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by rgmxk22
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: almost done my '57 Chris Craft Cruiser restoration, and seek final engine advice
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: almost done my '57 Chris Craft Cruiser restoration, and seek final engine advice

Hey Mark, best of luck with your engine rebuilds! From simplicity stand point, rebuilding what you have would be a lot easier than refitting for the 283s like your first post mentioned. I just found this thread and in case your rebuild goes sideways and you switch gears back to thinking about a pair...
by rgmxk22
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 Manifolds
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: 283 Manifolds

As far as I know, Chris Craft never installed any sort of a "factory" thermostat on the flywheel forward 283. I have seen a few hints and rumors of an aftermarket thermostat unit was offered at one time, but I have never seen one installed personally. But as I wrote in my other reply in this thread,...
by rgmxk22
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 Manifolds
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: 283 Manifolds

Since you're working on a 1961, I am thinking that you are talking about having the 1st generation 283, the flywheel forward design and not the later 283 F series engine. And on the flywheel forward model, the point of the 3 pass manifolds is for 2 reasons. The cooling water goes directly from the w...
by rgmxk22
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Paragon Trans
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Paragon Trans

Glad I could help Tom. I don't know the P-31 all that well, but my dad and I rebuilt the HF-7, 1-1.5 reverse gears in his old 63 31' Sea Skiff and Great Lakes hooked us up with all the parts we needed including some impossible to find output shafts for them. We even rebuilt one of them outdoors on a...
by rgmxk22
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1965 283 Spark Plugs and gap?
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: 1965 283 Spark Plugs and gap?

In our family's old 63 31' Sea Skiff with the 283s in her, we ran AC R45S or R46S plugs depending on what we had on hand. The R46S were a little hotter plug which was more resistant to low speed fouling since we had about a 30-45 minute idle speed trip through the harbor out to the lake so the hotte...
by rgmxk22
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Paragon Trans
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Paragon Trans

Great Lakes Power Products was the last owner of the Paragon name that I know of. 20 odd years ago, my father and I purchased rebuilding parts directly from them to rebuild a pair of HF-7s and they claimed that they owned what was left of Paragon at that time. I am not sure if they still own them or...
by rgmxk22
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: To Flush, or Pull the Plug
Replies: 18
Views: 7206

Re: To Flush, or Pull the Plug

Here's another source for drains/petcocks. https://www.mcmaster.com/petcocks
by rgmxk22
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Original 283: Refurbrish or rebuiild ??
Replies: 3
Views: 2253

Re: Original 283: Refurbrish or rebuiild ??

Not only would I do a compression test, if the engine is still in the boat and you could still get it running I'd check on the oip pressure too. If you had to rig up a temporary fuel tank (outboard tank maybe) and a garden hose and a few fittings to supply water to the water pump, I'd get her runnin...
by rgmxk22
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1963 Sea Skiff color
Replies: 8
Views: 4155

Re: 1963 Sea Skiff color

Sounds like the paint info we've discussed worked out for you. Are you getting the paint from Repcolite? I'm just curious if they were still around.

Ron Michael
Ohio
by rgmxk22
Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1963 Sea Skiff color
Replies: 8
Views: 4155

Re: 1963 Sea Skiff color

Hi, My dad owned a 1963 31' CC Sea Skiff for about 30 years and he knew that boat from the day it was new since the original owner and second and only other owner were good friends of his. Unfortunately, we had to let the boat go about two years ago, but the boat was painted charcoal blue from the f...
by rgmxk22
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: Looking for old family Sea Skiff
Replies: 1
Views: 3565

Re: Looking for old family Sea Skiff

Do you possibly know the registration numbers from when you family owned it? Maybe you have an old photo that shows them. I wonder if the Michigan Department of Watercraft might be able to help if you had the numbers. Maybe they can't or won't give out that kind of info due to privacy rules/laws, bu...
by rgmxk22
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:51 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct V-8 colour
Replies: 20
Views: 5956

Re: Correct V-8 colour

Hi Rhys, It might not be available to you, but here's what I used for paint. It was Krylon Engine Color, their product number 1928, Chrysler Light Blue. It's been a few years since I've repainted my engine, so there are a few nicks and chips in the paint, but here's a picture of what the color looks...
by rgmxk22
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Another new Skiff owner..
Replies: 20
Views: 8659

Re: Another new Skiff owner..

I can do that Niel and I just sent you an email to discuss it. I was also wondering, what engines does she have? 283's or 430's?

Ron Michael
XK22
Ohio
by rgmxk22
Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct V-8 colour
Replies: 20
Views: 5956

Re: Correct V-8 colour

I have found that Chrysler blue engine paint is a pretty good match for the lighter blue CC used in the 60's on a V-8. While not an exact match, it's pretty close. When my dad and I rebuilt a pair of CC 283 flywheel forward V-8s, we used the Chrysler Blue as first coats and then top coated with CC b...
by rgmxk22
Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:25 am
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Another new Skiff owner..
Replies: 20
Views: 8659

Re: Another new Skiff owner..

Congrats on buying this Sea Skiff. My dad owned a 1963 31' Sea Skiff that would have been a lil sister to yours. We unfortunately sold her back in the spring of 2013. But we knew this boat from the day it was new since dad was friends with both previous owners. I grew up on that boat and can probabl...
by rgmxk22
Tue May 06, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1957 283 starter
Replies: 7
Views: 2421

Re: 1957 283 starter

2 1/2 gallons of fuel in the crankcase!?!? Do you think it somehow siphoned that amount from the tank when the float stuck or do you believe it happened while cranking the engine? If you feel it was a siphoning going on, I'd check the the fuel pickup for a plugged anti-siphon passage/valve. If nothi...
by rgmxk22
Thu May 01, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 11523

Re: 327QA Completion

Hi Chad, Thanks for the info about that PCV hose. It looks that good in your pics that I thought maybe you had found a source for these hoses. Since my FLV uses the same hose, I would have been interested in a new one. I know what you've went through detailing your engine since when I bought my XK, ...
by rgmxk22
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 11523

Re: 327QA Completion

Beautiful job detailing your engine! They never looked that good when Chris Craft built them. I was wondering though, it that a new PCV valve hose running from the the carb to the valve cover? If so, where did you ever find one?

Ron Michael
CC XK22
Ohio
by rgmxk22
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 11523

Re: 327QA Completion

Excellent job on the resto Chad. Your engine looks fantastic.

Ron Michael
72 CC XK22
Ohio
by rgmxk22
Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Bilge Pump HELP
Replies: 25
Views: 8471

Re: Bilge Pump HELP

Thanks Jim, When I posted that link last night, I never thought about checking to see if the checkout worked like you did. You're probably right about them being gone. It's a shame since Lovetts were pretty good pumps in their day. They didn't move as much water as some other pumps, but were dependa...
by rgmxk22
Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Bilge Pump HELP
Replies: 25
Views: 8471

Re: Bilge Pump HELP

After reading all these posts on the Lovett pumps, I went and did a web search for them and found what looks to be their current website. They have online ordering of replacement parts on the site too. http://www.lovettmarine.com/pumps/repair-parts.asp I've heard in the past about the questionable q...
by rgmxk22
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: Picture of hinges on '70 XK19
Replies: 10
Views: 11532

Re: Picture of hinges on '70 XK19

My 1972 XK22 uses the same car style hood hinge as the others have posted picture of here. They are mounted on the teak blocks too.
by rgmxk22
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Basic Wiring Diagram
Replies: 1
Views: 6879

Re: Basic Wiring Diagram

Have you tried the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA? They had the wiring diagram for my 72 CC XK22 and I was able to purchase a large photocopy of it from them.

Ron Michael
CC XK22
Ohio
by rgmxk22
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: F series circulating water pump question
Replies: 4
Views: 3513

Re: F series circulating water pump question

Thanks again Jim. I wanted to ask how you made the puller or if you have a picture of it you could share?

Ron
by rgmxk22
Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: F series circulating water pump question
Replies: 4
Views: 3513

Re: F series circulating water pump question

Hi Jim, thanks for the info. I was planing on measuring how the impeller fits to the shaft depth-wise before I took it off the shaft, but thanks for the tip. I was wondering if I wouldn't have to make a puller after seeing the threads on the hub of the impeller. Now I guess I'd just have to figure o...
by rgmxk22
Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Lancer 23' Gear shift/throttle control source
Replies: 5
Views: 4445

Re: Lancer 23' Gear shift/throttle control source

Hi, That looks exactly like the throttle that my XK22 had in it when I bought it. Mine was marked MARMAC and I have had very little luck finding out anything about who was the MARMAC company. I have asked a lot of old marinas over the years and they haven't had much info to offer. If you're looking ...
by rgmxk22
Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: F series circulating water pump question
Replies: 4
Views: 3513

F series circulating water pump question

Hi All, In my XK22, I have a Chris Craft 350FLV, which has the same basic cooling system and any other CC "F" series engine. I have a spare circulating water pump that I'd like to rebuild and have ready to go if the one on the engine fails. Now, I have a source for the parts and even have the pump (...
by rgmxk22
Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: XK18 99% complete
Replies: 3
Views: 4131

Looks GOOD James! It's always nice to see someone else out there fixing up an XK. I did my XK22 back around 1998, I didn't take it to the level of yours, but it's pretty nice and a fun boat too
by rgmxk22
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1960 283 overhaul
Replies: 4
Views: 2378

Hi, many years ago, my dad and I rebuilt a pair of 1963 CC flywheel forward 283s and we bought our gaskets at NAPA. they used to sell a set that gave you the conversion gaskets, (oil pan, rear mount, trans and others) under the part number of CC1178VM. You'd buy that set along with a standard Chevy ...
by rgmxk22
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: ignition switch ch-504
Replies: 3
Views: 2375

Hi Bill, I really can't help you with how to wire the ingintion switch in your Grand Prix (my favorite CC runabout by the way) but you might be able you get a copy of the wiring diagram from the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA. But fore the original CH-504, is that CH-504 stamped on the origina...