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Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

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  • Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

    I am thinking about buying a Starcraft Chieftain with a Ford 302 V8, 188 hp.

    Does anyone know if this is a good reliable motor that parts are readily available for? I would appreciate your comments, pros and cons.

    Thanks - MC

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    Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

    Ayuh,... Merc hasn't used a Ford since the late 70s....

    I'd look for Merc/ Chevy power

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      Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

      Is there really a 188hp V8? That sounds like a really small V8. I have a 3.7 inline 4 that puts out 188hp. ??
      1994 Bayliner Capri 1604 w/94 70 Force (sold)
      1984 SportCraft 222 OFF w/84 Mercruiser 488 & Alpha 1
      1979 Sears Gamefisher 13'6" Aluminum w/1959 Johnson 10HP
      1969 Smokin' Hot Wife

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      • #4
        Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

        Its a good motor for sure, and was reliable, but finding parts is going to be a bear. To retrofit to a chevy/merc you will have to gut the compartment and swap all the stuff.

        The boat would have to be near mint, and in perfect running order before I would touch it. Volvo used that engine into the 90's but most parts do not swap with mercruiser.
        1988 Four Winns Sundowner 235, 5.7-4V 260HP OMC Cobra

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        • #5
          Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

          It is a good motor, I have one that I pulled from my Lund that never gave me a problem. Other than valve cover gaskets all has been good. As for other parts I have never needed anything, but having a pops that is in the marine buisness I was never worried either.
          1987 20ft Crestliner Rampage 205
          5.7 with noisy exhaust on demand
          1990 BAJA 340 Express Yacht
          with A/C

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          • #6
            Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

            Thanks for all your imput. I think I will pass on buying the boat. - MC.

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            • #7
              Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

              Originally posted by mccurtis View Post
              Thanks for all your imput. I think I will pass on buying the boat. - MC.
              Hi MC,... ezmobee told me the back-story on your dilemma,....

              The 188 is a 2bbl. carbed version of the Ford 302 motor which is quite a common motor....
              It's easy enough to find parts for(internal hard parts), but they tend to be slightly more expensive than a Chevy motor...
              The exhaust manifolds are abit of a problem, but if yer boating in Freshwater, they should last a lifetime, so long as they don't freeze, 'n bust...
              They tend to be considerably more expensive than those for a Chevy, but Osco still carries 'em...

              For the longer boat, 'n what yer lookin' to do with it,...
              It should serve you well...

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              • #8
                Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

                Thanks - Bond-o

                I am thinking I may wait to find a 24" chieftain that has a chey motor.

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                • #9
                  Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

                  I talked with a marine engine rebuilder today and he told me the 302 is a good motor and that all parts, internal andexternal, are readily available. So, I may go for the boat however, its a total redo

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

                    How much does this boat weigh?
                    From Mercruiser:
                    Anyone who uses a service procedure and/or tool, which is not recommended by the manufacturer, first must completely satisfy himself that neither his nor the products safety will be endangered by the service procedure selected.

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                      Re: Ford 302 - 188 hp mercrusier

                      Approximatly 2900 lbs.

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