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by Bilge Rat
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Screws for rub rail on 1960 Capri
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Screws for rub rail on 1960 Capri

Just a suggestion when you go to drill the new holes for the screws; getting the hole centered in the rub rail countersink is easier and more accurate if you use a VIX bit. It goes by other names, but it has a retractable spring loaded mandrel that centers the bit in the rub rail hole and at least b...
by Bilge Rat
Mon May 18, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: New trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: New trailer

I have modified quite a few trailers for wood boats up to 25 feet long. There is a lot of on-the-spot engineering and trial and error to get it right. I always over engineer the supports so that I don't have a failure on the road. It's not impossible to do, but for a 33 foot cruiser it will be more ...
by Bilge Rat
Mon May 04, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Trailered hull bottom paint
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Trailered hull bottom paint

If you have a keel support board on the trailer up towards the bow, the use of teflon strips on the carpet dramatically eases the friction of sliding the hull across the bunk. There are strips available at marine supply or boat trailer places for this. I use these on the bow keel support on my 25 fo...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)
Replies: 12
Views: 922

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

That fiber washer and spacer where the distributor connection attaches has to be in a certain order otherwise it shorts the terminal to the distributor body (ground). That sounds like your no spark problem. I don't have the diagram electronically for this but someone here should and hopefully will p...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Spining Screws
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: Spining Screws

Depending on the size of the screw head and how much space you have to work with, a tack puller can be useful. You carefully wedge the puller under the screw enough to lift it for grabbing with pliers. Spinners are to be expected with 73 year old screws. Not meaning to be dramatic but there will be ...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Re: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering

Are you certain it's a model A engine? For 1955, they did offer a model B 4 cylinder which was an improvement over the old pre-war A engines; stronger crank, shell bearings instead of poured babbit. All other offerings for 1955 would have been 6 cylinders like the K series. Are you getting this data...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Re: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering

Where are you located?
by Bilge Rat
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine

Yeah I looked into that style flywheel turner too and there just isn't any clear room to use it. They're meant for using under a car/truck engine and while there are obstacles around there as well, you have more area to work and better leverage. If the K engine is out of the boat and you can lift it...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine

Pictures are worth 1000 words...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine
Replies: 7
Views: 739

Re: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine

Looking at the flywheel, for a standard rotation engine it will spin counter clockwise. In the center of the flywheel should be a 1 directional boss that a crank originally would fit into. You could try putting a wrench on one of the flywheel bolts, but if the engine is stiff, you'll be turning it c...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Three's a Crowd
Replies: 2
Views: 565

Re: Three's a Crowd

Yeah you don't want anything loosening up at the starter solenoid terminal. Lots of grounded metal around there and the results would be spectacular. The buss bar idea is a good one instead of the battery as it will not subject the connections to loosening up every time you disconnect and reconnect ...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Internal marine engine corrosion
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: Internal marine engine corrosion

You won't get too far with a borescope through the spark plug hole on these flatheads. The plug is pretty much over the deck at the valves, not enough space to sneak the scope into the cylinder unless its real skinny. There is an "inspection" plate on the starboard side of the crankcase, meant for o...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Different varnishes on same boat?
Replies: 4
Views: 670

Re: Different varnishes on same boat?

There is an adhesion test, albeit a somewhat destructive one you could try after the top coats have dried. You score a cross hatch, sort of like a tic-tac-toe game on the finish down onto the lower layer and place some sticky tape over it. Do not use a finish sensitive type of painters tape. When yo...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Scuff sand CPES before varnish?
Replies: 3
Views: 896

Re: Scuff sand CPES before varnish?

There will be a lot of opinions on this process I'm sure, but I will comment on the CPES question. There should be no need to scuff up the CPES before first coat of varnish. Although the CPES may look a bit lumpy, the subsequent coats of varnish will fill that in nicely and after build coats and san...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1949 Chris Craft Custom
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: 1949 Chris Craft Custom

From what I have read on the Customs, Chris Craft wasn't making their required profit margin on this post war series. The immediate post WW2 economics may have played into that too. Maybe they felt it was overbuilt or over accessorized so they redesigned it as the Riviera line.The redesign also supp...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: CPES vs. Interlux 1026 sealer
Replies: 1
Views: 766

Re: CPES vs. Interlux 1026 sealer

I have only used the CPES product for sealing stain on the boats as well as sealing bare wood for primer/paint. I can only state that once applied, if you have to strip off the stain (I had stained some pieces the wrong color!) it will be very tough, tougher than if you had just used stain only. The...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman

The challenge is finding an engine lift that can lift high enough to be of use in this case. Also, they tend to be a bit unstable when the load is up at it's maximum height and the lift is extended all the way. In the past, I have used a gantry with chain falls for this purpose but now that I have a...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Looking for Copies of Technical Drawings for My Runabout
Replies: 5
Views: 1172

Re: Looking for Copies of Technical Drawings for My Runabout

That's an awesome Porsche drawing.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Squeak in Chris-Craft K
Replies: 6
Views: 1487

Re: Squeak in Chris-Craft K

You could try using a length of small diameter hose held up to your ear as you move it around the engine rather than the screwdriver method. Don't get it caught in the flywheel!
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Squeak in Chris-Craft K
Replies: 6
Views: 1487

Re: Squeak in Chris-Craft K

Probably worth temporarily removing the generator belt and then starting the engine to eliminate any belt or generator bearing noises. Was it a rhythmic squeaking that increases with RPM or does it squeak at the same rate all the time? A vacuum or exhaust leak can cause a whistle but different RPM w...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: GLV305 Compression question
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Re: GLV305 Compression question

Did you put the plugs in after adding the oil and then crank it over? That could cause some problems as the oil doesn't want to compress. Compression tests are best done on a warmed up engine, throttle fully open, all plugs out. Keeping all the plugs out might show poor compression between 2 adjoini...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Steering box
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Steering box

If it has this adjustment screw on it it can be adjusted to a point. The cap is removed exposing the adjusting screw. The cover should be pulled off and the sector and worm gear inspected for wear though. Most lost their lubricating oil long ago and were subject to wear and rusting.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327F possible wrong dipstick?
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: 327F possible wrong dipstick?

Here's the pics. The length from the tip to the stop that seats on the tube when all the way in is 21 3/4". This is from a 327 where the dip stick tube is between the exhaust manifold and the valve cover as in your pictures.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327F possible wrong dipstick?
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: 327F possible wrong dipstick?

I have a Chris Craft 327 that I will be removing as it is not correct for that boat (not even close!). I can measure the dipstick tomorrow and let you know the length from the stop on the stick to the end.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Fuel Additive
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Re: Fuel Additive

I drain my tanks as completely as possible for winter storage. Even though I run non-ethanol gas in season, I still prefer empty tanks.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 carb settings
Replies: 1
Views: 687

Re: 283 carb settings

Some ideas: Verify that the distributor advance is working. You'll need a timing light with advance knob to accurately check this. In lieu of that, take the distributor cap off and twist the rotor, it should spring back indicating the advance springs are working. The whole springs and weights assemb...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: topside plank discoloration
Replies: 3
Views: 759

Re: topside plank discoloration

Looks like moisture incursion along unsealed seams and possibly some plank movement. A permanent fix is not easy, as it requires removal of planks, proper bedding in a sealer such as 3M5200, reattaching and refinishing. Bleaching of the moisture stains would probably also be required.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KLC carb (Zenith 11168 / 552M) mix screw adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 918

Re: KLC carb (Zenith 11168 / 552M) mix screw adjustment

The fixed type high speed jet was "optimized" for maximum performance and if everything else is working correctly (and the carb is clean!) should work well.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Electrical
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: Electrical

To read amps, the meter leads would have to be plugged into the amps jack on the meter and connected in series with the positive from the generator as it goes to the helm amperage meter. If the meter is set to amps, plugged into the amps jack on the meter and then the leads connected to positive and...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Building A Bomb?
Replies: 6
Views: 1104

Re: Building A Bomb?

You get today's at-a boy!