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Old 01-18-2009, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default What do you do with old/broken nitro engines?

What do you lot do with your old used up or broken nitro engines? Some aren't worth rebuilding. Do just toss them in the recycle bin or trash? I can't really think of anything to do with them other than just toss them. Seems like shame since the aluminum head on them is a nice looking piece.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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Ebay is your friend. A couple times I've listed 3 or 4 engines that are worn out and I don't want to rebuild them/or not worth rebuilding. Advertise them as "Parts Engines" and start the bidding at .01. Get a little $$$ back.

Or just keep the carbs if they're still in decent shape and leak free. Toss the rest.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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I keep em all for parts, never know what you may need to salvage in a Pinch!
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:20 PM   #4
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If you really want to learn about engine rebuilding & tuning... those old engines are a gold mine. It's how I started learning the black art of tuning. They are great for practicing swapping bearings, con-rods & pulling sleeves. Old heads are worth hanging on to because MFG'rs have a habit of changing their shapes & volumes over the years as a way to get "improved" performance. So you can end up with a nice assortment of heads with different sized squish areas and volumes.

If you really want to junk them.... e-bay, craig's list or donate them to a friend.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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Ebay is your friend. A couple times I've listed 3 or 4 engines that are worn out and I don't want to rebuild them/or not worth rebuilding. Advertise them as "Parts Engines" and start the bidding at .01. Get a little $$$ back.

Or just keep the carbs if they're still in decent shape and leak free. Toss

the rest.

I keep them or sell them with a buggy that i no longer want and state the motor needs a rebuild.

Funny i always find it easy to sell a bug with motor and pipe than as just a roller. I havent gone through that many motors over the last 3 yrs i think im on my third and still is strong..

My mate throws in a box that he calls the grave yard and has heaps ..
He raids them now and again for parts. Mostly v specs.
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just use them as paper weights
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:05 PM   #7
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The best thing to do with any old worn out engine, doesn't matter what size or brand, is send them to me.


I keep lotsa engines for spares. Buttons, shims, back plates, bearings, carbs, heads, you never know what will fit on what engine if you don't have parts. I like to put diff. heads on diff engines too so it's nice to have a stash of em.
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I use the old worn connecting rods as key chains. I do keep the rest of the engine for parts.
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Keep them for parts, dont know how many times I have bailed myself out of a jam by robbing usable parts from an old motor. I have had quite a few sales on v-spec crank cases too.
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I save em, An the parts come in handy, for me or for my Buds! I WOULD NEVER SELL SOMTHIN I DONT BELIVE IN, If I aint runnin it, Well, I doubt you would either.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:35 AM   #11
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if you can find enough engines of the same type, you can build a just about serviceable engine out of parts. I know of a guy who has a repinching machine, and have used him myself. He gets a really good finish on them too (comes back like new), and apparently the engine is still going strong with the new owner.

I did my work experience at traxxas, but didn't have the guts to ask for the big box of dead engines to try this out! annoyed too, because I might have a few spare engines if I did.
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Take it all apart, super clean it, and part it out. Really nice having spare parts when you (or a friend) needs one......
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I grind mine up and use them for a cheap and effective additive for my potting soil.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:41 AM   #14
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I have a box I put all my old rc stuff and save. Never know when you might need it.
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