How to get your
old longblock engine ready for shipping to us, so we can remanufacture
it and send it back to you.
1. Get a pallet at least as pretty as this one. If you buy one, don't pay more than $6.
Go around back of stores and factories and ask the nice man if you can have one.
They usually want to get rid of them. Pallets are
usually 40 or 48 inches wide. The pallet must be at least 32" wide from runner
to runner to fit on forklifts after it leaves your place.
2. Get straps or chain
or rope or banding or heavy gage baling wire and a couple of dozen 16 penny
nails or 2 1/2" to 3" screws. This set of four straps came from Sam's Club and was about $13. We will send them back with the fresh engine...ummm
3. Cut six 2X4 pieces the same
length as the pallet is wide.
4. Screw or nail two of the
2X4's seven inches apart to the
three solid runners under the slats.
5. Nail the remaining 2X4's on top,
piggyback style. Your two short stacks of 2X4's support the engine block
by the oil pan rails on the sides. Some big block engines may need the
2X4's placed a bit farther apart.
6. Set the engine in the new cradle... and band,
strap, rope or wire the engine around the middle of the engine and
diagonally across the center runner under the pallet.
If the engine is drippy or slimy wrap it in plastic or a garbage bag.
Alternately, you can lay a big cotton rag under the engine.
7. Wrap cardboard over the engine and hold it on with 2 straps or wire,
8. Print 3 copies of the freight bill we fax or e-mail
you and tape one to the top of the cardboard for use as an address
label. If it doesn't stick (cold, wet, etc.), put the label in a Zip
Lock baggy and Zip Tie to the engine.
9. Contact us at 415-738-7388 or
before 1 PM, and our customer service representative can try to get a pickup the
same day, or you can call after 1 PM for a pickup the following day.
10. Hand the truck driver the two freight bills
and get one back from him with his signature and a tracking sticker on
11. Now, you have to get the engine on the
48 inch tall truck bed using one following methods.
A. Your forklift at your place.
B. If you still have the cherry-picker, chain fall or come-along,
off a tree, try to use that. Lift using a short chain bolted to the head or
heads with the pallet dangling. Generally speaking, a cherry picker that will
lift a fully dressed engine over a fender on a car up on jack stands will easily
load a short chain lifted longblock onto a 48" tall truck bed. Both of our
cherry pickers, for example, will lift the bottom of a pallet over 6 foot in the
C. Ask Laura where the closest terminal is for our shipper. Some
terminals have late or even 24 hour drop off. Get the engine on the back
of a pickup truck or tilt bed landscape trailer and take it to the local
terminal so a forklift can easily remove it .
If it makes it any easier to handle, it's OK to remove the cylinder heads
and band them to the skid separately. Just make sure we get ALL the longblock parts. It's just as important to not send us anything extra either as we will
certainly throw it away.
D. Order lift gate service through Laura. The truckers charge $40 for
liftgate service and another $40 for residential delivery.
Engine Air Freight and Ocean shipping outside the USA
Returning an old engine core
from overseas is generally not cost effective so pricing estimates below are
for one way.
Phone or e-mail most of your questions at once and tell us right up
front what seaport you want it sent. The European style of using 25
e-mails for 25 questions can cause confusion. Ten e-mails in two
different languages, will result in 3 different interpreters and tragic
Please try to have an English speaking technically minded left
brained guy helping you with the order.
Ocean freight including the overland USA part, USUALLY runs between $450 and
$600 USD and ship time to most of Europe is approximately 18 days, same as
Australia and most other places. Airfreight is about a week. You must pick it up at a seaport
or airport terminal. If you are handling
the overseas part, estimated land transport to American ocean ports
for export on a treated export pallet is $147.50 for East Coast, $197.50 West
Engine crating for overseas
used to be $85, but temporarily, it's free, at least until we run out of plastic
crates, that means, subject to change at any time.
Rule of thumb has air freight at about double the cost of ocean freight.
Call 1-415-738-7388 or e-mail us at
for a quote.
Ground Shipping prices within the the USA
Whether you ship your engine to us for
remanufacture or we ship to you first or on an exchange basis, shipping is $----- each way for
engines under 364 cubic inches and $---- for eight cylinder gasoline engines over
364 cubic inches to business locations or terminals in the United
States except the following Eastern and Western states . *CA,
NV, ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ add $-- to shipping price above. WA, OR add $--, Oahu add
$--. Guam add $-- . Buying outright is OK with us. Just add the core
time estimates for USA and possessions
are just estimates. E-S-T-I-M-A-T-E-S
Freight is shipped
nonexpedited which means they can take up to a month to lose it find it, lose it
and find it again. Want a tracking number? Don't
bug us about a tracking number until it's 5 days overdue past the figures below.
25 minutes on hold and four long distance phone calls to find out an engine is
on a truck is silly.
it's 5 d-a-y-s o-v-e-r-d-u-e
us and we'll get right on it.
To estimate the total number of days it will
take for the engine to be trucked to us, for us to custom remanufacture it, and
then ship it back to you, double the number of days listed below next to your
state, then add the quoted figure for remanufacturing time**.
Alaska 7 -14
British Colombia 5.5
New Hampshire 3.4
New Mexico 3.6
New York 3.0
North Carolina 3.1
Puerto Rico 7.0
Rhode Island 3.4
South Dakota 2.8
West Virginia 2.7
~estimates!! Remember Tom Hanks in