Originally Posted by Kenatsea
Would you mind sharing how you feel about the engine
? To hear that you have 10,000 hours is great. Mine is sitting at 4,370 with a recent injector service
and head work
. Any recommendations for someone new to this engine to ensure additional years of service
Hi Ken, previous posters already gave the info I would give. My boat
is 53 ft, 22t-23 tons loaded. Clean fuel, change oil
and filters often (I do mine yearly). I changed my impeller only once in 5 years, but always carry a spare. I have the full history
of the engine/boat, I am the fourth owner since 1985, each owner had it about 10 years, so I have another 5 to go
. I have not found any info of breakdowns. My tanks
are clean and i can polish the fuel.
Like others have said, would not replace engine, just recondition if needed. And parts
for it are very cheap
compared with Yanmar
, and the work
is simple enough for DIY
with a workshop manual ( I helped a friend recondition a Perkins 6.354 which basically same engine with 2 more cylinders). Spare parts
are available worldwide, as this engine is used in tractors, harvesters, welders, gensets, even cars/trucks.
Newer engines are a lot lighter (?about 50%), more economical with common rail, and a lot smaller, but...... don't want to start here another discussion about new vs old engines.
Get a manual, can be downloaded online, I can't remember from which site I did; some download sites are a bit dodgy I think. But I have still original hardcopy.
I have 2 alternators running on the Perkins, but in the process changing over to one, and then with a serpentine belt. Hopefully that will make less of a mess. My dream is to paint
my bilges white one day....... hmmm with a perkins not likely as oil leaks
are not unusual.