View Full Version : Merlin for sale on Ebay...

03-17-2007, 12:33 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIte...m=&item=110102998968 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&viewitem=&item=110102998968)


03-17-2007, 12:45 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif....I bet the winning bid is 23458.00

03-17-2007, 12:53 PM
Sadly I guess it won´t fit in the engine compartment of my Smart ...... even taking out first the original one http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif A pity, my car would 'fly' with it inside (OK, OK, I know, I know, I am commiting suicide inmediately for such a bad joke) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

S! engadin

03-17-2007, 01:28 PM
Wow, $10,000 for an 0 hours early Merlin (assuming it's kosher)? I wonder what it tops out at, must be worth more than that.

03-17-2007, 02:05 PM
I'm gonna bid on it. If I win, I'll install it on my airboat!

03-17-2007, 02:59 PM
That'll be the sweetest sounding airboat in the glade. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

03-17-2007, 03:28 PM
Just what I needed as a "conversation piece"!

03-17-2007, 03:35 PM
As an engine earning it's keep, it's worthless.
I am reasonably sure it is a very early Merlin
and the owners assumption that it's a MkIII
is correct.
It is a great candidate as a running display engine
for fairs and other engine shows.

Early merlins were full of bugs and by todays standards
non airworthy.

One problem with the possible running of the Merlin
is the British standard spline for the airscrew.
It will not accept any American Hamilton or Curtiss props.

If you want a Merlin that can earn it's keep, you need
a late Merlin XX or higher, or better yet a Packard
Merlin if you want to use a American prop.

Packard Merlin V-1650-9 was the most developed Merlin
and is the basis for all racing Merlins.

Late (post war) RR Merlins used for commercial use are
equally excellent, but use the British splines (s).


03-17-2007, 03:50 PM
Like I said, it would sound great on an airboat....just wish I did have one http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

03-17-2007, 04:30 PM
Interesting, they say they think it may be a Mk. V, but it says Mk. III on the nose plate. Be advised there were numerous models (marks) of Merlins with more than a passing difference between them. However, if you're just looking for an oversized conversation piece for your garage, it probably won't matter.

03-17-2007, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
Wow, $10,000 for an 0 hours early Merlin (assuming it's kosher)? I wonder what it tops out at, must be worth more than that.

It may be zero timed, but a lot of water has past under the bridge since it rolled out of the factory gates.......... It would require a total overhaul and that will be expensive. It is possibly full of corrosion as well as these things are not protected internally as with any engine..... and as for running it, well that would possibly destroy the one thing you are trying to use.

I remember someone posting an article about some Zero time DB601 they had found behind a wall in some Italian Shoe factory, after liberation when the factory was put back into use, the owners found the o'hauled engine in the middle of the floor.. simple expediancy was to push the heavy lump to one end of the room and build a dummy wall to cover it up...... it was recovered not so long ago and rebuilt to fly after someone remembered it being there....
Imagine trusting an engine built by slave labour whose sole purpose was no doubt to try and kill the person who would eventually fly behind it.........