Originally Posted by timb
did you get your generator straightened out? do you have any good or bad comments on the services in the area . I may try to tackle valve adjustment and valve cover gasket this weekend.
Hi Timb. I contacted Foster Marine, but they said they didn't think they could do the job, and recommended Western Branch. I went to Jarrett Bay and talked to 3 different diesel shops; Western Branch, Gregory Poole, and Performance Diesel. Everyone was very nice, but everyone was very busy. The first 2 shops said it could be weeks before they could spare someone to help me out. Performance Diesel said they might be able to help me in a few days. I planned to be in Jarrett Bay a few days waiting out stormy weather, so I hoped for the best. On the 4th day of my layover in Jarrett Bay, I walked back to Performance Diesel. The manager I had talked to was out of town that day, and apparently had not scheduled anyone to work on my boat. However, one of the workers, "Jay", volunteered to try to help me out. He was never able to remove the rusted bolt. I had drown the bolt in PB Blaster overnight. Jay tried to turn the bolt, hammer the bolt, tried an electric heat gun, tried a gas torch, and finally cut off both ends of the bolt and tried to center-punch it out. Nothing worked. It eventually became very clear that the only way to get the bolt out would be to drill it out. However, what Jay was able to do was get the bracket moving that allows me to tension the belt. That allowed me to get the generator working again. As for that bolt, I don't think it is going anywhere. I can always drill it out later if I choose.
The 2 things I learned from this exercise were:
- Jay at Performance Diesel was a great guy, a knowledgeable mechanic, and had roughly 10 times the muscle power that I have.
- Even in a boatyard with 3 diesel shops, you might get same-day service on your boat, or you might have to wait days or weeks.