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Old 03-10-2011, 11:55   #1
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I recently bought a Cheoy Lee Lion 35 (circa 1968) equipped with a Volvo Penta MD2B motor. The motor has collapsed - terminal internal damage - and I'm looking for something with which to replace it. I'm anchored in San Diego and money is scarce. Any ideas?
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Old 03-10-2011, 13:53   #2
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Is the Volvo repairable? If not, I would start checking boatyards in the area, Craigslist, etc for old engines. Lots of people repower old boats even when the old engine is still got some life in it. I bought a running Westerbeke W58 for $400 for spare parts.

Of course you might get a reply from the forum with an old engine.

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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

craigs list had a volvo engine mb3 for 1000 dollars not tooo long ago--keep looking-- may find another.....ebay also has engines... good luck and smooth sailing. i found my perkins for 2500 in another forum.
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Old 03-10-2011, 16:34   #4
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

I have a running MD2B with trans that is in good condition ( running ). The reason the engine was removed is that a larger engine was installed. Doesn't move the boat any faster than the MD2B did!
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

I have a very good Kubota D-1105...I can add a marine manifold..It has 30 hp. and low hours...Runs grrrrreat...It is the same as the Beta 30 and also the Atomic/ Universal 30....It is complete with alternator and starter...No bell housing NO gear ..New gauges...$1800 ..Captain Ron S/V
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:19   #6
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

Thanks to all for the responses.
I'm interested in Peacetime's MD2B. it would slot right in and the mountings and propshaft would simply connect up.
Where are you physically and what are you asking?
Do you have any idea how many hours its done?
What is the general condition?
Thanks again!
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

Located in Florida. Send a PM and I will be glad to answer your questions
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Old 04-10-2011, 17:19   #8
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

You should check the following posting.
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Old 04-10-2011, 17:58   #9
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

The MD2B was a great engine. I understand they are one of the hardest and expensive to work on though. I've also seen quite a few that are salt water cooled. Maybe that was your issue? I forget the details as my last one was 25 years ago! Craig's list is a good resource. Unless an MD2B drops in your lap it might be worth the trouble to change to a more recent model; universal, kubota etc.
the other option is to pick up a 10 hp outboard and bracket, either for until you find the perfect engine deal, or permanently if you're not sailing off long term cruising....
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Re: My Cheoy Lee Needs an Engine

Lots of engines here Buy or Sell your Diesel Engines on Diesel Engine Trader. BOB
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