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The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets


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Old 05-25-2008, 01:39:58 PM
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Anyone have an opinion on the best Gas Engine Swap meets?
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Old 05-25-2008, 02:43:14 PM
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

The best one in our neck of the woods and likely the best one in the world is the Le Suer, Minnesota swap. The only problem is the weather can still be pretty miserable the last week in April. Portland, Indiana is just about as good and has a lot of different stuff from what you might see at Le Suer. The swap at the Portland engine show in August is also a great one. Baraboo, Wisconcin is also great!

Waukee, Iowa used to be the best in the 80's and 90's but it has gone way down in attedance. It's a real shame as there maybe 1/4 the vendors and there used to be.
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

I've been to many and would have to say that the Portland Swap (and Show Vendor area) year in and year out is the best. LeSeur seems to always have a weather problem, cold, snow, rains, muddy, etc. I also agree that Waukee used to be the best. From the mid 80's to the mid 90's I attended every year. A LOT of engine stuff there. Its still an OK swap but its more centered around tractor, lawn and garden, etc. rather than engines. This isn't uncommon though as a lot of the engine items are at home on shelves and only come out at the estate (divorce, etc) auction.
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

I have to whole heartily agree with the above post. Portland all the way...
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

I've never been to the Portland "Swap", so can't say anything about it & I haven't been to Waukee Swap for years. LeSueuer, MN Swap has gotten to be more for tractors than engines. The Baraboo, WI Swap isn't real big, but it has potential & the cost to sell is VERY reasonable!!!
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:29:28 PM
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The portland swaps are good in MAY and october.....but the august show is a BLAST!!
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I think Coolspring is one of the best. At least you know it is ALL engines and engine parts and no tractors. Going there in a couple weeks.
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Coolspring all the way, can't wait!!!!!!
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

Waukee this past weekend was mostly a bust. There were several engine vendors there, but attendance by sellers has continued to decline. This year was pitifull, maybe cost of gas and the weather. There were absolutly NO buying traffic. I watched the tractor from the parking lot go by every 15 minutes and seldom saw anybody riding! most everyone packed up Sat night becasue of storms planned for today.
(BTW - tornadoes did hit an hour N of Des Moines today!)
I doubt I'll waste my time next year. JimS
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Portland and Coolspring ,Im going in a year or 2 to browse and pick up my headless Z from KyleB. ...trust me when I get a car and a job there is going to be no stooping me -KID
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

The only time I visited Waukee, it was diluged with rain and mud. Had a great time though and found some needed parts. That was back in the 90's. Out West the big swaps are at Brooks, Oregon in June, Woodland, Ca in Oct and Tulare, CA in Nov. Not near as big as Portland though.
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

Been to Portland, BOO and Waukee this year. I passed on LeSueur This year because I don't need any tractor parts. I still managed to find a couple of things at Waukee but it shure isn't worth the 400 mile trip any more. Boo would be a great one if they could limit the non related stuff but then they would probably wind up with the same problems as Waukee. Portland is still good although there wasnt nearly as many vendors there this year but that may have something to do with fuel prices.
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I might see everyone at coolspring stop in and talk i have the Parks Wood shop
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

I'm new to all of this. I've attended a number of shows with my antique cars that also included engines, but I'm not aware of any swap meets in the north east... are there any that you guys would recommend?
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

What kind of fees do the various mets charge vendors and or swappers?
I believe Coolspring asks for a $25 donation.
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Default Re: The Best Gas Engine Swap Meets

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The only time I visited Waukee, it was diluged with rain and mud. Had a great time though and found some needed parts. That was back in the 90's. Out West the big swaps are at Brooks, Oregon in June, Woodland, Ca in Oct and Tulare, CA in Nov. Not near as big as Portland though.
Woodland is the closest one that i can get to right now and i have found some good toys out there as well as a few parts that i needed.
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