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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 07, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

I am looking to buy one of their crate motors. It is a 540, 695hp, 665 torque. The turnkey price, with distributor and dynotuned carb is around $10,300. I have researched enough that I a pretty sure this is a good deal, but do they make a quality product? Anyone that can offer any experiences, good or bad, would be very helpful (and help provide a piece of mind before I drop $10k.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 07, 07:34 PM
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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

My friends cousin worked there for a while, had them build a 350 for a Monte Carlo I had. Motor ran great. Never had any issues. I live on Long Island and they have a pretty good reputation.

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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 07, 07:44 PM
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I was involved in making up a 540 race combo, we spend closer to 12K. BB3 X heads Super comp car. They did a good job, turn key short block and supplied heads complete , cam and roller lifters. No regrets. Lots of little extras. This was mainly due to the availability of the Big M block. No one locally had one except Scott so he did the turn key with in a week , for a few dollars more. plus shipping.
http://www.shafiroff.com/sportsman/540_810.asp

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

My friend bought the 540 (I recall a 670 HP version) for his 55 chevy. We went to scott shaffi's shop and got a tour. Fortunately shaffi doesn't put the motors together himself, he's got mechanics that do it. The 540 that Adam got runs and sounds real good...no problems and he drives it a lot. Some people around here say the HP #'s are somehow inflated but I don't know for sure. I have some in car videos of us blasting around his neighboorhood in cold weather with no windshield or seatbelts or anything to hold onto for that matter. If I have time later I'll host the video/ post a link for you. The car feels like a low 11-second car (worst case IMO).

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

next door neighbor bought the 471 smallblock bigdawg.
we were invited to come down and witness the dyno runs.
we did and he was impressed.
2 yrs now and motor still runs like a top.

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

Yes, Scotts mechanics do all the work, I dealt with a guy named Mike.

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My buddy put one of the 540s in his Nova. He just bought the short block with cam. Used his own heads etc.
He has never had a problem with it. Drives it all over, and it runs low 10's to boot!

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ok heres a video of the 540 in a 55 chevy...no windshield/ no traction

http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j3...t=a98e2bef.flv

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It was idling> Neighbors love you.

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

I'm going there on wednesday to watch them dyno my new 434 small block that vinny budano is putting together (3 time back to back pro-street drag champ using Shafiroffs 738ci nitrous monster)
anyway today horsepower tv 10:30am EST spike is airing their show that deals with Shafiroff and i think goes to their facility if you want to get a better idea on your search.

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

They look good. Wow there only 20min from me. I might have to check them out some time.

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

I read good things about Shafiroff motors. Steven let us know what your numbers look like on your 434 SB.


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I've heard good things about Shafiroff...however if it was me, I'd buy this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/454-5...spagenameZWDVW

Looking at the Shafiroff package, it looks like you need a grand for the carb package, plus 600 for the MSD setup...closer to 11k ?

I have an engine from Vortecpro (the ebay guy), and can tell you it's the best bang for the buck that I could find! The builder is Mark Jones in Colorado- he posts on the Chevelles forums (as mike1231) and knows his onions!!!

Just a thought as an option....

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Re: Anyone have any experiences with Shafiroff crate engines?

That 502 by Vortecpro does look like the best bang for the buck. Good numbers.


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