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Old 08-29-2019, 10:04:00 AM
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Hunter... just bagged another one!
let the cat out of the "Bag"...
What did you find?
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Old 08-29-2019, 10:51:40 AM
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I'd say I'm a fixer flipper upgrader. I rarely buy an engine that is perfectly running and most are in pieces that were other people's projects that they got tired of or engines that haven't run in a very long time, fresh out of storage. The enjoyment for me is getting them running again and learning how the different makers and engineers built them. I have a few nice scarce ones and I wouldn't have been able to afford them if it wasn't for the sweat equity that's been put into them or the ones I fixed to upgrade with.

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Old 08-29-2019, 01:10:26 PM
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I think of myself as a occasional binge collector. I can go for long periods and stay out of it but then something comes along and bingo, its on and will sometimes end up with several similar units.
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Old 08-29-2019, 06:07:18 PM
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Hello all
I'm a cross as well. I would say I'm an everyday but the hunt is great. I also get a nice kick out of researching stuff I've found.
Something I'd like to know. When does an everyday collector turn into a hoarder?

There's one category that hasn't been mentioned and I'm sure we've all come across at least one. And that is the Vulture. The one who swoops in as soon as they hear of someone close to the end of their life or now passed.

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Old 08-29-2019, 08:17:38 PM
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Something I'd like to know. When does an everyday collector turn into a hoarder?
When you have a given number of identical engines all rotting under a bush, with trees 4 inches thick growing through the flywheels, and so much junk piled on them that you haven't actually seen them this decade... You may be on the way to being a hoarder.....
The day someone tries to buy one (who you know will restore and show it), and he offers you above market value for it; but you say "no, I might need that someday". You've gone from collector to hoarder!

Slightly off topic, I knew an old guy many years ago who had 50+ Model T Fords rotting in his back forest. He was about 90 and in really bad physical shape with no living family, so he willed his 5 acres to the city to be used as a park. Anyway, anytime someone would try to buy a Model T or T part off him he would say " no I can't sell that, I might need it someday". When he passed away the city scrapped everyone of those cars.
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:08:05 PM
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The specialist - he collects by mfg, region, style or whatever, but he only collects that one thing. He knows everything about one particular brand and strives to get every version of it.

The everyday collector - he's got a few engines he's really happy with but he'll always buy another if it's a good deal.

The hunter - he finds a flywheel spoke and half a piston abandoned somewhere and restores it to as built condition.

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I think I fall somewhere in these categories, even though that might not make sense at first.....

I definitely am a hunter! I like finding partial (extremely partial!) remains of an engine and bringing it back to life after finding enough parts. Earlier IHC engines really turn my crank, so I've tended to specialize in them.....but I have wound up with a few other brands, since the price was right, or if they were desirable to me.

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Old 08-29-2019, 11:15:48 PM
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Having seen your Hercules at Cal. Gold this year I would add expert restorer as well.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:35:43 PM
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Hell G.P. your gonna make me blush
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Having seen your Hercules at Cal. Gold this year I would add expert restorer as well.
I think ol Slocan could be considered the BC super-collector with all the cool stuff at his place!
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Old 08-30-2019, 04:57:46 PM
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I don't really fit any of the collector types first listed. Kind of an "Upgrader" but I don't trade like a pro and certainly haven't traded up to a cam stopper yet.
I am more of an "Uncommon Collector". Meaning I have little interest in common engines. I can't afford the rare engines, but I can still get uncommon engines. Most of my collection is engines you don't often see at shows.
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My pile-up is here as they came in and got worked on...

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Old 08-31-2019, 05:23:56 PM
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I would say I'm an everyday collector. My collection doesn't have anything really rare or valuable, but I don't have any engines that are the same as another. I've got several LA/LB engines, but they have different mags and pulleys along with other options (hopper extension, air cleaner, clutch sprocket). And also some M engines, but keep them with different options as well (understrike, overstrike, S/P Bosch). I know they aren't valuable compared to say a camstopper, but people enjoy seeing them at shows and I have fun with them.

I try to be a strategist, but I have a couple of friends who have been pretty good at finding deals for me or offering things to me themselves that usually derail my strategic savings.
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:01:14 PM
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I started as a upgrader and now Hunter with upgrader still used on occasion.
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the wife recons myself and merv c must be related
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Old 09-02-2019, 07:19:59 PM
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I guess I started as a novice, worked my way to specialist, than too to strategist, and now working my way into upgrader even though I don't have a cam stopper. I do feel that Strategist and upgrader can and do run together, to me its all part of the game.Dave
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:26:52 PM
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Was an aggressive collector for about 10 years, then realized that I had way more toys that I could ever play with, and would probably not get to most of them. Sold a bunch, now would say I'm more of a selective collector.

Would love to get a sideshaft, something other than a domestic, working on selling more of the common engines I have now.

The engine fund is growing, so it should happen in a few years....

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With all the auctions coming this fall, I'm starting to get the itch!
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