Argghh. You guys are killing me with the don't throw it away comments. Mostly because I totally agree with you. I can provide a list of reasons why tracking down the parts
and doing it myself won't really work for me in my situation, but it will just make me sound like a whiny wimp. Which is sort of what I'm feeling like right now.
The ebay engine
is interesting. It might be a good way to get a block. It has unknown hours, unknown condition, no warrantee, no electrics or sensors, no marinization (not sure how hard it is to install a water
pump on it, the rest looks like it's bolt-on more or less).
So now that we've established that this is a Mitsubishi K4D, (which is really cool and I wasn't able to do myself-thank you), we've also established that I could do all the work myself and probably find all the parts
for less than westerbeke
except some of the marine
specific stuff. I'll assume I'd still need to overhaul
a $2k block, so we're looking at something like maybe $5k for new block, machining of the bores and head
and all the parts?
That's a lot less than $14k. It would also be an amazing learning
Now factor in that I'm unskilled as a mechanic
and have no local mentor, don't have any sort of workshop space since I live in a tiny townhouse, and have our first kid arriving in four months. So I have no time, no space, and no skills. So the awesome learning
experience is probably off the table if I'm being realistic.
That sort of pushes towards a mechanic/machine shop do the work for me. What would the labour be? 100 hours? That's $10k. Let's say it's half of that and now we're at $5k for the parts and block and $5k for the labour. I'm at $4k less than the newer, lighter, more powerful engine with cheaper parts for ongoing maintenance
and a 5 year warrantee.
So I think it maybe comes down to money
or time. Funny
how a lot of things come out that way.
I'm not arguing here, just thinking out loud. I don't really know what the right answer is, but I need to decide pretty soon.