I'm hoping someone recognizes this short story I read as a boy. The story was about a robotic eyeball that rolled around on a beach until it found a hand. The two parts joined up and wiggled around until they found a leg. They joined the leg and hopped around. That is all I can remember. I would like to know the ending. Does anyone remember this short story or know where it came from?
This is the 1968 book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
a gigantic metal robot who appears out of nowhere, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts.
The part you've described is this:
An eye! There it was, blinking at them speechlessly beside a black and white pebble. The seeing hand fitted the eye to the blind hand and now both hands could see.