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Old 06-07-2022, 07:50 AM   #21
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Good info on the welding, I will keep this string dog eared.

I don't agree with the 8-10k hours statement. I am at 6k now, no problems. Expect 20k, motor will out last the boat. Just replaced motor mounts and you can not feel the engine running from the bridge, incredible difference. I agree parts are hard to find, but this engine is still made in Turkey, although not marinized. England has them advertised regularly for export.

Just has a BW drop shaft rebuilt. I think it was Harbor Marine in Washington state. $4k, but parts are available.

I just moved the oil filter and went to the extra long filter. Will post in my blog when I get final pictures.
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Old 06-07-2022, 08:37 AM   #22
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You mentioned being on the wait list for a new manifold. Just curious if you looked into having one printed? I keep hearing about all sorts of stuff, guns etc., being printed, and I would think it would be an excellent oportunity for obsolete parts. I know nothing about it and just wondered if anyone has pursued this for this type of application.
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The technology is there to print the manifold, but the hardware is not.

Currently printing is limited to about 30"x30".

A machine that can print that manifold is not commercially available that I am aware of.

Probably a year away....

Cost for that part would be around $10k if guessing.
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This link looks interesting. Manifolds were typically cast using sand molds. Now the sand mold can be 3D printed. Sand withstands the heat and, after the iron has solidified and cooled, the sand is broken up and cleaned out.

https://okfoundry.com/3d-printed-sand-molds/

I have no experience of this new capability but I am very interested to know if it is a viable way to make parts like manifolds. Once the computer file of the 3D shape is created it could be made available to others on the site to the benefit of the community.

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Have not looked into printing but by the time my weld fails hopefully the technology and equipment have refined enough to leverage that direction!

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I am installing 4 Moeller 50 gallon tanks in my Marine Trader Europa 40. Removed 2 200 gallon leaking steel tanks. It been quite a project.
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I am installing 4 Moeller 50 gallon tanks in my Marine Trader Europa 40. Removed 2 200 gallon leaking steel tanks. It been quite a project.
You may be well along in your project but Moeller (under another manufacturer "umbrella", poss Dometic?) does have a reasonable technical help desk... the first string is helpfull but they are reading from a manual... There is a second level help desk person, although I forget his name, you better have your P/N ready "we have hundreds of 58 gal tanks out there"! and he will tell you exactly what you need regarding installation, etc. Just ask for the Moeller specialist.
Sounds like you will have a great set up. I'm sure the plumbing will be a sight to behold! Good luck.
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