havent leaked in 53 yrs dont leak dont know what 1 more summer is gonna hurt check for blistering leaks or smell change em out next winter my 2 cents
That's a good plan. I'll put fresh oil in the engine, a new impeller, figure out whether the puddle of clean looking gear oil in the bilge is a spill someone didn't clean up or if the v-drive seals need to be replaced, put her in the water, see what I see, and enjoy the summer months. With a little luck, I should have a trip report in a week or so.Think about pulling the engine next season. Get on the water and have some fun. Enjoy my friend.
Just add some octane booster at the correct amount to gallons of fuel.Guys, thanks for the responses. Since posting this thread, I asked the previous owner (77 year old gentleman. It was actually his dad that ordered the boat new.) what they used for gas and he said whatever they sold at the fuel dock on Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead is 5200' elevation. I also asked if he jetted/tuned the carb at all for elevation and whether they put different jets in for Lake Havasu/Colorado River and he looked at me with a blank stare and said his dad took care of that sort of maintenance... so who knows. He also said they took it out a couple years ago. But, the last tags on the boat are 2001, even though it's currently registered. My guess is it sat in the garage for the past 20+ years without any use. I guess I'll just drain any remaining fuel, refill with 10 gallons of premium (91 octane here in CA) and give it a close listen while running. If it pings, I'll retard timing until it doesn't.
Half of me wants to just pull the engine, sell it to someone looking for a genuine vintage L71, and put something a little more modern (pump gas friendly) in it.