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Old 01-06-2019, 15:24   #1
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Ford Lehman Diesel rebuild in Sydney

Hi there. Does anybody know of anyone that can rebuild a Ford Lehman 2712e 80hp Diesel. Would be happy with a changeover for similar or for the 2722e. Alternatively if anyone knows of an available working engine in Australia.
Another question, do all 2700 series engines have same mounts? What is the usual gearbox attached to these in a marine environment? I am interested in purchasing a boat that has a likely seized engine and probably needs rebuilding/replacing. will have to do that before sailing it back to Adelaide. I think I prefer to stay with the Ford Lehman, since they seem to be reliable. Any thoughts on that?
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Hi there. Does anybody know of anyone that can rebuild a Ford Lehman 2712e 80hp Diesel. Would be happy with a changeover for similar or for the 2722e. Alternatively if anyone knows of an available working engine in Australia.
Another question, do all 2700 series engines have same mounts? What is the usual gearbox attached to these in a marine environment? I am interested in purchasing a boat that has a likely seized engine and probably needs rebuilding/replacing. will have to do that before sailing it back to Adelaide. I think I prefer to stay with the Ford Lehman, since they seem to be reliable. Any thoughts on that?
I've heard nothing but good things about them, but do check on parts availability before shelling out for a rebuild. My similar aged Nissan is getting a bit tricky to find parts now, and I have reluctantly decided that should it have any major problems I will repower with something newer.
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I've heard nothing but good things about them, but do check on parts availability before shelling out for a rebuild. My similar aged Nissan is getting a bit tricky to find parts now, and I have reluctantly decided that should it have any major problems I will repower with something newer.
Yes definitely know what you mean. It seems parts are still easily available in the US and UK (found good sites) and to some extend through ebay and gumtree here in Oz. A new Yanmar or Beta engine would be nice or even good used one however not sure on the re-engineering that would be required. It could be quite costly.
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Yes definitely know what you mean. It seems parts are still easily available in the US and UK (found good sites) and to some extend through ebay and gumtree here in Oz. A new Yanmar or Beta engine would be nice or even good used one however not sure on the re-engineering that would be required. It could be quite costly.
Yes, certainly expensive if you cannot do it yourself.

I recently looked at the options for my boat, and all of the newer engines needed considerably less space than my Nissan, so at least that bit was easy.

Good luck with the new boat purchase. (And at least you are more likely to find someone to rebuild the engine in Sydney than you are in Adelaide.)
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Yes, certainly expensive if you cannot do it yourself.

I recently looked at the options for my boat, and all of the newer engines needed considerably less space than my Nissan, so at least that bit was easy.

Good luck with the new boat purchase. (And at least you are more likely to find someone to rebuild the engine in Sydney than you are in Adelaide.)
Yes that is true. So hard to find good boat tradies around here sometimes. Do you do your own diesel servicing/repairs? If not who do you use? Used to used a guy called Ian, previously worked for squires but he seems to have disappeared. [emoji17]
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A bit far away but you could ask Bruce Moore, they were happy to work on my old Ford.

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A bit far away but you could ask Bruce Moore, they were happy to work on my old Ford.

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Thank you. Wonder if I could ship them the engine so they could work on it. If I can't get anyone in Sydney could be an option.
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Yes that is true. So hard to find good boat tradies around here sometimes. Do you do your own diesel servicing/repairs? If not who do you use? Used to used a guy called Ian, previously worked for squires but he seems to have disappeared. [emoji17]

I do my own work where I can but for specialised stuff like my recent injector rebuild I just pulled the bits and took them to a truck diesel place. (The Nissan is just a truck engine after all).

They were a bit peeved when they figured out the engine was from a boat.

I got this slightly aggro call from the owner of the business, complaining that I hadn’t told him it was a boat engine. I said, ok, tell me how that changes anything. He couldn’t. Of course. Because he couldn’t tell me he would have quoted ten times the price.

I suppose I’ll have to use a different place next time.
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Is the engine simple to remove?
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Hi there. Does anybody know of anyone that can rebuild a Ford Lehman 2712e 80hp Diesel. Would be happy with a changeover for similar or for the 2722e. Alternatively if anyone knows of an available working engine in Australia.
Another question, do all 2700 series engines have same mounts? What is the usual gearbox attached to these in a marine environment? I am interested in purchasing a boat that has a likely seized engine and probably needs rebuilding/replacing. will have to do that before sailing it back to Adelaide. I think I prefer to stay with the Ford Lehman, since they seem to be reliable. Any thoughts on that?
Yeah absolutely. Must have just been a matter of cost. That's the same as the Lehman I suppose. I'm assuming its based on some sort of truck engine with a heat exchanger attached. You would think any diesel mechanic could rebuild one and should not really many thousands to do.
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I hope so. I actually have not seen it yet. Agent mentioned that there is a hatch on top of it but am yet to see a photo of it. Will be taking a look on Sat since I'm currently in Canberra and can drive there on Sat.
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Re: Ford Lehman Diesel rebuild in Sydney

Do the same with Volvo MD series, just drop the “M” for the industrial version (other than for marinisation parts). Much cheaper!!
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Give John Witchard a call at WM Diesel, Unit 1/10 Polo Avenue, Mona Vale 2103 New South Wales, Australia.
Phone +61 2 9979 5480 Fax +61 2 9979 8863 wmdiesel@tpg.com.au.
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Give John Witchard a call at WM Diesel, Unit 1/10 Polo Avenue, Mona Vale 2103 New South Wales, Australia.
Phone +61 2 9979 5480 Fax +61 2 9979 8863 wmdiesel@tpg.com.au.
Or Sam Brown Tel: 0402 249 375
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He's in Pittwater
If you are in Pittwater area , then Yachtech Diesels will come to your boat and quote.
Sandy Wallace used to work for John Witchard and they work together to fix or replace as appropriate. Sandy also works with you to make it a bit cheaper if that is your desire. He has the launch and ute to transport things as necessary.
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Re: Ford Lehman Diesel rebuild in Sydney

I had the same motor in a Fordson tractor that the previous owner ran on plain water. Electrolysis ate a hole through a liner.
Very easy motor to work on.
Borrowed a liner lifter & popped them out. Replaced the liners & after close inspection reinstalled all pistons & rings/bearings as they were in perfect condition. Half a bottle of cooking oil to lubricate everything as it went back together & ran like a swiss watch.
I've been told the components are the same as in the 4cyl Fordson tractor .... just the block is 2 more pots?
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