the news about the engine is not good
time for some serious thinking
the email from Robin is below I trust the man and really like him - he has told me like it is - he wants to make sure that there are no surprises
Dylan, I have looked at the problem and would like to offer the following observations.
The MD really is rather over sized for her but a lovely engine none the less.
Having checked all four mounts I must report that the forward port side mount is separating and the after mounts are suspect as you already know.
This engine is a very tight squeeze as I am sure you are aware. The forward engine mounts are not the designed units for the Volvo but a pair of Metalastik units on a fabricated bracket to permit installation in the space available. This particular design of mount is not currently listed by Trellborg (they now own Metalastik in Leicester) so I will need to contact them with details.
However to do this I would need to remove the mount from the engine and it is likely that the best way would be to remove the engine from its existing location. I am not confident that enough room can be gained by lifting it alone.
My fear now is that the labour cost could be significant and seem out of proportion to the work involved.
If I were to advise you formally then I would be looking at around four days work, especially if new mounts have to configured for the forward ones. My normal charges are in the region of £200 per day, so you can see why I am concerned.
The parts costs may not be too high and my guess is around £125.
So the worst case scenario is a bill approaching a thousand pounds including VAT.
I would naturally reinstall the engine having checked it over and given it an oil change and filter change for the fuel system. We could try and consider repair or replacement of the gear change at the same time.
All of this I will leave with you to consider. It is a large figure for a seemingly simple job, which it may yet prove to be. I just do not want to suggest one figure and come back to you with a shockingly higher one due to 'unforeseen problems'.
Sorry this news is not good,
Morris Marine Services
Dylan, I have been in touch with Trellborg and sadly they no longer manufacture the mounts.
It may be possible to replace these mounts with simple bobbins but that would not give you the failsafe facility and should the engine break free due to a rope or other rubbish round the prop the engine could dislodge from the engine beds while still running.
Either way we would still need to remove the engine to effect a full repair.
Sorry the news is bad. Robin.