Diesel is always an option, but you will never recover the cashOctober 15 2005 at 11:59 AM
|Bill Rayson (no login)|
Response to Repowering?? (rebuild, replace, crate motor?????)
I don't plan on repowering though, because I have had good success for many years rebuilding various engines in all kinds of cars, trucks, boats, you name it. Personally, I've never actually worn an engine out. I've purchased several that needed work, but I've never been the one to abuse them, or put enough wear or time on one to wear it out, and this includes some cars that have well over 300,000 miles on them. (I have a couple old Mercedes Benz cars, that had nearly 200,000 miles on them when I bought them, and they both still run like new, one is still on the original main bearings with good oil pressure).
I agree with the premise that a "crate engine" is not necessarily the answer to all of one's problems. You can buy more problems with a cheap crate engine than you can imagine. Some of them are assembled out of the country with parts and in conditions that are not conducive to long life or good performance. I suspect the GM official crates are probably okay, but I would ask about the source of parts, where it was assembled, etc.
I suppose if I just had to, with a blown engine, expensive parts on my hands, etc., I would go to diesel, but again, I don't drive my boat enough to ever justify the cost. Most people don't. Few people actually are able to wear out a new motor or a well done rebuild.
Good oil, good maintenance, keeping an eye on impellers, that's really what people should be worrying about much of the time.