New engine, any suggestions?

What engines to use, how to fix them, gasoline/diesel, etc
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New engine, any suggestions?

Post by Antoinef » Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:07 pm

Hello everyone,
I'm in the process to restore a volga that was once powered by an outboard motor.
I would like to put one of the new contra-rotative z drive with an inboard diesel (probably around 150 HP).
Does anyone knows the depth of the drive.
Any suggestions on an engine/z-drive combination?
Thank’s in advance,

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Re: New engine, any suggestions?

Post by Mark » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:24 pm

Hello Antoinef,

I have seen a few Volga 275's with a mercruser heck drive.
Build as low as possible, some have a extension in de drive.
maybe a volvo 280? or 290 duoprop is a good option?
Friend od my is putting a mercedes OM606 behind his 290 duoprop
in his Volga 275..


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Re: New engine, any suggestions?

Post by Antoinef » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:17 pm

Hi Mark,
Thank's for your answer.
I'm going to look for a Volvo 280.
The Mercury (VW) diesel engine with the bravo three looks very interesting too.
Just not sure about the depth of the Z-drive.
Thank's again,

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Re: New engine, any suggestions?

Post by Eduard » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:09 pm

He Guys,

I have a Volga with an original Penta-drive Z drive (AQ 170
Stern drive). The standard AQ has an extension of 10 cm. This extension and is not available from Penta. It has been casted in Russia. The biggest available extension from penta 5 cm (see picture).
My Volga has an Inboard engine. Originally, off factory it was a Volvo penta B30 (6 cyl) engine. I replaced the engine with a penta D3 190 (5cyl) and the AQ180 was rebuild with the

If you need any measurements, just ask
I do have pictures how we tackled the problems
Volga with Penta Z Drive and Diesel engine
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