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Old 01-22-2020, 03:04 PM   #41
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6.354m n/a

I am looking at a 1978 Californian with 6.354M N/A and the add says they are 270hp each. That seems high and I haven't seen any other Perkins N/A with those kinda numbers. Anyone have any idea if those are accurate?
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130 hp each would be my thought
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130 hp each would be my thought
Those were my thoughts as well.....
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I am looking at a 1978 Californian with 6.354M N/A and the add says they are 270hp each. That seems high and I haven't seen any other Perkins N/A with those kinda numbers. Anyone have any idea if those are accurate?
Welcome aboard. I agree around 130 hp. Maybe 270 for both?
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Welcome aboard. I agree around 130 hp. Maybe 270 for both?
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135 hp x 2 = 270 hp.

The 6.354 non-turbos are listed anywhere from 120 to 135 hp each depending on age. Anything over 135 hp would be a turbo engine.
It would not be the first time a listing agent got that wrong.
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They're good engines and still supported.

We've had 2 Perkins and Trans Atlantic Diesels, Inc was our go to for parts.

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Old 01-23-2020, 05:18 PM   #48
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+1 on Perkins and TAD. Some odd parts are expensive (God help me if I ever need an oil pan), but most are very reasonable. I replaced both water pumps and the lift pump last year for around $500 total if I remember. My 4.236 is a workhorse. Wouldn't trade it for anything except maybe a NA Deere 4045.

The above said, I'm told some 6.354 have issues with aluminum parts on the exhaust manifold and associated cathodic issues if the o-ring deteriorates. If I had a 6.354, I might consider replacing the manifold with an aftermarket one. Not cheap, but given the size, reasonably priced.
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We've had 2 Perkins and Trans Atlantic Diesels, Inc was our go to for parts.

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I'm actually shopping for a trawler in your area. I live in Gig Harbor. I like the look of your boat, but my broker has strongly advised me to stay away from the Perkins Diesel motors. He says parts are very difficult to find and expensive. What say you?

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I have 2x Range 4 200HP on my boat and I rebuilt the port unit completely last year, including having the head professionally machined and redone, and a new turbo for less than 3.5k(us)
so no it not an issue , and there isn't that many engine that size , that you can just replaced the piston sleeve, parts (except the manicooler) are easy and priced like the rest, manual are free only and there is lots of video
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