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Bruyere
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The boat we're about to get has 1 x 35 HP Ford Watermota and the tank holds 32 gallons.

Do I need a fuel additive to add to the unleaded ?
If I do...what do I need ?
And how often do I use it ?

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The lead is to protect the valve seats and they may already have been replaced with hardened ones but if not, unless you are going to put a huge amount of hours on it or thrash it then it should be OK on straight unleaded. If you want belt & braces then a lead substitute addative can be used at the ratio on the container. The octane rating on unleaded is more than enough for that motor.

If it was me I think I'd put the addative money in a pot and save up for a little replacement diesel.

David

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Hi Kev

I have the same engine in my Freeman and the only thing extra I put in is a drop of "Red-X" and if I feel like a nice smell then a drop or two of Castrol R ( thats not neccessory of course )

A  couple of thins to look our for is the rubber diaphram on the carb. throttle accelerator -  that can rot and cause a fuel leak. I know !

Also there is a copper fuel line that goes into the carb.  As the carb is Alum you can get some trouble from there, or so I have been told.

I have done over 600 hours in 3 years with mine and the diaphram was the only thing that let me down..
Spears are available from the Freeman Owners Club if needed.

Good luck


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Quote "Spears are available from the Freeman Owners Club if needed."

Are these to repel boaders?  Smile

Robin
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Snap Robin, nearly as bad as the Normans', Carol quick the sofa is it arrow proof

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Lord she's not having her pups already!
Not unless they are being born three foot long!!!"
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Lorde Paul,
Castrol R   mmm brings back memorious of my old A J S
smelt like a chippie after a goodly belt round the old North Circular.  (ACE CAFE and all that)
Sorry for this drift folk but the old Rose Tinted were on for a mo.

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Thanks for the advice there.....as I have no intention of thrashing it I should be OK then.

However, I can see me putting in a LOT of hours in over the summer....well....that IS what we got her for.
Smile

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Spears.... LOL   got me chuckling Robin.  Sorry about that.
And yes Roya.  Ace cafe,  boy that brings back memories!!!   Hope to get there this year if all goes well.

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Morris Oils make one of the best addatives.

To get the smell of "R" on the cheap just add a couple of spoonfulls of vegetable oil (cooking) to a tankfull, don't overdo it though as it can gum up the rings.

Roger

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Kev m8...somewhere in the depths of our garage I have a device called a "Fuel Cat" bought at a classic car show which connects in-line on your fuel hose between the pump and the carb and allows you to run unleaded fuel on a non-unleaded engine with no valve-seat recession problems.

We used this successfully recently on a 1987 Ford Capri Mk3 2.0 packing an old Pinto engine with 125k miles on it. Worked superbly. If you want I can try and find it out and you're welcome to use it...

Just let me know if you're interested.

John

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