Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Home in Canada, boat in the Caribbeans at the moment.
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Re: Perkins 4.108M DIY Rebuild -- A Narrative
What a great post, and more timely than you can even think !!
I am planning the rebuilt of my 4.108 next fall, and will be ordering some of the rebuilt kit over the next few months. Mine still runs fine, but it has 5000 hours (1989) and is a little dirty and messy. Why rebuilt for just that ? Well, like so many of us, I am planning a circumnavigation starting spring 2014 and would rather have a "new" iron genny than and old clunker. My boat is in Martinique at the moment and I will need to bring with me most (if not all) the bits and parts required for the rebuilt as the cost of supplies out there is outrageous. I might even decide to sail to Florida to do this rebuilt, just in case (my brother lives near Tampa).
I did contemplate re-powering, but I don't think a new Yanmar would be as reliable as a 25 years old Perkins !
So I am eagerly waiting for the moment you start this engine !!!
If you can share with us the breakdown of cost for the project and maybe those nice spreadsheets you have designed!
If you can also share the source of the parts you bought (I see that some of it is mentioned in the posts) that could be useful.
Another solution might be for me to sail to your area, and give you another project !!
I love the red paint inside the engine. The whole thing looks really good.
Keep up the good work!
Montréal, Canada / Marin, Martinique