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by Captain Nemo
Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Drive Shaft & Cutlass Bearing
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

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'...
by Captain Nemo
Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 4
Views: 1581

Whatzit

That is what is called a pillow block bearing. Usually used for heavy machinery where a large shaft needs to be carried. I haven't seen something like these used anywhere on an old boat before. It might make a dandy paperweight for the chart table.
-Mark
by Captain Nemo
Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: New Owner and Member needs lots of help with ID
Replies: 47
Views: 12839

Hi Jim, Century stamped the hull# on the port side of the transom plank near the waterline, which in most cases have been replaced so that is usually lost. They also sometimes stamped the # on the inside of the starboard engine stringer between the fuel tank and the engine. On some runabouts they st...
by Captain Nemo
Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: exhaust manafold nut
Replies: 10
Views: 2605

exhaust nut

Hey chad , that was obviously too big of a hammer. It took me two months to get both port and stbd. ones off with the soak-wait hammer method. I didn't have room for the chain wrench without pulling either the fuel tanks (full) or the elbow and a section of pipe. Patience and restraint are the key. ...
by Captain Nemo
Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: exhaust manafold nut
Replies: 10
Views: 2605

Exhaust Ring

Hi Bob, These can be a tough nut to crack sometimes. PB Blaster is a good product. just keep applying it over a course of time and striking the "nubs" with a drift pin and a good size hammer in the right direction. I try to avoid using a torch to heat it up (open flame and an old wood boat-not the b...
by Captain Nemo
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Member Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

New Member Question

JP, the allen screws are probably from a repair when the cutlass bearing was pressed improperly and split the strut. Look for some brazing on it. The set screws were put in for some extra insurance. It's a perfectly servicable fix. If your bearing is OK I wouldn't worry about the set screws but, if ...
by Captain Nemo
Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Member Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

New Member Question

Hi JP, Welcome. The rubber culass bearing in the strut is lubricated w/ water, so allowing the shaft to turn dry isn't good as it creates wear on the rubber. The allen screws serve to lock the cutlass bearing in place. Is there any looseness at this point? If there is that could also be the source o...
by Captain Nemo
Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission problem, 1956 Continental
Replies: 5
Views: 1683

Transmission Problem

Another sign your trans needs an adjustment is if when you shift it just kind of slides into gear. There should be a certain amount of effort to get it into gear and it should pop into and out of gear. To adjust the forward drive there is a locking bolt on the rear of the cylinder shaped gear case t...
by Captain Nemo
Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission problem, 1956 Continental
Replies: 5
Views: 1683

Transmssion Problem

Hi Joe, Does the trans seem to operate properly? Is there any slippage? I ask this because unless someone overadjusted something these things don't tighten up over time, due to wear these tend to loosen up. It's not unusual for the shaft to turn when idling in neutral, but you should be able to find...
by Captain Nemo
Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Bilge Cleaning
Replies: 17
Views: 6075

Bilge Cleaning

Hi Jim, My cruiser had what I think might have been a case of "Triple-S" green slime :? this year after sitting for some time. I just broke up a pool chlorine tablet dropped a few pieces in the bilgewater in a couple of places. After a couple of days I swished around the bilge w/ a brush, and I have...
by Captain Nemo
Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Gallons per Hour of estimate for 19' for runabout?
Replies: 12
Views: 3637

Re: Gallons per Hour

PK44 wrote:
Captain Nemo wrote:Drive it like you stole it until the gas is about half gone then putter home. :lol:
Remember, dipsticks don't lie.
I like the first part but what if I don't want to go home?

PK
If you don't want to go home, my advice: GET MORE GAS, DRIVE REAL FAST!
by Captain Nemo
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Gallons per Hour of estimate for 19' for runabout?
Replies: 12
Views: 3637

Gallons per Hour

Drive it like you stole it until the gas is about half gone then putter home. :lol:
Remember, dipsticks don't lie.
by Captain Nemo
Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: My red-headed step-child
Replies: 14
Views: 4333

My Red-Headed Step-Child

Hi Ken, My first move would to go back to your mechanic who did the initial work. He knows what he did or didn't do. It might just be a turn of a carb screw or a twist of the distributor. If he can't help, I'm sure some of the local people on this blog will be able to direct you to someoe who can. T...
by Captain Nemo
Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Any Nautical "Must Sees" between NYC and Niagara
Replies: 8
Views: 4244

Nautical Must-sees

Hi Geoff, Driving up from NYC to Niagra Falls following interstate Rt. 90 you will be following fairly closely the route of the Erie Canal if you go to the Erie Canal website www.canals.state.ny.us you should be able to find some "diversions" not too far off the beaten track. Good luck and hope you ...
by Captain Nemo
Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Motor Mount Block, Type of wood
Replies: 2
Views: 1754

Type of Wood

Hi,
Looks to be Doug Fir, which is not a hardwood, but is on the hard end of the softwoods. It's used for stringers for it's strength and flexibility. I wouldn't use Oak or Cedar for this because Oak is too brittle and prone to cracking and Cedar is just too soft.
by Captain Nemo
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Mixing additives?
Replies: 11
Views: 3351

Mixing Additives?

Hi Mark, I see no problems w/ additives. I have run marvel mystery oil w/ Startron stabilizer for many years. I have in the past had trouble w/ lead substitutes causing plug fouling. I feel that the marvel mystery oil acts as a sufficient upper cylinder lube on it's own. That's just my humble opinio...
by Captain Nemo
Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop Clearance
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

prop clearance

Usually 3/8" to 1/2" should be enough to get your prop puller on it, if it is too close it's a pain to pull your wheel because you will have to disconnect your coupler to gain clearance.
by Captain Nemo
Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1966 CC -Constellation 65', down under.
Replies: 17
Views: 6274

65' Connie Down Under

I like the part where it says "beautiful 42 year old motor yacht with teak decks and mahogany planking was meticulously maintained by the previous owner." I would have questioned that from one look at the wrinkled looking hull planking. So many owners consider all the things that make a wood boat pr...
by Captain Nemo
Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bleach Blond.
Replies: 8
Views: 4611

wood bleach

You can get oxalic acid at your local pharmacy. It comes in chrystaline form. Just keep stirring it into warm water until it stops dissolving. Sponge it on from bottom to top to avoid streaking.
by Captain Nemo
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Just when you think?
Replies: 4
Views: 1650

Just when you think?

Don't be so hard on yourself. You're probably right it was an old repair. Whoever did it just went to the coffee can full of slotted screws on the bench rather than going out and buying some Reed and Prince. :roll: The cutwaters are fabricated out of flat stock by hand so I don't imagine they would ...
by Captain Nemo
Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: how much?
Replies: 2
Views: 1254

how much?

There was a good thread from last Monday that will apply. A lot of good info there :D
by Captain Nemo
Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How much oil?
Replies: 13
Views: 4069

How much oil?

On the subject of oil (type/viscosity) my understanding about one of the characteristics of a detergent oil is that it suspends contaminants and crud so that the oil filter can take them out. I wouldn't recommend using a detergent oil in any of these old engines that don't have an oil filter, meanin...
by Captain Nemo
Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How much oil?
Replies: 13
Views: 4069

How much oil?

This may sound a bit simple but, when you suck the oil out you can get a general idea how much came out. Just keep putting oil in it until it's full.
The transmission usually holds about a quart.