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jshell posted 10-23-2003 09:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for jshell   Send Email to jshell  
I am looking to buy a Tohatsu 40 for a very, very resonable price. The current owner says that it needs a ring job and it will be fine. I know that these are good motors, but should I shy away from on the needs this done. The motor is less the ten yeard old and looks great. It makes me wonder if it was run without oil. I have rebuilt truck motors before, but never an outboard. I believe that this motor would be perfect for the 13 SS that I am restoring.

1. Is a ring job just putting new rings on the pistons?

2. How much does that cost?

3. Should I stay away from a motor that needs this?

4. How much should I pay for this motor knowing that it
need this work done?

Thanks in advance for your help on this. That is all I know about this motor. Let me know if you need any other infomation.


Bigshot posted 10-23-2003 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Just a ring job eh? Why does it need one? Is it worn out or low compression? If low compression then it probably needs to be honed as well. Worn out then why would you want it? No compression it probably needs to be bored & new pistons, etc. You will also need a complete gasket kit, waterpump, etc. Is the crank still good? If she got real hot from oil starvation then it will need new bearings and if crank is bad.....forgetaboutit! I would not pay more than $200 if in really good shape being you could part it out on E-Bay for that much if she is shongo.
lhg posted 10-23-2003 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think Nick speaks the truth. Tell him you'll pay him fair market value after HE'S had it rebuilt and shows you the bill for what was done, with guarantee from engine shop.
jshell posted 10-23-2003 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jshell  Send Email to jshell     
Thanks for the input. I think I was kind of glossy-eyed about getting a motor like this on the cheap. I'll ask the seller about how, when & where, but I am leaning away from buying now.
Sal DiMercurio posted 10-23-2003 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Your looking at "roughly" $2,300 depending on who does it.

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