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Old 14-10-2012, 12:13   #1
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Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

Hi everyone. Does anyone know where off of the shelf engine feet can be purchased for a Perkins 4.108? I don't mean standard motor mounts, but rather the feet that bolt onto the engine next to the flywheel. Any help on this would be appreciated. Having new ones welded up where we are would be expensive and hard to coordinate. Thanks,

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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

Its my understanding that these feet are custom made for each particular boat install.
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Its my understanding that these feet are custom made for each particular boat install.
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Often they are, but there are also usually "standard" feet as well (when we took delivery of our last motor it had feet bolted to the crate). That is what I am looking for.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

wow.. goood luck--you may be more fortunate to find a fabricator????
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I may have to Zee. I as just hoping not to. Why reinvent the wheel if I don't need to? I'm not seeing a lot of input here though... so maybe it is time to search out a welder.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

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I may have to Zee. I as just hoping not to. Why reinvent the wheel if I don't need to? I'm not seeing a lot of input here though... so maybe it is time to search out a welder.
I suggest you contact Perkins directly. Try Perkins Diesel Engines & Powerpart Parts: Marine Support
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

I would suggest that you do a state wide criegs list search for "perkins 108" in Florida. With that search you should be able to find people that are trying to sell parts and junk 108 perkins engines. Then a coulple of calls and someone who is parting one out may have what your looking for.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

you could try Trans Atlantic Diesel.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

remember shipping and handling outside of usa is pricey as hail and slooowww.....
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

If you are in Central America you should have no problem finding a good machine shop. Communications could be a problem if you don't speak Spanish.
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Yeah. I speak Spanish, and there are indeed machine shops and welders in the city, but we are on the Caribbean side of Panama and I would like to avoid Colon. Bocas is an overnight away. I am trying to get a guy to come out and give me a quote. TAD is good, but they don't have anything that will work apparently and the ones they do stock are $175 each plus the international shipping. It's looking more and more custom.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

I have seen a set of these feet made of 2"w x 1 1/2" d x 3/8" thickness, with a hacksaw and a set of drill bits and files, in less than an hour.
You do need a welder to attach the filler plate which is drilled for the 2 cap screws into the main engine metal.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

If you are putting a Perkins in place of some other engine, then I would think that the big Perkins dealers would have prints/diagrams of adapter mounts to replace other brands. That would probably be more reliable than your own drawings to take to a machine shop. If you removed brand X and are replacing with a Perkins, your supplier should know the dimentions. ____Just a thought.____Grant.
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Re: Perkins 4.108 Engine Feet

They are so expensive, I ended up making mine. Bought about 6 feet of 3/8" thick L-bar at steel recycling place for 40$. Then cut out what i needed. It took me awhile to create mockups, measure and mark everything. Then about 4 hours for cutting and drilling holes, but I ended up with 4 brackets for under 100$ in metal and drillbits and cutting disks.
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We ended up making a cardboard pattern and having a welder weld the vertical plate to the horizontal L bar in 3/8 steel.

We will see how they fit. It cost me $160, which seems a bit high, but the guy is good and understands how they are going to be used.

There are standard mounts as well, but they are about $200 each and have supports side to side rather than out to our engine beds.

The final test is to get it all put together and see how it lines up. It should be fine. My only concern really is clearance for the controls on the new gearbox (the gearbox is the whole point of the new mounts).

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