seems like it's dragging on forever. "
Welcome to boat maintenance
I'm not sure how extensively you've looked into the rest of the engine
, but given:
2-There are signs of major PO neglect
3-You're dead in the water
and heading for a shop anyway
You might want to consider pulling the entire engine and having the shop rebuild
the whole thing. Or at least, check it all over thoroughly, including the bearings and/or an oil
analysis to check for bearing wear. I know that can be a budget
buster but there are few things that are more upsetting than going in for "just enough" maintenance
and then finding out a few weeks or months later "Here we go again...".
(Don't ask me why I know that.)