I acquired a 1975 Ranger
28 back in November. It had sat for 3 years. So, the first thing I did was have it hauled, bottom painted, and replaced all of the through-hull fittings.
Once back in the water
, it took me about a month to get the Universal Diesel
M-18 going. But, I am happy to report that it is now purring like a kitten. The Hurth
HBW 50 transmission
was seized, so I took it apart and rebuilt it.
Now, that it is back in the water
, I need to replace the packing gland
, as the old material had seized to the drive shaft. Please don't reply asking "how do you know it needs replacing?" Trust me. It needs replacing desperately!
However, I was also told by a marine mechanic
that my engine
is out of alignment. So, essentially, I need to replace the packing gland
and realign the engine
Does anyone out there know what diameter the prop shaft is for the Ranger
28? Additionally, has anyone out there every done an engine alignment on a Universal Diesel
M-18 or similar?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!