How to Put a Car Engine in a Boat

If you’re looking to up your boating game, but don’t have the know-how to put a car engine in a boat, don’t worry! In this article, we’ll show you how to do it step-by-step, so that you can take your sailing skills to the next level.

Materials Required

If you’re thinking of putting a car engine in your boat, there are a few materials you’ll need. The engine will require an oil pan, a crankcase, and some other hardware. You’ll also need a transmission, transfer case, and driveshaft.

The oil pan will need to be large enough to accommodate the engine’s oil capacity. The crankcase will need to have enough room for the engine’s pistons and connecting rods. The transmission and transfer case should have Output Shafts that match the engine’s displacement. Finally, the driveshaft must have enough length to reach from the output shaft of the transmission to the power steering pump or alternator.

Tools and Equipment

When you are working on putting a car engine in a boat, it is important to have all of the proper tools and equipment. Here are some of the things you will need:

-A large bucket or plastic container to hold the engine.
-Towel to cover the engine while it is being worked on.
-Socket set or ratchet and wrench.
-Hose clamp or vise grip tool.
-Ruler or scale.
-Paint or sealer to protect the woodwork.
-Wire brush.
-Chisel or hammer.

Step-by-Step Instructions

If you’re new to engine swaps, or just want to learn how to do one in a more simplified way, this guide is for you.

We’ll start with the basics of what needs to be done before moving on to more specific instructions for putting a car engine in a boat.

1. Remove the front seats and the rear seat. If there is no storage area behind the seats, remove the floorboards.
2. Locate the fuel tank and unscrew it from the chassis. If there is no fuel tank, disconnect the fuel lines at each of the carburetors.
3. Disconnect all of the electrical connections except for those necessary to start the engine (ignition wire, battery cable, alternator). Mark each connection with a piece of tape so you can reconnect them later.
4. Remove both hubcaps and unscrew both wheel nuts. With the car on its side, loosen the axle nut and remove the axle from the wheel.
5. Turn over the car so that it’s on its side again and identify which end of the crankshaft is facing up (the front end). Loosen and remove the five bolts

See also  How to Ruin a Car Engine Without Getting Caught

Tips for a Successful Job

If you’re considering putting a car engine in a boat, there are a few things you need to know first. Here are some tips for a successful job:

1. Make sure the engine is the right size. A car engine will not fit in most boats, so make sure to find out what size engine your boat has before starting.

2. Get estimates from qualified professionals. There are many different ways to install a car engine in a boat, and each one requires different tools and skills. If you don’t have any experience installing engines, it’s important to get estimates from qualified professionals to ensure the job is done correctly and without any damage.

3. Plan your installation carefully. It’s not impossible to put an engine in a boat, but it’s definitely more difficult than it looks on TV. Make sure to plan your installation carefully so that everything goes smoothly and there are no surprises later on.


Putting a car engine in a boat can be tricky, but with a little bit of knowledge and patience, it can be done. If you follow these instructions, you’ll be on your way to sailing like a pro in no time!

DynoCar is the best place to find information on all things cars, whether it be a car buying guide or how to change your oil. We’ve made finding and staying in touch with car information easy and fast.



About Us



DynoCar - All About Cars

(440) 999 3699

590 Monterey Blvd San Francisco, CA 94127

Information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and that you should consult with a qualified mechanic or other professional to verify the accuracy of any information. shall not be liable for any informational error or for any action taken in reliance on information contained herein.