Our Performance Engines
A popular way to buy a performance engine these days is to buy a Crate Engine. Most Crate Engines we see in the market are mass produced engines. Typically, Crate Engines are manufactured in large factories that utilize “Machine Operators” and “Assemblers” that are not engine specialists. These individuals are trained to perform a specific task and do not understand overall engine assembly and function.
Marty Cochrane, from ProMax, says “We understand both the Production and Performance Industry”. Having come from a manufacturing background at Dana Corporation, and later operating one of only 4 PER (Production Engine Rebuilder) facilities in Canada, Marty understands the difference between a Custom Performance Engine and mass produced “Crate Engine”.
Gene Kucera of Promax knows the difference between the right parts and what you get when you buy "the big factory" crate engine. Gene has more than 35 years expierience in the perfomance industry. “Lots of people end up with a factory crate engine that needs different parts. Parts installed on “Crate Engines” are often incorrect for the intended application, or are inadequate for the intended usage. We see oil pans that don’t fit, flywheels or flexplates that don’t bolt up, incorrect balancers or flywheels, antiquated ignition systems, carburetors, and intake manifolds.”
Marty can also testify to other problems. “Machining is not what we are accustomed to in the performance industry. We find that deck heights are not even and square to the crank/cam centerline, decks are often different heights, and some are rolled over. Main bores are often at minimum resulting in minimal vertical oil clearance on main bearings. Most of what we see would pass in a stock production engine, but customers are paying for a Performance Engine designed to run at higher loads and RPM.”
Promax uses the latest CNC computer controlled equipment to machine the engines we sell. We can sell you a complete carb to pan “crate” type engine, custom built to your exact needs, or a Long Block Assembly (bottom and top end no covers), Short Block Assembly (bottom end only), or a machining and or parts package.