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Old 05-14-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Not affiliated, but ran across this on CL and thought it looks like a bargain. How hardy are those Detroits?

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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If its an 8.2L Detroit as it states in the ad, they were not well liked. I have 6-71's in my boat and some people hate them for being an older design, but they were at least reliable normally aspirated. But the 8.2L was less popular. Do a google search.

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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Looks decent, worth a second look maybe,
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:57 AM   #4
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Parts availability is is hard and getting harder for 8.2 fours stroke DD's. They were not popular like the 2 stroke DD's and had a bad reputation for Cylinder head problems in the earlier years. GM went from 13mm to 14mm head bolts and redesigned the heads and gaskets. Apparently this engine was designed for busses, and had problems from the start.
Marinized versions didn't have as many issues perhaps because of the constant speed, constant load service. I had a set in a Monark 32' work boat. Several lobsterman friends who used them had better luck with theirs than I did with mine.
The one redeeming value that they did have is they were VERY fuel efficient, hence the "Fuel Pincher" name.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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4500 hours on my set...knock on wood
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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Got 4000 hrs on one; 2000 hrs on the other. PO had to rebuild that one after he overheated it. parts are available, but you sometimes have to hunt a bit.

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