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Vracktal
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PostPosted: 15:56 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: What to do with old motorcycle engines Reply with quote

After deciding to do some spring cleaning i't's ocurred to me I have three spare Kawasaki KLE500 engines lying around from my old bike. All of these have flaws in one respect or another that would prevent them being re-used whole in another KLE (1x cracked block, 2x fricked output shaft on the gearbox of which one has had a sprocket Bodyguarded on by a previous owner).

Question I have is, what's the best way to get rid of these old blocks? They're all fairly rough but likely have good useable parts like cams, pistons etc, however they're for a KLE which has a total ownership rate in the low triple digits in this country (although some bits could fit the ER5 I think).

Basically I could probably get scrap value for the metal weight but that would involve me getting them to a scrapyard, and I don't own a car. Breaking them for parts could probably net more money but would take aeons considering the low parts demand... Are these my only options?
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PostPosted: 16:04 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

99p no reserve on eBay.
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PostPosted: 16:11 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sell parts on eBay, easy money. Worldwide shipping for much larger market.
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PostPosted: 17:34 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some sort of dodgy Top Gear coffee table perhaps? Use two, one at each end with the exhaust ports facing outward.
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PostPosted: 18:31 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear Arcane buys them to practice on.
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PostPosted: 18:57 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ste wrote:
99p no reserve on eBay.


This ^+1 , collection only.
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PostPosted: 19:16 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Re: What to do with old motorcycle engines Reply with quote

Vracktal wrote:
a scrapyard

+20 minutes of dicking around with ID and setting up an account, then you'll be given a cheque for 72p.

I'd eBay (and expect to be dicked around) or offer free to anyone who wants to uplift via Gumtree or local Failbook groups (and expect to...).
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PostPosted: 19:25 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donate them to the motor vehicle studies department at your local secondary school? Give the young budding mechanics something to take apart.
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PostPosted: 20:12 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stalk wrote:
Donate them to the motor vehicle studies department at your local secondary school? Give the young budding mechanics something to take apart.

Have there actually been any of those since 1985?
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PostPosted: 20:16 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Local college more likely. But I suspect that would be your best route.
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PostPosted: 20:32 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bestest route is 99p no reserve and let someone else worry about what to do with them. Razz
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PostPosted: 20:56 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ebay, 99p, no reserve but DO offer shipping. Find a robust enough box for it to fit in and get some quotes to courier it based on the weight and dimensions of said box. Double/triple bag them to avoid leakage.

People are lazy and will buy shit for way more than it's worth if it will be delivered.

DO remember to add the usual disclaimers about shipping to Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland. I once got humped on shipping because someone from Northern Ireland bought my item and I'd quoted shipping to UK.
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PostPosted: 22:13 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodyguard wrote:
M.C wrote:
I hear Arcane buys them to practice on.

Wisecracks like this amuse me no end when they are coming from weekend warrior armchair experts.


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PostPosted: 23:18 - 15 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 00:00 - 16 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

andyscooter wrote:
Bodyguard wrote:

Wisecracks like this amuse me no end when they are coming from weekend warrior armchair experts.


Is this a new bromance we have

Bloody hope not Razz He's ignoring I commute all year round and rarely enter the workshop section but I know he has issues Wub
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PostPosted: 01:16 - 16 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

yen_powell wrote:
Some sort of dodgy Top Gear coffee table perhaps? Use two, one at each end with the exhaust ports facing outward.


^^^^I'd go with that, but use one on each corner of a triangular table, for added quirkiness.

Strip them for all the saleable bits (cranks, cams etc) which will save weight, then build up the empty cases into bespoke furniture.

Talking point at parties, plus easier packaged money in the bank, when the bits sell.
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PostPosted: 19:38 - 16 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tie engine to chav’s neck and push chav into deep lake. Thumbs Up
You get rid of two pieces of rubbish and have fun at the same time Thumbs Up

Not very environmentally friendly, but hey ho!
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PostPosted: 22:10 - 16 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Build one good engine out of the three!
Scrap the leftover bits or sell them on ebay!
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PostPosted: 02:37 - 17 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've sold engines on ebay. Two lots.

2 NSU quickly engines

1 Velocette engine

The NSU ones were beyond rough, rusty looking, water poured out of them when I salvaged them (house and grounds clearance) looked like bits were missing, made this crystal clear in the ad, and lots of pics. Got over fifty quid for them. Bloke drove straight over from Wales to pick them up almost as soon as the auction ended.

can't remember what I got for the Velocette, but it was less.
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PostPosted: 16:21 - 17 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm... sell the best one, break the second best one for parts and turn the third best into a table, got it.

I'll find something else to weigh the chav down with.
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PostPosted: 22:35 - 18 Jan 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put them in the wheelie bin, one each week so you don't make it too heavy - sorted.
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