We went to Fred's Machine shop to pick up the engine and being in the Philippines, we were not surprised that the quoted price is not the amount we have to pay. Instead of Php 18K, we were asked to Php 33k. Why they don't bother to quote the real price, I don't know, but it is a waste of time to argue on the principles of giving the right quote. Instead we asked a local who has been dealing with them to bargain. We had it dropped to around Php 25k. Since the engine is still in parts (so we can fit it through the companionway), we withheld Php8k. Fred's mechanic will have to come to the boat to finish installing. Kjartan really can do it himself much better, but we agreed to this so that if anything is wrong, we are not held accountable or be made an excuse. Besides, Kjartan will now be with them supervising. Here are pictures of the machine shop and Fred.
Once we got the engine up on deck, we saw the first challenge. They installed the oil sump backwards!! This took Kjartan's day thinking and reading the manual on what to do. Leave it? Order new gaskets if he takes it apart again? My goodness, if they did this wrong, what else could be wrong inside the engine? In the end, he decided to take it apart and correct the installation. Luckily we do not need new gaskets. I was on deck helping with this. Inside looks very clean and well-greased. Honestly, I miss the days when I have nothing to worry about but just help Kjartan in the day to day chores of taking care of Wiskun. In the heat of the day, we managed to put the sump back, kjartan putting on screws on one side and me on the other side. Then I leave all the final tightening of screws to him, evening out the tightness using just his strength. Afterwards, we got one person from the boatyard to help in lowering the engine down inside.
Once the engine is bolted down to its position, we arranged for Fred's mechanic to come in to finalize the installation of the head. They (3 of them) came yesterday. Wow - three!! Do they think we have lots of room in the engine compartment? Kjartan stood aside and watched them. One admitted, in his limited number of English words, that they have never done this type of engine before. What does he mean? a marine engine? our very very old engine? a British type engine? or he doesn't know how? Anyway, Kjartan knows more than them where parts go, and had to advise them. One thing he noticed is the lack of tools. He had to lend them a torque wrench which they didn't know how to use. Of course, they wouldn't admit it, so they instead asked Kjartan - " you you you, you set up". They also asked for "screw". Surprised, Kjartan gave them screws not knowing what they wanted screws for. They took the screws and tried to do something with them, and finally Kjartan realized, they meant "screwdriver". This is hilarious. Well, they managed to bend or break? the dip stick (not sure if this is what Kjartan meant). They asked for glue or epoxy, and Kjartan refused. They have to replace it.
The job is not done yet. They went home yesterday and when Kjartan asked if they brought along the dip stick, they of course said "yes sir". Kjartan knows better now and insisted to see it. True enough, they didn't have it. The head mechanic had to instruct one of them to go back up to get it. If this was left to me, I would have written a piece of paper that they took it, and have them sign. So the saga of the engine haul in Davao continues today - I hope they show up.