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#1 empiregardentractor OFFLINE  

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Posted April 20, 2013 - 07:37 PM

I'm not a collector and need some guidance. My father, who is passed away, used to work at Empire Garden tractor in Windsor Ontario. When it closed down in the early 50's he purchased a Briggs and Stratton model Z engine with intentions of using it. He never did use it. It's still in my mother's garage, attached to the original skid, never been used. I determined from the serial number that it was manufatured in 1943. I don't believe it's seized. What I need to know is what I can do with it. It's not an item that is widely in demand but It might be quite valuable to someone with a particular need, or for parts. I'd feel like a criminal if I just took it to a scrap yard. Shipping such an item would be a considerable expense. So please, if someone would be so kind as to give me some advice on what to do with a 70 year old engine, I would be grateful.

 

I've created an album with a couple of pictures if anyone is interested.

 

To the moderators - I hope I'm posting this in the correct location. The intent of the post is not for selling, I'm just looking for some help.



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Posted April 20, 2013 - 07:45 PM

First welcome to the forum!!!

Second by all means this a good place to find a good home for your motor.

And yes we like pictures!!!

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Posted April 20, 2013 - 07:54 PM

That is a neat engine. Don't know what I would do with it if I were you but I sure wouldn't scrap it.



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Posted April 20, 2013 - 07:54 PM

I would try to get her to run. Its a great engine! And it will last FOREVER if you get to run well, and maintain it! Maybe make a little generator! Good luck with it!   :rocker2:



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Posted April 20, 2013 - 08:07 PM

Copying the pics over to here for ya:

 

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Posted April 20, 2013 - 08:17 PM

Welcome to GTTalk  !   Neat engine you have there !


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Posted April 20, 2013 - 08:25 PM

Thanks for the replies so far. I definitely don't want to scrap it because it might be a collectors item for someone. I live in an apartment so I couldn't possibly use I myself. If I had a garage I'd probably hang on to it until I die, like my dad did, lol, because I love old things. I'm going to collect more info on it for a while and then decide what to do with it. My mother has moved to a retirement home and we are selling her house so the engine has to find a place to go to. I probably have a couple of months before the house is sold.

 Would there be any antique engine or tractor clubs in Ontario, or some other way,  where I could advertise  the thing for sale? The engine is in Windsor. Thanks in advance.


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Posted April 20, 2013 - 08:31 PM

A NOS Briggs Z is worth bucks just the way it is! Without doing a thing, it is worth money to an engine collector. I would research it and not go too low. Someone on here may know values.

 

Oh! ..... and welcome to our place!


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Posted April 20, 2013 - 11:46 PM

:welcome: Cool engine.


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 12:20 AM

Welcome to the forum! That is a cool old engine. I wish you luck in finding a home for it!


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 02:55 AM

Wow - that's special.  70 year old NOS motor.  Even has the wax paper cover over the shaft.

 

Since it has never been run, I'd bet it's value is highest just as it is.  I don't think you should try starting it - then it's used.

I'm hoping a collector comes by soon and helps out with the value and guidance on the best way to move forward.


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 06:09 AM

Wish you were closer. I'd like to have it just to "have it"!


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 08:06 AM

That's also a WWII military engine from the looks of it, in that olive drab paint. 

 

Don't scrap it by any means!  A NOS engine like that will be worth a fortune to a Briggs collector. 

 

By the way, engine collectors, I went to auction yesterday (and thus my unacceptable disappearance for the day) and found quite a few treasures.  One of which was a ZZ, 1948, with electric start and a friction clutch.  I'll post pictures on another thread a little later. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 08:35 AM

There is a Vintage Garden Tractor show in Forest on June 6, 7 & 8 this year.  Forest is just north of Kingston, kind of south east of Harrowsmith.  If you are looking for a place to sell it, that is where I would start.

 

If you can't wait that long, I'm an hour west of you.  Send me a PM with a price & we'll talk. I'm surprised 8tyman8 hasn't jumped in.  He lives in Kingston.


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Posted April 21, 2013 - 08:46 AM

A way to keep it in your family would be to find a museum that would like to take it on loan.


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