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Old 18-03-2019, 12:34   #1
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Rebuilding the Volvo MD7A

In my continuing efforts to finish rebuilding the Cape Dory 30, I tackle the sticky inboard rebuild. In my case it's the Volvo MD7A. With parts not being made, it's a challenge finding them but in my experience but for the most part a thorough online and offline searching yielded me results.

Check out my rebuild here. Volvo MD7A rebuild.
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Old 19-03-2019, 11:57   #2
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Re: Rebuilding the Volvo MD7A

Itís nice to have another reference for the MD7A out there. Thank for that. I donít have one but my buddy does and we went through this a couple years ago. They are becoming extinct due to lack of parts and high prices for them, but we got his rebuilt and I had no idea it could purr so nicely! Hopefully heíll get another 10 or 15 years out of it!
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Re: Rebuilding the Volvo MD7A

Hope to have the same experience with your friend. So far I'm not having luck with the right head gasket.
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Is the head gasket no longer made? I think I have one.
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Is the head gasket no longer made? I think I have one.
I ordered it through a local marine store and I'm not sure if they're still making it because they sent me a wrong one. I see old stock being sold online.

I'll be happy to buy yours if you're selling it.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Rebuilding the Volvo MD7A

When I decided to rebuild the Volvo MD40A that came in my boat, the price quote I received for just the parts was over US$25,000 and that didnít include parts to overhaul the transmission. I was able to buy a brand new engine and transmission for about two-thirds of that amount.

Fair winds and calm seas.
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When I decided to rebuild the Volvo MD40A that came in my boat, the price quote I received for just the parts was over US$25,000 and that didnít include parts to overhaul the transmission. I was able to buy a brand new engine and transmission for about two-thirds of that amount.

Fair winds and calm seas.
25K? Yikes.
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Ok, I found the gasket. Is this the one you are looking for?
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Re: Rebuilding the Volvo MD7A

Take a look at these guys out of Greece I have found every part I needed from them and cheaper than the local shops.
https://www.ebay.com/str/aftermarket...cat=9993383013
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Ok, I found the gasket. Is this the one you are looking for?
I did not want to waste the 140 I spent for the wrong gasket so I went ahead and asked a mechanic friend to customize it.

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Thanks for this link.
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I'm actually looking to see if its worth converting to freshwater cooling and if the conversion kits are still being sold.
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$140?? Whoa! I completely understand. Good luck going forward
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$140?? Whoa! I completely understand. Good luck going forward
Thank you. How much do you want for it?
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