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I always use Con-Way Freight (formerly CCX, CSE, and CWX; the different branches just merged under the same name) whenever I ship engines or transmissions for two reasons. One is that my Dad manages the terminal here and I can use his discount, and two, they are always very careful with their freight and always are on-time. They load it on the trucks the right way and they keep it in place the right way. I can't remember how much it cost me to ship my Ram's engine to Michigan to be bored out, but my transmission coming here from Mississippi was $70 (with my Dad's discount).
No matter what carrier you choose, make sure that it is completely drained of all fluids, even water. Otherwise if it leaks, you could be charged with the clean-up fee if crap happens (i.e.: water or coolant getting into something on the trailer that it ain't supposed to be in or oil leaking out of the trailer into the environment). You may not think so, but a quart or two of oil or a quart of water/coolant can do a whole lot of damage, I've been out on I-85 at 3:00am with my Dad before cleaning up a spill where some idiot didn't drain his tranny before shipping it. It leaked 10 quarts of ATF+4 into the trailer which got into some sodium blocks, which started a fire. That melted a 55gal. drum of acid. The acid leaked out, and that took five hours to contain and clean up, not to mention the damage to the trailer, the traffic delays, and the danger to the surrounding water supply, all because something was not properly prepared for shipment. Tie it down tightly to a good palette so it does not move. Since the motor is already drained, I usually mount it upside-down on the palette to make it more stable. Use a good, strong rope that will not break on you. After you do all of that, shrinkwrap it all together. This does two things. It prevents things like forklift blades and other freight from coming in direct contact with the tie-down ropes and motor and it prevents any leftover fluids from going too far should they drain out of the engine. Do all of this and you should be better off than the retard who just threw his on the trailer.
Hope all this helps.
Last edited by FiveSpeedWrangler; 05-25-2007 at 01:10 PM.