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Old 26-09-2012, 21:58   #1
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YIPPIE ... Diesel Started

After a couple months of work rebuilding my Perkins 4-107 and waiting the last couple weeks for just a handful of small parts, of course it's always the small stuff that holds you up ...
I fired up the engine this afternoon. It runs nice and smooth with good oil pressure. ... cool.

This engine, which I got for free, was originally the refrigeration diesel on a fishing boat out of Montery, California. I got it over three years ago. Even before I got the boat.

I got the bell housing and flywheel, again for free, off a boat in Alameda, California from a guy who wanted to convert his boat to an electric motor. That project didn't go very well and he abandon it. I ended up giving the rest of that motor away. I didn't know the re-sale value for used parts. I gave the transmission to a friend whose Paragon trans bit the dust.

The third motor I bought right here in Southern California. I still needed a starter, alternator and various misc parts. I hope to sell the left over parts for what I paid for it. ... Anybody need a 71C 1:1 transmission? ... or a 4-107 short block?

Anyway, it was my first experience with a diesel. I'm pretty proud of myself and can't wait to rebuild the transmission and get the whole drive train in the boat.
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Old 26-09-2012, 22:42   #2
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Very nice job...I hope it gives you many years of good service.
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Old 26-09-2012, 23:24   #3
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Congratualtions! What an accomplishment! And you'll really know the engine!

Now.....clean the bilge and paint. Make sure the stringers and the shaft line up properly. Buy new engine mounts. Align. Get the right prop. Install primary fuel filters and a mechanism for switching between them underway (e.g. Filter Boss). Clean the fuel tanks and add fresh fuel and conditioner.

You are so far ahead of the game for doing this. Again, kudos!
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Old 26-09-2012, 23:31   #4
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What a beauty, congratulations!
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That is a great feeling isn't it?

Well done!

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Old 28-09-2012, 00:22   #6
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Funny, I say that every time I go sailing. Nothing wrong with my engine, I'm just paranoid.

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I remember starting my engine after 15 years of off and on tinkering with it. When it started I stood back in almost disbelief and great elation. Thought to myself, wow, I made that thing come to life.
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SkiprJohn .... I keep looking at the pictures and that's exactly what I tell myself. I started with a dirty, naked block .... lots of patients and time and wa-la .... it started. It's still hard to believe tha I did that. It's a memory I'll have forever every time I look at it.
Thank you for you post.
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Aloha Chasing Summer,
I got nearly the same feeling after launching and sailing for the first time my first homebuilt boat. It sailed better than expected and did everything I wanted it to do.
Amazing feeling!!!
Again, congratulations and well done. You did a more extensive job than I did but I gathered the parts and pieces from Texas, California, Germany, Great Britain and Australia to put the engine back together in the marine version.
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