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Old 27-01-2016, 23:49   #31
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Re: Walk away from Volvo MD6A?

Originally Posted by Dockhead View Post
A pretty big gamble though.

No one with a brain would repower a boat like that, so if the engine fails beyond economical rebuild, the boat is either scrap, our outboard powered.

Those are pretty tough old engines, though. Are you able to rebuild it yourself, if you needed to? If the answer is yes, and if the engine starts and runs well, has good compression and oil pressure, doesn't overheat at WOT, is not too badly rusted anywhere, doesn't spew too much oil, or smoke inordinately, then it could be a gamble worth taking. You might get 20 more years out of it.

If you would have to take it to a mechanic in the event it failed, maybe not.

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This is exactly my story. My first boat was a 25 year old 27 footer with an MD5A, a one banger, last installed on boats in 1982. Worked fine next 3-4 seasons until it croaked. We pulled it out thinking to re-power it as I had couple mechanics buddies offering to do it for a good discount. But the killer was the price of the parts and the wait for them as they had to be ordered from Sweden. I ended up slapping an outboard which cost me $50 for the used bracket and $150 for the motor. But I hated the gas on board plus I miscalculated the bracket placement by about 1-2 inches and the prop cavitated at the smallest wave.

BTW, still have that MD5A at a friend's backyard in So. NH (near MA border) so if anyone is looking for one PM me. For the price of a case of Amstel beer or a bottle of Courvoisier (either one is the backyard's owner favorite) you can have it.

PS I'd give it away but the backyard owner has been promised this booze as the price of keeping the motor there.

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Old 28-01-2016, 09:49   #32
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Re: Walk away from Volvo MD6A?

Originally Posted by surfprimal View Post
...I wasn't comfortable purchasing it, ....
Congratulations on what is hopefully your new boat. Post photos if you have a chance. You made the right decision since you were not comfortable with it. No deal is a good deal if you are feeling uneasy. Good luck with it.



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Re: Walk away from Volvo MD6A?

Originally Posted by surfprimal View Post
Update: I found a boat I liked more with a 16hp Universal 5416 freshwater cooled diesel, and it's only 30 years old . Offer accepted. Sea trial this weekend.

Thanks for the feedback on the Volvo. I wasn't comfortable purchasing it, but this thread should help others who run into the same engine make their own decision.
Congrats. Hope everything goes well.

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