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Can you identify this motor?

Is this the "Atomic" Diesel? I have no idea what kind of motor this is, it is a Mystrery Motor in my Cal-30. I don't believe this was the original motor, from the evident rats nest of wiring going on. Thanks for your help.

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Brian,

It does not look like a Universal diesel at first glance. You may have to post more pics. Or better still find a marking somewhere on the engine...

Is that rust you see on the top of the engine? Is it missing parts of the engine...?
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Brian,

It does not look like a Universal diesel at first glance. You may have to post more pics. Or better still find a marking somewhere on the engine...

Is that rust you see on the top of the engine? Is it missing parts of the engine...?
I was thinking that it might be a Yanmar Diesel. But I know it's not an Atomic 4. It looks complete to me. Everything is hooked up, I just haven't tested it yet to see if it is going to even turn over. it is Salt water cooled. I doubt the motor is any good at this point.
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It looks low profile enough to be one of those horizontal (YSE-8?) yanmars.

btw I've moved this to its own thread, Brian.

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on the universal (gas at least) 'universal' is stamped on the manifold... dunno if this is common practice, but if you feel any raised lettering type of stuff on a rusted part, you may be able to use navel jelly to clean it up enough to read it.






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It looks low profile enough to be one of those horizontal (YSE-8?) yanmars.
I think you're on the right track. IIRC, there should be an ID plate on the gearbox side of the engine... although, whether it's legible is another matter.
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It is a Yanmar. The hand crank assembly and the alternator both appear to be missing. The 4 holes above the spring are where the hand crank assembly mounts and the alternator mount is on the right side. Here's a pic of my YSE8 for comparison.
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Way to go Brian! I.D.ed the guy's motor 2 hrs after he posted the question and posted a picture of a complete one to boot.

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It is a Yanmar. The hand crank assembly and the alternator both appear to be missing. The 4 holes above the spring are where the hand crank assembly mounts and the alternator mount is on the right side. Here's a pic of my YSE8 for comparison.
WOW!!! THanks for the quick response and the picture of yours for comparison! That will help me tremendously when I talk to Yanmar. I will be able to do some more research and hopefully get some parts for it. I hope that it is still salvagable. I have heard that sometimes you can get these badboys up and going even after they have sat in saltwater for decades.

thanks for answering my question, I have got more information from fellow sailors here about both my rare vessel, and now the "mystery motor" is not such a mystery anymore!

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See if you can turn it over with a wrench. If it's not stuck it may be a good winter project. The first thing you need are the parts and service manuals from Yanmar. Can you get it out of the boat and into a garage for the winter?
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