Guys, I have had lots of help here on my engine re-power project,,,removing a 1985 200hp 305 5.0L and replacing it with a 350 5.7L Vortec that is a bit newer. So, I was also asking ideas on what to do with my 305 when it'sout of the boat - sell it? Part it out? or, what I was leaning towards, buy a cheap boat with a nlown engine, put it in there and sell the boat. I had a deal ready to go and I would have made about $1k or so after all was said and done.
SURPRISE!!!!! I find out today that my 305 was NOT winterized properly!!! Water leaking out the block and a manifold (or both). I didn't see it, just what the guy doing the engine swap reported to me. He says the engine was running fine, idling smooth but water coming out all over! CRAP.
Now, I guess the good news is I have a 350 sitting there for him to put in my boat, but looks like my plans for the 305 aren't so simple now! I've searched a biy on cracked blocks and see so different options. I have no intention of spending $1000s on this as I only wanted to use it in a boat I was going to sell to cover the cost of repowering my boat. I just read about JB Weld as a possible fix for a cracked block - could this apply here?
Can a welder fix a cracked block for a reasonable cost? Any other ideas? If I have to I'll just part out what's usable and be done with it.