I heard about a 250GT engine recently, which got me to thinking about that subject. I used to buy and sell these cars, and occasionally would find an engine. Maybe this would be an interesting thread. I think Dick Merritt was the king of loose engines; I'm told that he had a basement full at one time. Here are a few of my tales. My friend Peter Helm had a 375MM Berlinetta which emitted a cloud from the left exhaust. Obviously, a dropped valve seat leading to piston destruction. No-one wanted to rebuild Lampredi engines in those days, so our mechanic Sal DiNatale installed a Chivvy, and I bought the V-12, which I promptly sold to owner of a 375MM Spider which was engineless. The interesting part of this tale is that the later owner of Peter's car (an airline pilot) would never disclose facts about what happened to the car, only that "it no longer exists". Then there was the time that I owned a derelict 500 Mondial (0428MD) which, in it's earlier life, had raced with it's original engine, a 3-liter Monza, and finally a Chevy. At the same time, I heard a rumor that one of Parravano's engines was in a junk yard in Tijuana, Mexico. So one Saturday I drove across the border, and eventually found engine no. 0538M. I sold it as a package to Dick Merritt, who immediately sent it on to GB. It is now restored and back in the US of A. For many years, I had heard stories of an old hot-rodder who had an MGA with a 500 TRC engine, which he had run at Bonneville. As an old rodder myself, I put out my feelers, and was surprised one day when he showed up at my door. After endless talk about the old days, he finally decided that I was OK, and disclosed that his ex-wife got the car in the divorce. Another few months of searching finally got me her address, and pretty soon I owned the car and engine, which promptly went to my friend David Cottingham in Jolly Old. I have had a handful of cars with incorrect engines: 0131EL, a Vignale 2+2 (Made for the Mexican road race?) with Chevy. A terrible car, ready to collapse on the street. 0331EU, my first Ferrari, which had it's original engine when I bought it. Changing plugs one day, I noticed water on one of the old plugs. It was only years later that I realized that there must be crack somewhere (Sorry, buyer). It ended up with a 250GT engine. 0376 AM, a 375MM Spider with Ford engine and 4-speed and 3 inches of bondo on the nose. It ended up with Pierre B. with a 4.9 engine. And I can't omit 0647GT, the TdF that Peter Helm rolled over in a fit of the pique. I bought the remains and proceeded to part it out; the first thing to go was the engine, to Dick Merritt. We can end this on a happy note: Engine and trans and frame and Heaven knows what else have been reunited, and 0647GT lives! That's enough for now. Let's hear your errant engine tales! 1.