Well, it's not a completely insane idea. It has been done and used to be quite normal. I grew up around boats with old Morris minor engines in them, complete with original four speed transmission
and all. Of course they were total crap. Gearbox
ratios were all wrong. You either ran them in a lower gear
in forward or accepted a really hopeless reverse. Then too there was the number that burned the boat to the waterline after ejecting the occupants in a great ball of fire.
There were some Chrysler V8s that were popular here in oz before the price
of petrol became an issue. I told they worked very well.
So it is not a crazy idea per se but an idea that has had its day. Of course if the engine being considered was a modern car diesel
it would be a very different and interesting question I reckon.
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