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Aaron and Steve worked on this all last week. The owner thought the block was cracked and brought it to Aaron to change the engine. It is a 454 Chevy. It had moisture in the crankcase and was the consistency of a milkshake. Aaron wanted to be sure the block was cracked, so he drained the oil (sludge) and put some diesel fuel in to clean it out. After several more oil changes and a few more issues that needed fixed (broken impeller on the water pump, bad circuit breaker), it is running great. The guys even took it out for a spin on the lake just to be sure.

Here's the bad boy:

Vehicle Boat Watercraft Plant Naval architecture
 

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Boy- He got lucky!! I had a block crack on my V-6 a while back and the short block was 2K!!

A 454 would have been way pricey!! :wallbanging:
That's why they went to the trouble of flushing it real good. Turns out the oil hadn't been changed for 'some' time and it was just a build up of condensation. Purrs right along now!
 

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The owner can afford the gas for it. He has $$$$$$$$$$$$ to spare!
 
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Kenny, that is a nice boat. I'm glad they got it going.
 
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I agree Larryd. The diagnosing is the difference between a good mechanic and a parts replacer. When I was a kid, 'mechanic' meant that the person really knew what they were doing. It was repeated to me in my carpentry apprenticeship "neither mechanics nor fools can work with dull tools". In other words take care of your mind and equipment. Coffee breaks were for filing hand saws.

BTW there are good troubleshooting guides in most of our engine manuals.
 

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Good diagnostics on that one , I was reading and waiting to find the end of the story to be a cracked manifold or block. Pleasant surprise I was wrong :)
 

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I'll bet the owner will be real pleased at this outcome! Nice boat but she must cost a fortune to run!
 

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I think that vessel crosses the line and should be called a Ship!

Aaron and Steve are????? not sure of the connection here Kenny fill me in please. Its good the engine was saved and not just assumed bad and then replaced. This kind of thing shows that some people are still honest and "Outstanding in their field" of expertise. Knowing the customer is well to do, other shops would of gladly changed the engine, then repaired and resold. Kudos to the guys, thanks for sharing Kenny.
 

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The true definition of the word "BOAT" is:

A hole in the water into which you put much money$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!
No sir, I stand to correct you... it is either " Break Out Another Thousand" or " A hole in the water surrounded by wood, into which one pours money."
 

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I think that vessel crosses the line and should be called a Ship!

Aaron and Steve are????? not sure of the connection here Kenny fill me in please. Its good the engine was saved and not just assumed bad and then replaced. This kind of thing shows that some people are still honest and "Outstanding in their field" of expertise. Knowing the customer is well to do, other shops would of gladly changed the engine, then repaired and resold. Kudos to the guys, thanks for sharing Kenny.
Steve is a friend of my son Chris that lives with me. He used to live in Wichita, but was constantly in trouble. He moved down here the year before Terry passed and has done very well. I have know him since the early '90's when he was just a kid.

Aaron is our Friend who lives in Collinsville (20 miles N of Tulsa) where I keep my trailer which you can see in the background of the boat pic. He is an outstanding welder and mechanic. I have full access to use any of his equipment. He is also just a great person to spend time with. Lots of fun.
 
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Thanks Kenny sounds like two great guys.

I have to protest to you guys who say a boat is a money pit. We bought a new Crest brand pontoon with a 50HP Johnson 4-stroke in 2002 after doing much research. Just regular maintenance items and normal upkeep since then ( I think a little over 500 hrs on it now). I did think the trim/tilt switch on the console went bad, ordered a replacement, took the unit apart to replace and found that one of the wires on the old switch had been pinched and broke. Repaired the wire and now have a new spare switch.

Then there is my brother. He bought a different brand of pontoon and also a fishing boat, seems like always something going wrong with one or the other.
 
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