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Old 03-02-2017, 03:40 PM
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Recommendation for a Mechanic

Could anyone recommend a mechanic that's in, or possibly would travel to the Central New Jersey (Raritan Bay) area? Much appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:26 AM
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Dragon,

Welcome aboard.

I don't know of a mechanic in central Jersey, but you've got probably the best 100 A-4 mechanics (present company not included) in the world right here on this very forum (or very nearby in Don and Ken). Often with the A-4. seemingly vexing problems are easily solved by the knowledge bank freely offered on this forum.

What is it that you need a mechanic for do you think?
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Old 03-03-2017, 08:34 AM
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Sadly in many areas marine "mechanics" will take one look and suggest buying a diesel. If there is no A4 specialist around, it might be better to track down antique engine mechanics. The A4 is much closer to a 1930s era boat or tractor engine than a modern EFI outboard or electronic common-rail diesel.
We have A4 mechanics here, but paying the shop rate to drive to NJ would end up costing more than a new engine.
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:03 AM
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Dragon,

Welcome aboard.

I don't know of a mechanic in central Jersey, but you've got probably the best 100 A-4 mechanics (present company not included) in the world right here on this very forum (or very nearby in Don and Ken). Often with the A-4. seemingly vexing problems are easily solved by the knowledge bank freely offered on this forum.

What is it that you need a mechanic for do you think?
+100. I'd barely spun a wrench before I discovered this forum, and I've since turned a recalcitrant lump of truculent iron into a happy engine..
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:15 AM
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I'm Going To Take the Middle Road

You would be better off giving the forum a try. Let us work with you on the problem(s) you are having. Then if you decide the problem is outside your abilities, time, and knowledge to take on yourself you will have a better grasp of the details of the problem when you find a mechanic. You will be amazed if you stick with the forum how your knowledge level increases at an expediential rate. That is the way it was for me.
Speaking for myself if I ever have a problem with my engine or boat that I can't handle on my own I would certainly post in in the forum before I made a decision on the best way to proceed. These guys even rebuild rudders -can you believe that? Having said that this is a DIY forum.
Scroll down on the forum home page to discussion topics click on a topic. The start a new thread button will be on the upper left. You will not be belittled or made fun of for any question you ask no matter what your knowledge level of the A4 is. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Old 03-04-2017, 12:08 PM
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Thank You

I am beyond gratified by these thoughtful responses and offers to provide insight.

I've owned a Pearson 323 with a rebuilt Moyer A-4 since the 2011 season, and have developed a moderate level of competence maintaining the engine (i.e., winterizing, re-commissioning, impeller/thermostat/carb & fuel system maintenance).

My problem is a shortage of time.

However, I spoke with Don Moyer earlier this week by phone, and he was kind enough to give me several excellent tips to troubleshoot the problems I'm having, which likely deal with fuel-supply.

If his suggestions don't yield a prompt solution, I'll post a more detailed description of the situation, and solicit advice from all of you good samaritans.

Many thanks again.
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