I''m buying a 1980 Morgan 382, and have a couple of questions about the Perkins 4-108 that has about 2500 hours on it. The sellers say that they have maintained the engine well, and from looking at the engine both me and the surveyor tend to agree.
The sellers also say that the engine has never had any major work.
The engine does seem to idle a little high, but seems to run fine and scoots the boat along at about 6 knots at 2200 RPM, and at about 7 knots at full throttle.
There is, however, a steady and not insignificant stream of white smoke that comes from the engine whenever its running.
Should I be concerned? And if so, what''s your best guess? Would you have a diesel mechanic take a more in-depth look?