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Old July 20th, 2014, 10:57 AM
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Rover V8 coffee table - Value?

What is one of these worth? What would you pay for one?

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Old July 20th, 2014, 11:13 AM
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I feel like most people who would be willing to have an engine block for a coffee table, is capable of making their own. It is really cool looking though it looks well done.
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Old July 20th, 2014, 02:35 PM
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I want one!
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Old July 20th, 2014, 02:47 PM
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OK, but are capable of making your own?

If not, you're required to state what you'd pay for it
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I know that appears to be a Rover, but there are no oil or coolant stains anywhere on the floor so it just doesn't look authentic.
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Of pay a few hundred bucks for one, don't have anywhere to put it, but I want one none the less...
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Ditto, I'd pay for one of those. Are you selling?
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Can you easily remove the wine? or is is more for display or assists in holding up the glass?

I have several old bmw boxer motorcycle engines and frames sitting around. I was thinking the same thing instead of scrapping them.

I would be interested for $300-500 depending on the flavor of wine that comes with it. Some people keep Picasso's in their house....I keep motorcycles as I believe them to be works of art depending on model.
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OK, but are capable of making your own? If not, you're required to state what you'd pay for it
Yes I can make my own.
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Old July 20th, 2014, 06:09 PM
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I'm sure there are guys that would pay good $ for it. Have you seen Motoart's stuff. Truly amazing.
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My buddy just made one for about $220 including the $50 for the junk block I sold him.



I think $500 would be a fair price, but I could see people paying more for one. I was planning on doing one with a Jag V12 (just to one up my friend), but now that I discovered my 4.6 block is junk, I might use that. I think the 3.9 pistons look the best. IIRC RPI used to sell one for a lot more $$.

Are the wine bottles easily accessible with the glass top?
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Asking because I have this block here now that's perfect for one of these. Actually I am pretty sure it is a good block, but I didn't do the teardown or . get it checked by the machine shop, the previous owner did and I got it in this condition. And I have several other complete engines that don't meet my standard for resale which could also be good block table donors...



Sorry I can't answer the wine bottle question, but it seems to be a matter of the length of the connecting rod.
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I would recommend having them sandblasted, and paint them with some aluminum colored paint. My friend paid $70 for the glass top.
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That is really cool!
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Great idea... Also a great out of the way place to store a spare block!
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I would recommend having them sandblasted, and paint them with some aluminum colored paint. My friend paid $70 for the glass top.
Well the hard part for most folks who are handy and inclined to own such furniture, is that they also might not have access to an engine to tear apart. Typically in my line of work, it isn't even worth the time to tear a questionable engine down to the bare block, but I have access to them frequently- if there was demand from guys who could build their own custom, aluminum Rover V8 table by having a bare block and maybe a few pistons shipped to them then I might see clear to tear some down. They would have plenty of options to make it their own, like sandblasting, painting, polishing, etc. No feet, piston feet, or maybe they want to make feet out of some other cool looking stuff, like quick release fire extinguisher mounts. Do they want to use the old rods/pistons to support the tabletop, or use some other cool, billet H beam racing rods from a top fuel motor... what kind of tabletop to use?? Seems to me, if I supply the finished product it isn't custom anymore and that loses cool points?
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I always wanted to do one but I was going to leave the crank in and have a small 110 volt motor turn the crank.. With pistons in it ..and lit from underneath with a colour changing light strip... Yeah baby...)
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.... I was going to leave the crank in and have a small 110 volt motor turn the crank.. With pistons in it ..and lit from underneath with a colour changing light strip... Yeah baby...)
So you can witness the liners slipping?
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If you want it to look really good imo the glass should be thicker, 10 or 12 mm at least.
It has to match the V8.

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