About Canadian Crate Engines

Canadian Crate Engines History

Canadian Crate Engines is a subsidiary of Alec’s Automotive Machine Shop 1948 Ltd.

Alec’s Machine Shop was founded by our grandfather Les Borden and his partner at the time Alec. It would later be passed on to his eldest children Donald and Douglas where they ran the company for 40 years. Now in its third generation, we (Rob and Kevin Borden) and our experienced team continue to deliver quality craftsmanship and customer service at a fair price as the owners.

Alec’s Machine Shop has been effectively delivering exacting engine rebuilding and machine shop services plus engine parts sales to commercial and private customers in Vancouver British Columbia since 1948 (over 75 years now).

Over the last 20 years we noticed the demand for purpose built crate motors was growing and the available options were less than ideal… so we started to design and perfect crate engines that delivered the very best in performance, reliability, and value.

It was then that Canadian Crate Engines was born.

A vintage photo of Alec from Alec's Automotive
A vintage photo of a worker in Alec's Automotive Shop

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