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Are car engines still being marinised?

Are there still people marinising the diesel engines out of road vehicles? I'm thinking ahead to that moment when my dear old car has to go. It would be nice to know that the 1.9 beast under the bonnet was going to propel a boat for another hundred thousand miles.
My car receives unstintingly all the maintenance it needs, but now I can tell that a new clutch plate will soon be required: I'm seeking to justify the expense. So a question related to the above is, does a marinised car engine retain its gearbox (and therefore its clutch)?

Asked by: peter wight  | 11.39am, Monday 20 April


WW says:

The short answer to your question is no; when an engine is mated to a marine gearbox the clutch plate is replaced with a drive plate which is fixed to the flywheel. This transmits the drive into the gearbox which has two clutches (forward and reverse) as part of the mechanism.
Another potential pitfall with your plan to marinise your car engine is making sure that all parts of the fuel system will meet the BSS requirements. Many car fuel system pipes are not fire resistant and their design can make it very difficult to fit the larger ISO 7840 pipes as replacements. The spill lines as a specific case can sometimes be retained with the insertion of a non return valve, but this does depend on the injection technology employed.

Rupert Smedley  | 12.07PM, Monday 20 April


Readers say:

Thank you for prompt and authoritive reply. Yours sincerely, PW

peter wight  | 6.33PM, Monday 20 April

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