How I would LOVE to take a power-plant out ---
---of a bunged up m/c with some reputation.
Then strip it down to nothing, polish it here, blacken it there & finally end up with a beautiful LOOKING powerplant, but not a spot of oil in it or smelling from it.
Then have header pipes coming out of it in what ever fashion they were, at the time, but shortened to just the 12 to 24" length.
This would be the IDEAL MANTEL PIECE & outdo a stuffed fish on wood, or stuffed wild animal or fowl.
Just think if you stumbled across a very popular power-plant of the mid-30s, or a Harley KR, Triumph Tiger 100, Douglas Plus 90, lst of the Honda fours, Indian 4 in- line ---- it could be anything & it would not need anything INSIDE --- just a shell, but in honesty shot pistons, crank & such though (with a LOT OF CLEARANCE) would still be best as one could rotate the power-plant.
I keep on thinking I might do this to my '87 Yamaha TZR-250 in the future.
Would you not mind forking out a grand or two for a mantel piece something like that? I know one can make money in doing the above & why no one has cashed in on it, is beyond me. You could have a ball in in a m/c junk yard.
I know of some chaps that have complete bikes of the 50s sitting in their living room & polished to the max.