The MD17C is a three cylinder design.
I stand by my statement of not spending money on an old raw water cooled engine. It will fail dramatically at any time due to rusting thru from the inside.
well then you stand alone, this engin has never been touched in more then 30 years and still running strong. Now id have to call this reliable.
lets say I go full out and spend $140 new cylinder sleave, $40 new piston, $25 new rings, new valves $60 and why not have the crank rebalanced $250 and new bearings $50, ad new original gaskets $160 kit. and just in case an other $500.
now sins I am a consious worker and my entier engin is in pieces, I will buff every piece that shows sins of carbon or rust, I will oil them and rebuilt my engin carfully. Now I have an excelent and reliable engin for not much more then $1200 of corse I cauld by a used one for half or a rebuilt for $800, but this one I know will perform as it should and probably last as long as the original.
so I have to ask where is the logic in optaining a $10,000 engine for a $4000 boat?
sorry but all this is total nonsens, dont care if its 1 cylinder or 4.
pleas pepoles stop trowing away your $$ at such futilities unless you love new engines.
I dont mean to be rude, but this angers me cause its obvious someone was trying to scam you, I am angry at them not you, your the victime who now help others be victomised.