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Have an engine you want to convert to "marine"

I really have too much time on my hands!

I've been researching things on Kubota engines, transmissions, water manifolds etc.

Basically it seems if you DIY the marine conversion of an engine.. say out of a tractor or from a vendor.

The Needs;
Base engine
Marine manifold (some have Heat Ex built in)
Heat exchanger
Raw water pump. (and a way to drive it)
Panel and gauges,
Wire harness ( or make one)
Bell housing and adapter for the transmission.
Water lift muffler and gooseneck
Transmission,
Shaft
Prop
Engine mounts
Shaft log
Seal or stuffing box.
coupling,
flywheel and plate.
anti-siphon device,
various hoses, tubes, connectors, adaptors,
Fuel system,
Electric fuel lift pump (or mechanical)
Hardware,
Raw water strainer (should be large)
Add "sweat equity"

All this above and more.. is it worth it to save $2-4,000?

I'm not going to do this, or ever attempt it, but It does seem to be more popular in other countries.
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Re: Have an engine you want to convert to "marine"

If that is what you save from buying new and then do not have a manufacturer to go after, if there is a problem, I would pass. Not sure what the base cost is that the 2-4 is being added to, however. I'm also guessing that sweat equity gets frustrating as some point, when something just doesn't go as planned.
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And I would have thought you would be busy as a bee with this heat and owning a HVAC Company
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No it's all pretty much gone Shawn, I'm hitting the big 65 next week
Now it's gone from "I had the money and not the time"; to "I have the time and not the money"

But the refridge in my boat works very well!
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