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Old 11-04-2010, 13:56   #1
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British Leyland 62hp 1978

I'm considering buying a sailboat with a 1978 Leyland 62HP engine.
It was last overhauled in 2001.
It's working fine. Should I have any concerns on future maintenance?
Is there support and spares for the engine?
(The boat is located i the Caribbean.)

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Old 11-04-2010, 15:04   #2
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Factor a new engine into the price...

Have a hunt round and see if you can find spares, manuals, specifications for the engine. I you cannot then it may be a good idea to get some quotes for buying and fitting a new engine and to factor this into the price.

Having said that if you do buy the boat and the engine/gearbox is working well I strongly recommend treating it like your firstborn, keeping it clean, frequent filter and oil changes, primary filters on the fuel tank, not running at full power, that sort of thing.

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I may be wrong on this, but I don't beleive British Leyland ever made specific marine engines. I suspect that this is a marinized auto engine which means that you may have to hunt in the British auto market for spares.

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Weren't they marinised (British spelling?) taxi engines?
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Google LEYLAND - BMC. (British Motor Corporation)

They made diesel engines for light trucks (the most common a 2 ton delivery truck -NOT pickup) also tractor engines. Parts are available in the UK - Canada, Australia, South Africa.

See if you can find the engine number - with it, you should be able to run down more information. Here is the link to Haynes who publish manuals :-Haynes - Practical Manuals, Books and DVDs
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Another name related to Leyland is Thorneycroft, they had marinised engines...

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