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Old 12-16-2019, 05:37 PM
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At the moment I don't have plans buy a new one. I plan on staying active in the forum at least for awhile. I enjoy the Afourian camaraderie.

My Catalina 27 was built in 1980. I purchased the boat from the first owner in early 1983. Before the purchase I asked the owner if I could look at the dipstick. The bozo didn't know where the dipstick was! I think it is safe to say that I have been the only person that has touched the engine since the boat left the factory. Nobody but me has ever worked on the engine. I never paid to have the engine worked on. I trust myself more than anybody.

The A4 has been sweet little engine. I attribute this to two things: Using MMO in the oil and gas and starting the engine every two weeks and run it at operating temp for ~15 minutes. I live in southern California which makes this possible.

Brief Engine history:
3 New coils - The first rusted out
Repack ~ 15 year ago
New electronic fuel pump
2 New exhaust hot sections
Regular oil changes and Tune ups. Still have points.
New MMI water pump. The Oberdorfer would not quit leaking. RWC engine.
Acid flush every 4 - 5 years.
Unblocked the manifold water passage 3 or 4 times.
Carb rebuild 6 or 7 times. Finally got a decent fuel filter system.
Fuel pressure gauge
Valve on the bypass.
Rewired. One solid wire from A -> B. I got tired of chasing wiring problems.
IMO not to bad for 36 years.

I am encouraging the new owner to become a forum member.

Fair winds and smooth seas all.

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Old 12-16-2019, 06:09 PM
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thank you!
It is great to have an owner feedback of 30 years of ownership, and get a good idea for equipment life expectancy!!!
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John, great post!! I sold my boat with the A-4 some time ago now and still "play" on the site. I have a fondness for old engines. The oldest I have worked on was an irrigation pump of about 8 HP and weighed 1700 pounds including the flywheel. Really early pre 1900 and fuel injected as carbs hadn't been developed yet.

Stay active as your advice is some of the best!!

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John, A4s may run on gasoline but they "survive" on maintenance and sound repair methods. Thank you for all that you have contributed to our A4 world.
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Thanks for all of your help through the years, John. MUCH appreciated.
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Thank you!

John, just to add my personal thanks along with the rest of our MMI Team for your generous sharing of your experience over a large number of years. Your contributions have most helpful to a great many people. Don
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Very interesting... thanks.

I loved your post. I took over my dear Atomic 4 in 2006 and was shocked to find no one would work on it nearby, so I became the sole caretaker. It turned out that I love caring for it and have since become very interested in engines, history and design as well. My list is growing to look like yours, just a few more things to do... By the way, the engine is in a sailboat, not like just sitting in my living room... Ranger 29 sloop.
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Thanks John

This is not a good bye, as we know you'll be around. Sure enjoyed your posts over the years and looking forward to more. Catch you on the fly brother.

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The optimist expects it to change.
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