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83 Ericson MK III 35.5 6' Draft? Universal Help

Looking at a 83 MK III 35.5 Sweet Lines Glass looks good no Blisters. Universal diesel has not been started in 20 years?? She is on the hard gettin ready to toss her back in !!(= Any help with or Ideas on how to Start a Diesel that has not started in 20 years??? Is ^' Draft to much for a Cruiser??
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83 Ericson MK III 35.5 6' Draft? Universal Help

Assuming it is not seized or the block isnt cracked and theres enough left of the rings to make compression (big asumptions) you need start with the fuel system. remove the fuel tank and clean and or replace,clean out or replace all fuel lines, change all fuel filters,bleed the system completetly. change the engine antifreeze/coolant and rawwater pump impellor,confirm the glow plugs work, change oil and filter and try to crank it up. Personally id say if you really want the boat plan on the cost of replacing/rebuilding the motor in your costs to own it right off the bat.
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ericsonyachts.org . . . the best resource out there for Ericsons!
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Re: 83 Ericson MK III 35.5 6' Draft? Universal Help

There are several threads on starting old diesels. Scotty has it covered but goes too far IMHO - forget removing the tanks before starting - huge job that may not be needed. Old diesels are amazingly robust and can take being left for a long time.

Put a wrench on the crank and see if it's free.

Replace all the fluids, replace the impellers, belts, filters etc. Check the state of the heat exchanger and exhaust hoses and so forth.

Pump out the fuel tank or have the fuel polished, add some fresh fuel and try to start the engine.

It will almost certainly fire up, if not, commence normal troubleshooting.
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ericsonyachts.org . . . the best resource out there for Ericsons!
Thanks! And, since that's very likely a Universal M25 diesel, another awesome 'net resource are the Universal diesel forums on the large Catalina 34 web site.

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Looking at a 83 MK III 35.5 Sweet Lines Glass looks good no Blisters. Universal diesel has not been started in 20 years?? She is on the hard gettin ready to toss her back in !!(= Any help with or Ideas on how to Start a Diesel that has not started in 20 years??? Is ^' Draft to much for a Cruiser??
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If I were you, I'd get a discount on the price, big enough to cover most of the cost of a brand new diesel.

The issue is that engine most likely has issues, and even if it doesn't, it's close to functionally obselete due to lack of spare parts availability. A replacement raw water pump now costs close to $400, and going up daily.
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