Hello! I am a soon to be retired engineer looking for my first engine
to restore. I am in East Yorkshire and have been trying to find a
nearish auction but the best I have come up with is the Cheffins one
Hi & welcome to this rather quiet little community.
Firstly, do you take Stationary Engine Magazine? Frankly, you would be
better off looking into their class ads pages than an auction which
sometimes drives prices high, plus the Buyer's Premium of 19% or so PLUS
VAT! By next year, the hammer price at any auction by a professional house
will add 40% or more to the hammer price.
Do you have any engineering preferences? Exposed moving parts, hit and miss
ignition etc The things weigh a ton, so you need to consider your aging back
and, indeed, how you are going to move the great heavy lump from place to
place. Trailer or back of the car?
I am just the first, others will join in here ...... ;o))
Join a club, look for local bring and buy sales and as Kim said, if you
don't already subscribe to SEM, do so. I wouldn't buy a first engine at
auction where you only get the briefest chance to prod over it before
committing, far better to be able to have a proper look and chat over
the prospect with the vendor - most engine men I've met are refreshingly
honest when it comes to pointing out potential problems.