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I made this simple site to share the information I gathered while looking for parts for my now former Arona engine. Plus the information I later have recieved as a consequence of having this site. I hope that you can use some of the information found here - and if you have anything to add, you are welcome to contact me.
The Arona factory closed in 1983, so finding spares is a bit trickier than for your average engine type.
There is a club of Arona owners in Denmark called Arona Klubben tel +45 26590394. The aim of the club is to get parts and spares for Arona engines. The contact person is the former Danish import agent.
While searching the Internet, I came across a letter to the editor of Practical Boat Owner with a reference to Richard Harris, Darglow Engineering, England (tel +44 (0) 1929556512). He informed me that Arona Engines were made on the basis of Lombardini Engines. Lombardini engines are air-cooled and Arona engines are re-buildt with water-cooling. That means the crank-case is different, but that moving parts pretty much are the same. An Arona AD185 corresponds to a Lombardini LDA450, for instance.
Denmark: The Danish Lombardini agent Fred. Rasmussen is not able to help with Aronas, according to a mail I recieved from them - although they don't relate to the question of whether they can find the spares if you know what type of Lombardini engine corresponds to your Arona.
UK: In the UK, Lombardini may be reached at +44 (0) 1865 793 299 However, the engines that were turned into Aronas have been out of production for many years, so I recieved an e-mail from Lombardini in Italy a while ago according to which it is futile contacting them.
Latest development, however is a very friendly e-mail from Rob Acker, Lombardini, UK, who can help track down spares
Australia: The former Australian agent is J-L Diesel Services. They are not able to get parts any longer.
New Zealand: The NZ agent was Lees Engineering, they sold all their remaining parts stock several years ago, and they are now held by Gulf Marine and Brokerage on Waiheke Island, contact Warrick ph NZ (9) 372 9412.
Finland: Finnparts OY is reportedly (April 2005) a fast and nice company on Lehtisaari island, Helsinki
Germany: The former import agent Köllner Motoren has oil filters, gaskets and possibly other things
In my experience many mechanics prefer selling new engines - or at least prefer working on engines where they don't have to be too imaginative to fix problems or come up with alternative ideas. If you know a good Arona mechanic, I'll put her/him on my site.
List of manuals Feel free to forward any additional material you may have. Apparently some are related to Solé engines, so you can also check their website. The Mini 2 apparently looks like a close cousin to the 186.
Also check this engine site; they have some Arona manuals
Good Arona mechanics
The market page. This site is not commercial but I have added this section to assist in getting spares.
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Updated by January 2013. If you write me, include your model as subject e.g. "Arona AD185" - I use it to sort messages plus I recieve too much spam and thus have an itchy delete finger.