Here is a long overdue update on the Trusty “W’ engine being rebuilt out of WECATCHEM. To some it may be a little late, but the engine didn’t go into the rebuild part of its life until a couple weeks ago. We took it up there early since we had time and knew it would be done now. Actually booked the rebuild the week we picked her up, knowing this was going to be a winters project.
She was torn down and the good news is that she had never been rebuilt, and was still in good condition, just worn out. As Dave VanNess said, many of these are rusted out or have huge issues. The trusty W was well loved and taken care of.
We have gone the extra mile on this rebuild and ordered custom pistons, and all new high quality stuff. New bearings, etc. She had one hole in an intake and exhaust manifolds which appeared after being blasted and is already repaired. Even going the extra mile and having all the gaskets made by hand new. No cut corners. There is a inner peace when you know something is being done 100%
We decided to rebuild the W instead of replacing the engine with modern power, or a souped up WB. The W ran great and to be honest, these large 25 Sportsman are more fun when lumbering around. Oh sure, I love a full throttle, but the W slows life down in such a calm way. She does about 30 and that’s more than enough. With today’s cars and boats, we are all used to going fast, quickly. The trusty W gets all there is a romantic way. Stay tuned for future updates as she comes together!