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Old 02-10-2009, 10:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for the feedback guys, The way i see is there is not much difference in weight between a block and short block engine so shipping costs wont be a great deal more but i will have the piece of mind of having fresh, fully tested recon major parts! I dont think i could ever relax and enjoy using it not knowing if there was any more damage on the parts i have re-fitted that i had missed. I'd rather spend the extra and have the piece of mind!

The valves are pretty rusted, some of the exhaust ports are very blocked, 2 piston tops are damaged and ive got worn rings. I did buy the boat knowing that a new engine had been recommended by the local marina workshop, but wanted to see if there was anything could be done to repair it 1st.

The cracks are located in line with the middle pistons on both banks at the water jacket side (facing up towards the cover with the carb on it) if that makes any sense!!
They were causing problems as the water and oil was constantly mixing.
I checked with a local engine builder for the cost of a full rebuild and repair of the block (which he couldnt guarentee would last) to cost around £5000, which is astronomical!!!

Seapuppy.........What is a 'crate engine'???

Thanks again for all the suggestions!

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:50 PM   #12
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a crate engine is an engine completely built up and ready to drop in...it comes in a crate hense the term crate engine....just take the crate apart...lift it up...and drop it into the engine bay...hook it up and start the engine after you out the fluids in it.......


everything is completely new.....cheaper in the long run if you think about trying to salvage say the distributor or the carb to put on a rebuilt engine...


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Old 02-10-2009, 11:01 PM   #13
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Ah i see! A uk supplied crate engine would cost around £8500 which is roughly $12400. I could have a recon short block engine and use all my ancillaries for around $1899 plus the delivery what ever it may be, so the saving is significant and the engine is warrantied.
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I paid around $2000.00 for a long block crate engine in Wisconsin. If you move forward be very careful with the engine alingment to the out drive. I had some problems with this being done incorrectly by the installer.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:46 PM   #15
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Did you get that from americanmarine and motorsports as u mentioned above?
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Yes, but remember there is a lot of work to transfer all of you other parts to the block. What got was block and heads. Everything else was from the old engine.
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Yeah thats fine, ive got a mechanical background so that sort of work isnt a problem. Are you happy with the quality of the engine and its performance compared to the old one?
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I did. I see that I said crate engine. What I got was a rebuilt engine as I mentioned in an earler post. The engine ran great and made good HP.
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have a look at this may be for you :wink:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MERCRUISER-4-3-MA ... m153.l1262
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:44 PM   #20
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Thanks very much for that but that is a much earlier engine than i require. but thanks though
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