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Old 08-11-2015, 20:17   #1
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??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

Im purchasing a 42 Vagabond with a 65hp Ford Lehman.
If someone has experience with this I would like to know if their are any issues I should look for?
Is it hard to get parts for in Florida?
Maintenance that I should start with?
What spare parts I should go ahead and have on hand?
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:36   #2
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Re: ??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

There are still lots of Ford Lehmans out there. But they are all getting long in the tooth. However, well maintained, they can last longer than most any boat. The problem you may face is getting specific parts as they are getting rarer. You everyday mechanical shop may or may not carry any of the parts. There are some shops that specialize in these parts though but one is in the NE. I am sure in UK too. Our shop (North Harbor Diesel) has rebuilt many of them but the owner recently told me that they are having trouble getting some parts - gaskets, etc. I'd check with some of the guys who rebuild them and ask questions. E.g. Bomac Marine- Ford Lehman Engines, Parts, Tanks, Phaser Generators and Service Great motors though if maintained.
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Re: ??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

Thank you that does help. The guy that has the boat now got it from the original owner who died last year and left it to his girlfriend. He does not want a sailboat but I sure he practically stole it. He said their are spare parts for it but I have not been able to go threw it yet. Once I take ownership I will go ahead an try to find the parts that tend to go first so they are on hand. My issue is not knowing what to get as im not familiar with these. I know Im going to change the oil asap no knowing its age. He has lots of paperwork that he put in storage. Hope it has the engine paperwork in it. Parts list with numbers would be great. I plan on redoing just about everything on the boat, not just because it needs to be done but so I know how and where everything is.
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Old 09-11-2015, 16:01   #4
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Re: ??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

I did quite a bit of work on a 4 cylinder "65 horse" it was pretty hard to real sort out what it actually was as the 2 Leyman experts in the U.S. Were divided as to what it was.

Anyway, accessory parts, pumps, heat exch from the 80 hp all fit and I doubt you'd ever want to consider a rebuild. Better to get a good used 80 or a newer engine.
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Re: ??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

The larger Lehman's are renouned for how good they are. Not sure about the 65 though, I would check around for parts as they may be getting a bit hard to find.?
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Re: ??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

Not sure if it's exactly the same but my folks have an EBRO, 65 HP which is a Spanish version of the Ford engines. It's been very reliable, only big issue I think was the injector pump lubrication. I think it got a fuel leak into it at one stage and needed to be rebuilt. The engine has been worked hard for 35 years and is still going strong. I'll ask them for more details if it's of any use to you.

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Old 09-11-2015, 22:18   #7
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Re: ??? 65hp Ford Lehman ???

Great ty, One of the reasons I got this boat is at the moment everything is working. It pushed the max what I had to spend on a boat. Its very rough but has great potential. I think I will be very happy with it for years to come. Hoping to make the Pensacola to Havana trip next year.
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