Harold Bawlzangya Racing

Shipping do’s and don’ts

So I buy a Kawasaki FE290 golf cart engine over the summer, along with a muffler and 2 carbs.  All of that is easily 70 pounds, probably more.  This is how the ass clown ships it – single ply cardboard box with a few pieces of foam.  Here they are in order of un-boxing the engine:

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I wish I could say I made this up, but this is exactly how it looked when I opened the box!

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Nice how the carb and oil filter are right next to the side of the box.

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Wonder how that could have happened?

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Another nice touch – no significant packing between the clutch (which is attached to the crank) and the side of the box.

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After many emails back and forth, I got 1/2 of my money refunded.  The guy kept blaming UPS not handling the box carefully enough.  Simply amazing!

So this is how I box up an engine.  Remove all the parts that stick out or can be easily bent up:

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Plug up all openings:

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Remove clutch:

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Using a heavy duty, doubly wall box:

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Cut-up 3-4 pieces of cardboard and put them in the bottom:

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Bag the engine:

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Now the time consuming part, cutting up pieces of cardboard and fitting them around the engine to pack it in tightly:

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With the crank side, I cut out holes in the cardboard to slip over the exposed crankshaft.  That puts any pressure on the side of the engine and not the end of the crank:

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The engine is in there nice and tight:

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59 minutes later I’m finally done, box weighed in at 79 pounds. Next time I am going to use expanding foam.  That should save a lot of time and weight.

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