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Old 05-21-2014, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Your Best Garage/Yard Sale/Dump Find

Starting a new topic in which I'm interested in hearing about your best garage, yard sale or dump find.

I'll start. This was a dump find. It was brought home by my son.

I believe it to be of early 70's vintage. It's a Solex moped from France. Runs all summer on a liter of mixed fuel. Little two stroke starts by pedalling the bike and then lowering the engine onto the front wheel. Basically like push starting. A few revolutions and of it goes. It's a little slow going up hill and some times I have to shut it down going down just in case. When we fixed it up we located new handlebars, light and saddlebags on eBay. I keep it out at the cabin and cruise around on it. Gets a lot of

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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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You have me beat all to heck! I thought I did pretty good a couple of weekends ago when I scored a impact screwdriver (Mastercraft, but an older well built one) for $2.00. But then I lost my savings when I paid $20 for a bow saw that I could have bought new for less... Lol!

That moped is awesome though, you guys did a beautiful job on the resto!

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The best I've ever done in a dozen years of dumpster diving was just a few weeks ago.

Roadside auger type snowthrower. I primed it and gave the ripcord a yank and it
fired on the first pull. It smoked like crazy and would only idle. The fact that it ran
means it's something we can work with. Took the bike home, grabbed mama and the car
and went back in a major hurry to beat anyone else. We got half of it in the trunk
and strapped it in. MTD Gold series. At the Lowe's and Menard's websites it retailed
for $999.99 or $1,299.95 depending on which model I got. It still shone thru the layer
of dust on it, and no rust. I love the rich and lazy!! It had nothing more than hibernation sickness.
Tweaked the mixture screw, and the choke was stuck, hence
the smoke and horrible running. It went from smoking and chugging into a perfect purr!
After our record snow and cold winter the thing musta took a beating and was discarded
or replaced. Runs perfect, has tire chains and electric extension cord start too.
I ran the carb empty and look forward to a much easier winter ahead with our Forrest
Gump 100+ foot driveway. Rock on fellow garbage sifters! There's bits of gold hiding
here and there.

Very Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap

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I found a 1977 Harley Davidson 90 in a broken down barn at my in-laws. There was one corner of the barn still standing, and it was under a pile of tobacco sheets. It was all there, but looked rough. Engine turned over, and had decent compression. I'm slowly restoring it.
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I found a 1977 Harley Davidson 90 in a broken down barn at my in-laws. There was one corner of the barn still standing, and it was under a pile of tobacco sheets. It was all there, but looked rough. Engine turned over, and had decent compression. I'm slowly restoring it.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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This is a snowblower I saved from a trip to the land fill last summer. My neighbour split up with his woman and then he was going to move into a rental place. He didn't have a need for the machine and had no clue about fixing it either. I'd used it a couple of times and each time had to repair something to get it to go. He was going to load it into his truck but then saw me and asked me if I wanted it. Well I'm not one to turn down something that may have some potential so I wheeled it home. My wonderful wife asked what I was going to do with it and I said; "I'm going to make it my own" and the task of a refurb started.

It was not a pretty machine by any means but it did run reasonably well. It had come from eastern Canada and looked like it spent a good part of its life outdoors. Lot of surface rust on just about every part. I decided I was going to strip it down and splash a fresh coat of paint on it.

This is the machine the day I brought it home:





I fired it up and played around with it a bit. First thing that i noticed was that there were no options as to drive speed. It was full speed or nothing. My neighbour said he you just feather the control lever to vary the speed. That doesn't work very well so I tipped it on its intake and took of the bottom cover. The mechanism that varies the speed was not engaged to the fork that moved it. Five minutes later that was fixed.

From there the disassembly began. I pretty well stripped it down to individual pieces. Got a grinder and a wire wheel and buffed off the loose paint and rust. Now what colour to paint it. Had a can of black rust paint so went to the hardware to find a complimenting colour. Was thinking a bright yellow but came across a can of Kubota orange so that is what I went with.

Long story short the refurb is complete and I've got an awesome machine. Probably spent about $200 on misc. parts. I didn't have to do much to the engine. Adjusted the carb a bit and a new plug. I can even pull start this thing although the electric is nice to have.

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I've since added some black drift cutters and am looking for some new skids.

Also looking for a Kubota decal to put on it. Anyone have or know where I can get one cheap??

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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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My best find was a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 6" barrel in stainless. It was in great shape but had a lot of dings and marks in the stainless steel. I slowly buffed those out and had a great, accurate revolver.

Like an idiot, I sold it off a few years ago. I wish I would have kept it.

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The wife went to an auction one time and came home with what she called a "telescope part." Since I've had a few telescopes, she recognized it as one. She paid $1.00 for it.

I identified it as the equatorial mounting head off an old 1950's Edmund refractor telescope: still fully functional and with the original finish.

I removed it from the crude homemade pipe mount it had been attached to and sold it online for $250.

The wife has a side job finding, refurbishing and reselling stuff people are ready to toss. One man's trash truly is another man's treasure.

Recently she had me cut apart an old rusty mattress box spring with those tapered coil springs. I used the Rotozip to cut about 60 of those damned coil springs off that beast.

She took a length of aged barn wood, attached three of the coil springs to it at a 45-degree angle, added a wall hanger and sold them as wine bottle holders. She sold all 3 of them I made for $30 each.



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Easy one. Went to guys house to look at used ford pickup. Ended up in the barn,under that tarp over there...1972 Benelli. 250cc two rear sprockets. 158 miles.
Guy bought it from Montgomery Wards in a box for a bit over $100.
I paid $175.
Cleaned it up,rode it about 900 miles.
Sold it for $1,300 to a collector in NC.

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Went to a 2nd hand shop and came across an old cocktail recipe book. Thought it would look nice as a a bar decoration. The front and back cover are wooden but it is in great shape. No binding tears or anything like that, just a little ageing on the pages. Sticker on it said $4.00 and I was ready to pay that but we picked up a few other things and the old fellow tossed it into the bag for nothing.

Went home, did a little search on the internet...3 of them listed on various sites....cheapest price for one in pretty rough condition...$275.00!! The one that looked to be in about the same condition as mine was listed for $450.00

It still sits on my bar and I have tried out the recipes a few times just for kicks.

That's my best so far..
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