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by mbigpops
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL stalling issue
Replies: 4
Views: 63

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: 7
Views: 117

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: 321

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: 228

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: 178

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: 225

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: 249

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: 295

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: 250

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: 11
Views: 497

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: 605

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: 233

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: 602

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: 438

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: 602

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: 438

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: 500

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
by mbigpops
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I have not tried this yet but at low RPM and cutout relay still open you should be able measure from the generator side of the cutout relay to ground with a meter. Once the cutout relay closes that also closes the circuit back to the battery and you said that you cannot disconnect the battery withou...
by mbigpops
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I think you mean 18 or 20 amps. Most of these boats have an ammeter.

Did you disconnect the generator output and measure the voltage coming out of the generator ?

What is your generator output wired to ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

Troy good point on CCA. Most people think if their battery voltage is good then they are set.

I just got a battery tester after suspecting mine was getting weaker. Voltage is fine but down to 139 CCA (was 620 new).

These testers are not expensive and easy to use.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

Does not sound like you have an electrical issue to me. If it starts with starter fluid why would you have an electrical issue ? No you don't need the original ground wire to the distributor. Just the negative from the coil to the pertronix. The only high voltage from the coil goes to the center of ...
by mbigpops
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Model A gearbox selector shaft size?
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: Model A gearbox selector shaft size?

Those shafts are easy to replace. You will want to get the oil out of the transmission first.

Also, replace the seals while you are at it.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL oil pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: KL oil pressure

My KL runs just under 30 on the original analog gauge.

I can tell that oil level affect it. You should be okay but if you want add a little oil and check again.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Generator on Model K
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Generator on Model K

What is under the tape on those wires ?

A poor connection could become unreliable with vibration etc.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Cold running KL
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Cold running KL

Doesn't sound right. My KL runs about 150 degrees with a digital thermometer on the head.

Where are you measuring the temperature ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Blowby
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: Blowby

Not sure how much room you have but I use the 36 inch pipe wrench from Harbor Freight.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1940 KB triple carb 131 HP
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: 1940 KB triple carb 131 HP

With the engine in neutral can you spin the prop by hand ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun May 17, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: INSURANCE
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: INSURANCE

Can Carly or somebody teach Staib how to spell Haggerrttyy.

Maybe Matt Smith. He's a good speeler.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sat May 02, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Trailered hull bottom paint
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Trailered hull bottom paint

The strategy to eliminate scuffing is to avoid dragging the boat up to the bow stop while any of it resting on the bunks. You want to float on and attach to the bow stop and then slowly pull out making sure the boat lines up on the trailer. If marine carpet is waterproof and dries fast then that is ...
by mbigpops
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)
Replies: 12
Views: 1220

Re: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)

Do you have the correct cap and rotor ? Is the rotor actually contacting the cap connections ?