So I just wanted to post an update, along with an additional thank-you to Waterjack
for the tip about the Westerbeke fuel lines for sale
on eBay. When the parts arrived earlier this month, I was excited to see them wrapped in their original packaging, complete with part labels on them and plastic end caps. A great score for 1 US Dollar! However, when I fished out the number 1 line, which was the one we needed, I was dismayed to see that its plastic packaging had ripped, the end caps were off, and one end of the line was covered in rust. I couldn't even turn the connector that threads onto the injector.
At that point, after more disheartening searching for a replacement, I decided it was at least worth seeing if I could re-hab it somehow. A few hours of quality time with naval jelly, WD-40, and emery cloth actually cleaned it up pretty well. Last weekend, we hooked it up and with great anticipation cranked the starter, only to see that we had yet another leak, which we eventually, and I do mean eventually, tracked down to the fuel pump
After some searching around (search and re-search), we decided to have it rebuilt. We took it off and left it with Diamond Diesel in Oakland. They overhauled it in three days for one Boat Dollar, and we installed it. I have to respect the Brits, who apparently converted the original BMC 1.5L car engine to diesel, for their ability to snake a bunch of fuel lines around numerous obstacles on the way to the cylinder head
, but it didn't make re-installing and wrenching the lines a carefree process, shall we say.
With everything finally attached, we puzzled through the confusing and inaccurate Westerbeke instructions (bleed bolt mis-identified) for bleeding the system and cranked it. And cranked it some more. It finally caught, sputtered, and then, wonder of wonders, settled down to a delightful--if you like the sound of a contented diesel engine--purr. We plan to try it out on the Bay next week.
So my clutching-at-straws investment of a little time on this forum has paid huge dividends. Thanks to all who participate in it and make it such a valuable resource.