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Old 09-30-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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City: Seattle, Salmon Bay
Vessel Name: Tonic
Vessel Model: 1987 Cheer Men Marine PT42
Join Date: Aug 2010
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RE: Took the plunge..Now what ?

Mark, I'm new at this myself and still know less than I should about diesels in general.* I also know nothing at all about detroit diesels.* Fortunately, the John Deeres on my boat were a re-power with less than 1000 hours, you could eat you dinner off of them, and the PO was available and very helpful.*

Anyway, you say one engine has a known problem.* Coupled with your oil samples I think I would be seeking a very good deisel mechanic to examine (survey?) the engines as much as is practical.* Even if they turn out to be OK, it would probably be money well spent if you can pick his brains at the same time.*

BTW...(If I have the right boat?) your port engine seems very discolored in areas (cylinder head?).* Maybe someone here can tell you if that is normal or what it might mean.
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