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by Bilge Rat
Mon Apr 25, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1939 Utility Gas line install question
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: 1939 Utility Gas line install question

It probably was run a couple of inches from the top of the stringer and as you said, supported with scraps of upholstery. As a concession to modern safety, I would use a rubber lined clamp to secure it to the stringer and you may also want to consider a braided flex fuel hose where it connects to th...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Apr 25, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: ‘57 CC Sedan bow decking
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: ‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

That mahogany foredeck looks great.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Feb 02, 2022 7:34 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KBL , at the end of its life?
Replies: 11
Views: 1155

Re: KBL , at the end of its life?

You didn't mention it, but a compression test might tell a lot about what's going on. You could have a dead cylinder and that could cause a lot of what you are experiencing. KBL engines are available either in need of a total rebuild or complete and ready to run. Finewoodboats.com and mccallboatwork...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Jan 27, 2022 3:09 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: What is this
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: What is this

When working properly, it will self bail the boat when you're up to speed and the bilge water washes aft. As Jim said, there is a small vent hole at the top of the bend to prevent unwanted siphoning and this must be clear. I would also suggest installing a ball valve sea cock on the threaded part of...
by Bilge Rat
Sat Jan 22, 2022 11:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Changes in Oil Pressure
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Changes in Oil Pressure

Agree with adding a little more oil and check the pressure. Your pressure gauge could also be inaccurate and only attaching a test gauge to the engine oil galley port would tell. There is a pump pressure adjustment inside the crankcase behind the side cover. You would have to drain (suck) the oil le...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:18 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MBL with zenith carberator
Replies: 1
Views: 392

Re: MBL with zenith carberator

Have you tried Jim Staib at finewoodboats.com ? He has complete carbs as well as rebuild kits.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 04, 2022 7:18 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Fender Cleats
Replies: 1
Views: 860

Re: Fender Cleats

Try Jim Staib at finewoodboats.com
by Bilge Rat
Mon Jan 03, 2022 7:14 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Old original K motor start up
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Re: Old original K motor start up

I would just add to that these engines use flat valve tappets (lifters) and modern oils no longer have the ZDDP additive to keep these high pressure parts adequately lubricated. You of course have no idea if the previous owner knew that or maintained it properly, but for future oil changes, you can ...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: The perfect Cruiser for a Car Nut
Replies: 3
Views: 1631

Re: The perfect Cruiser for a Car Nut

If you are a paying member on this site and go to Research, Hull Registry and search for the 1969 Chris Craft Corvette, there's one there named Lucky Bag. Sounds like it could actually be your boat with a picture and description.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Nov 09, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 1956 17' Sportsman 5200 Bottom
Replies: 10
Views: 2469

Re: 1956 17' Sportsman 5200 Bottom

It has been done many times. Some will say to use West system with carriage bolts. Some will say CPES the entire joint, use 5200 and carriage bolts (that's what I would do). A "keyed" scarf joint would be the most stable in this high stress structural member. Try placing the scarf joint in a fairly ...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Repowering 1956 MCL, best alternate?
Replies: 4
Views: 1690

Re: Repowering 1956 MCL, best alternate?

You may already realize this, but you will have to redesign the engine box to accommodate a V8 of any size, even a Chris Craft 283.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Sportsman Hull Numbers
Replies: 1
Views: 1173

Re: Sportsman Hull Numbers

I used to own a 1955 17 foot Sportsman CC 17 2061. Hull card showed it as a 1955 but it probably was sold in 1956.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 08, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1930 Gemmer Steering Box Leak
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

Re: 1930 Gemmer Steering Box Leak

I cannot tell you if there's supposed to be a gasket there. I am only familiar with the later Gemmer steering boxes from the 50's. I can tell you that even with proper gaskets trying to keep the oil in is a challenge and no one wants oil in the bilge! I have followed previous advice and substituted ...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL Carb Filter Cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 1563

Re: KL Carb Filter Cleaning

I clean mine by removing the brass screen from the housing and spraying with brake cleaner. If you have a compressed air source, blow out any loosened grime that the brake cleaner softened.
by Bilge Rat
Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 63 Sea Skiff Sportsman dead electrical system
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: 63 Sea Skiff Sportsman dead electrical system

Best of luck chasing the electron gremlins!
by Bilge Rat
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 63 Sea Skiff Sportsman dead electrical system
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: 63 Sea Skiff Sportsman dead electrical system

So to recap: New battery You didn't say if you can get the engine to start but you do say you have no accessories working. Voltage at battery terminals is around 14 - 15 volts, which is very good. Some further troubleshooting steps with the meter are in order: Negative meter lead to a good clean spo...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Can’t figure it out!
Replies: 5
Views: 1829

Re: Can’t figure it out!

As a process of elimination, temporarily try a known good pressure gauge connected at the engine gauge port. An easy first thing to check before opening up the crankcase.
by Bilge Rat
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 63 Sea Skiff Sportsman dead electrical system
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: 63 Sea Skiff Sportsman dead electrical system

The shunt is a resistor that slightly "drops" voltage across it (battery in, accessories out). The ammeter is connected across the resistor to measure the small difference and then display this as amps on the meter. The more amps being drawn through the shunt by the accessories, the higher the volta...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Leaky bottom
Replies: 6
Views: 2328

Re: Leaky bottom

What make and model of boat?
by Bilge Rat
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop shaft packing
Replies: 3
Views: 2698

Re: Prop shaft packing

Don't forget to tighten the locking nut against the packing gland after each adjustment. Otherwise it could loosen from the shaft friction when you're going forward.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Old subject. Oil recommendations. 'W' motors.
Replies: 6
Views: 2663

Re: Old subject. Oil recommendations. 'W' motors.

Second on installing filters because: If using a filter, you can use a detergent oil to suspend the crap in the oil so the filter can trap it. If you do not use a filter, you're supposed to use a non-detergent oil and the crap settles out in the oil pan, rather than circulate through the finely mach...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Chrome Plating
Replies: 1
Views: 1781

Re: Chrome Plating

Years ago I used Sandy's Bumper Mart in Syracuse. Drivable from Buffalo. Results were very good.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: CC 1952 U18 side planks on hull
Replies: 2
Views: 1919

Re: CC 1952 U18 side planks on hull

Nice you are interested in preserving Milt's hard work and to continue to appreciate these fine craft. That said, you have pretty much identified the issue you have, plank movement from drying out. The planks will shrink at their width, usually not at their length as that's the nature of wood. You s...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Engine Box for 1964 21' Sea Skiff Sportsman
Replies: 4
Views: 2405

Re: Engine Box for 1964 21' Sea Skiff Sportsman

There's also a 24 foot 1965 Sea Skiff on Ebay now with some pictures that might help. Don't know what engine you have but this one covers a 283 V8.
by Bilge Rat
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Engine Box for 1964 21' Sea Skiff Sportsman
Replies: 4
Views: 2405

Re: Engine Box for 1964 21' Sea Skiff Sportsman

Someone on this site probably has the same boat and could take pictures and dimensions for you. You could peruse the hull registry if you are a paying member and look for the same boat or years around that era for a similar Sea Skiff, then contact those people for help.
by Bilge Rat
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL convert to downdraft carb
Replies: 5
Views: 2632

Re: KL convert to downdraft carb

I agree with Greg's recommendations but will add that maybe temporarily running it from a gas can, bypassing the boat's tank will eliminate everything with the tank and fuel pick up. I know that its tough to do while motoring across the water, but it can be done safely. The fuel pick up sometimes ha...
by Bilge Rat
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Best Battery?
Replies: 2
Views: 1880

Re: Best Battery?

There is a better marine rating than cold cranking amps (from Interstate Battery's website): Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) is a test conducted at 0 F (-18 C) for 30 seconds without falling below 7.2v at the battery's CCA rating Marine Cranking Amps (MCA) is a test conducted at 32 F (0 C) for 30 seconds w...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: finally removed my engines for the rebuild and seeking advice
Replies: 4
Views: 3922

Re: finally removed my engines for the rebuild and seeking advice

Depends on how grimey they are but Dawn dish detergent works very well at breaking up grease and oil without being harsh on the wood and your hands.

May require power washing if its really caked on but use the power washer carefully, it can do damage as well.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1930 26' model 111 CC "Contessa"
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

Re: 1930 26' model 111 CC "Contessa"

I believe Jim Staib at finewoodboats.com has an A-120 for sale.

Remember...it's only money.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: KFL exhaust manifold end cap wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 2380

Re: KFL exhaust manifold end cap wanted

Ah well, swing and a miss strike one...