This boat is cursed I'm sure of it. I have never had it go longer then 5 hours without something major breaking...Here is the run down..
Dual helm custom steering cable breaks..replaced
Starter locks out on the flywheel and burns up...replaced
Alternator goes bad..replaced
Carb float gets stuck...rebuilt
Stern drive blows gears into pieces..replaced with newer alpha 1
Starter solenoid dies...replaced
Plugs, wires, cap, rotor, upgrade to electronic ignition..replaced
All of these things happened one at a time all out on the water.
This weekend after replacing the stern drive with a rebuilt one I am 10 miles out of Homer, AK and the engine coupler shears the spline teeth.
Now I am faced with pulling the motor I guess unless anyone knows any tricks. I don't understand why it would rip the teeth right off the coupler but it did. When I pulled the drive shaft out the teeth on that were fine but were filled with what was left of the couplers spline teeth.
A week ago I did a compression check...All cyls have 110psi or higher except #6 which wouldn't blow better than a 70psi. This must be my engine vibration problem which I have not solved.
Question to the board would be..what would you do. The boat hull and interior all in excellent shape.
Should I pull the engine and rebuild??
Convert it to a outdrive setup??
Ditch the old 888 setup and find a volvo setup??
I have over $3000 in parts on this thing now.
Who sells good rebuild kits for the old ford 302 blocks?
Does this engine spin backwards?
Should I set it on fire?