Re: Blueprint Engines dot com?
Sorry lads, I don't agree with a lot of these posts. I bought a Blueprint 383 base engine 12 mos ago and I'm very pleased so far. I've found their customer service and support to be great, they are responsive in answering questions, and coming up with solutions for those little jams that make each install and car different. That's not really their job but they take ownership. I also don't sit on the phone proving I bought something, the advice comes readily.
I have not turned it over yet, I've been taking my time getting things the way I want them. They ship the engine after making three pulls on a dyno. The condition it arrives in is superb, I don't see scratches and sloppiness related to all the work that went into prebuilding it for these tests. It's a very nice looking piece, there is thought to how they put things together and what they leave open/available for your accessories. I'm also not worried about how it will run, I trust that if they had problems they wouldn't ship it since it was tested, and Summit/Jegs wouldn't carry them with lots of failures.
As for the warranties, put yourself in their shoes. You want to save some coin not buying a fully assembled idiot proof engine. Great. Just don't make them responsible for your mistakes! You can easily imagine how a company could go bankrupt just investigating every failure that comes back regardless of whether it was their fault or not. So they need some tough language. And guess what, that isn't even going to protect them, you'll still send it back and they'll pay someone $50/hr to rip it down to figure out that they didn't do something wrong.
The tags that came on my engine had to do with warnings about setting initial timing with vac advance on. They don't want people having initial timing set wrong, and the whole thing goes junk and again for $50/hr they eat the costs of your mistake. That's it. Says nothing about DRIVING with vac advance assuming you set up your ride for it.
Hope this helps your thought process. I think there is a lot of undue snobbery (sorry... too strong of a word that I'm looking for but it will do) in the world of hot rodding that if you don't pay $15k for a motor it's crap. Sure a $15k motor is a nice motor but everyone has to decide what they can afford. As with anything you get what you pay for I guess. I didn't pay a lot, and expect to be enjoying myself out there soon.
1969 Camaro 383
2.02/1.63 & 234/244 Vortec
TH350 / 12 bolt 3.73