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09-11-2014 06:27 PM
Chuck127 The question was asked about Tuff Dawg engines. I gave my opinion of the company supposedly manufacturing them. I see nothing wrong with my comment as a response to the question.
09-11-2014 06:20 PM
Chuck127 We filed a complaint with the BBB. I wouldn't want anyone else spending money to restore a car, which isn't a little, to end up in the position I am in. I think my only recourse is to see a lawyer now.
09-11-2014 02:10 PM
Tuff Dawg Engines

Thanks for the reply. It seems that Tuff Dawg used to be pretty reliable. But now they have taken a differen't path to riches.
09-11-2014 01:48 PM
JeffB Recently complaints have shown up on the HAMB too about Tuff Dawg taking the money and not shipping.Since I live in Phoenix I bought some parts from them they seemed helpful and I told an online buddy a couple years ago about their crate engines He bought a 302 SBF and was very happy with it.Sadly it seems some of these old companies change for the worse when the founders retire which was the case with the now defunct Speed-O-Motive which there are horror stories here in the archives.With any vendor use Google and type the companies name with the word complaints added in the text and see what comes up.
09-11-2014 06:35 AM
OKCDusty I can't speak to the quality of their engines, but purchased a 283 crate engine in May of 2014. I neither received the engine nor got my money back.
09-05-2014 07:59 PM
bygddy Hey chuck, again, they sorted this out a year and a half ago.
For the record, proper etiquite would be to start a thread of your own, perhaps asking for advice on how to handle a vendor, or feel free to post your personal experience with a vendor and ask how other have dealt with a possible problem.
Just my 2 cents.
09-05-2014 06:02 PM
Chuck127 DO NOT deal with this company. I ordered an engine from them on March 30 and I am still waiting. They do not answer their phone or emails and when you do get through they lie to you. I was told on June 20 that the engine would be shipped in 2 weeks. Each time I have gotten through to them, by using a friends phone so they don't recognize who is calling, I am told the same thing, it will be shipped in 2 weeks. Find an engine somewhere else.
02-19-2013 02:25 PM
JeffB And to quote Paul Harvey "And the rest of the story" And like posted above your first "contribution" to this site is to bash a business
02-19-2013 11:11 AM
327NUT You know Greg, not taking sides or anything but I just called Tuff Dawg, the owner told me that if you are the man that put that engine in a boat then you were out of the warranty period. He also said that you sent them an email telling them that the engine blew up and you wanted a completely new that true? First post "raw doggin" an engine builder? He's waiting for you to call him @ 1 (602) 395-0800
02-19-2013 11:02 AM
hcompton Roller blocks that are setup and ready for roller go for more money among rebuilders. So they use flat cam older blocks with vortec heads and intake or blocks were not drilled for roller running gear.

Either way i agree if your going vortec atleast you should get a good cam setup. It does sound pretty lame to not get a roller setup.

Factory roller lifters are not good for high rpm engine. Flat cams will make more rpm than oem style rollers with stock lifters. If you going for 6500 rpm flat cam will out perform oem roller applications. Now once you go full retrofit roller you can get proper lifters and cams for any rpm range. Flat may still have some advantages but cant see them in a hopped up vortec.
02-19-2013 04:43 AM
Tuff Dawg Engines

Greg here - in Melbourne Australia.
Purchased a Tuff Dawg engine crate motor recently.
We ran it for about 30 hours then it let go (blew up) like I've never seen an engine let go before. Pistons shattered, bent conrods,etc.
Contacted Tuff Dawg several times to try and work out a repair or replacement or some solution.
After one short reply from them they have refused to reply to any form of contact. Lousy service.
So if youre thinking about a Tuff Dawg engine CHANGE YOUR MIND AND GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
I'm happy for you to send them this message and see what reply you get. Maybe I'll get a reply too!
05-13-2011 07:33 AM
Originally Posted by cool rockin daddy
Uhhh, because vortec heads work just as well with flat tappet cams? They don't know the difference between style of lifter.
My point was why put a flat tappet cam in a block that was made for a roller cam, seems kind of cheap to me. I an aware that a vortec head will work with a variety of cams.
05-12-2011 09:28 PM
327NUT I was just on their website...they show the regular gray bottle of VR-1 dino oil and then they show a blue bottle of "Valvoline Racing Synthetic VR-1"....must be new.
05-12-2011 09:18 PM
Greg T Unless Valvoline has aded a new product that I am not aware of, VR-1 is NOT synthetic. VR-1 is dino based racing oil with less detergent and high ZDDP. Synpower is their synthetic branding.

Edit: After checking it out, it looks like they DO offer a VR 1 branding in synthetic now. My mistake!

Originally Posted by JeffB
Heres a chance to protect that new engine,visit the Valvoline website there is a rebate you can download for a case of VR-1 Racing Synthetic,you must purchase it before 5/30/11.FREE is good
05-12-2011 03:11 PM
JeffB Heres a chance to protect that new engine,visit the Valvoline website there is a rebate you can download for a case of VR-1 Racing Synthetic,you must purchase it before 5/30/11.FREE is good
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