Northern Virginia Custom Auto Body Shop Discusses Engine Swap Costs

Rob’s Customs and Restorations, a Northern Virginia custom auto body shop, recently released a blog explaining engine swaps and their cost. While the cost will vary depending on the type of work needed for the swap, expect this process to be a serious investment in your ideal vehicle.

An engine swap entails removing the original engine of a car and replacing it with a new one. The engine may be the same as the one removed or a different model entirely to upgrade the car’s performance, which requires a more complicated installation process. Before undergoing an engine swap, car owners should consider several factors. First, what is the wiring system like in your current vehicle and in the new engine? Your engine choices may be limited based on compatibility. Next, evaluate the need for a new cooling system that works with the engine chosen. You can then look at the new fluid reservoirs that will be required and determine whether there is enough space for them based on your engine/car combination.

After considering all of the details involved in an engine swap, you’ll need to determine your budget. There are many factors that affect the cost of an engine swap. Among these are whether your engine is short block, which has about one-third of the necessary parts of a complete engine, or long block, which has almost all the parts required. Complete engines are also an option. In addition to the engine type selected, the brand and model of your car, current engine, and mechanic you choose to complete the swap will all impact the price. On average, however, a complete engine swap — which can take up to 20 hours to complete — can cost anywhere from $500 to $9,000 for the engine, depending on the type chosen, and up to $1,500 in labor costs, in addition to other parts that need to be replaced.

Reach out to Rob’s Customs and Restorations for more information about engine swaps to schedule an appointment for a swap. The experienced mechanics at Rob’s can help you choose the right type of engine for your goals, then expertly install it while keeping you well informed of costs and other details. The shop is located at 9128 Euclid Ct., Manassas, VA 20110 and can be contacted at 703-552-5001 or online at