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Hi all,

I have a complete engine that I acquired about 15 years ago. It’s sat on a stand in my garage. I’ve no idea if it runs. 
I did a compression test with a cheap gauge I borrowed. The compressions were low and varied a bit 80-100. On adding some oil to the bores 150psi++. (The gauge is not to be trusted the owner is convinced it under reads 20% odd). So I’m assuming the engine is complete internally and works with the cylinders sealing somewhat with the addition of oil  

What should I do with it?

I could just leave it, I may never need it. 
I could rebuild it as a project.(a bit costly and unnecessary at the moment)

Or strip it and clean/check  all the parts and store them properly  

Just looking for ideas/opinions




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Hi Andy,

If it were mine, I'd keep it just as it is while you own the esprit.

Maybe make sure the valves and bores are lubed to keep rust at bay.

You never know what the future holds and I doubt it will ever go down in value.


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Agree. It's a nice bit of insurance and nest egg!

Also any profit is tax free.

I wouldn't break it down. You are more likely to use it or sell it if it's not been stripped.

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Sell it to me 🙂

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