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Subject: Re: Thinking of purchasing Seamaster 27

Mike Thompson
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Date Posted: 11:24:20 17/01/2012 Tue
In reply to: Aubrey 's message, "Re: Thinking of purchasing Seamaster 27" on 22:27:55 18/10/2011 Tue

>>Hi All
>>I am very interested in purchasing a Seamaster 27
>>(Think its pre 1970) with Ford pre crossflow engines,
>>probably 1600cc from Ford Consul/Thames Van. My
>>concern is the age of these engines, are spares
>>readily available are they reliable. Please would
>>somebody give me their views. Also as they are petrol
>>what your thoughts on changing to diesel?
Hi Paul,
Notwithstanding the safety issues with petrol, considering the current uncertainty regarding the deleterious effects of FAME in diesel, plus the removal of the tax concession, it may be well worth sticking with petrol. Your petrol engine will run much more quietly than any diesel. Our old Perkins is a noisy brute. The obvious downside is that petrol is rarely available waterside, so you will be faced with lugging cans, but at least you can buy it cheaply from your local supermarket. Even before the withdrawal of the tax concession waterside diesel in our area was more expensive than forecourt. As our boat is diesel I can't advise on the spares situation for your engine but with so many of them still around I'd be surprised if spares aren't still readily available.

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