|Motor: looks real nice.|
And when a nearby boat had an engine sitting on the side (they are going electric) I made an offer.
Which becomes a project of its own, as my wife would warn.
The engine is an old 15 hp Arona 190m, a water cooled version of the well-known Lombardini agricultural engines of the seventies, with a Hurth gearbox.
|Engine beds, keel cooler will fight.|
|A tight fit.|
|It's not supposed to look like this...|
I took the gearbox home, and found that it, too, was full of water, having been reassembled with no silicon or gaskets. Several of the bearings were seized, some of the running surfaces rusted.
Next problem: we hoisted the engine out and brought it home, cleaned it up, and found that the electric starter is not working. The motor turns, with a grinding sound, but the solenoid does not kick in. Another project. Fortunately Prince, the gardener, swung it and it started! I might have to take him along on our voyages...