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    Posted: 15 Feb 2011 at 3:28pm

I will be viewing a Co32 with an ageing Volvo 2002 from 1988.

The engine has approx. 1500 hrs, an average of fifty per year. She has had recent work on the heads and cooling system, but no overhaul in the last ten years.
 
The available photos show the engine to look quite tatty with a jaded paint job. The owner has great confidence in the engine and states that it runs cool.
 
Does anyone have experience with an engine of this age? Given that the engine is now over twenty years old is its useful life coming to an end?
 
I have often heard the remark that marine diesels die of neglect and not overuse, but in reality there a quite a lot of factors that are important.
 
Similarly, I would be very interested to hear your thoughts about viewing/surveying a boat with such an engine.
 
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There are issues with the drive train. Have a look at earlier Posts.
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Hi
 
I have worked on 2 of these and I would say they are reasonable engines.  It has low hours so bearings should be good, look for oil in the bilge and under the engine.  Hopfully he has changed the oil each year, It may have blue smoke when running, They all seem to. 
 
I would say it may clean up well
 
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Hello gents,
 
Thanks for your replies.
 
Colin - I understand that the gearbox spline issue affects the earlier engines. I am aware of the need to check the engine number to determine the likelihood of the remedial work. Thank-you for raising this. There is certainly a good deal of information online in forums, photos, and anecdotal engineering reports. I will enquire with the owner as to whether he is aware of this.
 
Robin - Your comments seemed to be representative of the experiences of many different owners that have written about the engine. I have compiled a large amount of references, costs, and remedial work logs for the engine that spans over 40 pages!
 
The owner has not overhauled the engine in the last 8 years. He has had the cooling system fixed for a problem he stated was common to this model? Any ideas as to what this may have been?
 
He also had the head re-ground. I am not sure what this implies exactly and wonder if it is a certain solution to a defined problem or a preventative measure or part of a strategy to resolve a larger problem sequentially?
 
I have included a photo of the engine, which appears reasonably clean and well-maintained. Any thoughts or comments would be greatfully received.
 
Regards, ODL
 
 
 
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Hi ODL

We have a 2002 in our Contessa and it's been reliable so far (although we had a small water pump leak caused by a worn shaft bearing - the sort of thing which can effect every engine - it didn't stop us using the engine and we just had to put up with a slow drip).

The photo suggests that it's had a water leak at some point (rust is more extensive than ours), but that's obviously been fixed now and you could clean up and repaint.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote St Paddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Feb 2011 at 9:21pm
I would like to see a high rise exhaust injection. Looks like you have little depth from the  raw water injection point to the water trap, and the engine is almost below water line. Just a thought
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Hi ODL
 
I have a couple of these engines. Spares are so expensive it's worth picking up a donor if you can find one at the right price. One of mine is 18 years old and it is still in very good condition. That said it has been serviced every year. I note that yours is seawater cooled. A really good way to check its service provenance is to check the tiny annode in the seawater cooling system. This is often overlooked; if this has been changed then at least you know that whoever serviced it last knew his stuff.
 
Apart from the gearbox splines, they have a tendency to split gearbox cooling pipes if flushed with freshwater and left ashore over winter, easily prevented by flushing with something less prone to freezing. They also appreciate an odd dose of ridlyme to prevent buildup in the waterways.
 
 
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