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Re: Yanmar mounted on Volvo Bed
Very tough job, with high potential for dubious results. Even if you get in to fit, issues with alignment, vibration, strength of modification craftsmanship will all be potential interruptions in your cruising plans.
It would have seemed that using the $3k to do your own overhaul would be a much safer bet and the timeframe is reasonable. Farm out the pieces that you don't have the tools/skills to do. Replace all the rest of the wearable parts. It must be doable for someone with the mechanical aptitude to take on a project like the one contemplated. The results would be much more predictable and reliable.
Good luck, whatever you do.
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