I recently came apon a boat that I can have for free if I will haul it off. Regardless of condition I am going to get the boat then decide whether its going to the heap or not. It has a smallblock Chevy 305 engine in it. The current owner explained that he let the factory engine freeze and replaced it with a 305 he had. He mentioned he bought manifolds for it and had the short block rebuilt using a marine cam. The intake and carb are automotive.
I would like to repower my old cruiser. It currently has a 273 Chrysler inboard so I think the Chevy has enough C.I. to do the job. My question is wether or not it is worth my time and money to completely marinize and build a fresh 305 Chevy engine for my repower. I am considering it simply because I will be getting the complete engine free and regardless of what the previous owner says, I would have to go through the engine before I did anything with it. So my logic is to build me a fresh, properly marinized smallblock out of the free engine or, forget the idea because it would be better to rebuild the already marine. Chrysler. Any advise?