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Feedback on Prestige Performance for a crate motor

I have been thinking about buying a 383 crate motor from Prestige High Performance Engines for my 67 rag top. Does anybody have any feedback or advice for me on these guys? Here is where I found out about them.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...MakeTrack=true

I noticed that there are several engine builders on ebay. Has anyone purchase an engine from any of these folks?

Prestige Performance
Phoenix Engine
A.R. Racing - Performance.

Thanks

1967 Convertible SS 350
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Re: Feedback on Prestige Performance for a crate motor

I looked at a bunch of engine builders from the internet when i was trying to figure out what to do regarding my new motor. I believe phoenix was one of them, the other one i looked very seriously at was engine factory. I ultimately decided to find a reputable engine shop locally instead. I wanted to be able to establish a relationship with the place that did my new motor...face to face. Also, the big thing was that if something happened they would stand behind it and be close by. Have you considered someplace local? I was very glad i ended up going this route.


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Re: Feedback on Prestige Performance for a crate motor

I checked out the link and found it a little humorous that they are simply using computer software to determine the horsepower ratings of their advertised engines. As we all know, the computer simulations aren't the most accurate measurement tools and I'd personally be leary of using those numbers for advertisement purposes.

I question why they don't even mention what kind of crankshaft it comes with. Is it an Eagle, SCAT, Callies (yeah right). Is it cast or forged? For the price, I think you could have one built up locally with a few better parts for around the same amount of money.

I recently took the local route. It was great to be able to ask them some of the more technical questions specific to my particular build. Plus the guys that built mine, have their own race cars that I was able to go see at the local strip so the proof was in the pudding that these guys knew what they were doing. I was also able to pick the exact parts that I wanted for my engine and didn't have to settle for anything less. You should at least check around with some of the local shops to begin researching it. You could even share with them this particular engine to see what they think about it. Most of the local guys are good people just like the group here.

Good luck with your decision. Let us know what you end up doing.

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Yeah Marty makes a good point, i was also able to talk to the shop about what parts they were using and was able to tell them what i wanted. And they ran the motor to break in the cam, get it dialed in, and dynod it for me as well.


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Re: Feedback on Prestige Performance for a crate motor

did the same searched the web then bought one from summit made by gm performance summit and jegs are far cheaper than ur local dealer
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Re: Feedback on Prestige Performance for a crate motor

Thank you guys. I appreciate the advice. If anybody knows of a good engine builder here in the Denver area let me know and I will go talk to them about building the 350 that is already in the car.

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do NOT buy an engine from prestige performance engines. i have their 350 with upgraded heads and a higher compression ratio 10:1 it's suppose to make 450hp!! NOT!!! their engines are pieces of s&&t. i've had nothing but problems and dealing with the company is a nightmare. the engine is made up of crap components. there's a reason why the engines are so cheap. i'm still breaking it in and i'm worried that i've already broke a piston ring. nothing fits or works with this engine. i've replaced so many things on it. i should have rebuilt my old engine. buyer beware...do not buy from prestige!!!!!
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