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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437294 Fri Jan 14 2022 10:38 PM
Joined: Mar 2019
Posts: 105
Keep an eye on the hauling boards never know. I can sympathize with your dilemma. Needing a replacement I found my #1 motor on the coast about 350 miles away. Brought it home could`nt get it running (my fault) that took about 8 months. Next drove a solid 2 days to Denver, rebuilt motor ended up with one bad cylinder, that took 4 months. Decided to build a good run stand to avoid pulling motors back and forth....Got #1 running after a ton of help here on the forums. Just got it back in and running fine now!! Meantime I have passed on at least two running rebuilts within 150 miles . SO they do eventually show up .So far I`ve invested about $1450 in the motors and have a good runner and two spares to work on for fun. Patience sometimes pays off sometimes not.

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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437312 Sat Jan 15 2022 01:12 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,397
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Don't be so quick to dismiss Bart's idea! That BelAir looks pretty interesting ... harvest the engine out of it and flip it -- probably get same or better money for it if you're not in a hurry. Or keep it and drop a crate motor in it and have a rod ... and then flip it ... Like Bart says ... expand your imagination ...

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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437317 Sat Jan 15 2022 01:49 AM
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Another advantage of a complete car, is that you can drive it where you need it to be.

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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437383 Sat Jan 15 2022 03:07 PM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 4,460
We could also post any trips we are taking that have room for a load, usually have room for trans’ etc.

I have used U-Ship several times for pallet load and whole vehicle load. Whole vehicle load is best if vehicle can drive on and off. Pallet loads are best held at local freight terminal for convenience, otherwise higher cost for lift truck, if even available.


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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437389 Sat Jan 15 2022 03:59 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,996
I have used Saia truck lines which has LTL and a terminal in San Antonio on Seguin Rd. The terminal to terminal rate was much lower than doorstep service. They will load with a forklift at the terminal.

Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437417 Sat Jan 15 2022 08:11 PM
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The point is that the far away seller has to crate, lift, transport, drop off or whatever, ,with a heavy motor and trans. Not many willing to do that. If they live in a rural area, that may add to the problem. When it's far away you can't see it, test compression, hear it run............ Check tranny gears.

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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437483 Sun Jan 16 2022 05:23 AM
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Posts: 46
In my opinion a used motor is a core for a rebuild. I have one of my cars I purchased a car for $3500 for the motor and trans. The car is sitting in my garage with, I think, cam bearings out. Rebuild or replace. You can buy a crate engine cheaper than rebuilding an engine in most cases. The good side to a crate engine is you get a warranty. Know what a crate engine would cost so if you’re thinking about buying another engine it would be a lot less than a crate. I mentioned the FedEx freight for shipping but I do think buying an engine close to home is sound advice.

Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1437802 Tue Jan 18 2022 11:52 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 55
I shipped my Allison trans to Cal. from San Antonio using Central Freight and got it back from them the next week. They have a freight depot on east Houston St. east of 410

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Re: Freight shipping options
Spotbiltxo #1438049 Thu Jan 20 2022 08:32 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,700
Thanks again everyone for all your great suggestions and recommendations. I made some headway with, but the bids are still rather high. I’m now looking at a nice, running 235 much closer to home. The seller is calling me later this afternoon to tell me about the motor. If it all sounds good haggling will follow.

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