If any of you have participated in any of my other threads, you know I'm trying to revive a 1984 Westerbeke
10 Two diesel
, which has basically just sat for 10 years. Having worked with automotive engines for a long time, I'm finding this little diesel
especially frustrating because in the automotive world you have readily available parts
and quite the supply of salvage parts
Ford actually publishes a huge book of interchangeable parts between model years and brands since it has shared parts with Mazda, Volvo
, Jag, etc. over the years. In the marine
world it seems there's no such resource, which further limits the supply of salvage
parts available. I've found one guy on ebay who can cross-reference Westerbeke
parts to Mitsubishi using the casting numbers, but I feel bad that I keep emailing him and haven't purchased anything from him.
Model numbers and parts interchangeability are in no way proprietary information. If it was, your local auto parts store wouldn't be able to pull up what type of alternator
your car needs on their computers
. From what I can tell, the various marine
diesel dealers are A)way behind on the technology front and still manually looking everything up in a book when you call, and B) just have no interest in making this information available because they'd have to make their prices more competetive. (I guess I should say this is only for the small engine
end of spectrum because I have found cross-reference charts
kits for larger diesels, just nothing for the small 20hp and under marine diesels.)
I still have my fingers crossed that the W10Two will sputter to life this weekend, but I've been researching contingency plans if it does not. I found that the Mitsubishi L2E is the same block as the Westerbeke 12C Two, but the Mitsubishi is available for $1500 while the Westerbeke is $6300.
Even if I have to buy an exhaust
manifold and a heat exchanger
to convert the L2E to marine cooling
, I still end up around $2000 ahead. However, I still have questions as to whether the wiring
into my control panel
, will the mounts fit, will the 10Two transmission
bolt up to the L2E, etc.
I see people all the time mentioning you can just buy John Deere parts for Yanmar
, Mitsubishi parts for Westerbeke, or Kubota parts for Beta Marine
, but my question is, how many of you are actually doing this, and how successful has it been? What types of parts are you buying
Aside from the starter, alternator
, and cooling
system, what is "marinized" in a marine engine
Aside from marinedieseldirect.com, is there another good parts supplier web site?
Is there anything like Performance Automotive Warehouse (pawinc.com) that sells rebuild kits and parts for these small diesels?