PART III - Next Steps
So things look OK with the engine. I have to fix the HE studs and get it separated from the head without cracking or damaging the head. Work to do and source new studs.
What about the siezure? So scenarios go through your mind. What if the tranny is in gear
and the prop is barnacled - mess around with that theory a bit.
Let's get ever bigger bars. A hammer to pound the bars. Tap the top of the pistons, tap harder, get a bigger hammer - these are things that lead you down bad rabbit holes. It is always better to work smarter, not just get a bigger hammer.
The best way to unfreeze the pistons is to flip the block over, remove the conrod bolts and tap the conrod studs. You still may break a ring but you won't break a piston (likely)
So two engine mount bolts, 6 saildrive
bolts and the engine control removal
and the block will be out.
If we are going to remove the conrod bolts why not inspect the conrod bearings and replace them. There are 2 oversizes so I gotta measure first. I am not going to remove the cam, injector pump
or big end bearings at this point. With <500 hours I am sure the bottom end will hold up for a long time to come.
If we are going to remove the pistons why not inspect and replace the rings? While they are out let's hand hone the cylinders. They look in great shape so this should work.
While the head is on the bench why not remove the valves and springs and inspect and hand lap the seats? Then do a leak test on them to verify they are sealing?
I bought a bunch of other stuff for the head gasket job and all that will be done. New lift
pump, new overhaul
kit for raw water pump
. The injectors are new last year.
At the end of this I will hopefully have this thing purring again and it should last another 5-7 years.
Oh - and do a much better paint
job. The last one was a disaster and is just flaking off.
Photo 1 - The tranny is starting to split...
Photo 2 - Engine separated
Photo 3 - Engine flying out the companionway
Photo 4 - Engine bed. Most of the rust is cosmetic and flaky. At this haulout I had planned to pull the engine anyway to clean and paint
, install a new floor (behind tranny for batteries) and paint this all up. A long while back I bought a new saildrive boot and engine mounts in anticipation of doing this all before the engine quit. I have already installed a brand new and yet unused exhaust
system - part of the first round of troubleshooting. While I am in there I am also going to clean up the wiring
Photo 5 - Doug. A great helper on this. Actually my biggest fear was dropping the engine or head into the water as we transferred it to the truck - LOL. All good.
At the end the engine and equipment
bay should be good to go for a long time.
I will post updates in a few weeks when things start to come back together.
PS - The best thing about being a bachelor is the conversion of my dining table to an overhaul bench and the spare bathtub into a parts wash - LOL...