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Re: Which engines would you think twice about
i have the Perkins Prima 50; somewhat rare engine but starts every time so far. Starts reliably on the coldest days.
Not sure of the similarity of Volvo and Perkins; ??? I have a volvo parts book that matches the engine for the most part.
Maintenance Parts do seem to be somewhat cheap when bought other than perkins. I had it out of the boat 3 years ago and discovered that Perkins is a very popular engine. They are used in Massey-ferguson tractors, Caterpillar skid steers and many commercial generators. I had mine taken apart (head cleaned of coke, injectors checked, bottom end checked) and tuned up at the tractor dealer for $1k. I consider that fairly cheap.
By the way; even anyone knows where i can find a Perkins Prima 50 Repair manual, just let me know. (nothing on-line, i know)