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by mbigpops
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Chrysler Crown M7 engine manual
Replies: 7
Views: 2252

Re: Chrysler Crown M7 engine manual

Very nice !

Is there "K" version of this ?
by mbigpops
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Swim/boarding ladder
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Swim/boarding ladder

If you buy a used one then you need to make sure that the standoffs will hit your spray rail. If not then you may have to re-drill and re-locate. If you cannot find the mahogany colored 3 step version there is a white 4 step which is similar. https://www.greatlakesskipper.com/garelick-boat-gunwale-h...
by mbigpops
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Side plank seam repair
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Side plank seam repair

I used Klean Strip. It is a gel and stays in place pretty well. It may take multiple applications to get down to bare wood. You can apply it with a cheap chip brush. Only stroke in one direction. IF you go in both directions you can speed up the evaporation process and reduce the effectiveness. A na...
by mbigpops
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Side plank seam repair
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Side plank seam repair

The by the book repair would be to strip and remove all of the topside planks, inspect all frames and if good plug all the screw holes with dowels. Then CPES back side of planks and exposed frame surfaces. After that re-install the planks tight with all new fasteners. You will end up with a gap unde...
by mbigpops
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Generator charging 15 volts
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Generator charging 15 volts

Okay so the exact voltage depends on your battery type (e.g. lead acid, AGM, etc.). You can google your type and recommended charging voltage but I did not see anything over 14.4V DC as a recommendation. The good news is that you can adjust the generator voltage yourself. It is not that difficult an...
by mbigpops
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Generator charging 15 volts
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Generator charging 15 volts

What is your engine ?
by mbigpops
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1948 16ft Runabout what is it
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: 1948 16ft Runabout what is it

No matter how you plug it you should turn the through hull around in case your plug fails.

Maybe plumbers putty ?

I did mine the hard way - new bottom.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility
Replies: 10
Views: 1488

Re: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility

Well there is no parts list for these boats so first off I have no idea what the original light socket part number would be. That aside Jim Staib seems to know more about these boat parts than anyone else so I decided to go by the "trust and don't verify" method and just called Jim and said "I need ...
by mbigpops
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility
Replies: 10
Views: 1488

Re: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility

You should be able to get light sockets from Jim Staib (finewoodboats.com). He may have the holding brackets too. I see you already have a fuse block to get power from. Your lights should be fused too. I am sure your fuse block works but I prefer the marine rated ones with plastic covers. Safer opti...
by mbigpops
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility
Replies: 10
Views: 1488

Re: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility

Do you have cutouts in the rear of the dash adjacent to the round instrument cutouts ?

In this photo they look like notches on the inside sides of the holes where the gauges mount.

That is where the lights mount from the back.

Mark
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by mbigpops
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support

Did your hinge look like this ?

I don't have an extra but the casting number on mine for my single hatch is 2163.

Mark
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by mbigpops
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 1937 Chris Craft 19' Custom Runabout Bottom Woes
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: 1937 Chris Craft 19' Custom Runabout Bottom Woes

CPES does not have to dry between coats but does need to be dry to the touch before applying barrier coat primer (24 to 48 hrs). Famowood is for screw holes. One note on barrier coat primer - only mix what you will use right away. It will harden in a sealed can and you will have an expensive hockey ...
by mbigpops
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 1937 Chris Craft 19' Custom Runabout Bottom Woes
Replies: 17
Views: 4112

Re: 1937 Chris Craft 19' Custom Runabout Bottom Woes

It sounds like you don't have time to do everything described above in your break period.

If so then can you get to the point where you are ready for bronze paint ?

At least that way you are all sealed up for the waiting period.

Also what you called bondo is Famowood wood filler.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL stalling issue
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: KL stalling issue

I recall some older posts like this where the distributor cap was the issue - maybe cracked and failing as it heats up ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 55' Holiday, does this look right?
Replies: 11
Views: 645

Re: 55' Holiday, does this look right?

Cosmetic issues are easy to rectify.

You should do your homework on the condition of the bottom and engine.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Interior for '50 Special Runabout
Replies: 16
Views: 833

Re: Interior for '50 Special Runabout

I feel your pain. I sent my previous owner (99 years old) a letter hoping for photos and history and got nothing back.

We'll see how enthusiastic I am at 99 when a new owner inquires about my boat.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Stripped out Screws
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: Stripped out Screws

There is also the golf tee method. Not everyone is aware that golf tees are made from hardwood. I keep a bag of unpainted tees on my workbench. You just tap the tee into the hole and then trim it flush and either re-drill or just put a new screw in.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL Vacuum Guage
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: KL Vacuum Guage

My KL single carb intake manifold has a small drain plug. No idea if you can use that.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Fuel Lines
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: Fuel Lines

First of all I do not live and die Chris Craft so you may not want my advice but here it is. I have restored one boat from scratch and was fortunate enough to get really good advice from one of the "experts" - which included fuel lines and fittings and after 5 years of service I have had no issues. ...
by mbigpops
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1930 Badge Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 761

Re: 1930 Badge Restoration

Jim, Since all of the non black areas are raised you should be able to do what I did. Spray the whole badge black and then take a small piece of sand paper and rub lightly over the whole badge so you sand off the black paint on the high spots (letters and borders). You can optionally clear coat when...
by mbigpops
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Missing Horn
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Missing Horn

Yeah you just blow your own horn.

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K Engine 12V Rewire
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: K Engine 12V Rewire

I installed a fuse block on my runabout. It is mounted behind the dash on the side of the "glove compartment" out of sight. I would not mount anything electrical in the engine compartment that you can mount elsewhere for safety reasons. In my opinion everything should be fused as if anything shorts ...
by mbigpops
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Leaking Fuel Pump
Replies: 12
Views: 903

Re: Leaking Fuel Pump

If you mount the electric pump low in the boat away from the engine then it cannot leak on anything hot and ignite. That is good. Jim has a good point on the fumes though. In a car the fuel leaks it drips out on the ground. As long as you cut a hole in the bottom under the pump you should be okay 8)...
by mbigpops
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL idle
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Re: KL idle

I have a KL as well. I read your other post. I am a little confused by your description of water routing. In my setup most of the water runs through the exhaust manifold and a much smaller copper tube runs some water to the intake manifold. Is that your setup as well ? A photo may help. Unless you c...
by mbigpops
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Center of gravity for lift placement
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Center of gravity for lift placement

Hi Eric, Welcome to the Boat Buzz forum ! What is your hull number ? I have a 1953 Rocket Hull number D-17-098. I am curious on yours as there are not many left. Mine has a KL. From what I understand the boat alone weighs around 900 lbs which would be about evenly distributed. Maybe slightly more at...
by mbigpops
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0
Replies: 9
Views: 880

Re: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0

No one can cause the beauty of these boats to go obsolete. That is what really matters most.

Modern repower is inevitable and if that is the compromise then so be it.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram

You can augment that diagam with the more modern ones that show wire guages.

Mark
by mbigpops
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0
Replies: 9
Views: 880

Re: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0

I would isolate the problem more before taking the generator out. It is not difficult.

Using a voltage meter check the output of the generator, output of the regulator and both sides of the meter.

When I goes to zero volts then you have isolated the problem.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram

Try searching this forum for "schematic" or "wiring diagram" so Jim Staib doesn't have to post one for the millionth time.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I installed a new battery in my boat and I saw a similar behavior.

I think you may just be seeing that your battery is fully charged after the 15 minutes and just isn't drawing any more current.

Mark