what would you say was a fair value on a 1974 850 commando engine with Boyer ign., podtronics, gearbox, carbs and cradle? was running when removed from chopper and has title...also basketcase atlas engine complete as part of deal?
I have bought and sold complete Norton engine/tranny packages for $1,000, always as "needs complete overhaul", although typically removed from "running when parked" bikes. Only one 850 MkIII engine was bought as known running from a trusted source, that's the engine that is in my Dreer monoshock prototype bike (my friend Darin gave me a sweetheart deal on that one).
Same goes for Triumph engines, although I sold one to a forum friend for $850 to help him offset the cost to ship to France.
One thing I KNOW to be a fact is, the day after I sell an engine, I need one again. Funny how that works, very similar with many various original parts, too...
GrandPaul (does not use emoticons) Author of the book "Old Bikes" Too many bikes to list, mostly Triumph & Norton, some BSA & European "The Iron in your blood should be Vintage"
Excuse me if I'm wrong but the title goes with the frame, not the engine.........Warren
In a lot of states, if your vehicle has parts that were removed from another you have to show proof of ownership back to the sellor's title. All that becomes a part of the vehicles history. A title will not give you uncontested ownership for a legitimate frame, but swapped, or modified engine, transmission, etc. numbers. Most states now require copies of Bill's of Sale and title for major donor parts from another vehicle.
In most states a title does not give you ownership if the vehicle's numbers have been altered in any way. This includes the engine, transmission and other major components (with cars it can mean fenders, bumpers, etc.).
In a lot of states it can be a felony to alter ANY number that could be used to identify ownership. Although it is getting harder, with some $$ and a little effort you can title anything. This doesn't mean you own it.
Yes, most states use the frame number, but not all.
took a wasted trip this morning...engine I saw on creepslist was not commando at all but old atlas lump..guy wanted 2 grand .as far as title in NC I have jumped through DMV hoops and ended up getting bonded one for $300 for the A65 BSA and it has different frame and engine #s and the T120V has different frame and engine numbers and so to git title a cop comes to the house and runs #s through computer and then you fill out a ream of paperwork even for the 1975 XS650 they insisted on coming to the house when calvin got his beautiful 74 commando the DMV people didn't even know what it was. they valued it at $200!!!