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Remanufactured Long Blocks

Volvo Penta offers a complete range of Long blocks from 4.3L through to 8.1L.

Remember, the focus of Volvo Penta Reman is always on quality with good value for the consumers. Volvo Penta equates quality to long term cost of ownership vs. not what one can save today.

Volvo Penta offers:
• Factory warranty and service support
• Labor based on Volvo Penta flat rates, not limited

The customer benefits from a stringent Volvo Penta Remanufacturing Process:
• Tightly controlled process, insuring high quality. All engine assemblies are remanufactured to original factory specifications and provide original equipment durability and performance.
• Volvo base engines are completely remanufactured with the correct components as required for the marine environment. The valves, pistons, bearings, timing chain and oil pump are always replaced with new pieces that are equivalent to or better than a new marine engine.
• Camshafts are polished or replaced with new ones, they are never reground.
• Engines are built with correct marine specification stainless steel head gaskets and brass freeze plugs for use in salt water environments.
• 100% magnaflux inspection of all block and cast iron cylinder heads.
• Connecting rods are checked for straightness and twist. If out of tolerance they are replaced, never bent back into shape.
• CNC machinery and computing sets our powertrain apart from the rest. Consistent, reliable machining centers deliver the highest quality standards for all of your remanufactured applications.
• Cutting edge robotics allow for fully automated processing. This flexibility leads to faster turn around time and the accuracy needed to exceed factory standards every time.
• Dynamic Engine Testing: All engines are checked and measured for proper torque to turn, cylinder compression, oil flow, oil pressure as well as audibly monitored for any unusual noises.
• All engines must pass the same rigorous testing, inspection and acceptance standards as new engines before they are program certified.
• Using the original engine specifications, the engines are then continuously monitored for oil pressure, power, torque levels, oil consumption, overall integrity and noise levels.
• Quick Delivery: 2-3 day delivery from date of order to most locations, freight prepaid with a liberal core return policy.

These features set Volvo Penta apart from other engine rebuilders. Volvo Penta doesn’t just fix what’s broken, we remanufacture to today’s specifications. That brings peace of mind to customers that their reman long block is as good as new.

Article posted courtesy of Volvo Penta marine engines.


The importance of Oil Analysis

What is an Oil Analysis?
An Oil Analysis is a basic driveline “health check”. The process is simple. The first step is taking a sample of oil from your engine, followed by sending the sample to a laboratory for testing. The next step is a rigorous analysis done at the laboratory where a great amount of data is collected including water/coolant content, viscosity, fuel, contaminates, the amount of metallic particles, and more. The data collected is compared to the data that Volvo Penta has on acceptable limits in Volvo Penta engines. After the testing is complete, a user-friendly report is generated. Then, the analysis can provide early warnings which make possible the timely replacement of components before problems appear and damage occurs.

What does Oil Analysis test?

Our Oil Analysis tests for wear metals, oil additives and contaminants, viscosity, soot, water, fuel dilution, and glycol on engines. On gears and transmissions, we test for wear metals, oil additives, contaminants, viscosity, and water. We also test for wear metals, oil additives, contaminants, viscosity, water, acid number, and particle count on Hydraulic fluids.

Why should a customer have an Oil Analysis performed?

The main purpose of the analysis is to find problems before they occur to avoid downtime and expensive repairs. If you conduct regular oil analysis, you will be one step ahead of possible damage occurring.

What does Oil Analysis do for Customers?

Oil Analysis can help detect problems early so your dealer can schedule future repairs and part replacement if necessary.


Test for glycol is positive. There is a high concentration of glycol present in the oil. There is a moderate concentration of water present in the oil.


We advise that you check for the source of the coolant leak. We recommend that you drain the oil from the component if this has not already been done. We advise that you flush the component thoroughly before re-filling with oil. We recommend
an early resample to monitor this condition.

Article posted courtesy of Volvo Penta marine engines.

Capn “Fatty” Goodlander talks about his new Perkins Marine M92 engine

Your engine may have saved our lives already.

At the height of our recent gale, I managed to claw down the jammed storm staysail at dawn… which was VERY good in one sense… but not another. We needed to heave-to. If we remained sail-less and sideways, we’d surely roll within minutes.

Thus I checked for sheets and lines overboard, and hit the starter button. The Perkins immediately sprang into life, and powered Ganesh directly into those powerful, giant, deck-sweeping 20 foot plus seas… without a problem… at a mere 1900 RPM. Thus Carolyn and I was able to spend the next 2.5 hours (I kid you not, please don’t ask) raising the double-reefed main.

YES! If the Perkins had not started or didn’t have enough power… I don’t know what would have happened–perhaps the Caribbean would have one less word-crazed Marine Columnist.

On a side note… the gale and being hove-to certainly made us heel sharply… at one point dipping the starboard rail for hours at a time… and the exhaust system did its job perfectly. GREAT!

We also had an amazing bit of luck (both good and bad) 14 miles off the coast of Ecuador.

It was pitch black. No moon. We were motorsailing at 6.3 knots, with the Perkins ticking along at 1600 RPM… when I sensed a change while sitting at the nav station belowdecks. The boat hadn’t shuttered and the engine hadn’t changed pitch… but something was wrong. I went on deck and looked at my gauges and my sails… then flicked on a spotlight… and saw we were stopped totally in a sea of bright green. Stopped? Sea of Green? Yeah! We’re run into an illegal drift fishing net which was miles long… and it had gently stopped us… and was all around us… under our keel and snagged on our skeg and binding up the rudder and on both sides of us and dead ahead…



I immediately throttled down and put her in neutral… amazed at my good, great, unbelievable luck. (This was about 10 minutes before the angry, naked, high-on-cocaine Aztec with a 16″ Ikea butcher knife was standing on my deck… dripping & seething… and deciding whether to gut me like a fish or not… but, hey, that’s another sea yarn.)

Basically, the M92B is running perfectly and I’m very pleased.