View Full Version : Where to sell/dispose of 1961 Gray Marine Gasoline Engine

01-24-2017, 03:12 PM
Hi There,

I am re-powering a Lapworth 40, and am looking at my options for the original Gray Marine gasoline engine that is in it. Does anyone know anyone interested in something like this? Or if not, what the best options are for the disposal of it? I would be happy do it for the price of the haul out?

The vessel is in Marina De Rey

Chris Smith

01-24-2017, 03:18 PM
Mystic Seaport would take it and give you a tax write off. But it's 3000 miles away.

Bob Cleek
01-24-2017, 03:48 PM
Odds are, it's a Gray Marine 4-112, four cylinders and about 25 hp, IIRC. They are basically a WWII era forklift engine. Many were produced and there is a fair number of fans who keep them running. Even clapped-out old Grays are worth money. They are rebuilt or parted out by the used parts outfits. I'd suggest you check these two outfits out: http://www.graymarineparts.com/ http://www.inboardonline.com/brands/gray.html You should also check out the "old marine engines" forum and perhaps post a "for sale" ad there. http://www.oldmarineengine.com/discus/messages/3432/3432.html You should realize that the cost of used engine parts necessarily includes the labor to disassemble an engine and clean and refurbish the parts, so don't get carried away with the "value" of a broken down engine. I doubt you'd get more than a couple of hundred bucks for a Gray 4-112 that's shot and maybe twice that if it's in running condition, but that's just a guess. (BTW, I doubt Mystic Seaport would be interested. These engines are very common and not historically significant to be considered "museum pieces." Good solid engines, though.)

01-24-2017, 08:24 PM
To add to Bob's comment,.... if it is a "gray 60" (little flathead four) then "yes" it is a marinized Continental engine (very common industrial engine, forklifts, compressors, generators, etc). It is therefore easy to get parts for and easily rebuildable.
This engine is desirable for the small mahogany speedboat crowd (15 -16 foot speedboats and utilities). Also as Bob said,... valuable, no, a market for and desirable, yes.
I would try Craigslist, and maybe some small boat restorers (if you have them out there). (Mystic Seaport would most likely have no interest,.. they already have a number of very similar if not identical engines.)
..... I would be somewhat interested if you were about 2995 miles closer. :)

01-24-2017, 09:28 PM
There's a homesick forum member in Singapore who would weep tears of "joy" if it was dropped on his doorstep. We could all get together to fund shipping. :^)

01-25-2017, 03:51 PM
So that's what Alden meant when he called for a Gray Four Cylinder in my 33' auxiliary coastal cutter, 25 horse...I have a 30 horse Yanmar 3 now. I like knowing what I have is close to the designers spec's.
Soon to be wet...