This is where things stand: I called American Diesel this morning early, talked with Bob Smith (son Brian is on vacation
, so the real deal answered the phone
- Bob used to head
up Ford Lehman), and when I described how the leak is presenting he said it's definitely NOT the main seal, that the leak is from the neoprene seal where the two rails meet at the pan (a main seal leak would end up where it would get tossed everywhere, whereas if it's the seal where the two rails meet at the back of the pan, it would flow as one downward mass, which is exactly what mine does) so it's not
the main seal.
We'll have to drop the pan, and he had some great pointers on how to do this without utter chaos, (buy a couple feet of threaded rod and some nuts, cut the rod into four pieces, screw them into four existing holes, and pry/nudge the pan down to where the nuts will hold the pan. They will then serve as a great guide for getting the pan back up into place afterwards.
While I have all of this going, am taking my Velvet Drive down to Wilmington this afternoon to have it serviced, and I ordered a new Damper from Amer Diesel as well.
And while I was on the phone
with Bob, he mentioned that he's coming to San Diego
in March. to teach a day course on the Lehman for a Trawler
owners group at Passagemaker University, whatever that is, and asked me if I wanted to bring my boat down while he's there so he can look over the motor
. WOW. So ofcourse I'm going to. He went on the tell me how he went to the old CY boat yard in Taiwan
where my boat was built, and some of the stories from back then, about the guys in the yard who built these boats but had never been on an ocean in their lives. He's going to bring some pics from back then that he still has. SWEET!!
And by the way, I love my mechanic. He's a Norwegian who's worked on Lehman's for years, and he's just persnickity, and a little worried about me going out into the world with a 30 year old engine that wasn't particularly well maintained before I got it. (The boat sat mostly idle in Mazatlan for 5 yrs before I stumbled onto it 9 yrs ago, and I've had to rebuild
pretty much everything -- but then that's exactly why I love it so much I guess.)