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Old 22 November 2016, 14:06   #1
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Picked up this Willard 540. It has an inboard turbo diesel. Everything looks clean and well maintained but nothing happens when I turn the key. I think the solution is an outboard on a bracket?

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Old 22 November 2016, 14:29   #2
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I think get somebody to look at it and save the hassle of fitting an outboard
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Old 22 November 2016, 14:46   #3
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Electrical problems are the best!!

I assume you are being facetious and know how to get that baby running?

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yeah I am not giving up that easily. This will be my third Volvo diesel project so I'm kind of familiar with these motors. I figure that even if the motor is beyond repair I can part it out to cover what I paid for the whole package.

I at least want to see how it runs. This is the same motor that was in the H630 I swapped. This one has a duo prop outdrive though so it might be a quick one on the water.
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We had a Hurricane in for service with the same issue. Volvo mechanic found a bad relay(ignition?) and she fired right up after he replaced it.
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Electrical problems are the best!!

I assume you are being facetious and know how to get that baby running?

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no I aint being facetious I am a heavy plant engineer I get sent all over Britain to fix broken shit all the time its what I do
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Not turning over is an easy thing to diagnose on a mechanical diesel. That diesel look pretty clean in the picks as well.
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no I aint being facetious I am a heavy plant engineer I get sent all over Britain to fix broken shit all the time its what I do

Sorry, we responded at the same time and I didn't see your post. I was referring to post #1

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I'd work on getting it running...

And with the shorter water line on a 540, I'd skip the bracket and go transom mount if you choose to go outboard
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Pulled the motor and shipped it off to the Volvo factory in Sweden for diagnosis.

Just kidding, its going to Hawaii to its new owner who will use it for parts. It was seized up. I couldn't get it to budge even with a breaker bar and the previous owner damaged an injector while attempting to remove it in order to inspect the cylinders. I really wanted to get it running too, but parts for these Volvos are expensive . I didn't think it was worth putting that much money into replacing parts. The good news its that parts for these Volvos are expensive . I was able to sell the motor, outdrive and various parts for some good coin. Now a 115 or 150 will go on the transom.
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