Hey. Long time no see.

I thought the Commander Club might be interested in the rehab I'm doing to the original Kohler genset on our 1968 Commander 42. It has less than 300 hours on it, but when we got the boat the carb, raw water pump, coolant circulator pump pulley, and other parts had been removed and did not come with the boat. I'd been collecting the parts to put it back together since 2012, when we got the boat. In preparation for selling the boat later this year, I wanted to get the genset running.

The genset originally came with open circuit (raw water) cooling, but I wanted to convert it to antifreeze. That complicated things quite a bit, since the open cooling gensets don't have heat exchangers built into the exhaust manifolds. There's no place to put a radiator cap on an open circuit genset without a fair bit of customization.

So...I did a bunch of customization. lol

I'm putting together some videos of the rehab of this beast. Here's the first in the series showing the Kohler as-is when we bought the boat, the parts needed to get it running and convert it from open to closed cooling and initial assembly.

Stay tuned for more!



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Thanks Jim!

I'm not done yet. There's still one or two videos to document making the choke work. It was...unconventional.

Stay tuned!


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