Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Visit from Dick Vosbury

Word on the Bay is that Dick Vosbury (of Vosbury Marine) is the man to call if you have an old Volvo engine. I've been trying for quite a while to figure out a time to have him look over our engine in Mariner II. Lately, my concerns have been increasing as I've noticed a few new problems: rust in a few areas, weeping injectors, and continuing shaft movement at the stern tube that I've never really liked.

For the most part, he didn't see any serious problems.
  • Rust and corrosion on the exhaust elbow is a concern, he recommended replacing it. New elbow is on order, and he'll put it in next week.
  • He considers the shaft movement well within tolerable range, and thinks we don't need to do anything further with it. This surprised me, but that's what Hartge said too, so maybe I'll convince myself to believe it.
  • Rust around the water pump can just be sanded and repainted. The pump was leaking at some point, but it appears that I stopped the leak when I replaced the gasket.
  • Injectors were leaking. He put washers on them (they were missing), tightened them down, and said that probably will take care of it.
  • Need to have the heat exchanger and oil cooler removed and cleaned, but we can wait until winter to do that.
  • The engine warning buzzer on the bridge isn't working. He checked it, and seems to need a new alarm circuit. He's going to replace it next week, when he returns to do the exhaust elbow.
  • Finally, he's going to replace the belts next week as well.
Overall, not bad.

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