Wow! You guys are amazing. Thanks for all your thoughts, ideas and welcome messages!
I am attempting to gather answers to the questions that each of you have asked; however, inasmuch as I live approximately 1000 miles away from where the boat is currently located, the answers are a little slow in coming. My wife and I hope to visit the boat over the upcoming holidays; and, while there, I will gather as many answers as possible and report back with my findings. Additionally, while there, I will attempt as many of the troubleshooting, diagnostic and repair procedures that have been mentioned.
Regarding the number of hours on the engine
, the hour-meter indicates 490. However, I cannot verify the integrity of this number; and, given the engine's outward appearance, I have very little confidence in that number.
At this juncture, I am not yet compelled to abandon the engine; so, as suggested, I have already contacted several injection shops to inquire about rebuilding the pump. Thus far, without exception, the shops want me to send them the pump, before discussing a rebuild
For now, I believe that I will take the slow and deliberate approach regarding the engine. Hopefully, with a some TLC and effort, the little diesel
can be coaxed back to life.
Thank you all for your information, assistance and encouragement! I will keep you advised as my information becomes more detailed and robust.