A friend of mine is helping clear out a property for estate sale. This
is in New Jersey.
The deceased owner was a collector to the point of being a pack rat, but
with expensive tastes.
Up to now they've identified:
Three South Bend lathes, one with 18" swing, 12 foot ways and two
others, a bench top and one on its own cast SB stand.
2-3 drill presses so far, floor and bench mounted, not sure yet of the
3 other engine lathes not yet reached to identify
1 Type "M" (Le Blanc?) horizontal mill
10-15 hit & miss engines, 1 apparently for marine use -- one is branded
Several dozen Stanley planes and several dozen, as far as they have
gotten so far, other antique planes
At least 2 wood lathes
Miscellaneous tooling for everything, but which the people doing the
cleaning might not recognize, so ask and be prepared to send pictures to
help them identify tools
1 engine from a WW2 P51 Mustang , heads off, but may still be around
email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get on the list
of people he'll send updates.
Apparently, the house, basement and outbuildings are so stuffed with
equipment that they literally have to clear paths just to see things
and a lot hasn't been found yet.
He can let you know what kind of help he needs. The last I heard was
they were looking for people to buy lots for resale or to auction
themselves. I don't know too many specifics about that: I just get phone
calls from Kim telling me what the latest finds are and asking me to
post the availability.
I would suggest considering donating that particular gem to an
aerospace museum which would be able to restore it and put it on
display. This piece of history deserves to be out where people can
DO YOU NEED ANY HELP? I work on % basis, and have over 1,500 ebay sales,
with 99.7 satisfaction. Piecing it out on ebay might be the best way to get
the most money, but the longest and most labor intensive.
The P51 engine (if that's what it is) would be almost priceless. Heads or
I met a gentleman once who spoke of being mustered out of the service at the
end of WWII and scheduled to be married in two weeks. Passing through
Nevada on his way home he chanced across and purchased surplus for a total
of $10,000 one P-51 Mustang and two spare engines, new in their shipping
containers. It was nearly his total net worth at the time and his fiancée
made him give them back.
Marriage could cost someone a lot of fortune indeed!
|I met a gentleman once who spoke of being mustered out of the service at
| end of WWII and scheduled to be married in two weeks. Passing through
| Nevada on his way home he chanced across and purchased surplus for a total
| of $10,000 one P-51 Mustang and two spare engines, new in their shipping
| containers. It was nearly his total net worth at the time and his fiancée
| made him give them back.
| David Merrill
Or, I think Tom Cruise owns a P51. Maybe he can use a spare in case his
present one scientologically takes a crap.
That's a joke, son.
The museum would be a way for MANY people to enjoy the engine. I'm sure
there's a body somewhere waiting for an engine.
There are still over 100 airworthy and currently certificated P-51s
flying. Many more in multi-million dollar restoration programs. There
are many examples of Allison and Merlin V-12s in museums already. That
engine deserves to be in a flying P-51.
Dweller in the cellar
Almost every significant British plane in use in europe in WW2 was
using the Merlin
Before i even start to research
the Merlin was used in Spitfires Hurricanes Lancasters Mosquitos
Mustang P51B and later
Its easier to list the places it was not used in europe than list
where it is used
I hope rolls royce still ahve the designs and patterns to an engine
with that much historical significance
Someone here on this NG was making a scale replica a couple or three years
ago. He had the castings made by a sophisticated aluminum casting company in
Canada, IIRC. I wonder how his project ended up?
If i get good enough as an hsm to look at a project like that and call
it anything less than crazy and impossible i'll consider myself to be
able to do a pretty good job.
in the meantime i might look for old diesels and 1 cylinder engines to
play with before i try digging into a racehorse piston engine like
that. Let alone trying to scale the engine down whilst taking into
account the "unshrinkables"
I don't remember who the guy was, but he sure sounded like he knew what he
was doing, and he must have sunk a lot of money into it. I remember that he
uploaded photos of the castings somewhere. Maybe it was to the
Aha! I found the 1/4-scale-model Merlin pix. Go to the dropbox
(Metalworking.com), 2001_retired_files, and search on "Merlin."
It's an amazing piece of work, by Tom Kay. There is a text file that
explains the project.