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Old 01-05-2006, 19:54   #1
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Basic Perkins 4.108M questions

Greetings all.

Was wondering if some of the Perkins experts had some time to go over a bit of basic info. I have an 1986 (the year I'm assuming) 4.108M with a Bukh saildrive on my same year Grand Soleil 39. It appears to be neither a "highline" nor a "lowline" model, but rather a "new" model (according to the handbook I found...which, to be honest, could be described as "hardly informational" at best).

I'm looking for info on finding a comprehensive rebuild manual or resources regarding taking good care of this motor. I saw the PDF manual location post. Any additional info would be appreciated.

There also seems to be a bit of confusion regarding the correct oil filter for this motor. Anyone have the definitive answer?

And while I'm asking basic questions, anyone having any problems installing new zincs? Any explainations and/or tips would be great. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Take care all.
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:15   #2
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Perkins 4.108

I have a manual for the 4.108 Perkins, bought it from a second hand book shop - gotta get lucky sometimes

If there was some specific info you wanted, let me know and I will scan and e.mail to you.

Replacement oil filter I have is a Valvoline V-01; same filter will fit Toyota Landcruiser FJ & FZJ petrol; BJ diesel.

From all reports, the Perkins is a great, reliable workhorse that should give many years of service.

Fair winds

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Alchemy, I have a 4-108 in my Person 365. I use a Fram PH8A as a replacement oil filter. I lucked out and have the original manual. As far as basic info, and I see you are in South Florida, here in St. Petersburg, a company called Mastry Diesel puts on seminars for about $150.00. The class I went to last month was taught by Chuck Husick of Boat US. He is a very knowledgeable guy and has worked in the marine and aviation indusrty for years. Although Mastry is a Yanmar dealer, Husick covers all engines and has even owned a few Perkins. Hope it helps. Sailwiz
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The PDF manual referred to on this site was excellent. I read it cover to cover and feel mostly prepared for any "in boat" repairs. I recently rebuilt my starter with no manual, then saw some great info in the PDF manual regarding the rebuild.

I also have the "new" model. It's a 1987.

Other folks should step in here who are diesel mechanics, but there are several types of filters that fit and/or are the same size in radius and length/height.

I used a NAPA Gold filter with a 5 digit serial number, which the NAPA in my current area couldn't locate. So... they opened up the "big book of engines" and looked up the 4.108. The filter I am using right this moment is the Napa Gold 1806. There are many that will fit.
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Sean, Do you have the link to the PDF manual? My computer crashed awhile ago and I lost it. Thanks, Wiz
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Here's the link:

http://www.capedory.org/manuals/Perk...shopManual.pdf
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Alchemy, Awesome. Thanks
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If you ever are in need of parts or other info:

http://www.tadiesels.com/index.htm

Probably the best source for Perkins info on the east coast. They scour the English countryside looking for Perkins engines / parts.
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Detriot Diesel Allison were selling 30 HP 3 cylindre engines with hurth transmisions rated at 15 HP . The trannys were crapping out in 60 hours , and Detriot Diesel Allison flatly refused to warantee them, saying that they were rated for 30 HP pleasure boat use, and no pleasure boat will ever go more than 12 hours in a stretch.Seveal friends who bought these packages from Detroit Diesel Allison were S.O.L and had to buy new trannys out of their own pocket.
Detriot Diesel Allison was the company that provided Diesels for BC Ferry's fast cats , which were a total disaster.
Twin disk makes tranny's which are the same dimensions as the Hurth, but much better trannys ,and cheaper as well.
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Louis,

I think you connected to the wrong thread.
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The engines they were selling were 30 HP 3 cylindre Perkins.
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None of this is related to the topic. I mean if it is a subject you want to discuss start a new topic. It's OK to start a new toipic if you want to. But this has nothing to do with this topic.

FWIW, I know the relationship with DTA and Perkins. Hurth makes more marine transmissions than about anyone else. DTA made engines for Perkins way back too - I own one.
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I have an old 4-108M myself in our westsail 32. Thus far I've been using stock "Perkins" oil and fuel filters and they seem to be doing the trick. Just curious why you wouldn't want to use these?
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