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Old 12-05-2017, 08:59 AM
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New engine

New engine
OK so I have decided to make some sort of major upgrade
What can I expect from a rebuilt moyer engine as far as problem free?
Is this something I can install and expect to get years of trouble-free motoring
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:20 AM
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gas and cooling

I installed our rebuilt A4 2.5 years ago, and it has been great. You would be wise to start her off with FWC. The other way to ensure a trouble-free future is clean gas: two or three filters and change the elements yearly.
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It's about you, not the equipment

I think this is like the question; "what brand of boat will take me around the world?"

A new or rebuilt engine is only as good as the maintenance you give it.
You can ruin it on the first day.

An engine is supported by many peripheral systems and fittings. ALL of these must be in good order too, or things will just start to fumble.
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Well the engine already has freshwater cooling
I realize how important maintenance is, and have made many upgrade.
The truth is, the engine is 43 years old with untold hours on it, and to the best of
My knowledge, never had internal work done. She has been a good engine, but has been smoking more with each season. Wife and I would like to venture out more from buzzards bay,but have not been comfortable enough with motor. Don't mind spending the money to repower if reliability is the end result

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At 41 years I'm right behind you and thinking along the same lines realizing I will never recoup the money I will still likely replace it. In my case most all of the bolt on parts are nearly new. Add to that the regular 10 year cleaning of fuel tank and I would expect reliability as a new system
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Did the tank cleaning a year after I bought bout
Took out about 1 gal of water. Made the biggest difference of all.👌
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I've been gone for a few years but now back on the forum. I'm in the mist of replacing my A-4 and almost completed with the install. She's got a brand new gas tank, FWC and brand new (rebuilt) engine. I have NEVER done anything like this before but with the help of a GREAT buddy and the mechanic who rebuilt the engine I have to say there's a learning curve but it's pretty rewarding replacing it yourself. Right now we just have an electrical issue that's preventing the start up but so far it's all positive.
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We're getting to the philosophy side of things.

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Well the engine already has freshwater cooling
I realize how important maintenance is, and have made many upgrade.
The truth is, the engine is 43 years old with untold hours on it, and to the best of
My knowledge, never had internal work done. She has been a good engine, but has been smoking more with each season. Wife and I would like to venture out more from buzzards bay,but have not been comfortable enough with motor. Don't mind spending the money to repower if reliability is the end result

Thanks,mike
Reliability and longevity are different things. Your old engine has enjoyed both it seems.
Knowledge is power.
You are concerned that your old engine may have unknown issues of wear or failure that will leave you stranded.
A new engine will reset the clock on wear and fatigue problems so you can have confidents in it. I used to rebuild engines in the 1980s. I, Personally would have good confidents in any of the levels of rebuilt options from Moyers.
Proper installation is key to dependability at first startup. Your good maintenance is still key to the longevity, dependability, and consequently, your happy confidents in the motor.
A good inventory of spares and emergency jury-rig options stashed on the boat is good for peace of mind.
Just remember most of our boats came with auxiliary sails to get home with if the motor fails.

Cheers,

Russ
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The boat yard has a Atomic 4 for sale from a derelict boat no way of knowing it's condition what would be a fair price
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depends on if it runs,or not..or if it is frozen. Frozen, you might offer to take it off their hands. Running, maybe a few to several hundred if it is complete and compression numbers are known. Also keep in mind, an ugly motor that may be good inside is a good deal for you and hard to sell for them.
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