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    Barn find Merlin engine?

    Hello,

    Have been told about a local scrap metal dealer that has been offered a 'Merlin' engine. I am trying to find out more information about the engine, but believe myself that it is a Meteor tank engine. Not knowing anything about value, have had a little digging around on the net, and they seem to go for about £6-8K. Presume the aeroplane equivalent would attract a higher price?

    Original text stated 'complete but without blades'. The plot thickens. When hear more will report back here.

    Martin

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    An RTM-322 maybe? Different type of Merlin, but would meet the 'blade' description.

    But if it's a piston V-12 then I think you're right that it will be a Meteor 9 times out of 10.

    xxx
    Last edited by Sabrejet; 20th March 2017 at 13:29. Reason: Pointless? "Quote of entire post directly above removed" would have been more helpful and less likely to offend surely?

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    Be careful.....this is the historic-aviation equivalent of...

    ...'do you want to see some puppies I've got in the back of my van'!
    WA$.

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    I recall a a scrapyard-find Merlin from about 25 years ago.

    There was a yard being cleared near Preston and the contents were advertised, including the engine, to be sold at auction.

    Of course, I attended and there was loads of ex-WW2 stuff there including an original steel billet for stamping out steel helmets. The engine was inside on a stand and was a 60-series, all inhibited, complete and undamaged. Very nice.

    It went for about £1200, which was quite a lot even for then. Judging by the number of restored Mk.9 Spits that required them someone got a bargain. I'd guess it was fully inhibited and had possibly come from Wharton or Samlesbury after the war during a clear-out.

    I have pictures tucked away somewhere.

    Anon.

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