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Old 27-11-2008, 11:28   #1
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Question Books on Diesel Engine Rebuild?

Hi all, I just aquired a ford lehman for short money, I want to tear down this engine and do a rebuild on it and replace my existing engine on the boat before I head south. I have the owners manual for the engine but it doesn't help much for tearing down and rebuilding. Does anyone know of some good books that will help me through this endeavor.

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Check with American Diesel in Virginia for a shop manual.

Have you done the required diagnostics to justify the rebuild?
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I recently bought a boat with a Perkins diesel, my first experience with a diesel. I wanted to teach myself about diesels to be able to do the repairs and service myself so I started looking for a good book. I ended up getting Troubleshooting And Repairing Diesel Engines by Paul Dempsey. Good book.
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Have you done the required diagnostics to justify the rebuild?[/quote]

I thought it would be best just to tear it down rather doing a diagnostic as I have no information on it. I do know it turns over so it's not seized up. The reason I thought of doing it was to have piece of mind when I'm out there and the experance of doing it would help down the road. I have read that these are rather basic engines to rebuild and I do have the manuals for the parts and torque of head bolts and such, but I didn't see anything pertaining to things like lining up the camshaft, crankshaft, or the timing for the injection pump.

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Maybe these books would help?

Troubleshooting Marine Diesels by Peter Compton
Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair by Nigel Calder

Hope that was helpful!
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You don't need to go so far as to completely rebuilding your diesel in order to learn how to do basic things like changing out the raw water impeller, riser, injectors, etc. If something more than a simple problem arises with your engine, you are not going to be able to repair it as sea anyways because chances are you are not going to have the parts or the tools anyways. If you need practice at learning how to do things then practice changing out parts at the dock before you go cruising.
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