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Old 12-17-2013, 04:22:32 PM
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While it is true that the parts that do sell are getting used to better the next guy's project, which is all good, I have a suspicion that a lot of parts do not sell & won't sell. There must be a heck of a scrap pile somewhere...
I recently bought an Atlas lathe. Just try to find one of those complete. For every one listed for sale, it seems there are several that have been stripped down simply to sell as parts!
And no, I would have no problem with setting up next to an engine that had been weld repaired!
just my opinion..
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And no, I would have no problem with setting up next to an engine that had been weld repaired!
just my opinion..
I wouldn't want to be anywhere close to that engine running with a welded crankshaft and cracked flywheels, I would do the same thing Bryan did, part it out before someone would get hurt.
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Woops.. Tom you are spot on with that! I was thinking of that welded water hopper when I spoke.
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I will take a running engine apart to sell parts
(1) They come apart better
(2) The parts are better
(3) I might get 10 engines running that need only one part
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Right on Doug, by the way thanks for the 3 hp Z head.
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Greg, was the head still warm from the last run!!!!!!
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:42:46 AM
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I collect briggs engines, and see it a lot on ebay. They will take a perfect complete briggs engine, and tear it down and sell parts. My thoughts are that there are enough broken engines out there to pull parts from, leave teh complete ones alone. Especially the fh, fhi, and rarer engines. But if it is broke, tear it apart, throw away the broken pieces, and save the rest of it. I have at least 10 tons of parts. There are at least 800 engines in my collection. There are a few dead ones in my collection that are only good for parts, but i have also fixed a few that should have gone to scrap. I have 60+ hours in a 6h vertical.
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I find it funny how this conversation keeps popping over the years. I think the people with strong convictions should come up some engine commandments for all of us to try to follow. Here are some I just came up with.

Thou shall not part out a running engine or any engine ever!

Thou shall not profit from engines, unless selling to fund another project.

Thou shall not strap down by or lift from flywheels.

Thou shall not leave magnetos uncovered.

Thou shall not run an engine without water in the hopper.
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Re: The Commandments:

Thou shall not part out a running engine or any engine ever!

Define Running. I had an Acadia with broken flywheels that I replaced with Associated flywheels. They fit, but were the wrong outside diameter. The engine ran well. Many engines have goober-ed together ignitions, missing sundries, etc. and still run. Speaking as one who has had to invest big coin to have parts made, I appreciate originals when available, and prefer original parts on my engines. I personally object to parting nice, original paint, complete engines, but it belongs to the owner who can do as they like. Rare and/or interesting engines should be sold complete, because there is less of a market for parts for these engines, and someone will get it going again.

Thou shall not profit from engines, unless selling to fund another project.

I adhere to this one, because I have only 1/2 of a 2-car garage to use for storage (for now), and limited funds. Many people are in this for the money, and that's OK with me, just be wary when dealing with them. I only try to buy engines that I want for my collection, because reselling is a pain, and it's easy to get burned. For me, it's a hobby/collection and not a business or investment (although it is nice when things work out for the better).

Thou shall not strap down by or lift from flywheels.

Gotta agree with this one, it's too easy to break a flywheel or bend the shaft. Only exception is if you make a piece of 2X4 to put between the tops of the flywheels to keep them apart when lifting. Even then I'd try to think of another way. I have used the flywheels for straps to steady the load when transporting so the engine doesn't roll over on the turns, but not as a main tie down. Better safe than sorry.

Thou shall not leave magnetos uncovered.

Nah. It's probably a good idea if its out in the rain, but in general, they are quite hardy and weather resistant. I've gotten Wico mags that have been out in the weather with no covers for longer than I've been alive, and have gotten them to work. Websters are even hardier.

Thou shall not run an engine without water in the hopper.

Throttlers, yes, hit and miss, not so much, unless they are working hard. They just need to run cool enough to keep the oil from burning out of the cylinder. In my area, there is a bigger danger of frost cracks in the winter than burning out the oil in the engine from lack of cooling.
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