There wasn't much of a description in the ad other than four bolt. Says it was hot tanked, magnafluxed and good. Here in Ontario we are a LONG way from the ocean so salt wouldn't be a problem. There is still enough crap in the water to make lower units look like they had been in salt. Engines that aren't looked after can still be a mess. Thanks Bill & Mike.
When I said "sea" water, I meant any type of river or lake water too. If it has not been in a boat with a closed cooling sytem with antifreeze, I would be VERY leary of it. I see a mess of marine engines and most of them are pretty eaten up after ten years or so. If the freeze plugs are out of it, it is pretty easy to look in the block to see how corroded the insides of the cylinder walls are. Also look real closely at the bolt holes and around all of the water passages in the deck.
One of my favorite engines I ever built was based off an 86 Mercruiser 454. This thing looked toast when I got it as a freebie at the boneyard. Beat the pistons out of it and tossed everything but the block. Sonic checked came back perfect. Punched it .060 over and bought a steel crank and good rods. Threw in a set of 12.5:1 TRW forgies and put in a relly nice solid cam. Topped it off with a set of Edelbrock square ports.
That was the first incarnation of my 81 Malibu in 1997. The car ran 10.50 all day long threw the muffs on slicks. But paying 3.99 a gallon for 110 got old on my daily driver. Geez I miss those days. A can of 110 right now is $60.
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