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Re: Volvo MD 2B

Agree with the "proceed with caution" to a point...get to the bottom of why the head gasket blew in the first place, then evaluate. I have an MD7B that is almost 35 years old and it is rock solid...but I take care of it annually and pay attention to all the little noises, etc. when I can hear them over the normal engine noise. Yes, it can vibrate quite a bit (especially if the mounts mounts are worn) and yes, it is underpowered...but they are like the " ole Johnny two poppers" on tractors that are still running from the 1940's when they were manufactured. You have to go along way to kill it. As far as the alternator/starter...they don't make them from Volvo anymore, but the secondary market has them for a reasonable price (compared to West Marine)...so hit the "Google" as W put it and you can pick up a replacement if necessary.
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We took care of our Volvo 2000 by shooting it. Replaced it with a Electric Yacht 360 system at half the cost of a new diesel engine
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We took care of our Volvo 2000 by shooting it. Replaced it with a Electric Yacht 360 system at half the cost of a new diesel engine
Did you use a Desert Eagle .50?

How's the electric for cruising? Is it good for more than getting in & out of the harbour?
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we sail a 42 foot Friendship sloop out of Booth Bay Harbor Maine. We sail more than motor as we are the last sailing lobster boat in Maine. We are installing a Electric Yacht 360 system that provides 30 hp on the shaft by using two motors. If one quits we still have another, great back up. We carry 8 6 volt AGM batterries. This system has been out for a while and a proven winner in the electric drive market. Check out Electric Yacht and see what they come up with for your boat. Think out side the box
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Just another note... I found that if you look you can use auto starters for many of those early Volvos as we did since they are diesel.
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Just another note... I found that if you look you can use auto starters for many of those early Volvos as we did since they are diesel.
Do you mean automobile starters or something else? That weird dynastart left me knowing less than I thought I did about the world of starters.
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