Join Date: Feb 2007
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What's really helped is the web. Research is so much easier. I also think talking to the diesel rebuild boys would be a good source to find out who makes the engine in your boat. Marine rebuilders go to marine suppliers, but Fuel Injection places/truck diesel rebuilders don't bother, and they'll have source lists for parts.
I would like to find out the source for the exchangers that Westerbeke uses.
As for alternators, forget the marinised ones (unless you are using a gas engine). One engineer claims that the only real difference from the auto ones is a light epoxy coating on the windings to reduce corrosion. I have a Ford 100 amp truck alternator on my engine that I bought for $230.00, and I paid way too much (but we were on an island at the time and I knew I'd be gouged). Replacement diodes are like 20 bucks, a few dollars for brushes.
BTW, as for lift pumps, I found one for this engine for about $25.00! and I just sourced new injectors for $49.00 each, which is a great price as they are specific to this ONE engine.
As for the westerbeke W30, the block was used in the following vehicles:
BMC - NEWAGE (MARINE) 1.5 1489cc
NUFFIELD TRACTOR 4/25 & 154 1.5 1968-80
LEYLAND TRACTOR 154 Eng 15T 1968-80
AUSTIN A60 1.5 1962-69
MORRIS OXFORD 1.5 1962-71
MORRIS ITAL & MARINA 1.5 1974-84
AUSTIN/MORRIS JB,J2 & J4 Vans 1.5 1961-74
AUSTIN MORRIS JU-250 1.6 1967-74
Might be hard sourcing the car parts, but people hang onto tractors. There are several outfits that still handle these parts, even in the US.