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Hello all,

We just purchased a 1979 Pearson 323 (Hull #164) with the Volvo MD11C motor and V-drive transmission. We sailed it from Miami to Cape Canaveral and the motor did fine (only ~900 hours on the hour meter), but reverse stopped working. It is strange in that it will go into reverse once and then not again the rest of the day. We have contacted all of the local marine diesel mechanics and they stated that they are unable to get parts for this anymore.

Does anyone have a V-drive transmission they are interested in selling or know how to get ours repaired or rebuilt?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Jamison Smith
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Re: 1979 Pearson 323 Volvo Transmission V-Drive replacement or repair?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2021, 10:40:09 PM »
Hi

Just to clarify things the Volvo transmission and the Walters V-Drive are two separated units and can be separated. From the sounds of things the transmission is the problem because you can power forward. 

Steve

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Re: 1979 Pearson 323 Volvo Transmission V-Drive replacement or repair?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2021, 11:07:47 PM »
Hi

You can try Nopper Transmission in Fairhaven Mass. 508-993-5050. They maybe able to help you out.

Noppermarine.com is their website.

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Re: 1979 Pearson 323 Volvo Transmission V-Drive replacement or repair?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2021, 08:20:33 AM »
Steve, yes, just the transmission is under question as the motor seems to run very well, in fact we put just over 20 hours on the motor in our travels north. Thank you so much for the contact, I will look them up and give them a call.

Jamison