View Full Version : Shipping an engine

02-21-2011, 04:08 PM
Anyone have experience shipping an engine? This would be from Bozeman, MT to my garage.

02-21-2011, 04:13 PM
I've gotten a few using trucking companies. Strap it to a pallet and off it goes.

It usually works out fine assuming the seller was honest about the condition.

I have used several different trucking companies, basically whoever is cheapest after an internet search. The key is finding a trucking company with a terminal in Bozeman and one here so all the seller has to do is drop it off at their dock... when it gets here you'd head to the terminal with a trailer and pick it up. Make sure it is strapped down nicely, and also be ready to buy an oil pan... typically they get pretty bashed in no matter what.

02-21-2011, 05:11 PM
Either UPS or FEdEx should be able to take care of this for you. The pallet is probably the best way to go.

02-21-2011, 05:11 PM
I'll try to remember who I used to ship a transmission to my son in HI, Matt. He's local, owns some Cruisers and got me a good price.

02-21-2011, 05:27 PM
I've used ABF and Swift with decent luck BTW.


If he can get the motor on a pallet to Billings there is an ABF terminal there. Then it'd be a quick truck ride to Denver where you could pick it up at their terminal. terminal to terminal "less than truckload" shipping has always been the cheapest i've found for big stuff like a motor.

02-21-2011, 05:31 PM

02-21-2011, 07:23 PM
Jeff Van Wyk is the guy that helped me, I believe he and his Dad own the business.

Landstar Express America
Office: 303.495.5925
Fax: 303.495.3214
Cell: 720.320.8207

02-21-2011, 08:28 PM
What are you shipping Matt? ;)

02-21-2011, 08:48 PM
Thanks, guys. I ended up posting the job on uShip.com and got a bid for $326, which I accepted. We'll see how it goes. If this falls through, I will call some of the suggestions listed.

Matt: shipping a used 1FZ-FE engine on a pallet. My 80 needs a heart transplant.

Daniel: I thought about the road trip option, but it would kill an entire weekend and cost me nearly the same in fuel plus a night at Motel 6.

02-21-2011, 09:41 PM
Ouch! Sorry to hear that! :( Did the supercharger do it in?

02-21-2011, 10:11 PM
Supercharger wasn't the cause, but it probably aggravated the problem. Moral of the story: don't drive with an exhaust pipe that has been smashed nearly flat (entrance to Grizzly Lake trail).

02-22-2011, 03:27 PM
Ouch - sorry to hear it. Good thing you still have the 40!

02-22-2011, 05:05 PM
$326 is not bad... I had a 3B and rebuild kit shipped down from Canuckleland for $450ish.

02-23-2011, 12:28 PM
Anyone have experience shipping an engine? This would be from Bozeman, MT to my garage.

I have used Forward Air several times for engines and trannys. Each time they were substantially less than anyone else. I had an F engine shipped from TX to Denver for about $200. That included a bunch of ancillaries such as BH etc. and weighed over 700 pounds. A couple of H41 trannys from Bay area of CA to Denver for about $35, that was 135 pounds.

The thing that makes them so inexpensive is that they do not pick up or deliver. Shipper has to deliver the item to their terminal near a major airport and recipient has to pick up at their terminal near a major airport.

Sorry I was late on this thread, just catching up.