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  • A65 Core Value?

    I am getting ready to list my A65 engine, but am not sure what a core value is. It has approx 1,400hrs when pulled and needs the accessory case rebuilt. No accessories but it does have the prop hub and a nice oil tank. Any help on value is appreciated.
    Stu

    '46 BC12D
    Jefferson County (0S9)

  • #2
    I paid $400 for the last 3 engines I bought. I am interested in the kidney tank though.
    N29787
    '41 BC12-65

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    • #3
      I sold an oil tank not long ago for $400 and could have charged more to a stranger. Some parts have surprising value. Don't sell it short.
      Regards,
      Greg Young
      1950 Navion N5221K
      RV-6 N6GY - 99.1% done
      1940 Rearwin Cloudster project next
      4 L-2 projects on deck
      Former Owner 1946 BC-12D's N43109 & N96282
      www.bentwing.com

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      • #4
        Just bought a timed out complete engine, no accessories except carb and no logs for $500. There are a few listed on eBay asking price $1,300-$3,200

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        • #5
          Originally posted by astjp2 View Post
          I paid $400 for the last 3 engines I bought. I am interested in the kidney tank though.
          I may have an extra tank. I'll look through things this evening.

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          • #6
            I know a fellow who was at an auction not 2 months ago, and a complete but disassembled A-65 went for $6.00 that is 6 dollars. Cylinders were going for $1 each.

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            • #7
              65 stuff is hit or miss, if you need something to fly, its outrageously expensive, if you are not looking or needing, they can be had cheap. I have a spare kidney tank, it looks like it was beat with an ugly stick, I have never seen one wrinkled that bad and I am not sure how it was not ever totaled in a crash. I need to see if an o-200 tank will fit a short mount and clear the diagonal tube. Tim
              N29787
              '41 BC12-65

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              • #8
                Interesting
                I'd enjoy the challenge of repairing an oil tank if you want to ship one to MN 55605
                Scott
                CF-CLR Blog: http://c-fclr.blogspot.ca/

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                • #9
                  I smoothed out one that looked like it had been used to break up concrete. Lots of dents and flat spots. Work it slow and easy and DON"T WORK HARDEN IT. You will need to make a couple of bucking blocks to go inside to bump the dents out. First one is straight to get the ones you can see through the neck. Then put a little bend in the rod so you can rotate the tank around and get the ones just outside of view through the neck. You just keep working your way around tapping each dent out till it is smooth again. You will want to make a flat steel plate for he flange with a hole for the tool first so you don't distort the flange where it hooks up to the bottom of the engine. Takes time and patience but not much skill. Be prepared for a few tears or holes to weld up and don't warp the flange. Probably would have been FINITELY easier if I cut the neck off and just welded it back on after smoothing the dents, but some things you learn by doing it the dumb way the first time. The neck on mine was also crushed when I started and that would have been a lot easier to fix OFF the tank! Looked through my photos and can't BELIEVE I didn't take a photo of the tank prior to starting! Only found two of the neck as bought. First photo is of Click image for larger version

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                  • #10
                    We used to repair tanks by filling with water and freezing the contents.

                    Edit: Found this: https://itstillruns.com/use-dent-mot...k-6462615.html

                    Gary
                    Last edited by PA1195; 09-14-2019, 16:28.
                    N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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                    • #11
                      Well one thing with kidney tanks is the fact that may are not supported with gussets from the flange, that is 8# flopping around with only sheetmetal to support it to the flange, I have 3-4 other tanks, but they are not the short mount taylorcraft, the only one I have that is was brazed so a steel welding method will not be the best way to deal with the brazing. I bought a tank 15 years ago, it was cut down the middle seam, a wedge was welded in and it added another quart, so it is 5 quarts. I have 2 o-200 tanks, they dont seem to be a fit either. I may make a jig to hammer out a divit so a 6 quart will fit a short mount? Scott, that tank I have is useable, just not pretty and it has a lot of repairs. I wonder if there is a market to make new CNC milled flanges?
                      N29787
                      '41 BC12-65

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