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  1. rfinstad
    09-06-2017 08:57 PM
    rfinstad
    Hello Thatch,

    I'm new to this forum, I contacted Don and he suggested I come here for help.

    I have a 1978 Catalina 30 with the original A4 engine, based in Marina Del Rey. The engine is not putting out any water with the exhaust and heats up very quickly when started, something's up with the cooling system. My local boatyard took one look and said the engine is too old to be repaired -- they want to yank the A4 out and install a new diesel. Yeah right!

    Don sent me the fault tree for the cooling system and I can see there are a few potential culprits. I just don't feel competent enough to start taking apart the engine on my own, so am looking for someone local with more experience to help. I found you in the forum and it looks like you're in southern California, any chance you'd be willing to help? Or perhaps you know of a local mechanic that's familiar with the A4 engine?

    Thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide!

    Best Regards,
    Ryan Finstad

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