I have a 1969 SRV 210 Weekender That I bought 1 & 1/2 years ago. I restored the entire top end of her when I bought her.... Decks, carpet, seats, wood trim, electronics, doghouse...etc...etc... partially restored the cabin, and will continue.
Her first year she ran beautifully, sking, tubing, wakeboarding, no problems.
The stupidity set in last winter when I covered her and put her up. I drained nothing, thinking she was like an outboard and gravity would take care of it for me. When I took her out this past summer, she started right up, idled nicely, and upon opening the doghouse I saw she was leaking along the manifold, (water intake). I reved her up, she continued to run nicely, but the leaks along the seams turned into torrents of water. No knocks, no missing, smooth running. A couple of questions to people with knowledge of I/O's quickly to me I had screwed up by not winterizing her.She has a 1600 GM straight 6 in her. I love the boat and am not giving it up. How much damage could I have done. Can I salvage the motor? Can I put a different motor in her, and if so, can I use a new long block GM truck motor? And by new, I am talking about buying a new long block from NAPA. Opinions, suggestions, advice, ALL are welcome.