How would a guy find values on used engines? Indoards, outboards, drives, etc. I'm sure there is not a blue book on an 89 150hp Merc.
I just inherited two Complete motors. Chris Craft (chevy) 350's with everything complete from carb to shafts (including velvet drives, couplers, shafts) they are in really nice shape but I have no way of knowing what they're worth. Any site or place I can go? Maybe you good folks can give me a ballpark idea or point me in the right direction.
A reputable marine surveyor might be able to give you an idea.
Other ideas that occur to me include browsing e-bay for similar engines, or looking at what online dealers are charging for similar engines.
FWIW, here's a link to one online dealer that sells used and remanufactured Chevy marine engines:
Originally Posted by Tealer
I would guess they are worth almost nothing to most people and a pretty penny to a darn few. There is nothing special about a used marine 350 normally as they are really common. The outdrives could be a different story though if they are nearly perfect. The first question people are going to ask is how many hours are on them, and the second is how do they run? It is something you need to find out or you could end up having them for a long time.
I had a marine mechanic friend look them over last night. T.R. He agreed with you. The 350's aren't that special but the exhuast manifolds/risers, heat echangers, and particularly the Borg Warner velvet drives with couplers and drive shafts (one new, two great shape)are worth more than the engines. I hadn't even thought about them. Unfortunately I have no way of knowing hours.
I think I'll end up parting them out and keeping the blocks/heads to hook up to a Mercruiser Bravo drive for later use. Having a spare engine/drive ready to go is kind of a nice insurance policy. I guess I'll put the velvet drives and on Craigs. Thanks for the info guys.