This was a big win for me. It's been on my do list for quite awhile. I was a bit intimidated to work on that big blue thing under the companionway
stairs. You know, the thing with all the hoses and parts
. I finally worked up the courage to do it.
Our heat exchanger
has been putting sea water
into the engine bilge
. There was a bad gasket
and seawater leaked around one of the bolts holding the end cap on.
Previously, my car mechanic
looked at the rusted bolts holding the end cap on, and suggested that I remove the whole heat exchanger
, instead of trying to remove the end cap. He said to bring it to him instead. This is the same friend who helped me with my windlass project
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of the heat exchanger was straightforward. I found that the end cap is actually cracked, so I'll need a new one.
Here's the context picture, so you can see where the heat exchanger is. It's in the middle of the picture, connected to the right side of the nearly-horizontal black hose.
Here's a picture of the heat exchanger, now removed from the engine
And here's a picture of the cracked end cap: (Not a great picture, I know.)
Here's a shot where you can see the engine rust caused by the leak from above:
It's a Perkins sabre
engine. I believe it's 75 Kw, 82 HP. If anyone knows a good place to get parts, please let me know.
I'm new to finding parts and my mechanic
usually works on cars.
I'm really glad I'm getting this done. It's a great feeling.