I haven't posted on here in a long time, but you caught my attention so I think I'll chime in. I agree with what matt said, but in addition to it, I'll throw out a couple of thoughts to consider. I repair forklifts for a living, have for almost 18 years. We've never once sold a used motor. I have however acquired 4 complete forklifts over the years for cheap or free, and could have had more if I'd wanted to. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. You would probably have more success finding a complete dead forklift, stripping out what you want and selling the rest for scrap. You won't get answers at the front counter. Your best to find a field tech, or even a sales guy. What you ask is if they know of someone who has a junk forklift that that's too expensive to fix. BUT,1) it probably still won't be free and it may require more work than you want to put in. You'll likely have additional costs attached for transport as well, plus there are not really that many good candidates for suitable motors left around IMO.
2) the other thing you need to consider is that cheap DC controllers have become even more rare than motors and you may not have a way to use one, even if you can find one. I've got 2 good motors sitting in my garage that I wanted to use for a conversion for a long time, but now the options for controllers are gone, unless you are an electronics tech and can build you own. We're a little late to the party I'm afraid. The majority have moved on to AC, which is better tech for sure. and with lots of EV's in wrecking yards now, might not be any more expensive.
I still have a soft spot for DC, but mostly because I hate to throw anything away that I already have.