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    Default Volvo Penta 280 drive????

    Im new to outdrives and im looking at a boat that has a volvo penta 280 drive (old school) Im trying to find out if this is decent drive and what kind of power it can handle? any knowledge of this drive would be great because i dont know crap about them.

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    One of the best drives ever made but it is not a performance drive. Should handle 500hp all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dano214 View Post
    Im new to outdrives and im looking at a boat that has a volvo penta 280 drive (old school) Im trying to find out if this is decent drive and what kind of power it can handle? any knowledge of this drive would be great because i dont know crap about them.

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    it's a decent drive parts are expensive the shafts are small but strong I don't think they ever put it behind a big block but I know of a couple that did with good results I think there are adapters to put merc props on them

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    Thanks for the replies,
    Its in a 22' schiada with a small block chevy and runs great just not very fast. I am looking at buying it and just wanted to know what im getting in to. Its not going to be a race boat just a good all around family ski and cruising boat. Im thinking about just beefing up the small block alittle to try and get the boat to run maybe in the mid 50mph range? what do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dano214 View Post
    Thanks for the replies,
    Its in a 22' schiada with a small block chevy and runs great just not very fast. I am looking at buying it and just wanted to know what im getting in to. Its not going to be a race boat just a good all around family ski and cruising boat. Im thinking about just beefing up the small block alittle to try and get the boat to run maybe in the mid 50mph range? what do you guys think?
    What size prop you have on it now? I would not put more then 400,to 425 hp to that drive! Yes they are a great drive, but not built to hold a lot of hp!!! prop changes will help you out a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dano214 View Post
    Thanks for the replies,
    Its in a 22' schiada with a small block chevy and runs great just not very fast. I am looking at buying it and just wanted to know what im getting in to. Its not going to be a race boat just a good all around family ski and cruising boat. Im thinking about just beefing up the small block alittle to try and get the boat to run maybe in the mid 50mph range? what do you guys think?
    how fast dose it run now what pitch prop what rpm's at wide open we know that the schiada likes power.theres a little collar under the lower gear in the upper case we used to replace them with a collar from a diesel drive for more strength.Doug Jackson from alco marine ran a 280 volvo in his 23 nordic with a small block I think he was running an OJ bronze prop he swore by them.Also mercruiser makes a adapter plate to put a bravo drive in its place

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    Quote Originally Posted by watergun4u View Post
    What size prop you have on it now? I would not put more then 400,to 425 hp to that drive! Yes they are a great drive, but not built to hold a lot of hp!!! prop changes will help you out a lot!
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    The current owner says it runs about 40 to 45mph at 4300 rpm, he lives at a high elevation and it probally needs a tune up. I know it has a stainless prop but i didnt look what size. I just want to make sure this boat will work for what i want and not cost me tons of money right of the bat. I love these boats and have wanted one for years but i don't want to get in over my head. Im sure with a good tune up and this boat should run close to 50mph or so, just don't want to get run over
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dano214 View Post
    The current owner says it runs about 40 to 45mph at 4300 rpm, he lives at a high elevation and it probally needs a tune up. I know it has a stainless prop but i didnt look what size. I just want to make sure this boat will work for what i want and not cost me tons of money right of the bat. I love these boats and have wanted one for years but i don't want to get in over my head. Im sure with a good tune up and this boat should run close to 50mph or so, just don't want to get run over
    if you come down in altitude it may run 50 on it's own I would check the oil in the outdrive for water. When you say schiada you say investment

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    Thanks Bart, thats what im thinking I love the boat the only thing that scared me was the drive but after I've done alot of research on this drive and talked with you guys, im now confident that this is the boat. Thanks agian for all the info, thats what i love about the boards. I'll keep you all posted and will post pics when i pick her up.

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    Now what you need is a 280 T transom shield to go with it.
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    I beleive that it is the 280t? thats the 280 with trim correct? I know it has trim but the current owner said you can't trim it like a merc. But it does have trim.

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    The biggest problem with this drive is the blunt edge gear case. Add a nose cone to stream line the gearcase. That gearcase will blow out just above 60 mph. Also get rid of the Volvo Elephant ear prop and have a prop shop put a Volvo hub in a Merc. prop or there was a company making a Volvo prop shaft with Mercs spline on it. I dont know if they still make it or not.

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    I have twin 280's on my 36' sleekcraft, no problems ever.

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