Re: Volvo MD 2B
Agree with the "proceed with caution" to a point...get to the bottom of why the head gasket blew in the first place, then evaluate. I have an MD7B that is almost 35 years old and it is rock solid...but I take care of it annually and pay attention to all the little noises, etc. when I can hear them over the normal engine noise. Yes, it can vibrate quite a bit (especially if the mounts mounts are worn) and yes, it is underpowered...but they are like the " ole Johnny two poppers" on tractors that are still running from the 1940's when they were manufactured. You have to go along way to kill it. As far as the alternator/starter...they don't make them from Volvo anymore, but the secondary market has them for a reasonable price (compared to West Marine)...so hit the "Google" as W put it and you can pick up a replacement if necessary.