SOMF, good to see you here. I'd love to hear about your time in El Salvador. We are currently in Puerto Vallarta
, having headed north from Manzanillo/Zihua/Barra, and are waiting to head south again, onward to Costa Rica
, and then probably through canal East.
We were able to get our Lehman
120 in good order in Barra, after we had created a vacuum on the exhaust
side and loaded a cylinder with seawater!! Ouch. My fault; I had run a long hose from the anti-siphon vale into a bucket which I also used to drain overflow from the water
heater. Just a few ounces of water
was enough to create the siphon of course. Not a very smart thing to do!!
, they seem impossible to completely stop, but a couple of helpful things I've done: I added a Racor
Valve Cover breather/filter kit, designed to relieve pressure and catch blow-by and return it into the crankcase, replacing the worthless wire mesh air filter screen
that Lehman had there. If nothing else it has definitely reduced odors in the engine
room. A couple of years ago I had the upper end of the engine
rebuilt. But in Barra we took a look at the little rubber seals
in the rocker arm assembly, and they were broken and/or weak. The mechanic
there (Jonco) replaced them with a better made seal from a different engine manufacture, and the most noticeable thing was an immediate cessation of the oily smoke that used to blow out of the oil fill cap when you opened it (while running) -- smoke was simply gone. That has to be a good thing.
I'm pretty sure I have seepage/leakage from the valve cover gasket
also, and haven't been able to get rid of it, but the damned motor
runs too well to toss it overboard
Are you at anchor
in El Salvador; what should we look for down there??!!