Life after a long rest.
In June of 2008 we brought Scout home. I promptly began taking things apart thinking we'd be back in the water in a year. Hah.....
I did prepare our little 500 hr 4 cyl Kubota for a years rest. Exhaust was removed for replacement along with raw water and fuel system. The engine had the oil changed, was fogged and closed up, dry*and under cover. Adequate I thought for a year.
Well, a year turned into three so I continued to bar the engine over every month or so as well as change oil annually. Even changed out the antifreeze. I still worried about the little engine sitting.
This weekend I was to the point where I could fire the engine by rigging a water supply system and a 'day' tank for fuel. The raw water pump was off for rebuild so I finished that up. Yesterday was the day of reckoning.
I primed the water system and fuel system (fresh secondary filter) and turned the start key. .....she started on the first rev and never coughed, sputtered or smoked. Just like the day I shut her up. I tried the kill switch to make sure she'd shut down and no problems. We ran her up to operating temps, topped off the antifreeze mix, fixed a drip on an exhaust fitting, checked oil. Smooth, clean and quiet. All altogether put about 3/4 of hour on the engine and burned about a quart of fuel.* I had to run two different hoses from two hydrants into my water bucket to keep up with my 1" water pump at 1000 rpms. At 1700 she'd suck the bucket dry in a hurry.
We're always looking for an excuse to drink champagne at our house so we celebrated the Kubota's new life with a bottle. I was going to sleep well last night.
Until a friend* pointed out to me...'just in time to winterize'.