I've no experience with shipping small (LTL) freight. I'm ready to ship my T 'short block' for a rebuild.
This is a crated engine (no pan). It's class (they all seem to ask for this in the online quotes) is around, class- 150. The crate should weigh about 275. I'm shipping from Chicagoland region to West of Alexandria, VA (about 700 miles).
I'm guessing at the weight. Fully assembled block & head = _______LBS. ????
I can deliver it to a depot if it's not too far. It's going to a legit business address with a loading dock. Fed-X comes in at $405.00 (That seems high) and I just began Social Security so economy is the keyword here.
Any suggestions for a good freight company that may save me a hundred bucks or more would be most welcome!
1923 Faultless Boat tail Speedster
I would check into shipping the bare block by fed ex or UPS, with the crank and cam in a different box.
Sorry, that wont work. Shop wants assembled block with fixed head in one crate. Jimmy
If you are close enough to where any trucking company has a terminal, you can generally ship an item cheaper if you can drop off the item or pick it up right at their terminals. Last quote I got for having my refurbished Engine/Trans. for Cincinnati, OH to the Twin Cities was $300 through R&L.
Check with Fastenal Co. They are backhauling freight on their delivery trucks.
Also, can check Uship.com, they take your information and then put it out to bid. I did that with a brass era body. I was a little concerned at first, but it worked out well. You know beforehand who the shipment is sublet to and are asked to aprove. The parties at both ends are in communication with the shipper.
I've shipped several engines using http://www.forwardair.com
Use plumbers tape to bolt the engine to a pallet. Wrap in plastic. Easy and cheap.
If you've got a friend wth a FedEx account, the charges should be MUCH lower. Mike Peterson in Shevlin, MN. shipped me a complete rebuilt short block (minus head) by FedEx and I was surprised how reasonable it was. Also, once, Little Dearborn in Minneapolis shipped me a bare block with the crank, rods, and misc. other parts in another box, by UPS, and the charge was reasonable. The only problem with that shipment was that UPS dropped the box with the block from such a height that the block cracked in several places along the pan surface and was unrepairable. I didn't get the block and Little Dearborn had to collect insurance from UPS. Now, I refuse to accept shipments by UPS almost at all times.
I tried to ship an assembled engine and they would not because it had oil on the bearings and the California regulations would not allow that little bit oil lubricant oil even only in the journals with no crank case installed.
I'm surprised that they would rate it at such a high class. Next time you call, tell them it's a chunk of iron and it'll ship at class 50 for a lot less. Make sure it is in a sealed wooden crate and not bare, strapped to a pallet.
Having said that, check with Forward Air. Great rates for those without corporate accounts. Even though they have "Air" in the name they do ship LTL by truck. I've shipped a number of arcade and pinball machines over the years by them.
Also, look for an independent trucker who doesn't want to dead head back to where ever. Most of them will gladly carry something back for a lot less than it could otherwise be done.
Just saw that Royce suggested Forward Air as well. They have a great reputation for being fast and fair around here.
Ask Mike Peterson, he ships shortblocks all the time. http://www.mtfca.com/cgi-bin/discus/board-profile.cgi?action=view_profile&profil e=mike_peterson-users
He sent one I bought from his place in Shevlin, Minnesota to a container shipper in Hampton, Virginia for $100 1 1/2 years ago.
He sends them without a head, maybe adding a head increases shipping cost significantly?
He uses thick dense styrofoam plastic sheets on all sides of the engine inside a corrugated cardboard box. The protuding valves didn't bend.
You need to build a bulletproof wooden crate
to survive the rigors of commercial drop shipping.
Your engine will be handled several times by a forklift.
The odds of someone going directly from where you
are located to where your engine needs to go are