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150HP Diesel Re-power Questions
Will be re-powering my ketch in a couple of months with a 135-175HP 6 cylinder natural diesel. Would prefer 150HP or greater. Transmission will be an axial 2:1. Current engine is a dead 165HP Fiat with Velvet drive.
Prefer a new engine but a credible rebuild could work.
1. Will start making the calls to engine peddlers next week. Have Gulf Marine, Trans Atlantic Diesel, Gold Coast, and Northern Equipment on my list. Any other recommendations? Anywhere in the US is OK.
2. The old engine was a hard mount-- bolted steel to steel. The driveshaft it mates to is fixed and cannot be modified. When I go to rubber mounts, the engine will crawl around and stress the shaft. Looked at CentaFlex coupler options but the price is breathtaking -- about $2400. Is there another way to accommodate the movement of the engine -- a short jack shaft with U joints etc -that anyone has seen that will work well?
3. Any engine or transmission recommendations would be helpful as well.
Last edited by kaakre; 09-12-2010 at 06:49 PM.