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by joe ben
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Cavalier Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: converting a 15' cav utility to a fine gentleman racers
Replies: 0
Views: 895

converting a 15' cav utility to a fine gentleman racers

I just purchased a project boat that is in great shape. 1955 cav 15' utility V15-467 with a rebuilt Mr. B motor with zero hours. I have a restored 1957 cav V15-853 that I have enjoyed for 11 years. I bought the 55 mostly to have the motor as a spare but now have a clean hull with all the hardware. I...
by joe ben
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris-Craft cruiser in need of rescue
Replies: 1
Views: 1582

Chris-Craft cruiser in need of rescue

I live in Fairhope Al close to Mobile bay. I take my 15 ft Cav. up Fish River and there are two Chris Cruiser that are in need of being rescued. One fiberglass is half in half out of the river due to 20 inchs of rain we had a while back.. the other larger wood boat is at a Marina. Text or email and ...
by joe ben
Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Copper tube coming off valve cover
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: Copper tube coming off valve cover

if you don't want it , i will take it . ha, i had to make one out of duct tape!.
by joe ben
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: "new" manifold for B
Replies: 2
Views: 1116

MR "B"

who ended up with Mr B parts... hope he is doing well
by joe ben
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: "new" manifold for B
Replies: 2
Views: 1116

"new" manifold for B

Ok.. the time has come to replace my manifold. It is getting real thin and starting to flake off in large pieces. Very hard to battle rust here on the Gulf Coast no matter how much you flush. So where did the cast for the B engines manifolds end up and why has no one cast new ones ?? Too few 4cy vs ...
by joe ben
Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: need a part.
Replies: 0
Views: 1095

need a part.

I need the "flute" that goes from the valve cover to the carb. to vent exhalst. Running with a duct tape model now. did not have smell problem in cotpit until I added windshield.. Updraft I guess? 57 15' cav Model A 4cyl.. yes Model A is on the tag.. everyone says Its is a B, dont know why.. Thanks ...
by joe ben
Sat May 07, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: black chalky plugs
Replies: 6
Views: 2028

black chalky plugs

Hurc B , :( black plugs and black smoke,, black sut. in driveway after fluching.. Yes, too much fuel???.. Took Zenith carb apart.. float OK .. nice and clean inside. pwer jet below piston pump has a 25 stamp,, the accelerator pucp has a 17 stamped on it.. had a carb. rebuild guy tell me 95% of the t...
by joe ben
Sun May 01, 2011 7:00 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: NO POWER.. too much fuel???
Replies: 3
Views: 1465

Carb adjustment ????

:( Still running too rich.. took carb apart and checked float.. only adjustment seem to be the ideal screw on top... the fixed jet inside has a 17 stamp on it and the other little screw in jet a 25.. lots of black smoke and new plugs get heavy black dry chalk on them after a short time of running ha...
by joe ben
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: nameplate redo
Replies: 5
Views: 3079

ok.. maybe i am not calling it by it's right name.. this is the ID plate that has the sn stamped and what prop # to use about 4" wide 3" high
by joe ben
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: nameplate redo
Replies: 5
Views: 3079

Re: nameplate redo

joe ben wrote:how do you restore lettering on a nameplate... Chris-craft seems to be stamped in and the other lettering seems be raised... any hints??
113 people looked at this and no one knows... not like Boat Buzz ??? hep me hep me
by joe ben
Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: NO POWER.. too much fuel???
Replies: 3
Views: 1465

NO POWER.. too much fuel???

Hurc. B with Zenith 63m2 .. runs old on the dry.. put it in the water .. no power .. wont get past 1500 rpm.. checked comp... 120lb all 4 cyc... new plugs are fowled up bad ater just a little running..

any step by step adjustment of the carb.

Thanks,,
by joe ben
Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: nameplate redo
Replies: 5
Views: 3079

nameplate redo

how do you restore lettering on a nameplate... Chris-craft seems to be stamped in and the other lettering seems be raised... any hints??
by joe ben
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: wood rot inside hull 15' Cav
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

Just asking..if i "Let it breath" .. with glass on the bottom won't it act like a bath tub and the inside sit in fresh water?? I dont mean a large amount but I live on the Gulf Coast and she gets a good rinse down inside and out after each use due to the salt. Fresh water = rot ?
by joe ben
Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: wood rot inside hull 15' Cav
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

wood rot inside hull 15' Cav

After two great ,fun , summers in my 1957 15' Cav. I pulled everything out to do a two year inspection. All in all, the inside is hull is in good shape.. did not find any paint bubbling up .but I did find one problem.. I installed a bilge pump opposite the drain plug under the front seat. The wood u...
by joe ben
Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: right prop for 15" 60 HP cav
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

prop size

thanks,,i found a 1963 CC Hull parts data sheet that called for a 606... 11x11-1/2x1 .. I am trying to lower my top end rpm to 3200 ... now runs 3400-3600
by joe ben
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: right prop for 15" 60 HP cav
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

right prop for 15" 60 HP cav

the ID plate has " prop spec for this boat is 589"
The prop itself has more nubers stamped on it than a boys HS bathroom

12x13
1476
2069
2590
423
907

Any prop decoder out there????

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by joe ben
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 60hp model A wants to run
Replies: 5
Views: 2170

prop size

thanks for the feed back.. sorry for the no reply... been doing the work thing...any who .. on the prop size..
the ID plate has " prop spec for this boat is 589"
The prop itself has more nubers stamped on it than a boys HS bathroom

12x13
1476
2069
2590
423
907

Any prop decoder out there????
by joe ben
Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 60hp model A wants to run
Replies: 5
Views: 2170

60hp model A wants to run

This is the first spring / summer i have been able to run my rebulilt 15Ft CC cav. what a blast.. only cc on the river ..i have run the boat a number of hours at differnt rpm.. never over 3000 for any amount of time... but it seems she wants to run faster...is 3200 the aboslute max or will it handle...
by joe ben
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Shaft Packing Material
Replies: 4
Views: 2110

ken,
what do you use to lub the shaft and should i still see a drip using the teflon coated packing
by joe ben
Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: oil presure too high ? Help Mr. B !!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1276

seems like we were missing a small flat screw plug.. we may have put one in were it did not need one ..in the screw hole where the adjustable screw is ( under the big acorn nut) there is a side hole .. and then a hole under the plunger.the bottom hole seems clear.. but cant push a wire down the side...
by joe ben
Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: oil presure too high ? Help Mr. B !!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1276

oil presure too high ? Help Mr. B !!!

friend and I rebuilt 1957 4cyl model A Hurc.. all went well.. when we fired it up the oil presure peged my 50 psi gauge... replaced with 80 psi gauge . still pegs. I tried to adjust the presure screw under the big acorn nut on the engine.all the way in.. all the way out ... still no luck.. i remove ...
by joe ben
Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: how to re-fiberglass bottom
Replies: 7
Views: 3909

There is a few cracks, one about 8'long. It is beat up perty bad along the bow. Also, were the self bail pipe was roted out around the fitting. I have plans to patch and seal were it went thru the hull. The tought was to get down to the wood , treat with CPES , then go back with the glass.
by joe ben
Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: how to re-fiberglass bottom
Replies: 7
Views: 3909

how to re-fiberglass bottom

I have a 1957 15 ‘ cc. cav. That has fiberglass over plywood bottom from the factory. The hull card confirms this. I am looking for someone who has done this restoration. Experience trumps opinions on this one. Need to know if I sand down to wood, treat with smith stuff, then re-fiberglass. Or, just...
by joe ben
Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 62 CC Cavalier 18' fiberglas bottom
Replies: 1
Views: 1710

fiberglass over wood

I have a 57 CC Cav 15' with fiberglass hull. The hull card had it hand written as a add. I would contact the Mariners Museum Library in Newport VA. For a small fee they will send you a copy of records your your boat.
by joe ben
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: info on model A engine
Replies: 3
Views: 2223

info on model A engine

I am looking to rebuild my Model A engine (SN 32310)and would like to know who made it and where. The hull number is V15 853. 1957 15' Utility. Are all parts still avaiable and what are the pit falls? The engine broke down fairly clean with no rusted parts on the inside. Thanks for your input!
by joe ben
Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:47 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: where to get stringers
Replies: 1
Views: 2034

where to get stringers

1958 15' cav
I need to replace my stringers and can't find them. Looks like the last ones were 2x4 treated, all rotted out of course. anyone kown were I can find the real thing.