S Short Engine - More valuable complete or in parts?

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S Short Engine - More valuable complete or in parts?

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I’ve got a 1275 S short block I’m about to sell. It’s currently still assembled.
My question is - am I likely to make more money selling it complete or as a separate block, crank and rods etc?
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I reckon they sell better in a lump nowadays. The only "really" valuable parts are the crank & block, new rods are cheap & easy to obtain, new pistons are pretty much essential.

In recent times the prices paid for short motors, certainly seem to be more than blocks & cranks go for. but most if not all potential buyers will need to know the sizes & condition too, so some stripping will be required.
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Not for me to tell you how much a S Engine is worth other than if i was looking to buy such an engine .. i would want to know what is the condition of any used Engine Block & its other component parts ..i would want to take it apart to see what i was buying to be able to establish in my mind what was needed to be done , given i would expect my next spend would be circa £3k towards making a restored "road" short engine .. :roll:
Other than put it on ebay with your reserve and you will get what it is worth.
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Id say in bits and proof of bore sizes and crank sizes.
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I wouldn’t want to buy and S crank now unless it was crack tested first , We rebuild a few and the condition of some of the original stuff now is horrendous.
Also lots of the rods now have stretched or oversize little ends
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I wouldn't use anything other than the block, and preferably a new one as and when they become available. So much was worn out rubbish 30 years ago and I had to buy three blocks before I found one worth using. These days, a 1275 A+ crank, rods etc is more than good enough for most applications. You can probably still buy a new one for £3-400.
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We rebuild a few

What was the score last time we spoke Simon? 17 S engines waiting for rebuild if I remember rightly :lol:
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Yes mark at last count :D

Thats 17 chances to find something knackered
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Or 34 if you count blocks & cranks. :lol:
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Thanks everyone,
I’ll strip it for inspection then sell as one job lot of bits.
17 Simon! It sounds like you can’t say no…..would you like one more?!
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