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Re: Universal 14hp...Sitting for years
Even if it was winterized (fogged, pickled) before putting away, after six years there's probably been time for the cylinder rings to rust up and condensation to accumulate in the oil. You might try turning it over a few times by hand first, to see how stuck it is or isn't. And of course, expect there's no battery to start it with, you may need to bring a battery and jumpers.
900 hours is nothing if a diesel was run right. Odds are good but if you have any question, you may want to go ahead with a deposit but subject to an engine mechanic even if you're skipping a complete survey.
Six year old fuel probably is full of water and critters (sludge) but diesels aren't very picky, it probably will run just fine until the fuel filter clogs in short order. If you buy the boat, clean out the fuel system and tank and make sure you've got spare filters on hand, and know how to use them. i.e. if bleeding the system requires crush washers, make sure you've got them, they're "use once and discard" parts.