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As engine professionals, we feel an obligation to share our knowledge with our customers and other engine pros. To do so we publish an ongoing series of “Tech Tips” designed to help you keep your Perkins, Deutz, Deere, or Continental engine up and running, your Hurth marine transmission last longer, your Rockford and Twin Disc® PTO to function better, or your exhaust scrubber and purifier to clean more air.
We share in writing these Tech Tips and try to do one or two a month. These Tech Tips have evolved over the years but they stay constant in their goal of communicating our knowledge to our customers and our fellow engine pros.
Dr Diesel welcomes your comments and suggestions.
Manufacturers names, symbols and numbers are for reference purposes only and do not imply manufacturing origin.

#1: Blend The Oil – Perkins Marine Diesel.
#2: Marine Transmission Fluid.
#3 Metric to Fractional Interchange.
#4 Adventures In Oil.
#5 Perkins and Deutz Gasket Paper; What to Use in a Pinch.
#6 Diesel Rod Reconditioning.
#7 Continental Tappett Settings.
#8 Ford 172/192 Industrial Engine.
#9 How to Install a Continental or Perkins Water Pump Pulley.
#10 Torque Values and Valve Settings.
#11 Twist Wrenches, Not Your Career.
#12 Perkins Sleeves Made Simple.
#13 Leaking Deutz, Deere, Perkins or Ford Industrial Exhaust Manifold?.
#14 Using Oil Analysis to Avoid Downtime – Part 1.
#15 Pulling an Engine.
#16 The Perkins 4107/8 Rides Again.
#17: Working on Deutz or Perkins Industrial Engines? 3 Unexpected Uses for Grease.
#18 Oil Analysis Procedures.
#19 Engine Diagnostics for Dummies.
#20 Perkins Serial Numbers.
#21 Identifying Wisconsin Engines.
#22 Hurth Gears: Care and Maintenance.
#23 Oil filters: Capacity Counts.
#24 Ford 300 Industrial Downdraft Carburetors.
#25 Break-in Oil: Not Synthetic.
#26 Foley Engines Clean Air Tip.
#27 Improving Oil Drain-back Time on your Perkins, Deutz, or Deere Industrial Engine.
#28 Selecting and Installing A High Output Alternator.
#29 Frozen Distributor?.
#30 Installing a Cylinder Head.
#31 Extending Valve Spring Life on your Deutz, Deere, or Perkins engine.
#32 Deutz and Perkins Pistons: Design and Selection.
#33 Disposing of used Lube Oil.
#34 Atomic 4 Carburetors and Pumps.
#35: Working on a Perkins or Deutz with a Balky or Unusual Fastener?.
#36 First Level Maintenance Considerations for Perkins Diesels.
#37 Perkins Fuel System Seal Kits.
#38 Foley Pulley to the Rescue for Perkins 4107/108’s.
#39 How to Install a Wisconsin, Continental, Perkins or Ford Ignition Coil.
#40: Walker Airsep Systems.
#41 SAE Bell Housings Made Easy!.
#42 Install a new Balmar Alternator on your diesel or gas powered marine engine.
#43 GM 4.3 V6 Industrial Engine Identification Made Easy.
#44 High Amp Alternator Difficult to Mount.
#45 Alternators, Batteries, Regulators, Solar Panels, Revisited.
#46 Starting Wisconsin Engines With High Loads.
#47 Avoiding Idle Gears.
#48: Maintaining Your Rockford and Twin Disc Power Takeoff Clutch.
#49 Working on a John Deere engine without a manual?.
#50 Raw Water Pump Maintenance.
#51 Souping up the Series 72 Borg Warner.
#52 Solid State Ignition Kits.
#53 Header Wraps and Tailpipe Blankets.
#54 Perkins Marine Coolers and Couplers.
#55 Cummins B Series Tachometers.
#56 Spark Plug 101.
#57: All You Need to Know to Ship Your Deutz or Perkins Engine.
#58 Bleeding Lucas, Stanadyne, and Diesel Kiki Fuel Systems.
#59 ZF/Hurth Marine Coupler and Damper Plate 101.
#60 Perkins Exhaust Elbows and Flanges: Now in Stainless Steel!.
#61 Coming Soon, A Fable By Dr. Diesel!.
#62 Installing a Hot Water Heater.
#63 GM 5.7 Litre Industrial Engine Identification Made Easy (Part 1).
#64 Water Pump Pulleys.
#65 The Nuts, Belts, and Bolts of Alternator Maintenance.
#66 Repairing Raw Water Pumps.
#67 How to Remove A Troublesome Pilot Bearing (Part 1).
#68 Foley Engines Head Installation Check List.
#69: Working on Deutz, Deere and Perkins Industrial Engines? 7 Steps to Waking Up .
#70 Perkins/Westerbeke Elbows and Flanges (Part 2).
#71 How Often Should I Change My Lube Oils?.
#72: Saving Worn Deutz, Continental and Wisconsin Blocks.
#73: 3 Ways to Make Your Twin Disc or Rockford Power Takeoff Last Longer.
#74: 8 Reasons to Remote Mount Your Perkins or Deutz Oil Filter.
#75 Overcoming Cam Problems in GM 4.3 V6 Vortec Industrial Engine.
#76 The Nuts and Bolts of Con Rod Reconditioning.
#77 Identifying your Kubota Four Cylinder Diesel.
#78 Hurth Marine Transmissions: The Ins and Outs of Basic Service.
#79 Kubota 2203 Identification: A Field Guide.
#80 Governors on Industrial Engines: a Brief Overview.
#81 Identifying the GM 8.1 Liter Industrial Engine.
#82 Bleeding Perkins, Deutz, and Deere Fuel Systems (Part 2).
#83 Deutz Diesel Crankshafts: A Cautionary Note.
#84 Ensuring Head Gasket Longevity on Continental Industrial Engines.
#85 Identifying and Maintaining the Ford C6 Transmission as Used in Industrial Applications.
#86 Deutz Diesel Fuel Systems: How to identify the correct Deutz 912 Fuel Pumps and Injectors.
#87 Perkins, Ford, White-Hercules, Continental and Chrysler Water Pumps.
#88 Identifying John Deere PowerTech Engines.
#89: Working on Deutz, Deere and Perkins Industrial Engines? … Going “Greener”.
#90: Six Points You Need to Know About Deutz 912/913 Diesel Liners.
#91 Alternators for Perkins Engine Models 4108, 4203, 4236 and 6354.
#92: Identifying the Ford Dover and Dorset Engines.
#93 Twin Disc and Rockford Power Take Offs.
#94 Ford 460 Industrial Engine.
#95 Removing a Troublesome Pilot Bearing (Part 2).
#96 ZF/Hurth Marine Transmissions: A Six Step Program.
#97 GM 5.7 Industrial Engine Identification Made Easy (Part 2).
#98 A New Way to Identify John Deere Engines.
#99 Chrysler LH318 Industrial Engines; An Alternative Oil Filter.
#100 The Perkins 4108 Diesel Rear Seal.
#101 Hurth Gear Shift Position: A Warning.
#102 Installing a Continental Engine Water Pump.
#103: Diesel Exhaust Scrubbers: 4 Easy Steps to Ordering an Exhaust Scrubber.
#104 ZF/Hurth and Borg Warner Damper Plates: Shake, Rattle and Roll.
#105 Hurth and ZF/Hurth Marine Transmissions: Old Wine in New Bottles?.
#106 ZF/Hurth Gears: A Dollar an Hour Gear.
#107 What To Do With Your Money? Dr Diesel Comes Up With a Solution.
#108: 6 Things to Know Before Ordering Your Cummins 5.9 or 8.3 Industrial Engine.
#109 Cummins B Series Reman Exchange Engines.
#110 Kubota 2203 Engine Kits: A Quick Guide.
#111 Power Take-Off Clutches for Wood Chippers.
#112 Spin-on Fuel Filters for Perkins Diesels.
#113 Prolonging the Life of Your Twin Disc or Rockford PTO.
#114 Available SAE Housing Sizes, Available Clutch Sizes, Torque Capacities & Key Dimensions.
#115 Cummins A/Onan L Series Water Pumps.
#116 Curing Excessive Side Load Problems With Twin Disc and Rockford PTOs.
#117 Ford 172 and Ford 192 Distributors and Drive Rods.
#118 Super Sizing Rockford and Twin Disc or Auto Clutch Power Takeoff Clutch Pilot Bearings (Part 3).
#119 Identifying the Ford 460 Industrial Engine.
#120 How to Order a Kubota 2003 Engine Overhaul Kit: Five Easy Questions.
#121: How To Order Parts For The Ford VSG Series Engine.
#122 Diesel Particulate Filters: 9 Easy to follow points.
#123 Chrysler LH318 and LH360 Industrial Engines: How to Identify Them.
#124 How to Time a Perkins Engine.
#125 Deutz Diesel and Ford Industrial Engine Timing Belts.
#126 Not Your Father’s Perkins 4108; Bringing the Perkins 4108 into the 21st Century.
#127 Chrysler Industrial Engines: How to Identify the IND30, IND31, IND32 and IND33 Chrysler Flatheads.
#128: Avoiding an Early Failure with a Deutz 1011 / 2011 Rebuilt.
#129 Ford 172 and Ford 192 Industrial Engine Distributor Drive Rod.
#130 How to Get More Life Out of Your AutoClutch Power Takeoff.
#131 Perkins 4236 Diesel and Ford 300 Industrial Pilot Bearing Holders.
#132 How To Prevent Zenith Carburetor Icing.
#133 Twin Disc and Rockford Power Take Off Clutches.
#134 – How to Identify a Cotta Transmission.
#135 Perkins and Deutz Gaskets: How to Make Them in a Pinch.
#136 Upgrading A Hoof Or Pierce Belt Drive Governor To An Electronic Governor.
#137 Ford BSD444T: How to Tell the Difference between Early and Late Models.
#138 Electronic Governors: Upgrading a Belt Drive Hoof or Pierce (Part Two).
#139 Diesel Particulate Filter Maintenance.
#140 Continental TM27 and TMD27 Oil Consumption Problems.
#141 Deutz Diesel Engine Model 1013 Fuel Transfer Pumps.
#142 Ford 330 Industrial Engines: Identifying the Dorset and the Dagenham Models.
#143 How NOT To Seat the Piston Rings on Your New Ford 300 Industrial Engine.
#144 Deutz 1011 and 2011 Timing Belt Tension.
#145 Installing an Electronic Governor: Five Easy Tips.
#146 Yanmar Engine Tag Locations.
#147: Running a Twin Disc/Rockford PTO? Want It To Last Longer?.
#148 Ford Industrial In-Line 6 Cylinder Gas Engines: How to Tell Them Apart.
#149: Deutz 1011/2011 Timing Belt Damage.
#150: How to Identify Deutz 912 Engine Fuel Injectors.
#151 Deutz Model 1011 & 2011 Thermostats: “Spring Ahead, Fall Back”.
#152 Ford 300 Industrial Engines.
#153 Hurth HBW50/100/125/150 Transmissions: Two Common Problems Easily Avoided.
#154: AutoClutch Power Takeoff Clutches.
#155: Chrysler LH318 & LH360 Industrial Engines: Easy Block Repair.
#156: Deutz 1011 & Deutz 1011F Diesel Piston to Wall Clearance.
#157: How to Identify the Ford 300 Industrial Engine.
#158: Power Takeoff Clutch Maintenance: How to Remove a Troublesome Pilot Bearing (Part 3).
#159: Deutz 912 Engines: The Difference Between New Generation 912 vs. Old.
#160: Deutz Diesel Electronic Shutoff Solenoid Selection.
#161: Handy Numbers for Perkins Diesel Owners or Rebuilders.
#162: Cummins B Series Injector Protrusion.
#163: Cummins 4 and 6 B Series Short Block Upgrades.
#164: Upgrading Your Twin Disc/Rockford or Auto Clutch PTO.
#165: Deutz 912 Diesel Connecting Rod Bolts.
#166: Block Heaters, Glow Plugs, and Immersion Heaters for your Perkins, Deutz or Ford Industrial Engine.
#167: Twin Disc, Rockford and AutoClutch Power Takeoffs and Pulleys.
#168: Deutz 1011 and 2011 Timing Belt Change Intervals.
#169: All You Need to Know About Deutz and Wisconsin Blowers.
#170: All You Need to Know to Install a Deutz, Perkins or Deere Crankshaft.
#171: Deutz Head Gaskets: Composite or MLS?.
#172: A Five Point Checklist on Deutz Head Bolts and Torque Values.
#173 How to Remove a Perkins 4.108 Injection Pump in Two Easy Steps.
#174: Five Points to Keep in Mind When Overhauling a Deutz 1011 or Deutz 2011 Diesel Engine.
#175: Deutz 2011 Timing Belts; How to Remove the Plastic Cover.
#176: 120 Series Electric Actuator.
#177: Crankshaft Installation Tips.
#178: Deutz 2012/1013 Cooling System Service and Maintinence.
#179: Dr. Diesel’s Turbocharger Installation Manual.
#180: EPA Tier 3 Deutz Engine Specs.
#181: Exhaust Purifier Installation Procedures.
#182: Foley Universal Governor Installation Guide.
#183: How To Install A Lucas CAV/Delphi Pump.
#184: How to Break-In a Remanufactured Deutz Engine.
#185: Installation Instructions for Complete Distributors.
#186: Isuzu Industrial Diesel Engine Serial Number Location.
#187: Notes on Installing Twin Disc/Rockford Power Takeoffs.
#188: Perkins Engine Number and Location Guide.
#189: Perkins Marine Power 4.108(M).
#190: Turbocharger Installation Instructions.
#191: How to Upgrade an AutoClutch PTO.
#192: Perkins 4.107/4.108 Stainless Steel Exhaust Elbows.
#193: Deutz 1011 and Deutz 2011 Electronic Shutoff Solenoids.
#194: How to Identify Ford VSG411 and VSG413 Starters.
#195: How to Identify Perkins 4.107 and 4.108 Lift Pumps.
#196: Ford 300 Ring Gears Made Easy.
#197: How to Identify Your Ford Industrial Model Year.
#198: Wisconsin and Continental Solid State Distributor Installation Made Easy.
#199: Deutz Engine Serial Number Location Made Easy.
#200: Rebuilding Deutz Connecting Rods.
#201: Wisconsin Two Cylinder Cast Iron Engines: How to Tell the TJD from the THD.
#202: Ford 300 Cylinder Head Differences Made Easy.
#203: Deutz and Perkins Turbocharger Maintenance Made Easy.
#204: How to Identify the Hercules G1600 Engine.
#205: Twin Disc or Rockford Not lasting as Long as it should? Here’s an Easy Fix.
#206: Twin Disc and Rockford PTO Lubrication: How Often and How Much should I Lubricate my PTO?.
#207: Twin Disc IBF314 Power Takeoff Clutch.
#208: Perkins 1000 Series Connecting Rods: Fractured or Serrated?.
#209: Ford LSG423 Gasket Identification Made Easy.
#210: Twin Disc Clutch Adjustment.
#211: How to Identify the Hercules D2000, D2300, D3400, G2000, G2300 and G3400 Engines.
#212: Identifying the Ford 460 Water Pump.
#213: Working on a Deutz 511 engine? Here’s How to Find the Serial Number.
#214: AutoClutch PTOs Made Easy.
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Eska Outboard Motors
Perkins Engines
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Allison Transmission
American Marine Ltd (Grand Banks)
Boat Inspection
Types of Marine Surveys
Marine Surveyors: Countries by Regions
Boat Builders By MIC
Beta Marine
American Boat and Yacht Counsel (ABYC)
USCG NVIC 07-95 Guidance on Inspection, Repair and Maintenance of Wooden Hulls

What our nonprofit Anchors Aweigh Academy and its website have accomplished so far.

  • Published over 300 website main topic webpages, many with full articles on the topic. See our Website Contents in the Right Sidebar for the listing of the main topic pages.
  • Published over 9,000 marine vendor webpages, all with their contact information, most with a description of their products and services, many with product documentation, specifications and independent reviews. (Includes: Boat designers, boat building tools, material and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, boat builders and dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, boat insurers, boat transporters, skippers and crews, boatyards and marinas, yacht clubs, boat rentals and yacht charters, boating, seamanship and maritime schools, marine law attorneys and expert witnesses, boat refitters and repairers, book authors and publishers, and video producers)
  • Acquired over 120,000 pages of product documentation including Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Pictures, Serial Number Guides, Installation Manuals, OpManuals, Parts Schematics, Parts Bulletins, Shop Manuals, Wiring Diagrams, Service Bulletins, and Recalls. And have made all viewable to academy members through the EAB website.
  • Acquired over 1,200 books and magazine back issues in our academy library and so far have made over 700 viewable to academy members through the EAB website.
  • Published over 500 DIY How-To articles about boat design, construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. We are working hard to do more.

We are currently formatting and polishing the Anchors Aweigh Academy online and hands-on courses. The Marine Surveying course has proven to be excellent for both the beginner and the seasoned surveyor, and especially helpful to the Do-It-Yourselfer.

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FROM Donald: "This is an awesome website. I found the information that I needed right away from one of the over 20,000 free articles that you provide as a public service. I'm surprised that so much if this site is free. But I still signed up so I could access the thousands of expanded pages, interesting articles, and dozens of valuable programs! The member's library of books, magazines and videos that I can view online is really terrific! I understand that you and your staff are all unpaid volunteers. Please keep up the good work. And I commend you for your plans to add another 10,000 free informative articles over the next year. I'm thrilled to support you in this endeavor with my small membership donation. Thanks again for all your hard work."

FROM Huey: "I agree with my Uncle, I too have found the articles to be very enlightening. They say that it will take about 100,000 articles to cover the full scope that they have envisioned for the website. They have over 20,000 articles so far and that's doing pretty well, but it could take several years to get the rest. I also noticed that many of the Main Topic Pages and some of the article pages are still in the rough draft stage. I guess that they will fill in as they can get volunteers to work on them. But what I can't figure out is why anyone would spend the time writing informative in depth articles just to give away free to this website for publication? What's in it for them?"

FROM Dewey: "Well Huey, to me It looks like most of the articles on this website are written by very informed people, like boating instructors, boat designers, boat builders, riggers, electricians, fitters, marine repair technicians and marine surveyors. Writing such articles helps establish them as knowledgeable professionals. After all, this website was originally created by a school for marine technicians and marine surveyors. The website is growing in content every day. They even had to move to a bigger, more powerful server because the website's traffic has been growing exponentially."

FROM Louie: "I agree with everyone above. This site is quickly becoming the ultimate reference resource about every aspect of boats and ships for everyone from the beginning recreational boater to the seasoned professional mariner. I use the topic pages on the right sidebar to browse around the website. It's like a Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook for Boaters. Their Members' Library of over 300 popular and obscure books and over 200 magazine back issues that can be viewed online is fabulous. The Academy's magazine is especially informative. On top of that, there is the "Ask-An-Expert program for members where you can get an expert's answer to any of your boat questions. And a whole years membership is only $25. What a deal! I really love being part of this "Everything About Boats" community and help provide thousands of helpful articles free to the public. I think that I'll sit down right now and write an article about my experiences boating with my uncle."

FROM Scrooge: "You rave about this website like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I think it stinks. Sure, it has a lot of good information for boaters, and they're adding more every day, but it will probably never be finished. Furthermore, I don't even own a boat. And I wouldn't have a boat even if someone gave me one. Boats are a waste of money and time and energy and money! They're just a hole in the water you pour money into. If you gave me a boat, I'd sell it quicker then you could say Baggywrinkle. Then I'd lock up the cash with all my other money so I could keep my eye on it and count it every day. Bah humbug."

FROM Daisy: "I'm just so glad that Donald got the boat so we and the boys could enjoy boating — together. And of course all of the girls, April, May, and June, love to be on the water too, especially when that is where the boys are. Oh poor Scrooge, boating is more fun then you could possibly imagine."

FROM Scrooge: "After seeing how much fun you all have on the water together, I regret that I didn't have that much fun when I was young. I've had a change of heart, and I'm giving each of you a Lifetime Academy Membership."

FROM Editor: "For those of you that have stayed with us this far, many thanks. You inspire us to keep working on this labor of love. We know that we have a lot more to do. Ultimately, we hope that we can help you enjoy the wonder filled world of boating as much as we do. We are all waiting to see what you have to say about this webpage article. Submit any comments via email To⇒ Be sure to include this page's title in the subject line. Also, your corrections, updates, additions and suggestions are welcomed. Please submit them via email To⇒ Let's work together on this."