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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

I have to put in a shout for the Universal diesels based on Kubota blocks. I have just completed a complete rebuild of a Universal 5416 (16hp 2-cyl) and was able to get 90% of my parts from Kubota tractor dealers for very reasonable prices. These Kubota-based engines have a good reputation for reliability, which I'm hoping is well-justified. My rebuild was a little over $2K including machining, which translates to 25% of the price of a new engine.

I also had an Atomic4 for 8 years. Sweet little engine. Replaced oil, plugs, points and checked timing every year. Never had any other issues.

Just My $0.02.

Eric Irvine
1980 Bristol 29.9
"Selkie"
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