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Does anyone have experience with Palmer Inboards? They used International Harvester but it has "Palmer" stamped on the tranny....am putting this in my 68 Columbia 36' sail boat....
 

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I ripped mine out...cause the manifold was done and no replacements are to be found other than that they are great engines similar and or better(some say) than the common atomic 4

I was about to rebuild mine but bailed.

what info are you looking for? I saved some pertinent links a while back if your interested
 

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I ripped mine out...cause the manifold was done and no replacements are to be found other than that they are great engines similar and or better(some say) than the common atomic 4

I was about to rebuild mine but bailed.

what info are you looking for? I saved some pertinent links a while back if your interested
Thanks! Am trying to find resources for history as well as parts and or repair documents etc....like to see some links you may have....thanks again...
 

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you have a lot of info there...gaskets to go is where you get the new copper head gasket made as if steel it will corrode in no time

you also have a page for parts, where to get the electronic ignition, also the place that sells the harvester overhaul kit with pistons, rings etc...

and exhaust drawing for a dry stack system I beleive and other links for the pumps and whatnot...

hope it helps

christian
 

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Re: P60 starting issue

I realize that this is an old thread, but continuing it seems preferable to starting a new one.

I've just purchased an Islander 30 with a Palmer P60 inboard. It started and ran fine two years ago per the PO (and corroborated with a now-dockmate who'd worked with the PO on the boat often). The PO's brother replaced a number of things which weren't broken (long story), one of which was the distributor cap. My first task is to ensure that the timing is rough-set correctly; he rotated the flywheel to TDC (Top Dead Center), but wasn't sure if it was on the compression or exhaust phase. :-/

The info I've gathered here and on other forums is that sticky/stuck valves are a common problem, so I've gotten some Marvel Mystery Oil, both the 'classic' and the new 'ultimate' products. My plan is to add the recommended amount of the 'ultimate' to the fuel tank and pour a few ounces into each cylinder through the spark plug hole.

I'd appreciate confirmation and/or suggestions from the more knowledgeable members of the hive mind before I take the above actions... thanks!

aenlic

(BTW, I'll add another message directly with added references for P60 owners.)
 

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Re: P60 references

While I was locating potential expert resources for my P60, I found David's Yacht Service; he's expert on both the ubiquitous Atomic 4 and the less-common P60. FWIW, He consider the Palmer a superior engine, ;-)

Here's his website:

davids yacht service

Also, my Islander 30 came with the original engine manual. If anyone is interested, I'll scan the contents and provide an electronic copy to any members who'd like it.

Thanks-

Bob
 

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Re: P60 references

While I was locating potential expert resources for my P60, I found David's Yacht Service; he's expert on both the ubiquitous Atomic 4 and the less-common P60. FWIW, He consider the Palmer a superior engine, ;-)

Here's his website:

davids yacht service

Also, my Islander 30 came with the original engine manual. If anyone is interested, I'll scan the contents and provide an electronic copy to any members who'd like it.

Thanks-

Bob
Hi Bob know it’s been 2 years since your comment but if you still have this available I’d appreciate a scanned copy as I’m purchasing a Coronado 35 with a Palmer 60
 

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I ripped mine out...cause the manifold was done and no replacements are to be found other than that they are great engines similar and or better(some say) than the common atomic 4

I was about to rebuild mine but bailed.

what info are you looking for? I saved some pertinent links a while back if your interested

FYI.. David's Yacht Service has newly-cast manifolds. Having grown up w/ International Harvester tractors, I may be biased, but the Palmer M-60 is a very solid, well-running motor that is pretty bulletproof. For anyone choosing to stay w/ their Palmer, finding "most" replacement parts are not an issue at all- (but if you get a chance to pick up a spare Palmer 60 manifold or a distributor, jump on it).
 
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