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  1. #1
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    Default Help - New engine block needed !!

    I recently bought a 1958 27' Elysian with GRP hull and mahogany superstructure, fitted with a BMC Vedette 100 petrol engine. Despite the fitting of a new cylinder head (old one was cracked) water is still getting into at least one cylinder and oil filter which I'm told can only be due to a failed (cracked ?) block.
    Does anyone know where I could find a short engine block for what is effectively a Morris Minor 1100 engine (I've posted on the MM owners club forum) or a reconditioned engine ?
    I am new to boating, so any help, recommendations, or advice would be much appreciated ! Thank you !

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Try some of the Thames Boatbuilders.

    BMC was a common engine in slipper launches and so forth, but now are being removed for electric conversions or more modern power units. Freebody; Henwood & Dean, Wootons and so forth.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Bite the bullet and get a small Beta. I don't mean to sound unhelpful but the combination of old engine, moisture, petrol, fumes will detract from your sailing experience.

    I sailed a 1953 Hillyard and the best thing I did was pulling out the old BMC 1.5 donk and replacing it with a Beta 25.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Thank you I will make some enquiries.

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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Quote Originally Posted by RobinBirch View Post
    Bite the bullet and get a small Beta. I don't mean to sound unhelpful but the combination of old engine, moisture, petrol, fumes will detract from your sailing experience.

    I sailed a 1953 Hillyard and the best thing I did was pulling out the old BMC 1.5 donk and replacing it with a Beta 25.
    Thank you - that's for for thought ! Do you know a ballpark cost for a Beta 25 ?

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Quote Originally Posted by stuart0507 View Post
    Thank you - that's for for thought ! Do you know a ballpark cost for a Beta 25 ?
    There’s a Beta 30 brand new on eBay. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F163806710208
    Semper aliud

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Stuart0507

    Not cheap and these are late 2014 prices -Beta 25 was £4.2k delivered, marine engineer to fit £1k, other bits £1k (shaft, new batteries, prop, fuel pipes etc) and on top was haul out/in and engine lift out /in.

    Having had the BMC let me down going west off Yarmouth IoW. spring ebbs and no wind I didn't regret a penny of it. Well worth it for my peace of mind. Once again many thanks to the fellow mariner in the big Rib that hauled me back to Yarmouth!

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    Try getting a short engine from Charles Ware's Morris Minor Centre.
    Grow old disgracefully, it's more fun

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Help - New engine block needed !!

    a member of the forum, mcalan, has a boat with a Vedette engine, on which he had work done by someone in Henley...might be worth an ask.

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