Gluing the deck is coming along slowly due to work commitments, and the weather suddenly getting damp again, but Iím hopeful of getting some more done over the next couple of days.
Having been and looked at a couple of 15hps, and lifted them up, I decided that a 9.9hp might be a better option for lifting over the side of the RIB onto the transom of the Bombard.
I picked up the Suzuki shown in the images for not a lot of money as it had been overheated and had low compression.
It was a big risk I know, but the gearboxes off them go on ebay for more than I paid for the whole thing.
Itís also a smaller version of the DT200EFI we have on the RIB.
Under the cover it didnít look good as the head was a nice brown colour plus the Coils and CDI unit are bolted to the head and had melted mounting brackets. The outside has all the usual scratches and corrosion youíd expect from a mid 90ís engine.
Iíve stripped it down a bit now and found the following.
The pistons didnít Ďpick-upí at when it overheated, and the bores/pistons look to be in good condition.
The Low compression was due to the head gasket letting go between the pots and into the water jacket.
Despite the CDI unit having a slight weep of potting compound coming out of it from the overheating I can get a spark out of both coils.
The lower leg has already been off and the impellor replaced, probably in a bit to get it going again before being given up on. I will obviously replace it anyway.
As mentioned above the coils and CDI unit all have melted brackets.
Three of the heads sheared off the head bolts as I undid them, but they are all sticking out a short way so I am soaking them in WD40 before I weld some nuts to them to get them out.
There are signs of a very small amount of water in the gearbox oil.
Oh, and the cylinder head came off in 3 bits.
New ones are available, butÖÖÖÖÖ.
Iím picking up the engine in the last image tomorrow for not a lot of cash, its got a cracked Block, and apart from that sounds in far better condition than the first engine.
The electrics are all there and the head is supposed to be good.
So, looks like Iím going to build one good engine out of the two broken ones. And will end up with a pile of spares.
It will be a patchwork of the 1988 and 1989-1997 colours. Suzuki appear to have painted this design of engine in the old pre-1988 colour scheme for a year before introducing the new colours.
For Well under £200, including my diesel for running around, I should end up with a runner.