9, 2022 | News | 0 comments

Thousands of used engines are serviced every day in various parts of the nation. For the most part, these engines come from wreckers and engine reconditioning/rebuilding firms. As communication technology improves, more and more engines are being carried privately around the United States.

Following is a step-by-step breakdown of the procedures involved in physically prepping a vehicle’s engine for transportation:

  • Remove the engine’s oil and other fluids.
  • Using a sturdy wooden container that can be lifted by forklift, transport the engine.
  • Ensure that the engine is firmly fastened to the crate’s bottom.
  • Hire a trustworthy freight company to convey your goods
  • Any address labels should be attached securely.

First, let’s take a look at a few of the primary factors that drive the engine transportation sector, which we’ll address in further depth later.

Car enthusiasts and bargain-hunters.

When it comes to sharing information and resources, social media is a game changer for anybody seeking for a good deal on a used vehicle component. You can now sell or trade engines all throughout Australia and beyond thanks to the internet, which has made it much easier for people to find each other. Previously, you would have to depend on your local newspaper to find someone to purchase or sell your engine.

When transporting a non-repairable engine to a junkyard, your only real worry is to make sure it doesn’t fall out of the vehicle.  When an engine, which typically weighs over 220 lbs is left unattended, it has the possibility to become a fatal projectile.

“The most important thing to keep in mind while transporting an engine to a salvage yard is to avoid it from being dislodged.”

If an engine is being transported to a repair shop, it may need to be transported. Even the most basic automobile repair shop or home mechanic may struggle to handle procedures like reconditioning cylinder heads or cutting an engine block, much alone performance upgrades that aim to boost output.

Intake, exhaust, and ecu tuning are all effective ways to enhance the performance of a vehicle. However, as an engine’s power needs increase, it must be brought to a shop that specializes in high-performance engines. If engine repair is just one of the changes being made to the automobile, the motor will be taken out and sent to a shop that specializes in improving engines so that the internals may be reinforced or replaced by performance components that can handle more power.

Why not improve your Engine? Don’t Forget About the Remaining Drive-Train!

In the process of improving an engine’s performance, it’s easy to overlook that other parts of the powertrain, such the transmission and tyres and brakes, may also need to be reworked to accommodate it. It’s pointless to boost an engine’s power without also boosting the capacity of its sports suspension, stronger tyres, and bigger brakes to deal with the additional demands imposed on them. It’s not only about the engine when it comes to upgrading an automobile. Once the engine is installed, the following step may be to install a heavy-duty clutch that can handle the additional power from the engine. Increased stress on the differential occurs as a result of increased load on the gearbox caused by the installation of a heavy-duty clutch and larger, grippier tyres. so on and so on.

It can be more cost-effective to buy a vehicle that already has many of the sporty design features needed to handle the increased horsepower from an engine rebuild. Rebuilding an engine doesn’t have a big impact on the value of the vehicle when it comes time to put it up for sale again. As a result of customer desire for a certain automobile model and brand, a considerable amount of the money spent in automobile modification will never be recovered when selling the vehicle. Thus, when it comes time to upgrade, many 4×4 fans will sell or trade in their aftermarket parts.

It is common knowledge that a major percentage of your investment in customizing your automobile will not be recouped when you sell it.

Performance engines are no exception. Automobile enthusiasts who have the patience to wait for the perfect deal may be able to acquire a more cheap performance car by purchasing someone person’s finished project rather than beginning from scratch and bearing every single expense of it. Having said that, people who have done it understand that, as opposed to taking the easy route and buying someone else’s labor of love, there is a certain pleasure in changing a motor yourself and being fully aware of the history of the vehicle.

Engineered Machine Repair Shops

A lot of automotive mechanical businesses in the past were one-stop shops for all kinds of automobile repairs, including engine rebuilding. Mechanics are taking advantage of the proliferation of firms specializing in engine overhauls and engine swaps because they find it more cost-effective to outsource certain parts of the powertrain. Many of them may be found in close vicinity to one another on a big industrial estate, each specializing in a certain market segment.

Restrictions on Local Garage Mechanics’ Incentive Programs.

Local car repair shops may find it simpler to outsource their job to one of these specialty service centers, but this also means they’re losing out on a portion of their potential income, even if they may charge their customers a little more for the additional time they save.

Take, for instance, a malfunctioning system of power steering. The neighborhood mechanic receives a client who has left their vehicle there. He phones the power steering shop nearby for a quotation on a new power steering rack, which the technician concludes is the issue. After that, he presents a price to the client that includes the cost of labor for the removal and reinstallation. Assuming the technician in question was capable of dismantling the power steering rack and replacing a few seals on the workbench, he may have discovered the problem had been solved. This would have allowed him to keep the whole project in-house, which would have raised his profit margins tremendously. In most cases, he would be justified in charging the market rate even if he did not replace unneeded components.

The fact that auto parts are increasingly being discarded is one explanation why many mechanical businesses no longer function in this manner. Rather of waiting for a motor or gearbox to be rebuilt, it is frequently less expensive and more convenient to buy a used one. Customer satisfaction soars because of the extra time they get to spend driving instead of waiting for their vehicle to be fixed.

Preparation of an Engine Block for Shipping

crate engine

Draining the engine’s fluids is an important step in getting it ready for travel. Engine oil and coolant, if present, are included in this category. Disposing of slick surfaces as well as environmental damage during engine freight is made much more difficult by this method, which is in addition to eliminating evident mess caused by spills. Hands-on exposure to old motor oil has been linked to dermatitis and other skin disorders, thus gloves should always be used while working with these fluids.

The construction of an engine transportation crate is the next logical step. Using pieces of wood fastened to the pallet, create a frame for the engine to sit firmly on, preventing it from moving about. Most shipping companies will not take an open pallet, therefore what you need is a crate on pallet skids. You might also buy an engine cradle made specifically for the engine you’re hauling instead of constructing a bespoke frame from scratch. To attach the engine to a pallet, this is a robust frame that can be fastened to it.

Ratchet straps or other adjustable, heavy-duty straps should be used to hold both the frame and the engine to the pallet, and these should be fixed both lengthways and sideways. To avoid engine contamination from dust or water, consider covering the whole load in plastic.

Other Safety Precautions, such as Manual Handling.

Never try to physically pull or move an engine onto such a pallet on your own; engines are heavy (typically more than 150 lbs) and strangely shaped, and you run the risk of harming yourself and any nearby people. Engines all feature lifting points that may be used to attach chains or slings for removal from a vehicle, as well as for loading into a pallet. This Supercheap Auto engine crane is a great option if you don’t already have a more complicated hoist system in your garage.

A short or a long block engine may be transported in the manner described above. Crankshaft, pistons, and connecting rods are all included in the term “short” when referring to the engine block alone. In addition to these components, a “long block” engine contains cylinder heads, a valve train and camshafts, an oil pump and a water pump, as well as the sump of the engine.

Transporting an Engine in Its Complete Form

What if you’re trying to sell an engine? If you don’t already have a buyer lined up, you may want to record the engine running before you remove it from the car so that prospective buyers would feel more at ease and the transaction will go more smoothly. Do not throw away any paperwork that shows how many miles are on the odometer. As simple as the most current registration papers with the engine number and a snapshot of the dash cluster with the odometer reading plainly visible, this might be all that is required.

Various parts of the vehicle are vulnerable to harm when the engine is removed. Wiring looms, oil sensors, and temperature sensors are examples of equipment like these that might be damaged or crushed owing to their exposed placement. If you’re unsure, adhere to the rule of caution and remove and box these sorts of products individually to make sure they arrive at their destination undamaged.

Even if you don’t intend on purchasing freight insurance, it’s usually a good idea to snap photographs of the motor and different components before shipment as documentation of their condition. Time-stamped photographs are difficult to deny. The chances of recouping damages incurred during transportation are slim without freight insurance.

Engine shipping quotations will need to be gathered after your engine has been crated and ready to be transported. The transport firm or freight broker will require these information in order to provide you an estimate.

  • Delivery and pick-up locations
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Whatever method is used at either end of the lift.
  • If each end needs a crane or a tail-lift.

Put Stickers on the Engine Crate and Make Sure They’re Firm

The labels you’ll need to print off and affix to the shipment will be sent to you by the shipping company once you’ve agreed on a price. If possible, attach these labels to the container to prevent them from being blown away by the wind, rain, or any other environmental elements, such as snow.

Dmitry Petrov

Dmitry Petrov is an engineer who specializes in materials science, and has a deep passion for all things related to automotive technology. He is a true motorhead at heart, and spends much of his free time tinkering with engines and studying vehicular dynamics.


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