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I replaced an Atomic 4 with a rebuilt Atomic 4, thus avoiding shaft and engine mount redos, but I did take the opportunity to replace the entire fuel and exhaust systems, including a basket-style filter on the intake (yes, I have found small fish and weed chunks in there which otherwise would've taken a trip through the block), a fuel/water separator, a fuel line stopcock I can turn off with a boat hook if the engine was on fire, and I got rid of the waterlift muffler (it was junk and a sort of much grief), and installed a Vetus waterlock, which has been flawless. Add a new, smaller gas tank (Tempo) and bigger vent lines with new double SS hose clamps everywhere, and it was surveyor-ready.
In other words, if you're getting a new engine, make sure all of the existing parts are worthy of the expense. I did everything listed above, and it was, aside from a few contortions and the need to work by feel in spots, relatively easy and a big confidence booster. My engine maintenance is about three hours a year, and it starts every time.
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