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Re: Another Wet Ericson
There really is something odd about the engine pictures. Whoever painted that engine painted over rust and oil and did not seem to have done even the most minimal preparation, or to bother to get a paint that vaguely matches the factory paint color. Its a really halfhearted job of it and while there are mechanics who can do great work and not care about the aesthetics of what they do, most mechanics who routinely rebuild engines, tend to be much more careful than whomever painted this engine.
But beyond that the pressure treated pine engine beds are just plain crazy. Its not unusual for the engine beds to need to be modified when a different engine is installed. Normally this is done with some mix or glass work that perhaps uses hardwood blocking inside the glass work. I can't ever recall seeing an installation on a glass boat where timber engine beds have been left exposed, and I certainly can't ever remember seeing softwood used for an engine bed. Even on a wooden boats the engine beds would have been hardwood (typically white oak).
You seriously need to keep looking for a different boat. With all the work that this boat needs to correct the shoddy repairs and the damage from deferred maintenance, this boat has a value in the well less than $20K range, (and maybe less than 10K) and I can't imagine the seller agreeing to that. Plus you are not looking for a project boat and this one is a major project.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 12-07-2018 at 10:13 AM.