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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you have a "Pay As You Go" program?
  2. Are there any other pricing notes I should be aware of?
  3. What items are NOT provided with my crate engine?
  4. My vehicle has over 200,000 miles on it, but the upholstery's still good. I'm afraid to take it on a long trip because the engine is so old, though. Any ideas?
  5. When you rebuild my engine, will the main parts still be my original ones?
  6. I've heard the term 'hypereutectic' regarding pistons. What does it mean?
  7. I do a lot of traveling, I'm in California and then the next week in Colorado. How will PER cams manage the change in altitude?
  8. What about a distributor and carburator?
  9. What is Fast Track Super Tuning? I want Phoenix Engine to do the break in and tuning of my engine.
  10. What if I want my engine Dyno Tuned?
  11. OK, I had Phoenix Engine rebuild my vehicle's engine. Now it's time to break it in. Are there any special procedures I must follow?
  12. What about exchange engines?





Q: Do you have a "Pay As You Go" program?
A: Yes, we do! Please read the following for details about our Pay As You Go program. This program is offered as an INTEREST-FREE option to our customers who wish to make monthly payments on their engine as it is being built. There are certain restrictions, however. Here are some of the highlights:

  • You are required to make regular payments on your account as your engine is being built, at least monthly, unless previously and specifically agreed otherwise.

  • There are NO REFUNDS. If you go past 90 days without a payment being made, you may forfeit your money and the engine.

  • Abandonment: If no payments have been made on the Pay As You Go agreement within 90 days and/or there has been no contact from you, or no new agreement negotiated, the engine is considered abandoned, and you have forfeited any previous payments as well as the engine itself. The abandoned engine, including any new parts or machine work already completed on it, will be auctioned. Click here for more information about our abandonment policy.

  • Specific rules apply for different States, so please be sure to telephone us for complete details on this program, at
    (602) 866-8044 or toll free: 1-888-766-8044

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Q: Are there any other pricing notes I should be aware of?
A: Yes! Please read the following pricing notes before proceeding with your purchase.

  • Any pricing on this website is offered as a guideline only, for your convenience. Additional bolt-on accessories will result in price adjustments (example: intake manifold, oil pan, timing cover, or other requests up to a turn-key engine).

  • Many more custom, stock, and Power engines are available than can be listed on this website. If you do not see what you are looking for, just call or email us --
    local phone: (602) 866-8044, toll free: 888-766-8044
    email: .

  • Pricing does not include core charges. Please note that we can rebuild from your engine core or we can build an engine from our core bank. Please call us for more details, as core charges may not apply to your situation.

  • RETURNS / CANCELLATION POLICY: Any returned item will incur a minimum 15% fee, plus freight. Any cancellation by either party of an engine in process of being built will also incur a minimum of a 15% fee. Because of the bad economy and back order issues, parts of any kind are out of our control.
    This means your engine build time could be extended; please remember we are a custom engine builder not a production engine builder.
    There is a minimum 2% fee on any credit card usage.
    There is also a minimum $150 fee for write-up, paperwork, and time spent if you cancel an engine after it is ordered but before it is started being built.
    As stated previously, any cancellation of an engine in the process of being built will incur a minimum 15% cancellation fee.

  • Sales Tax: Purchases in the State of Arizona are subject to 8.6% sales tax.

  • Be sure to telephone us at
    (602) 866-8044 or toll free: 1-888-766-8044
    to receive a customized estimate for your specific needs. You may also email us at .

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Q: What items are NOT provided with my custom crate engine? Are there parts I cannot buy from
A: When we build a custom crate engine for you, it is to your specifications, but there are certain limitations. We are not a Parts Store. In addition to reading the Pricing Notes above, please note that there are items we do not and cannot provide with your crate engine. Following is a partial list of items we do NOT sell. The list can go on and on, so it is vital that you ask if we sell a particular item you want included. We want you to be absolutely happy with your custom engine, so there is no exception to this rule.

  • No belts, no tensioners.
  • No radiator hoses, no clamps.
  • No bypass hoses, no clamps.
  • No vacuum lines, no plugs.
  • No fuel lines, no hose clamps.
  • No carburetor linkage, no bolts of any kind.
  • No fuel pump plate bolts, block off plate or fuel pump rods.
  • No fan blades, manual, or bolts.
  • No electric fans.
  • No water pump extensions.
  • No water pump outlets.
  • No water gate valves.
  • No oil adaptation lines.
  • No oil gauges of any kind.
  • No water pump gauge of any kind.
  • No electronic tachometers.
  • No electrical harnesses.
  • No batteries, no battery cables, or battery cable ends.
  • No starters, no brackets, no bolts.
  • No alternators, no brackets, no bolts.
  • No power steering, no brackets, no bolts.
  • No air conditioning, no brackets.
  • No motor mounts, no brackets.
  • No headers.
  • We do not provide all gaskets with the engine because each engine application is different. It is not an exact science.
  • You absolutely must request what we do sell and don't sell. No exceptions. (There are up to 700+ items, the list is nearly endless.) Thank you!

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Q: My vehicle has over 200,000 miles on it, but the upholstery's still good. I'm afraid to take it on a long trip because the engine is so old, though. Any ideas?
A: Rebuild the engine! You already KNOW that engine, are familiar with its personality. Rebuilding your engine with quality workmanship will give you an engine that is like it was when it was new, at a fraction of the cost of buying a new engine (or worse yet, installing a used engine from a different vehicle about which you know nothing).
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Q: When you rebuild my engine, will the main parts still be my original ones?
A: That's the beauty of rebuilding instead of replacing. But be warned: some engine rebuilding companies will simply swap out your engine in order to 'finish the job quickly.' Rest assured Phoenix Engine Rebuilders will always strive to keep your cost to a minimum, but we will never cut corners when it comes to quality or integrity!

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Q: I've heard the term 'hypereutectic' regarding pistons. What does it mean?
A: Hypereutectic (hy-per-yew-tec-tic) is the term used for a silicon alloy used in the manufacture of superior pistons. It offers a number of benefits in the area of piston production and piston operation. Silicon is the major alloying element added to aluminum in piston production. These aluminum silicon alloys fall into three major categories: eutectic, hypoeutectic, and hypereutectic. Probably the easiest way to describe these categories is to use the analogy of sugar added to a glass of iced tea. When sugar is added and stirred into the iced tea, it dissolves and becomes inseparable from the tea itself. If sugar is continuously added, the tea actually becomes saturated with sugar and no matter how much you stir, the excess sugar will not mix in and simply falls to the bottom of the glass in crystal form. Silicon additions to aluminum are very similar to the sugar added to the iced tea. Silicon can be added and dissolved into aluminum so it, too, becomes inseparable from the aluminum. If these additions continue, the aluminum will eventually become saturated with silicon. Silicon added above this point will precipitate out in the form of hard, primary silicon particles similar to the excess sugar in the iced tea. The point of saturation in aluminum is known as the eutectic and occurs when the silicon level reaches 12%. Aluminum with silicon levels below 12% are known as hypoeutectic, and aluminum with silicon levels above 12% are known as hypereutectic (aluminum with 16% silicon has 12% dissolved silicon and 4% shows up as primary silicon crystals). Hypoeutectic pistons have about 9% silicon, and have been the industry standard for many years but are now being edged out in favor of eutectic and hypereutectic versions. Most eutectic pistons range from 11% to 12% silicon. Pistons produced with eutectic alloys exhibit good strength, but hypereutectic pistons with silicon content above 12% exhibit greater strength, scuff and seizure resistance. The hypereutectic alloy improves groove wear and resists cracking in the crown area where operating temperatures are severe. It is the primary silicon that gives the hypereutectic its thermal and wear characteristics. The primary silicon, acting as small insulators, keep the heat in the combustion chamber and prevent heat transfer, thus allowing the rest of the piston to run cooler. Hypereutectic aluminum has 15% less thermal expansion than conventional piston alloys, and is recommended for the best performance. Call us at 602 866-8044 if you're interested in hypereutectic pistons for your engine.

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Q: I do a lot of traveling, I'm in California and then the next week in Colorado. How will PER cams manage the change in altitude?
A: There are 'cookie cutter' mail-order type cams on the market today. They are cheap, stamped out by the thousands, but they are only reliable within a small range. Our cams are custom designed for endurance at different altitudes. We cater to the guy who wants to drive on the street and have reliability without being limited to say, 1500 to 5000 feet altitude. Call us at 602 866-8044 for more details. Return to top




Q: What about a distributor and carburator?
A: The distributor is a big issue because you want the distributor and carburator both to be blueprinted to match the engine in the RPM range for your specific engine. This is one of the hallmarks of our quality workmanship.

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Q: What is Fast Track Super Tuning?
A: Phoenix Engine's Fast Track Super Tuning is the best way to receive your engine completely ready to run and drop in under your hood. The Fast Track computer helps super-tune the engine on our Fast Track run-in stand, and the engine is thereby tuned as if it were actually sitting in a vehicle. The run-in stand we use for Fast Track Super Tuning simulates the conditions of an engine installed in a vehicle. CLICK HERE to go to our information page on Fast Track Super Tuning for more details and pricing.

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Q: What if I want my engine Dyno Tuned? How is Dyno Tuning different from Fast Track Super and Chassis Dyno Tuning?
A: The difference between Dyno Tuning and Fast Track: Dyno Tuning is put on an engine dyno, which determines flywheel horsepower. Street terminology says an "engine on a dyno can do engine horsepower pulls". This means we can put a load on the engine to determine the actual horsepower. ~~ Fast Track is super tuning without a load on the engine. Most engines that we build are designed for the street so the engines are set up in their clearances more tightly than an engine that will go on a dyno. This means the engine for the street will not give its true horsepower because the engine is laboring as it is breaking in. Many customers prefer this for the longevity of their engine. If a customer wants an engine dyno'd then we will set the engine up with a little looser clearances to get a more accurate horsepower reading. In summary, an engine that has Fast Track Super Tuning and not Dyno Tuning will have a longer life. An engine that has both will have a shorter life because the Dyno tuning puts a load on the engine in order to determine the actual horsepower. The cost to have your engine Dyno'd is approximately $1095 to $1295 for small block engines; big block engines range from approximately $1295 to $1495, depending upon parts provided by the customer or what engine package you choose.

** Disclaimer: If a customer wants his engine built, and provides some of his parts and does not want the engine Dyno'd but still wants an Old School sound, then horsepower is only estimated and not guaranteed as if it had been Dyno'd. **

Explaining the difference between an engine dyno and a Chassis Dyno: an engine dyno always rates horsepower at the flywheel. Chassis dynos are designed to TUNE an engine in the car with various loads... a) is it an automatic? b) is it a standard transmission? c) does it have a stall converter? d) does it have a posi rear end? e) what's the tire size, air psi in the tire, tire drag? f) drive line drag? etc. The problem with a chassis dyno is there are 1000 variations on what type of vehicle the engine is installed in. An interesting note: HotRod Magazine ran an interesting article about taking the same vehicle to many different chassis dynos, and found that each dyno had an entirely different result. This is proof that chassis dynos are just a tool, not an exact science, and are designed for street tuning. The average loss of horsepower or torque is anywhere from 25% to 40% or more, depending upon the location and elevation of the chassis dyno.

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Q: OK, I had Phoenix Engine rebuild my vehicle's engine. Now it's time to break it in. Are there any special procedures I must follow?
A: If you've misplaced the break-in instructions we provided with your rebuilt engine, just CLICK HERE for a pop up window from which you may print our recommended break-in procedures for rebuilt engines.

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Q: What about exchange engines?
A: We recognize that there are instances where it is not feasible to rebuild an engine, times when an exchange engine is more practical for the purpose at hand. Unfortunately however, an exchange engine has traditionally meant a mass-produced engine made with poor quality parts and inferior machine work. All that's changed now, though: In our continuing efforts to bring the best to our customers, Phoenix Engine Rebuilders can now provide you with a custom exchange engine, using the best parts and the highest quality machine work. Call us at 602 866-8044 for details.

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21632 N 7th Ave, Suite 1, Phoenix AZ 85027

SW corner of 7th Ave & Deer Valley Rd,
right across from Deer Valley Airport entrance.

602 866-8044 or toll free 888-766-8044

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