Originally Posted by jkleins
I agree. I would do anything else on the boat if needed but rebuilding the diesel is something I would never consider. Maybe the industry has convinced us that working on diesels requires special skills that most of us don't have. Or it really requires specials skills that most of us don't have.
...or that you need lots of special tools.
The actual rebuild of the engine
requires machine tools, special skills and is done in a machine shop
If you can hang onto a wrench and don't mind living in a tight space for a while the only "special" skills required are cleanliness, an attention to detail and the patience to free up frozen bolts.
You simply unbolt parts
from the block and keep track of them. The fuel
lines and injection pump requires extra care to prevent any dirt from contaminating the fuel passage
ways. Some help may be required for the timing of the injection pump. You may need some help with gaskets and such but it is all straight forward.
Lifting out the block is the hardest part.