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Old 03-05-2014, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Who does on-site inboard engine work?

Who in the local area does on-site repair work on inboard engines? I need a tune-up on two Mercruiser 454's located in Bayou Chico. Any recommendations?

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Old 03-05-2014, 01:18 AM   #2
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There is guy that I have used in the past name mark Hineman, not sure that's how to spell his last name but it's close. 850-698-2820.he used to be with flat island marine but he went out on his own. He did good work for me.
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Appreciate it. I'll give him a call.
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Contact old flathead he's on the forum and lives on Bayou Chico...
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I didn't think about Tom. I thought the only thing he messed with was diesels and flathead A-4s.
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First of all I appreciate the previous responses...however I feel like maybe I'm not asking the right question here. (I guess I didn't want to look like too much of a dumb-ass in front of you all you old salts. ) Oh well so much for that..

So anyway, here's the thing..I've got my project boat back in the water for the first time since rebuilding the engines. The engines run but need to be tuned up and now that it has had time to "settle" in the water I will need to have the alignment of the engines with the prop shafts checked and possibly adjusted. Under these circumstances do you normally have someone come to you, or take it somewhere to have this done, or would most of you just do it yourself relying on your expert mechanical skills and knowledge?
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First of all I appreciate the previous responses...however I feel like maybe I'm not asking the right question here. (I guess I didn't want to look like too much of a dumb-ass in front of you all you old salts. ) Oh well so much for that..

So anyway, here's the thing..I've got my project boat back in the water for the first time since rebuilding the engines. The engines run but need to be tuned up and now that it has had time to "settle" in the water I will need to have the alignment of the engines with the prop shafts checked and possibly adjusted. Under these circumstances do you normally have someone come to you, or take it somewhere to have this done, or would most of you just do it yourself relying on your expert mechanical skills and knowledge?
Assuming you are talking about straight inboards without an outdrive.
If the factory mounts on the stringers were not moved during engine removal, the alignment should be OK.
If not, the hub between the prop shaft and transmission will have to be moved back and checked for square. Not a hard job, but time consuming, considering the alignment jack screws on the engine mounts are functional and adjustable, not rusted in place.
If its out of alignment, it will be obvious due to vibration at cruising RPM's.

Instead of the steel on steel, machined surface mate shaft coupling from the factory, there is an aftermarket flexible coupling that is very forgiving for poor alignment.
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Yes, well actually they are v-drives, but pretty much the same difference...inboards with prop shafts. Adjusting the engine up and down I don't see as a big problem since the nuts on the mounts move "freely". It's the side to side adjustment that has me concerned. To do that some of the weight would likely need to be taken off the mounts. My engine manual says that the alignment needs to be within 0.003".

What is this aftermarket coupler of which you speak?
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Make sure you let me know when you are ready to roll in the ole gal!!! Remember I am just a hop skip and a jump away from ya!!!
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That's mighty brave of you Jason considering that as much as I know about rebuilding boats there is a greater than average chance that we might have to hitch a ride back in on the big orange and white helicopter...
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