The Pit

Yesterday, my brother came up to the Cities on his spring break to help us with an issue we found in the garage after we bought the house:

The long-forgotten engines of the secret service pit

It’s kind of hard to see what this is, but it’s a photo taken inside the service pit in the garage.  Those are two rusty, dirty, beat-up car engines of some sort that the previous owner left in there.  Why did he put engines in a 5-foot-deep pit?  The world will never know.  How do we get them out?

Lucky for us, my brother had a hoist to do just that.  Due to their size and bulkiness, it took a considerable amount of time to get even just the smaller one out of there, but after about 3 hours, we had this to show for it:

My brother hoisting the first engine out of the service pit


Once we got it out and into his pickup truck, we grabbed a few more thing from our scrap metal pile and headed over to the nearest scrap yard.  We were very lucky that the guys working there were very nice and helped us get everything out of the truck, a total of 920 lbs of metal.  Also very lucky is that the price of scrap metal is quite high now, and so we managed to net $115.  Quite the profitable hunk of inconvenience!

About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on March 18, 2011, in Carriage House and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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