I have a 1976 Glastron T187 with a Mercruiser 165hp inline 6. Every time I go to full throttle to pull my dad out to ski the engine stalls. Also the engine has lost quite a bit of speed. Its top speed used to be about 45 now its about 30. I have no idea what else to do. In the last 2 years we've done the following work:Replaced spark plugs and spark plug wiresReplaced the exhaust manifold (the manifold was cracked and began leaking water in to the back two cylinders)Rebuilt the carburatorReplaced the fuel filterCleaned the carburator againReplaced the fuel pumpReplaced rubber fuel lines
Make (of engine): Mercruiser
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It looks like you have done everything except clean out the fuel tank. Since the introduction of ethanol to the fuel boats with old fuel tanks and systems have issues with the ethanol dissolving all the old residue in the fuel tank creating a sludge that restricts fuel flow to the engine. When the fuel flow is restricted the engine will not produce full power and will stall at full throttle operation. Here is an article on the affects of ethanol.
There is a very easy test to check the fuel tank run the engine on another fuel source. If the engine runs better then the boats fuel system is the problem. Clean the fuel tank and the screen on the end of the pick up tube.
If the engine runs the same then we have to do a compression test and check that all cylinders are firing.
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Im almost certain there is a hefty amount of "gunk" in the fuel tank as it sat for nearly ten years with gas containing lead replacement in it. How do you suggest cleaning the fuel tank? The way it is installed in our boat it appears the only way to get it out is to take the entire deck off which i really dont want to get in to.
Get a fuel pump that is ignition protected, remove the fuel sending unit. With the pump and some fuel hose and some copper tubing you can use the tubing as a wand an suck out all the old residue. This will be time consuming if the tank is real bad. I have done many fuel tanks this way and works real well.
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