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Old 12-16-2019, 04:37 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.

ex TRUE GRIT
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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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Old 12-18-2019, 04:24 PM
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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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You are a valued member and contributor to this wonderful "ship of fools"!
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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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FREE MOYER A4 MANUAL

My days of dwell and carburetors are over.

I am offering my good as new Moyer manual to the Afourian community free.
I'll pay the shipping charge.
I will send it to the the first member that sends me a PM with their mailing name and address. The winner will be notified by PM.

This is the same way that I received the manual from a "retiring" forum member. I feel that it only fitting to continue the what I hope becomes a tradition.

ex TRUE GRIT
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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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Thumbs up Keep the A-4's alive!

John, thanx for your insights and shared knowledge. I too no longer have an A-4, however I still have a great love for old engines like the "venerable A-4". I sold her about 3 1/2 years ago and I still consider this site as "playing in the sand box". I did buy a bigger boat with a stinker and now I am maintaining her. Not really a lot different other than the fuel and HP.

I still have my MMI A-4 coffee cup aboard for my coffee. When it gets noticed and I get a comment I always say, "I think the diesel is getting weak and I'm considering replacing it with 2 A-4's". Then I get very surprised faces and a comment or two.

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