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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 08, 2:25 AM Thread Starter
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Best way to ship an engine?

What's the best way to ship an engine cross country? A guy I know in California has an LS5 that he's decided he's not going to use since he sold the car he was going to put it in. Anyone know what's the best, cheapes way to ship it cross country? I looked at Forward Air but they want over $500 to ship it in one of their containers and over $400 if he crates it himself. Anyone here ever try to ship something like this and who should I look into trying to get this shipped to me?
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You need to find some one who does shipping via truck freight that has a regular account. That is about the only way I have seen good rates for truck freight shipping. Then wrap the engine in shrink wrap and cardboard. Then build a wood box and strap it to a pallet. Lastly IMO unless the engine is a super outrageous deal, you are better off getting one more local to you. (PS You should add your location to your profile so folks can better help that way)
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Updated my profile. It's a good deal on the motor and more importantly, it is the correct code motor for my car. Finding a good, complete, rebuildable, correct LS5 for a reasonable price is not an easy thing to get a hold of anymore. That's the only reason I'm considering it in the first place. Keep the ideas coming!!
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Re: Best way to ship an engine?

If you don't ship it and somebody just hauls it for you, we use a fairly wide old racing slick, just set the engine on that and chain it down and cover it with plastic if its in the back of a pickup.

If you have some extra time to spend on the computer, you could maybe post something on some of the car forums like give some body a 100 bucks or so if there coming your way.

I have seen that posted a couple of times.

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How about him going to the Chevy dealer and maybe they have a crate box they come in...Just a thought might make it easier on him to start.

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Re: Best way to ship an engine?

Call Yellow Freight and set up an account, it's easy to do. Then call and ask for a quote to ship the engine under a " Class 85 " shipping which is a used auto part. If the seller can drop off at their terminal and you can pick up at your end instead of having them deliver it, the price should be reasonable. If you just call them you would probably get a price of say 800. With an account it's about 45% of that number or around 375.00 It makes a big difference with an account. P.S. what Dean said, strapped to a pallet and make sure you have the correct size and weight for the quote when calling.

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A friend of mine, and fellow TC member "USFATL" is a freight broker here in Atlanta. I'm quite sure he can help. Plus, he's local to us and a car guy.
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And if you need help transporting this engine from the shipping terminal when it arrives, I've got a truck.

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 08, 9:23 AM
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By Truck Freight, strapped to a pallet.

I seriously doubt that you'll find any better deal than what you mentioned.

IF, I cared about the "nnumbers correct" thing, I would just consider that part of the good deal myself, depending on how bad I wanted a "numbers correct motor"
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Re: Best way to ship an engine?

I use Freightquote.com They are brokers they find you the cheapest way of shipping, I have used them a lot and never seem to have a problem when I ship engine Blocks
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 08, 6:17 PM Thread Starter
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I use Freightquote.com They are brokers they find you the cheapest way of shipping, I have used them a lot and never seem to have a problem when I ship engine Blocks

I tried freightquote.com but it said it didn't have any shippers that match my requirements or something like that. Just my luck - LOL. Thanks for the info guys. I'm going to look into some of these tomorrow and see what I can come up with.
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A friend of mine, and fellow TC member "USFATL" is a freight broker here in Atlanta. I'm quite sure he can help. Plus, he's local to us and a car guy.
Drop Steve an email ...
And if you need help transporting this engine from the shipping terminal when it arrives, I've got a truck.
Thanks Bill. I'll drop him an email and see what he can come up with. The guy that has the engine can ship it from his business on a standard pallet. He has a lift truck so that's not as problem. I have a fork lift attachment on my tractor or I also have a buddy that has a business it can be shipped to just down the road from me. I don't mind picking it up from the closest shipping terminal either. Thanks for the offer of the truck though!!
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Re: Best way to ship an engine?

i bough an engine about this time last year off ebay they charged me 250 next day air from california i went to the aiport to the warehouse facility and picked it up you shoould go to your local airport shipping facility and talk to some of the companies there because there are a bunch of no name shipping companies around the airport that do it cheap i had no problems with my shipment
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Have a look here, you might luck out

http://www.ytmag.com/cgi-bin/haulquery.pl
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Re: Best way to ship an engine?

$400 +/- to ship a 700 lb lump 2,000 miles is reasonable. Fuel and transportation costs have increased - which I'm sure you are aware.

Is the partial vin on this engine close enough to yours that it can be changed to match?

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Re: Best way to ship an engine?

We ship engines all over the place as we are a small retail engine shop. We always use www.shipanengine.com.

They seem to be the cheapest every time, there customer service is pretty good, and the get the job done! We go on there mutiple times a day and ask for quotes via the website and then order via e-mail. Simple and they are good....Save couple hundred bucks per shipment compared to trying to use Estes or UPS or Fedex...give them a try
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