Just bought a boat with a salt water
cooled 2003, about 1300 hrs.
ran two of these engines as generators in his charter
boats, over 5000 hours on each, was a real fund of information.
He changes out the elbows every 4 years. Said to check the cooling pipes.
There was a LOT of scale around the connections, which are also the flat washer type, but little or none in the chambers I could probe.
The thermostat was also the wrong type, 170 not 140 degrees, which I changed to the salt
a thread somewhere where someone made a better sort of C clamp for the joints, said they sorted our the seal problems. I have had none yet.
said the 2003 was based on a Perkins
engine, someone else said they were Peugeot. Anyone know the real story?
I also noticed it was a real problem to bleed the fuel
system, took a lot of work to clear air from the lines. Anyone had this experience?