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by srlittin
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Now that I can post some pictures, progress on the big boat is being made. Some big pieces of wood.
Steve
by srlittin
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Trying again to post pictures
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by srlittin
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Paragon 25 XE Transmission Question
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Re: Paragon 25 XE Transmission Question

I have had similar plates cut for automotive clutches and truck clutches. I would not recommend Laser cutting as this tends to harden the cut area and creates distortion due to heat stress. We tend now to water jet cut these as this is a cold abrasive type of cut. For material I would use surface gr...
by srlittin
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Attempting to post pictures
Thanks
by srlittin
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Picture test.
by srlittin
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Sorry but I guess the pictures were to big of a file. I will try again.

Steve
by srlittin
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

So this is what we have been up to staying out of everybody’s way
The big job is underway.

Steve
by srlittin
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: Older fiberglass hull construction, better or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 34278

Re: Older fiberglass hull construction, better or not?

Although not fiberglass, the prior owner of our other boat used Epithanes on the top sides,over fiberglass on the decks, and epoxy primers on the planking. 4 years later, still looks like new. This was sprayed on. The Boat is in salt water year round. Very happy with it, has good UV resistance. Steve
by srlittin
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Thermostat for MCL
Replies: 0
Views: 1480

Thermostat for MCL

Having fitted manifolds and original style Holley thermostats to the MCL's in our Constellation, one has failed. Can anybody supply a part number or a supplier.
Thanks in advance.

Steve
by srlittin
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hard to start
Replies: 5
Views: 2110

Re: Hard to start

Steve, these engines when in good condition should start and run well at all times. The biggest thing that I have seen affecting this style of engine recently is the crap that we are being sold as gasoline. I have had 3 different old fire engines in my shop this year already with corroded inlet valv...
by srlittin
Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Pictures to show all how bad this boat has become over the years.
by srlittin
Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Thanks for the reply. We moved Wanderlust into the workshop last spring after being outside for many years elsewhere. First job was to level and straighten the hull. There has been poor repairs done to the starboard stern area years ago obviously to keep the boat floating. Over the months we straigh...
by srlittin
Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Wanderlust has over the last year been moved into the workshop and restoration has begun. Recently I received a photograph of Wanderlust with the original owners onboard. Looking at the flags on the dock, Wanderlust is docked somewhere in Ohio and therefore must be on Lake Erie, or the Ohio River. F...
by srlittin
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Classic Chris on Mackinac Island
Replies: 7
Views: 3597

Re: Classic Chris on Mackinac Island

Looks like it could be Dulcinea, a 1954 53ft Constellation that is listed in the registry. We saw this great boat and tried to purchase 3-4 years ago. Dulcinea was being stored in Mackinac Michigan, maybe now has new owners if this is the same Constellation.

Steve
by srlittin
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Distributors
Replies: 15
Views: 5651

Re: Distributors

It seems I have had a similar issue. Heat may be a common problem with the newer Pertronix distributor conversions. When I purchased our Constellation in 2014, the boat was fitted with Pertronix distributors on the M engines. During the '14 boating season, no issues. While rebuilding the engines las...
by srlittin
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Gone boating
Lake Erie sunset last night

Steve
by srlittin
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Thanks to all for the comments and replies over the last 18 months. I got inspiration from the others posting on here as well as to be brave to undertake the repairs needed. Looking at the work done by Joanroy, and Troy on A B. was the help I needed to undertake this, plus others. To all, keep the p...
by srlittin
Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

This past weekend was the 41st Annual North East Ohio ACBS Boat Show at Portage Lakes, Ohio. We decided to put Miss Conduct on the trailer and make a showing for two days to support the local Chapter. Amongst 50 or so runabouts a Constellation stands out above the rest. So much so that the Judges vo...
by srlittin
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Roof Spot light
Replies: 6
Views: 2308

Roof Spot light

Can anyone supply info or pictures of the correct roof mounted spotlight as fitted to a 1957 30' Constellation. Not sure if it should be fixed, or electrically moveable at this time. There is no signs of control rods for the manual types on the top windshield frames. Currently has a non working 1970...
by srlittin
Sun May 29, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Launched Friday afternoon with a short run up the Grand River to the dock with a renaming ceremony yesterday.
A 2 hour run out on Lake Erie was successful as it was flat calm

Boating after 18 months
Steve
by srlittin
Wed May 25, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Doug, Wanderlust was last registered in Detroit in 1978. I am currently working thru the paperwork to keep the Documented Ship number, as some Coast Guard records conflict the information. Mike, as per the Decorative Styling Specifications dated 7-19-56 for the 30' Constelation, Aft Cockpit Floor, N...
by srlittin
Tue May 24, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Thanks for the comments. As you all know these are not easy boats to maintain and take a lot of time to repair correctly. It has been a solid 18 months of work. Pulled the boat outside for a test of the engines and bilge pumps. Now with the sprinkler on the outside to start some swelling. Joanroy, a...
by srlittin
Mon May 23, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

A couple of months have passed and we now have the engines installed, boat rewired, and finally have the floor finished.
Launch planned for the weekend

Steve
by srlittin
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Thanks for the ideas on the roof repairs, that is the same idea that I had, but I wanted to see if anyone had experience with that type of repair. As to paint, I have used Interlux primer,4 coats sanded between each, and 2 coats of brightside white at full strength and then 2 coats with 50/50 bright...
by srlittin
Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Progress has been good over the last months. Could not understand why the starboard engine would run 300-400 revs better than the port engine, only to find that the starboard engine is a MCL with a single carb fitted. When we purchased the boat 2 sets of MCL manifolds and carbs were included. Thanks...
by srlittin
Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Joanroy, thanks for the info, the mahogany I have was purchased last winter and was stickered and on a shelf next to the boat. 6 quarter and then band sawed, planned and sanded to finish at 1/2". Therefore both garboard planks are from one piece of wood. Moisture content is 8-10%. I have cleaned out...
by srlittin
Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

The question that I missed above is, when replacing the garboard planks, what is the recommended gaps, if any, for sealer to the keelson and second plank. Planking and boat is very dry after being in the workshop for the last year.

Thanks
Steve
by srlittin
Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cockpit floor
Replies: 83
Views: 30246

Re: Cockpit floor

Six months have gone by boat work has continued, the cockpit floor is completed, hull sides painted, windows removed and resealed, refrigerator refitted to the galley, and refinished the forward cabin. Removal of the garboard planks next to the keel because of cracking was interesting but it was goo...
by srlittin
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: removal of windows on Chris Craft Commander
Replies: 2
Views: 2401

Re: removal of windows on Chris Craft Commander

Having just removed, resealed the windows on our 1957 30' Constellation, all the pictures I can find look to be the same on the Commander. The forward cabin windshield glass is removed from the outside by removing the stainless trim around the glass. Carefully try to remove the drive nails that are ...
by srlittin
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust
Replies: 31
Views: 12381

Re: 1931 Model 277, Wanderlust

Now the real work begins