Nope, that's too heavy for UPS and they really aren't set up for that kind of
Truck freight is the way to go. Find a used pallet (many businesses have
them stacked up out back by the dumpster) and either band or bolt the engine
to the pallet. If it has to go from the ground into the truck tell them they
need a truck with a lift-gate and a pallet jack. The driver can then wheel
your engine onto the lift-gate and up into the truck.
I would get quotes from three or four different van-lines. Interstate
trucking is priced with a tariff system so you might get wide variation in
prices depending on what tariff they use for rating your engine. If you're
unhappy with the price you can try asking them to rate it on a different
Insurance would be a good idea too. Insure it for the replacement value.
Insurance is something like a $1 for every $100 over some minimum value.
Probably $20 for $2000 worth of insurance. Shouldn't get broken (like UPS),
but freight does get lost!
Hope that helps.
In a message dated 10/20/02 3:25:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Its a little off-topic but it is pre-war British car...
> I need to look into shipping a motor from New York to S. Calif. for my
> 34 Singer and I don't even know what the thing weighs so anyone done this
> before ? any suggestions ?
> Its a small 972cc motor with gearbox still attached, the owner is
> willing to separate the gearbox if that helps, he estimates that it can't
> weigh more than 200lbs but I question that since the gearbox alone is
> I will call around tomorrow, it appears that UPS has a 150lbs limit from
> the website, maybe by splitting the 2 that would work.
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