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Yesterday, 06:47 AM
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Posted By LouC

There are a few different variables here, I do...

There are a few different variables here, I do think the raw water cooling in salt water shortens lifespan, however if they were flushed at the end of each season with freshwater and then drained and...
04-10-2021, 02:12 PM
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Posted By LouC

Sounds like you are making good progress. BTW the...

Sounds like you are making good progress. BTW the fuel pumps will be different from your old Ford engine VS the GM engine, same type but not interchangeable. GM used a pushrod driven pump Ford used a...
04-10-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,006
Posted By LouC

Mechanical inspection should cover: ...

Mechanical inspection should cover:
engine--compression test, check for water in the motor oil, check for water in cylinders, if any sign of water leaking between exhaust manifold and exhaust elbow,...
04-10-2021, 08:47 AM
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Posted By LouC

one word: Don't

one word:
Don't
04-10-2021, 08:33 AM
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Views: 1,006
Posted By LouC

Your marine inboard exhaust is approx 100 lbs of...

Your marine inboard exhaust is approx 100 lbs of cast iron, water cooled exhaust. How much do you think it should cost? Do you know how much it costs to replace rotted exhaust on a Yamaha 4 stroke...
04-10-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,635
Posted By LouC

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Rebuilding the Quadrajet on the swim platform.... notice the...
04-10-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,635
Posted By LouC

OK I see it has a Rochester Quadrajet carb, just...

OK I see it has a Rochester Quadrajet carb, just make sure that is is a marine unit. Does the engine have a mechanical fuel pump (used up to approx 93-94 model years) on the starboard side lower...
04-10-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,006
Posted By LouC

I'm not familiar with the Mercruiser bellows set...

I'm not familiar with the Mercruiser bellows set up as I've only had the OMC Cobra which is very similar to the Volvo SX (transom mounts are nearly identical) but my experience with them suggests:...
04-09-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By LouC

The SX drive is comparable to the Bravo series of...

The SX drive is comparable to the Bravo series of Merc drives in terms of strength, it can be used on everything from a 4 cyl to a 454 big block. VP/OMC basically took the Cobra transom assembly and...
04-09-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,006
Posted By LouC

the main issue is if you just boat in salt water...

the main issue is if you just boat in salt water vs mooring/slipping in salt. If mooring/slipping there is more maintenance with anti fouling paint etc. Then theres more frequent exhaust system...
04-09-2021, 09:20 AM
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Views: 4,413
Posted By LouC

Id probably ask sellers of engines that also do...

Id probably ask sellers of engines that also do installations to see if anyone knows. And as I said check Merc parts catalogs and see if certain parts are the same:
inner transom plate and rear...
04-09-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By LouC

I actually put the conversion together on my own....

I actually put the conversion together on my own. I used Barr Marine OMC/Volvo manifolds and elbows and Volvo OEM exhaust pipe 90* adapters. Pricey but fit like factory. They fit perfect on the Cobra...
04-09-2021, 05:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By LouC

The '98 I bought new in '98, it has almost...

The '98 I bought new in '98, it has almost 180,000 on it now, I drove it about 11 years, then gave it to my son, he drove it 4 years then got a new '17 Wrangler Unlimited Sport 6 spd. I bought the...
04-08-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By LouC

I had the same experience with Toyota dealers...

I had the same experience with Toyota dealers back in the late 80s/90s!
I bought a 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the stone age 4.0 AMC/Jeep/Chrysler six just for that reason. Easy self maintenance. I...
04-08-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 278
Posted By LouC

1) will cost a ton of money 2) boat might not...

1) will cost a ton of money
2) boat might not be balanced correctly
04-08-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 278
Posted By LouC

are there any EPA stickers prohibiting any...

are there any EPA stickers prohibiting any alteration of emission control systems on your boat?
There are probably federal statues, but there may not be any state regs, just as not all states have...
04-08-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,635
Posted By LouC

with the easy availability of used Mercruiser...

with the easy availability of used Mercruiser parts, and standardized transom cut outs, I would be converting this whole thing over to a modern Merc set up, 5.7 GM engine + Alpha 1 Gen II transom...
04-08-2021, 05:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 278
Posted By LouC

As far as accessories one thing you can do is...

As far as accessories one thing you can do is look at Merc parts manuals to see if the part numbers for alternators and power steering pumps & the mounting brackets changed if so youd have to get...
04-08-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By LouC

For those who have their boats maintained by a...

For those who have their boats maintained by a shop always double check their work, look at drain plugs check for signs of leaks and always check drive oil before putting the boat in the water. I...
04-08-2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 278
Posted By LouC

now Im not saying that this is legal but if...

now Im not saying that this is legal but if there are no inspections or local regulation of emissions for boats in your state it might be possible to fit the time tested GM 4.3, with a 4 bbl...
04-08-2021, 04:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 278
Posted By LouC

Try Michigan Motorz, they do list it on their...

Try Michigan Motorz, they do list it on their online catalog or might know where you can get one. The price difference between the Merc 4.5 and the GM 4.3 is approx 3000, the designs are very similar...
04-06-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,169
Posted By LouC

The idea of using a piece of aluminum stock and...

The idea of using a piece of aluminum stock and bending it 90* to mount your pump works great. The boat builders should be ashamed. I looked at a Wellcraft a few years back at a boat show and you...
04-06-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,293
Posted By LouC

I would only buy a local boat that I can drive to...

I would only buy a local boat that I can drive to in order to check out. Otherwise just too risky. Local boat, local dealer local surveyor. Just not worth it, people are not that trust worthy and the...
04-06-2021, 04:21 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,712
Posted By LouC

If the drawbar still fits tight there may be a...

If the drawbar still fits tight there may be a bit of weld on it somewhere making it too tight, see if you can grind it off. If not and it still fits tight it might have been made wrong in which case...
04-05-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By LouC

yes they are the same, Quicksilver is the outside...

yes they are the same, Quicksilver is the outside the dealer network version of Mercury parts.
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