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Old 06-06-2003, 07:49 AM
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I see the term "pickled" used referred to a motor after the boat has sunk. What does it mean? Is this a post-sinking procedure? Enquiring minds want to know.

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Pickeling is the treatment that is given to a sunk motor to get is running again without any internal damage.
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Old 06-06-2003, 08:33 AM
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Thanks SeaJay. What is involed with this process exactly?
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Article on the recovery process, see: http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Ra...unk_motor.html

BTW - if you can't work on the motor right away the best advise is to sink it again until you can work on it !

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i thought pickeling was when they flushed the motor of all the contaminated water and then loaded it up with fogging oil to stop corrosion does anyone have the right answer ??
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Strikethree, you have the right answer.
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Old 06-06-2003, 12:42 PM
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Default Pickled motor? Meaning?

I use to do allot of QA work with piping and in cases where the piping had to be very clean and you did not want to flush it. We would pickle the piping this would be done using nitric acid to remove oil, flux ECT. What we would do was after the piping was welded together but not yet installed we would cap the ends and fill it with this solution for a set period of time to remove all oil, grease, flux and whatever else contaminated the piping. I'm sure that it is the same procedure just a different solution! Somthing I'm sure that will neutralize the salt!
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They used diesel on my outboards.
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Old 06-06-2003, 02:22 PM
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I worked for Tow Boat U.S. and pickled many motors after salvaging sunken boats. There is a totally different process for pickeling motors that were sunk in salt as opposed to fresh water. Saltwater is a little more difficult. You have to use diesel fuel to flush out the cylinders after you flush with fresh water. The wiring is also usually very corroded and you always have to pickle the motors starter itself, or after a few days it will seize up on you.
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Holy Cow,
Pickling a motor just means filling it with kerosene or diesel to displace the water until you can get to a tear-down. Most of the time the motor gets the oil drained and refilled; and than run. Oil drained again and refilled; and sold to some poor unsuspecting sucker. Any motor that goes done in salt water is prone to long term problems. Plus the boat is a mess. Saltwater in all the wiring and electonics. The good news is most of the electronics will never work again along with the starters and alternators. So at least they are new or rebuilt. Many times the transmissions are overlooked. The salt in the wiring is a problem than requires all new wiring. Most of the time the boats are run and sold and than the corrosion problems begin.
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