Engine Re-Build – Poem

The stern with Yooper Looper Name installed.

The knock in the engine
Would not go away,
So my wife Margaret, and I Decided

to stay.

Until we could figure out –
What, where and why,
For we were afraid,
Our propulsion would die.


Learning more than I thought,
I ever would need,
Digging into that diesel,
Was a challenge, indeed.

Checking injectors, valves,
Wrist pins and pressures,
We found a bad piston,
Needing serious measures.

This piston, from cylinder #6 had overheated at some point.










Deciding to re-build,
The Lehman that day,
Resulted in changing,
Our plans just to stay.



The season was getting
Too late to depart,
Even if the re-build,
Went fast from the start.

Jack Stands, Timbers and Steel I-Beam to hoist engine.

Preparing to winch up
The engine was slow,
Supporting the deck
With beams from below.

Detaching transmission,
Throttle, shifter and mounts,
We lifted the beast,
As if only an ounce.

I built a steep ramp
With screws and some wood,
Up to the port gunwale,
As strong as I could.


The port door was narrow,
So just to be sure,
I removed all the trim
To gain an inch more.

Pulling engine out with excavator through port-side door.

Sliding on oil pan,
And sledding on tin,
Pulling thousand pound motor, Up with a grin.

It happened so easy
With barely a glitch,
Excavator and straps,
Plus little brother Mitch.

I’ll spare you the details,
So not to bore,
Sometime over coffee,
I can tell more.


Suffice it to say,
The rest just cost money –
Even that part,
Was ok with my Honey.

Hauled to Green Bay with boat trailer for re-building

Now with more time,
To plan and to think,
Even so, that Great Loop trip,
Will come in a wink.


The newly re-built engine coming back down the ramp.
The Yooper Looper ready to depart
Son Bruce, testing out the dinghy.
Engine on the way out.
It just BARELY fit through the 25 inch doorway. I had to remove the trip around door, and still only had 1/2 inch to spare.
Supports for hoist with steel I-beam
Season ending snow on the boat before going back to dry-dock.


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