I am in the middle of doing a meidum sized "refit / reno" on my new to me boat
this winter. During one of my projects after I removed the engine
, I then removed the exhaust
manifold/coolant manifold reservoir thingy (I'm not quite sure what to call it but it is an exhaust
mainfold on the bottom half and a coolant
reservoir on the top half, anyways.........
There are only 6 studs that hold it on and when removing one of the studs there was a signifcant amount of coolant
that came out one of the stud holes in the manifold (see manifold picture, it was one of the circled holes though I can't remember exactly which one)
Looking at it more today, I realized there is no way that I can see that coolant should ever have made it in to the stud hole. (if you see the picture of the inside of the manifold there is a passage
way for each stud that should be sealed off from the coolant.
Normally I am of the mindset that, when in doubt replace it, but......... a new manifold from westerbeke/universal is $1500.
Although if need be I will go down this route
I am praying there may be another solution as there are a lot of other things on this boat
that $1500 will be very useful towards.
Does anyone know if there is a work
around for this i.e. since there is not a lot of pressure in the system, can I just seal off each side of the stud holes when installing it and be good or do I just need to bite the bullet and watch my refit budget
keep creeping up?