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post #4 of Old 11-03-2015
miatapaul
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Re: Atomic 4

Yes the only thing that seems to kill these motors is rust. Obviously it takes a long time, that is why I don't see putting in a fresh water cooling system is really all that necessary. it adds a lot of complications. I think I might not even do it if I bought a new block, after all if it lasted 46 years, I won't be sailing that long. It would push the price of putting in a new engine to the territory of putting in a diesel. Kind of like the electronic ignition kit, sure it gives a hotter spark but the points and condenser works quite well, and you can carry several spares. I think I have every one the previous owner has ever replaced on mine. I think I have at least 8 sets.

A few advantages is that the motor can run hotter, as they like to do. You can also get more heat out of the motor to a hot water tank and a bus heater to heat the interior.

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