Join Date: Sep 2012
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One tiny piece of metal is ruining my life.
So, I have a 30 foot TMI (ticon) sailboat which I love, usually, but the 1982 universal diesel that powers it is another story entirely. When I bought the boat about six months ago I knew she hadn't been maintained worth a flip for a few years, and I paid accordingly, but while everything aboard has required a little tweaking and restoration, this infernal engine just will not stop finding new and exciting ways to crap out on me. I've rebuilt injectors, and raw water pumps, replaced a starter, and re-wired some stuff that seemed to work somehow, but now I'm right back in classic age of sail, though not by choice. It seems as though some tiny little screw/plug/bolt thing has launched from the crankcase, and turned the port side of my engine into an oil geyser of Texas proportions. From what I can tell by the faded photocopies of parts manuals I found online, and squinted over on my busted iPhone screen, there was a plug by the name of universal part number 299356 that is the culprit. The problem is, nobody has one. I can't font the replacement at any parts suppliers, and I have no clue what the thing looks like (yes, it DID vanish into thin air). So my question here, is does anyone on earth know what this little fella looks like, or have an extra laying around, or know of a substitute, or own a welder near Marco Island Florida? I'm getting desperate here. I'm on the hook with my new girlfriend and the holding tank is gettin very close to full. Thank you in advanced sailnet!!!!!