So you’re in the mood for a new engine for your project. Your first thought is to build one yourself. You’re a talented, all-knowing enthusiast; why wouldn’t you build it? You realize quickly you’re thousands deep in machine work and specialty tools, and haven’t even ordered the engine parts yet. Second idea on your list is to commission an engine shop to build you a one-off engine. Just as what’s commonly known as ‘paint jail,’ the engine shop can take longer than expected and the add-ons spin you off budget.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2011/03/31/crate-motors