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Old 02-11-2019, 09:50 PM
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Looking at this boat with a Volvo Penta 5.0-- hours unknown. Can you tell if this is water cooled? Any things to really look at (besides compression)? Last time exhaust manifolds and risers were changed?
And how does this outdrive look? thanks!!


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Old 02-12-2019, 03:51 AM
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Look raw water cooled to me. Salt water use? If so find out last time manifolds and risers were changed. Take a good look at the bellows too.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:09 AM
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That is an ancient ford based engine. Raw water cooled. Not sure what parts availability is like on those things. Can't tell a thing about the drive from looking at it, need to check the oil for water or metal, listen to it, check bellow, U joints etc.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:34 AM
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Yep a Ford 302 small block with a Holley carb. Check the availability of exhaust manifolds, and other frequently replaced parts, like distributor caps, ignition modules etc. Drive is an SX drive.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by brendanm View Post
That is an ancient ford based engine. Raw water cooled. Not sure what parts availability is like on those things. Can't tell a thing about the drive from looking at it, need to check the oil for water or metal, listen to it, check bellow, U joints etc.
Ancient? Hardly. Plenty of parts, excellent engine. Ford cast iron is often more rust resistant than GM cast iron.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:51 AM
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Run away.....that will be the source of frustration and expense....
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:13 AM
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lol, thanks guys. I don't like the salt water cooled... salesman is vague so its not reassuring...
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:22 AM
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All boats in the ocean are salt water cooled, some do have a heat exchanger, but that is salt water cooled
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:53 AM
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A Volvo with a Ford engine? You could not give it to me! It's a DOG.
GM/Mercruiser are the standard and they have enough problems mostly ignored maintenance.
Even the GM Volvo packages have poor resale value.
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The valve cover looks roller engine era.The small stroke and a big boat equals slow. I'm a Ford guy,bleed blue, but prefer a 350 Chevy in a boat.
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had many volvos carry a rebuilt starter for they sit in the bilge water when on plain. always suck the bilge dry b4 you go out. i rubber galvinized my starters it helped a bit
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Ancient? Hardly. Plenty of parts, excellent engine. Ford cast iron is often more rust resistant than GM cast iron.
I obviously meant the marine specific parts, not standard parts for a ford small block.
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Originally Posted by mitchell master View Post
The valve cover looks roller engine era.The small stroke and a big boat equals slow. I'm a Ford guy,bleed blue, but prefer a 350 Chevy in a boat.
Could be a 351?
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