This Is Why They Call It A “Crate Engine” – 426 Hemi Short Block

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I’m not sure when the phrase “crate engine” came into popular usage, and according to the occasionally-knowing Wikipedia the term more properly refers to a complete engine, not even just a long block. So this 1968 vintage NOS new-in-the-crate short block for a 426 Hemi on loan to the Walter P. Chrysler museum might not be technically a “crate engine”, but it does demonstrate how car companies have been selling performance engines to the aftermarket for a long time. The block is exactly (well, maybe except for the surface rust) as it left Mopar’s performance parts facility in Marysville, Michigan. It even still has the metal “New Factory Built Short Engine” tag bolted to the block.

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