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    Default Volvo 290 repair

    Let me start by saying I'm a jet guy & know nothing about outdrives. I'm looking for a winter project & found a possible candiate. It has a Volvo Penta 290 drive on the transom now. The owner says & I quote,

    "Outdrive does go bleed down slowly while sitting on trailer. Outdrive does not have reverse kick rod. Both of these items do not affect the performance of the out drive".

    In your opinion is this a deal killer? I don't want to spend thousands to repair a junk outdrive.

    The hull now has a dead 350 sbc. I was planning to upgrade to a 454 BBC at about 350-400 HP. Will the Volvo 290 drive handle the extra hp?

    Thanks in advance for your expertise....-Rich





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    Sounds like the trim pump is letting the drive down. Easy replacement and in most cases you can use a MerCruiser pump (cheaper). The reverse lock looks like a upside down paw that is attached to the outdrive and when the drive is lowered it "clicks" onto the chrome bar that's on the bottom of the transom shield. Most cases it's just gummed up and not closing fast enough. If not one of the little springs is stretched out a little to much and can be replaced cheap and worst case the whole reverse lock is screwed up and can be bought ebay for under a $100 bucks. As for HP, I'm running a rollered and stroked Mark IV BBC 496 in front of my Volvo 270 (they are good to at least 500hp) and 290's are built tougher.
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