I was in need of a good project.
The War Horse sat on the hard for all of 2015 while I readied myself for sheep hunting. At ten years and over 900hrs of engine time I wanted to see how it had fared internally as I observed a couple of areas of corrosion on the outside of the engine. Leaky deck latches still need corrected and the three times that I dumped a huge amount of seawater into the engine compartment convinced me that it needed inspection at the very least.
Starting in March 2016 I began to work on the trailer. It was a rewarding project that makes towing a breeze and stopping even breezier. I'll save that story for another thread, however...
I decided to pull out the engine of the War Horse and to break into it, inspect the accessories, and repair or replace whatever needed fixing. I was prepared for anything--from sandblasting and repainting to a full rebuild--and that is a good thing so far! The engine is a 2004 D6-310 Volvo Penta. It was mated to a DPH-A drive leg and 1.76:1 ratio with VP Duoprops (G5 or 6 pitch, I believe). As I acquired a good deal on a DPH-D in 1.63:1 ratio we'll see if I am over-propped or still good to hit 3500rpms at WOT once this project is complete. So, with the help of some good friends, it begins: