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Old 08-28-2019, 07:44:07 PM
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Default What kind of collector are you?

After reading all the responses and opinions in "The hobby is in trouble" thread I started thinking about all the different types of engine collectors out there. There is nothing wrong with any of them, just different ways of enjoying the hobby. Here are just a few examples I've seen:

The super collector - He's got great taste and the budget to buy the coolest stuff. When you get invited to his shop you know you'll see things that will blow your mind!

The upgrader - he's the guy who buys, sells, and trades like a pro poker player in order to upgrade his collection. He usually starts with an IHC LA and within six months he's turned it into a cam stopper.

The strategist - He plans and saves for sometimes years to acquire a particular engine.

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 modest collector - he's got one or two engines that he loves, and no interest in acquiring more.

The inheritor - he's the guy with the one super cool engine that's always been in the family, so he doesn't quite appreciate just how drool worthy it is.

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

The novice - he buys everything, doesn't matter about condition or rarity, he just wants it. At the end of his first year he's spent enough money on 20 LAs and 15 salt block Fairbank's (that don't run) that he could have bought 1 really nice engine. The novice generally matures over time into one of the other collector types.

I think I'm in the strategist category since I'll spend years working towards the acquisition of a particular engine. That is half the fun for me!

What kind of collector are you or what kind of collector's do you know? And what other collector types did I miss on my list?
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:00:06 PM
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

That looks like a pretty decent break down. I'll fall between everyday and modest. Gas engine wise that is. I started with RC helis and left that behind. Now I love to run model steam engines and my full scale gassers. I am ready now to find an old exposed rocker arm Briggs and Stratton and take a hobby breather for a bit.
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:19:35 PM
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

Novice here! buy high for my prize that needs too much work and dump lots of money in it and still never put it together. Put it in on a pallet or the shelf and sacrifice myself for another over paid prize. Anyone have something for sale that is in disrepair that they want too much for? call me!
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:25:27 PM
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

I am part novice,part hunter,and another catagory not listed,Scrounger ,or the term hoarder could be applied if you viewed some my stuff as junk.
I save most everything that cast a shadow because I know what I can and can't do with a piece. Folks that come by here and see some of my stuff,can't figure out why I brought it home in the first place.Then they walk in the shop or 1 of the sheds and see what I made from something that looked the same years before.
I never have gotten to a point a nice 5s briggs or a decent looking Maytag didn't impress me.OF course I like the other stuff but it has always been out of my price range.I have more time than money. And besides,a part of why I am in this hobby is the challenge. Also enjoy preserving history and the technics used to do so. People knowing how to fix stuff is getting to be just as rare as the stuff we fix.
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Old 08-28-2019, 08:54:40 PM
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Tim,
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:48:15 PM
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

I fit the Everyday category mostly. Saw a late model Sattley at Portland that almost went home with me but didn't because it wasn't on a cart but the price was right. Still thinking it was too good a deal to pass up. Oh well.
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:52:59 PM
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Specialist
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:09:03 PM
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great post. I hope everyone responds. I am a specialist that hopes to be a super collector one day with my lottery money!!!
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:21:27 PM
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

I focusd on Associated at first 11/2 - 8hp stationary, Uniteds 13/4 to 6hp in the barn, kind of got bored and Lauson, Challenge and Gade is my fix of choice now. Just got a Nice 5 hp flattop in from NY from NH originally always under roof all its life to. Try to really get the original greasy stuff. And more unusual the better,and not run of the mill engine that will be 10 at a show. If I like the way it runs makes a Huge difference today for me, like 1or2 pull starters ,quiet and all day runners without having to screw around with it. with health issues is a BIG factor today. Kind of like my Dad not really into collecting for a big return ,just to get money back someday after the fun runs out or health gets worse. And always remember that rare is for meat not engines Alot of stuff out there coming out of the woodworks yet on FB!!
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everyday collector: always lookin if the deal is right, I like things that are alittle different, its the cool factor.....
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

I think the categories listed are pretty comprehensive! That being said it is hard to at apply a single one to myself.
Started as a “novice” and now I think I am somewhere between “specialist”, “strategist”, “upgraded” and “everyday collector”.

Totally agree that there are so many ways to enjoy the hobby and to each their own!
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Hunter... just bagged another one!
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

I am a restorer and I am not fussy about I restore, be it common ,rare, diesel, or small air cooled or one I have already one of. For me the fun is getting a rusty incomplete piece of junk reconditioned and running. I keep all my engines

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Old 08-29-2019, 06:45:03 AM
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I am a #1er, had a large collection at one time and down to 1 now. Cant run more than one at a time.
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Old 08-29-2019, 07:23:11 AM
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

You need to add Hoarder and flipper to the list, I'm a flipper. I enjoy the hunt of parts and returning an old engine back to its original running condition by using as many original parts as possible. Then send it down the line. I cant keep or store a lot of engines anymore, if I get 5 that's about the limit.
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

i'm part novice and part hunter, it's hard to turn down a cheap cushman cub, ihc la. or hercules. i have a couple older rarer engines that i'm a hunter working on one a 2hp. ihc vertical. I like a variety and would rather buy "junk" ones or parts and fix them up.
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Very much a hunter and wish I could find more JUNK to try to put together form nothing.
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The "collector by association" only has 1-2 engines of his own but has furthered someone else' collection (usually parent or close relative) by doing leg work to help them acquire engines but only contributing labour and hardly every any monetary value.
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Default Re: What kind of collector are you?

I guess I am a bit of an upgrader, and more of a hunter. I've had and still have quite a few common engines. But I have sold engines because I wanted something rarer. I'm hunter in that I look for incomplete but rare engines. For one reason I like the challenge and the other reason is that I can't afford a very nice / complete rare engine
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Old 08-29-2019, 09:57:07 AM
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I've been an "Everday" kind of collector for awhile now, but I would like to add another category, of which I consider myself a part of.

I call it "Trader". The last two really nice engines I have laid my hands on came to me because I traded many hours of machine work to a friend who is trying to get his large and impressive collection all running.

Works good for both of us.

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