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I'm lookin to get this motor appraised and identified any help greatly appreciated


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I was given this motor by my great-grandfather I'm interested in getting it appraised and identified and eventually want to sell it any help will be greatly appreciated thank you
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Is this a model? It looks to be in a display cabinet?
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Beautiful looking model !

I can understand maybe wanting an appraised value for insurance purposes, but if you're just looking to see what you can get out of it I'd say GIVE IT BACK to your Great-Grandfather so he can give it to someone else who will cherish it like he did.

I have one of the little Stuart Steam Engines that my Grandfather built and It's Not For Sale At Any Price.

If you're looking to get rid of it then he obviously gave it to the wrong person !

Sorry for being so Blunt, but that kind of struck a nerve with me.

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Otto, would guess being g-Grandfather that he has passed. Probably part of his estate so can't give back. To some kids they don't care anything about engines, which I understand. Have a son that doesn't care anything about them.
I don't know anyone qualified to speak to the value, perhaps an auctioneer. You could advertise on here for best offer.
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It is a model of an international famous. I think they were sold in gas engine magazine a number of years ago. I would be interested in when you are ready to sell it.
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Assuming your model is actually in good shape you'll probably be able to get around $2,000 +- for it. You might be able to get more if you could take a video of it running and ship it. Those are tricky things to do correctly if you're not experienced with those sort of things. A more valuable one like it might be on the correct cart and might also have a clutch pulley.

As far as I know it is not a sin to sell an engine that was inherited... It would be an awful burden to collectors if all families were expected keep their forefathers engines. Engines could only get sold if there were no living relatives?? lol
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I have a different take.

When a relative died (a person we cared about), one of the family members wanted everything that was of value... "if it is worthless or not worth selling, you can have it." If it had value, it was to be sold so that person could get the money (That's almost a direct quote).

Long story, but the relative died, a lot of my stuff was stored at the house - and a big chunk of it was sold by the 'family member', who pocketed the money. I was able to rescue two antique Briggs-type motors of mine at the last second - they were being dragged to the scrappers when I saw them and pulled them out (and got treated to a lot of angry yelling, even though I had proof they were mine). The "Family Member" had a fit... even though that person would have only gotten a couple of dollars maximum for them. (I was even accused of being a thief and regularly denounced as such afterward.)

So I am VERY hostile to the "sell it ASAP!" crowd. That sort of thinking caused us a lot of harm. (I understand if the person is in a bad way, but based on our experiences, it's the ones WITH money who want every penny they can get.)

I would say: "If your Grandfather meant much to you, hold onto it - you will regret selling it. If he didn't and he DID mean much to someone else in the family, let that person have it with the understanding that it wasn't to be sold and kept in the family. Don't just think about those almighty dollar signs, unless you're close to doing without food or something like that!"
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If you do sell it, you must be very careful with shipping it! There are many delicate parts, and rough handling will destroy it in a hurry if not properly packed. In all probability, local pick up would be best to prevent damage.

What condition is it in? Running, stuck (IF SO DO NOT FORCE ANYTHING!, free but not running, gummed up fuel system (stale gas in tank), or was it just a shelf pet? As I mentioned before, there are a lot of delicate parts on that engine. If something is stuck, it can break in an instant!

Bryant is correct, these were sold in GEM for several years, both as finished engines and as casting kits, I believe in the 1990s I will look in my back issues and see if I can find the actual builder.
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I have a different take.

When a relative died (a person we cared about), one of the family members wanted everything that was of value... "if it is worthless or not worth selling, you can have it." If it had value, it was to be sold so that person could get the money (That's almost a direct quote).

Long story, but the relative died, a lot of my stuff was stored at the house - and a big chunk of it was sold by the 'family member', who pocketed the money. I was able to rescue two antique Briggs-type motors of mine at the last second - they were being dragged to the scrappers when I saw them and pulled them out (and got treated to a lot of angry yelling, even though I had proof they were mine). The "Family Member" had a fit... even though that person would have only gotten a couple of dollars maximum for them. (I was even accused of being a thief and regularly denounced as such afterward.)

So I am VERY hostile to the "sell it ASAP!" crowd. That sort of thinking caused us a lot of harm. (I understand if the person is in a bad way, but based on our experiences, it's the ones WITH money who want every penny they can get.)

I would say: "If your Grandfather meant much to you, hold onto it - you will regret selling it. If he didn't and he DID mean much to someone else in the family, let that person have it with the understanding that it wasn't to be sold and kept in the family. Don't just think about those almighty dollar signs, unless you're close to doing without food or something like that!"

Maybe it would have been a better idea to not leave your stuff at someone else's place.
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