I spent the day in Chevy heaven today!
I was asked by a friend to help him help an elderly woman who recently lost her husband, and wanted him to assist in selling his lifelong collection of car parts. He was a big time fan of 1940 Chevrolets, and had a true 1960's Chevy coupe gasser, plus a sedan delivery that my friend had purchased recently. I agreed to go over today to help, and was astounded at the sheer volume of parts he had!
His parts were almost all boxed away if small enough, and his 4 car garage had shelving all across 3 walls! And an attic large enough to stand up in contained lightweight large parts also! I counted 6 SBC engines, and one BBC engine when I first walked in. Dozens of old WCFB dual quad carbs, Holley carbs, stock and aftermarket aluminum intake manifolds, tons of starters, alternators, distributors, water pumps, exhaust manifolds; all boxed up and labeled. Some NOS, some rebuilt, and some needing rebuild kits. Tons of rebuild kits, parts, and gasket sets. 4 speed trans I counted that were aluminum Borg Warrner, and two cast iron cased. Also a couple 3 speeds, and a 3rd that was a 3 speed with OD. A pair of rebuilt TH350's with converters. Also probably 8 or 9 Hurst Competition Plus shifters complete, most near new! Lots of old camel hump heads that were new pairs, or used needing rebuild.
One of the first SBC engines I checked numbers on was a fresh rebuild, complete pan to intake, and numbers showed it is a 1969 Z/28 302 engine! Then another engine stand across the room was the same number, another 1969 Z/28 302, but in used condition, maybe a runner? Various 283, 327, and one 350 engines. The 283 had a tag that read, "283 Race motor", and had a forged crank, and pop up pistons! No heads on it, but not for lack of heads!
I found a lot of brand new parts he'd purchased, but never installed. Unsure why as some were very old by now? A NOS MSD 6AL with MSD Blaster Coil still in the boxes sealed up.
The attic was full of new and nice minty used parts. Enough fenders to do a couple 1940 Chevys. A brand new '40 Chev grille. Numerous 70's and 80's tilt columns, plus some 60's columns too. All sorts of NOS electrical parts like ignition switches, headlight switches, etc., etc. Boxes and boxes of Holley gaskets, kits, extra metering blocks, bowls, linkages, feed lines. I finally gave up for the day after pricing half the items maybe, and been there 8 hrs.
I'd love to have either of the 302 engines, but not sure what I'd put them in? I told her if I my '39 engine wasn't so new I'd have made an offer on the rebuilt 302 myself! Some friend of her husband's offered her $400, and I told her he wasn't much of a friend. We'll be going back next week sometime and finish going through all the parts. She wants to do a garage sale, which I told her wont get even the reasonable prices I put on parts. She asked if we'd take them all on consignment and sell them at swap meets, but we're both too old to want to take on the task.
She also said her husband actually went to a therapist not long before he passed as he had extreme anxiety about the mention of possibly selling some of his parts! He certainly tried to take it with him!