It's going to take a little while to get to "spalsh". Both the boat and I are currently in Tennessee. We'll be moving to Florida
within 60 days. I will be pulling it to Florida
behind my F-250 Powerstoke.
In the mean time, I will be going over to where it is stored (in the pics) and be cleaning
it and basically putting it together and taking stock of it. I have already found some damage in the engine
compartment that does not look good for the engines. The rear exhaust
elbows just off of the manifolds have cracks in them and there is one pristine freeze plug
sitting under one of the engines that has obviously been dislodged. I can not see any cracks in any of the blocks or heads but that doesn't really mean anything.
Which brings me to my first question. Good running 318 Chrysler engines are a dime a dozen here in cars. I can pick up a perfectly good running 318 for about $300 or less. I know that one engine
is a reverese rotation, but the other would not be. Can I just replace the block and perhaps the heads with a clean car engine? What are the differences between a 318 car engine and marine
engine? If I find two good running 318's can I not just transfer the reverse rotation internals into the car block doing a quick overhaul
while I'm in there?
I've never had a V-drive before, but from everything I've read they are preffereable to outdrives if they are going to sit in water, which this boat may have to do. The boat has been on this trailer for a number of years. Are the prop shaft seals
sensitive and prone to leaking? Will I have to change all of them before I put it in the water or are they pretty robust?
and side surfaces of the boat are all excellent and will only require a good scrubbing to look like new. The bottom has a good surface on it, but it looks stained and streaked. Refinishing the bottom is something I would like to do from a cosmetic and maintenance
stand point. I have a ton of automotive painting experience, but none on a boat. What should I use?
Fourth question. Are my fiberglass tanks
going to be a major issue?