We’re Off To See The Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard Of Engines.


The trusty “W” in the back of the trusty Chevy truck. Lets Gettit Done!

Shhhh, don’t tell any one at my office, but I am not feeling to well today, cough cough, sniff. I don’t think I will be able to make it into work today. Acording to the Dr, I have a bad case of…. well, I am leaking fluids. And well, feel rather oil like.


A new set of engine storage for just some of the engines at Katzs. Bob Kays Photo

So this am at 4:30 AM Jimmy and I are heading up to Katz’s Marina, and VanNess Engineering for a complete rebuild. It’s a long day with a ton of driving, but to do things right, its always good to go the extra mile..or miles.

10 replies
  1. Pappy
    Pappy says:

    I gotta say that the ol’ W looks tired, but I am impressed with the top end paint job! It will be nice to have her standing tall and ready to roar come springtime.

  2. Walt
    Walt says:

    Hope you feel better Matt. Those leaky fluids can be quite contageous so it’s good that you did not go in to the office and risk infeting others. I look forward to hearing what the teardown reveals and what it takes to rebuild one of these older marine engines.

    • steve
      steve says:

      Ha! It takes money, lots of it, to rebuild one of these older marine engines. They are one of the most simplistic engines but the parts are expensive, hard to find, and you have to have a lot of machining done by someone who knows what they are doing with these old engines.

      Sadly, you probably could by a GM crate engine for less and double the horsepower. Kodos to Matt for staying original! Its the burden of being a good caretaker.

      • Troy in ANE
        Troy in ANE says:

        Actually I did not find it to be that horrible with my WBR, but all I really needed was new main and rod bearings and had the crank ground to accommodate the .020 undersized main bearings.

  3. Cobourg Kid
    Cobourg Kid says:

    Back in its day CC advertised the W as a reliable, powerful and tough power plant suitable for commercial use, in other words…”Strong like Bull”. Reason enough to rebuild the old Iron giant

  4. thomas d.
    thomas d. says:

    I resemble the rebuild in a can remark, I still haven’t figured out what the bath towel in the oil pan was for. any ideas?

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