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by Captain Nemo
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 1958 sportsman bilge color?
Replies: 2
Views: 1449

Bilge Color

99.9% of us would probably not know if a painted bilge was correct on this particular model. I say just don't go with the red metal flake paint :lol: .
by Captain Nemo
Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Paint finishes - maintain as original or not?
Replies: 16
Views: 4006

Well said Bret,
You mention money, effort, tears applied to these boats. You forget blood, I always have a good first aid kit on hand :lol: .
by Captain Nemo
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Paint finishes - maintain as original or not?
Replies: 16
Views: 4006

Paint Finishes

You're not going get too many to break w/ tradition here. I vote for originality. Change isn't always good.
by Captain Nemo
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engines gotta go...
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

I have used an A-frame made w/ doubled up 2x6's and a clevis at the top. You pick the engine up a bit and lean the frame over to "walk" the engine across the deck. I think it is a little easier than rolling something that heavy.
Good Luck,
Mark
by Captain Nemo
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:49 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Correctly sanding
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Sanding

I use a 1/4 sheet palm sander w/ no problems. I'm refinishing the back deck on my cruiser right now where someone used a circular sander on it, looks like it has little crescent moon marks in it. Takes a lot of work to get them out.
by Captain Nemo
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bleaching Wood - Kills Mold and Rot?
Replies: 3
Views: 2409

Wood Bleach

Yes, it's recommended to use a solution of baking soda and water.
I do this all b/4 the finish sanding.
by Captain Nemo
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bleaching Wood - Kills Mold and Rot?
Replies: 3
Views: 2409

Wood Bleach

Hi Rob, Oxalic acid is what is used to bleach wood. You can buy it at a hardware, or a paint store. I used to get it at my local pharmacy but they don't stock it anymore. They could order it for me but being as nasty as this stuff is they would have me sign for it and I'm sure that would put me on s...
by Captain Nemo
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: deck on 56 cc sportsman
Replies: 18
Views: 6283

'56 Sportsman Deck

Hi, According to the Essential Guide the 17' Sportsman had a blond king plank starting in '57. So, I would think yours would be stained. Hopefully someone who owns one will chime in and confirm this.
-Mark
by Captain Nemo
Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Push / Pull throttle
Replies: 7
Views: 3132

Pull Throttle

Hi, these are what are called vernier cables. They are also used for throttle control on some pieces of heavy equipment. You might find them at a farm implement supplier.
by Captain Nemo
Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: no spark
Replies: 14
Views: 4293

Yes Joe, I have a pair of K's that are still living on 6 volts. They even have points in the distributers, (No magic electronic cubes for me! :)). As long as your battery and starter are in good order and you keep 'em tuned up, 6v's work fine.
-Mark
by Captain Nemo
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Boat Dollies and Wooden Boats
Replies: 6
Views: 2460

Boat Dollies

I wouldn't worry too much about The Century sitting on a couple of dollies but I wouldn't leave her on them for years. I would make sure that there is support at the stringers and at the keel. One sitting just ahead of the rear engine mount, and the other probably a third of the way back from the bo...
by Captain Nemo
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: No Spark
Replies: 27
Views: 9622

No Spark

Hi Bob, My K motors have IAY 4009 distributers. The points #NAPA Echlin CS725A I think the gap is .020 In an emergency the gap is the thickness of a matchbook cover. Cap #AL105 Rotor #AL104 Condenser #AL 116 These are all NAPA Echlin numbers. I hope this solves it for you. Regards, Mark
by Captain Nemo
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: No Spark
Replies: 27
Views: 9622

No Spark

Hi Bob, Sounds like you eliminated everything but the Pertronics. You can call me a traditionalist but, there is something to be said for the K.I.S.S. method (keep it simple stupid) :lol: . To me high tech electronics don't really have a place on these old flatheads. When I run into a electrical pro...
by Captain Nemo
Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bilge Paint for '62 CC Sea Skiff?
Replies: 12
Views: 7030

Bilge Paint

Hi,
Sandusky paint co. www.sanpaco.com they have what you need.
-Mark
by Captain Nemo
Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:41 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: plank below shaft log doesn't seem right
Replies: 6
Views: 1968

Shaft Log

Hi, The shaft log plank you are refferring to to is indeed just a thicker plank. Without looking at mine ('56 w/ twin K's) I can't say how it is fastened. From your pic it appears to be square a edge plank. I almost think mine is a rabbeted edge and fastened from below. I'll have to take a look Good...
by Captain Nemo
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: throttle adjustment
Replies: 1
Views: 916

Throttle adjust

Hi, How many RPM's are you getting out of it? If it has a throttle cable, the inner cable could have a kink in it near the carb end of it. If it has a mechanical linkage you could check where it connects on the shaft to the butterfly in the carb. Just a couple of thoughts without looking at it. -Mark
by Captain Nemo
Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 1956 Continental Instrument Lights
Replies: 4
Views: 1916

Instrument lights

You can check w/ www.classicboathardware.com they have the bulb sockets. The metal strips to hold the sockets shouldn't be too hard to make.
by Captain Nemo
Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 26 ft Clipper ( 1958 )
Replies: 3
Views: 1829

'58 Clipper

Check the hull registry there is one. It's located in Austrailia. Very nice :) , one of my favorite models.
by Captain Nemo
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Here comes the first big repair, Leaking at the keel
Replies: 4
Views: 1859

Leak

Just a couple of thoughts on this. I would make sure you are there when they haul her out. Then you can see where the water seeps back out. After a while it dries out, you might not be able to see exactly where your leaks is. One of the wonders of a double plank bottom is that you can have a leak so...
by Captain Nemo
Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Heat gun vs chemical vs sanding
Replies: 5
Views: 2379

Stripping

Bret is right about the good ol' Zip Strip, tried and true. As far as using a torch, it might be a mental thing but, I just can't get past the thought of applying an open flame to the side of a wood boat :shock:. For stripping bottom paint I have what is called a Roto Stripper tool which has spring ...
by Captain Nemo
Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: How often do you haulout?
Replies: 7
Views: 3205

Haulout

Hi, I haul mine out every winter for many obivious reasons being in upstate NY it gets pretty icy around here but wintering in the water is a whole different thread. For painting it would have everything to do with what sort of paint you are using. If you have a soft ablative paint you would do very...
by Captain Nemo
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Varnish runs & sags
Replies: 12
Views: 4164

Varnish Runs and Sags

Hi Marty, I was taught by my father that you never use anything wider than an 1 1\2" brush when varnishing. The reasoning is that, a larger brush will carry too much varnish and cause sags. It may seem a daunting task varnishing your whole runabout with such a small brush but, it works for me. This ...
by Captain Nemo
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:40 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine question
Replies: 3
Views: 1700

Engine Question

Hi Ryan, A gear reduction is a gearbox on the back of the transmission that slows the revolution of the propeller shaft in relation to the rpm's of the engine ie. 2:1 ratio - the engine turning 2 rev's to the shaft turning once. This allows turning a larger wheel with more pitch. Basically thats it....
by Captain Nemo
Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Runabout with Chris-O -Matic
Replies: 8
Views: 5765

Chris-O-Matic

Hi, I did some browsing on some of my familiar sources and didn't find anything on the Chris-O-Matics. Would have to call around directly but I'm pretty sure parts might be available for these. That being said, growing up in my father's marina in the 60's and 70's I can say my father refitted more t...
by Captain Nemo
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: boating greeting cards
Replies: 2
Views: 1414

Greeting Cards

Hi Jeff,
www.woodyboater.com has a selection of e-mail cards called woody post cards down the rightr column on the right side.
-Mark
by Captain Nemo
Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Newbie and I need help with these old engines
Replies: 20
Views: 6890

Engines

Hi, Judging from your pictures, you haven't found the relevent numbers. Bret described the location pretty well, they are on the stbd. side of the block where it meets the head, they are stamped on a small flat area on the block. Those numbers you pictured are cast into the block. Look a little clos...
by Captain Nemo
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Trading Dock [email protected]@K
Replies: 4
Views: 1845

Trading Dock

I have to agree w/ you Don, I sold a 1954 Century Resorter last summer I had it listed on a number of old boat sites, even Craigslist. Trading Dock generated the most hits over the 6 or so months I had it listed. In the end it was a hit fom Trading Dock that sold it. I check Trading Dock to see what...
by Captain Nemo
Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Preservation vs Restoration
Replies: 60
Views: 19196

NOOOOOOOOOOO! NOT THE BELT SANDERRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!
by Captain Nemo
Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Drive shaft packing
Replies: 1
Views: 1201

Shaft Packing

Hi, It depends on if the packing nut was left loose as it should have during the layup process. So many times these get left tightened up and compresses the packing material so it won't soak up and seal up properly. If it was left tight I would replace the packing. Remember to leave the nut loose en...
by Captain Nemo
Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Drive Shaft & Cutlass Bearing
Replies: 4
Views: 1915

Prop Shaft & Cutlass Bearing

Hi Marty, I always have my prop shafts turned at a machine shop where I have a friend who works there so, I get a cut in price. He is also able to order cutlass bearings for me. You could check w/ www.classicboatconnection.com they have shafts and bearings listed. They say call for pricing so I can'...