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Need help with Kabuta Diesel Questions

I bought a 78 Catalina that was repowered with a Kabuta Diesel (has about 300 hrs). The former owner is dead so I am having to try to find out what engine I have by this route. I know nothing about Diesels so any info would be appreciated.

I was told that it was a 23.5 HP but that is all the info I have. My questions are:

1. How do I find out what model it is. The dipstick only shows the numbers 6224-36411 but no model number or other info. On top of the engine there are 2 sets of numbers stamped D05 with K3A underneath, and in another location on top 00117. On the left side (looking at facing the belt) the number D 1005. There is no way to see other parts of the engine.

2. Once I find out the model, how can I obtain manuals (and which ones should I get).

3. There was a filter around the air filter that has disintigrated and made a mess of the engine with residue. Where can I get a new filter/or is there something else to use instead?

4. I need to clean the engine, is it ok to use degreaser and water? Anything I need to know to protect from water other than the air filter? I don't want to hurt anything.

Sorry for so many questions, and thank you in advance for whatever info you can furnish.
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A photo would help. It is likely a marinized KUBOTA diesel, which is a fairly common tractor engine.

I would look for a serial number for the engine, which should look something like this:




From what you've said thus far, it is a 1 liter displacement Three-cylinder engine, based on the D 1005. There should be more numbers there.
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Thanks for the serial number info. I will look for it next time I get down to the boat, (and take some photos) but I went over all that I could see pretty well and wrote down all the numbers I could find. There is a lot of the engine hidden from view though.


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A photo would help. It is likely a marinized KUBOTA diesel, which is a fairly common tractor engine.

I would look for a serial number for the engine, which should look something like this:




From what you've said thus far, it is a 1 liter displacement Three-cylinder engine, based on the D 1005. There should be more numbers there.
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Nanni diesel engines are marinised Kubota's. They make a 21 Hp.

Anyway, they should be able to help with anything you need if unsuccessful elsewhere - nanni.com.au and there would be a contact page.

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I'll bet that the K3A is actually a KEA...which would indicate that the engine was built to KEA specifications.
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Check the dipstick. Usually had the Kubota engine model on it.
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Marine Diesel Engines and Engine Parts - Universal, Volvo, Westerbeke, Yanmar, MASE

How many cylinders?

Fresh or raw water cooled? i.e., does it have a heat exchanger?

1978 sounds like either a 5411 raw water or an early M25. Since it was repowered, I'd bet on an M25 (21 hp) or M25XP (23 hp).

And it's KUBOTA.

Here's a TON of information on those engines: Diesel Engine - C34

Poke around those websites and find out what you have.

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Also, having just fiddled with a Universal engine as well, here are the manuals (for what they are worth, which is not much for newbies like me).
ttp://www.marinedieseldirect.com/universal/200157/universal-owners-warranty.html
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I've been digging into my Universal M25 - which is a marinized Kubota D850.

Stu's link to the C34 website is a good one.
Here is another to the engine information at the C30 website
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