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Re: About to buy, nagging engine issue - seeking advice
Thought I'd post a follow up to this thread, as today I got some answers.
We ended up buying the boat, of course, and moved aboard a couple weeks ago. I put maybe 10 or so hrs on the engine over the summer, but it wasn't until we were aboard full time that I had the time to really look into this starting issue. The engine started blowing some black smoke, even when fully warm, in addition to requiring lots of cranking. On the advice of a local diesel mechanic, I pulled the injectors and found one to be wet w/fuel, all were pretty coked up. I took them in to be tested, and low and behold, they were ALL leaking, spurting, and generally in bad shape. The previous owner, who rebuilt the engine, claimed the injectors "have been rebuilt", though he didn't specify when. I suppose it's possible that they became fouled from a couple years of disuse...In any case, with rebuilt injectors installed today, the engine starts and runs perfectly, with zero smoke.
Thanks again for the discussion.