My name is Dominic, I am from Nor Cal Fairfield/Vacaville area and for the last 20+ years of my life i've been a pro engine builder by trade. I always have been real big on fast street cars and drag racing, but never got into boats. Just last year i purchased my very first boat, a 1984 bayliner cx225 I/O 18' open bow. It had a 305 chevy with a dropped valve and i just finished building a 355" smallblock for it. Havent even put it in the boat yet but i hope to next week! Now, me being a novice at this im open for suggestions, this whole boat thing is so new to me i feel like i just went to my first day of high school when i signed up here! LOL!
I have lots of questions and am very willing to learn!!! So please bare with me and my ignorant questions!!!
So what do i need to look for in the outdrive when i pull the old engine out?
I hear i need to replace the gimball bearing when it's apart?
Do i really need to run a closed crankcase?
Can i run crankcase vent into the flame arrestor?
Do you think the volvo penta outdrive will hold up to a decent amount of power?
Do you really need to have UL approved ignition parts? or can you use the regular car stuff. I want to run MSD but not sure if i need to use the "Marine Only" stuff.
How do i know if i have the correct prop?
I hope i didint over extent my welcome with all these ignorant questions but im hoping someone is willing to give me some good advise!!