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by mfine
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 2147

Re: Well WTF?

Glad to hear things are going better! Where are you going to take her to get dyno'd?
by mfine
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 2147

Re: Well WTF?

If you get sick of it, I'll buy it off you. I need a 350 long block to swear at this winter.
by mfine
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 12v positive ground
Replies: 10
Views: 3514

Re: 12v positive ground

To promote corrosion and reduce reliability? Was the former owner Brittish, possibly with the last name of Lucas?
by mfine
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Engine arrival
Replies: 7
Views: 3157

Re: New Engine arrival

I will be keeping an eye on this as I am in the market for a 350 long block for the Penn Yan that just cracked a head.
by mfine
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil for the new engine
Replies: 10
Views: 3498

Re: Oil for the new engine

If the new engine has a flat tappet cam you need high ZDDP oil or a zinc/ZDDP additive, especially for breaking in, but also over the life of the engine. The ZDDP levels were dramatically reduced in modern oils to protect catalytic converters, but our old engines still need it. Also, verify oil requ...
by mfine
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 52
Views: 20957

Re: Restoration?

New control cables are a cheap and easy "upgrade" not enough people make until they absolutely have to.
by mfine
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Dual exhaust for 283 in a 55' Sportsman
Replies: 16
Views: 4637

Re: Dual exhaust for 283 in a 55' Sportsman

With straight exhaust and no muffler or restriction, I don't think there is any real difference in noise level. Going from low power low compression K's to V8's with more cylinders, higher compression, and more power is likely why he found it louder.
by mfine
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Dual exhaust for 283 in a 55' Sportsman
Replies: 16
Views: 4637

Re: Dual exhaust for 283 in a 55' Sportsman

My 283 uses newer Osco manifolds in a three way system. They were the only (new) option at the time I did the rebuild but I heard they want out of production.
by mfine
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Dual exhaust for 283 in a 55' Sportsman
Replies: 16
Views: 4637

Re: Dual exhaust for 283 in a 55' Sportsman

If it is not a show boat, do you need to use copper? Rubber exhaust hose will be cheaper, easier, and safer.
by mfine
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: fuel filter
Replies: 8
Views: 2858

Re: fuel filter

Fuel today isn't what it once was. You really want to find room for a filter/water separator, especially if you may end up with ethanol in the tank. Also just because your tank is now and clean doesn't mean the tank you are pumping fuel out of is clean. Even non-ethanol fuels today evaporate faster ...
by mfine
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Waterproof Paint?
Replies: 6
Views: 2773

Re: Waterproof Paint?

The glass smooth finish comes from your prep work before and between coats and your finish paint. Well done barrier coat plus 2 part finish paint gives a smoother higher gloss finish than gel coat. FWIW, Interprotect 2000e is an epoxy primer from Interlux. Total Boat is another paint brand the also ...
by mfine
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Waterproof Paint?
Replies: 6
Views: 2773

Re: Waterproof Paint?

The water proofing needs to start below the paint. Look at something like Interprotect 2000e as a primer/water proof barrier coat. If the boat is trailered or in a lift and will not sit in the water more than 2-3 days you can get away with a topside paint over the barrier coat. More than that and yo...
by mfine
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Facebook CC Website
Replies: 14
Views: 4201

Re: Facebook CC Website

The younger generation we need to appeal to left Facebook years ago. Today's teens and 20 something's are on Snap Chat and other apps. Not one of my kids friends has a FB account. That's what their mom does.
by mfine
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Facebook CC Website
Replies: 14
Views: 4201

Re: Facebook CC Website

IMHO, the foolish and shortsighted move to Facebook is going to kill the CCABC. At one time, the ability to post here was a compelling reason to join the club and to renew each year. A magazine, no matter how nice, is not attractive to people under 45, maybe 55. This forum was the future, but it has...
by mfine
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 24' Sportsman Rudder Size
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Re: 24' Sportsman Rudder Size

I agree that the hull has more to do with the issue than the rudder and that you will pay a price for a larger rudder.
by mfine
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dave Jerome's gel stain
Replies: 29
Views: 6359

Re: Dave Jerome's gel stain

Great news. Now all I need is a boat that is ready for some stain. Perhaps the field of nightmares at Tavares will have what I need.
by mfine
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Changing of the Guard.
Replies: 9
Views: 21170

Re: Changing of the Guard.

Ditto. A big thanks to Al for his work to help make the club what it is today, and I hope all is well now and in the future.
by mfine
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dave Jerome's gel stain
Replies: 29
Views: 6359

Re: Dave Jerome's gel stain

Great news Mike! I hope every stain order from you will include a carefully selected scotch or bourbon pairing to drink during application.
by mfine
Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: instrument lights
Replies: 11
Views: 4513

Re: instrument lights

You could also put the LED instrument lights on a dimmer.
by mfine
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop Size?
Replies: 5
Views: 1978

Re: Prop Size?

by mfine
Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Gas tank restorayion
Replies: 15
Views: 3268

Re: Gas tank restorayion

If the tank is solid, you can flush it out with a good solvent. Add a spin on fuel filter to catch anything that does not rinse out. I washed my tank with E85 which is an affordable solvent sold by the gallon at your local gas station.
by mfine
Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Christmas already? Yikes! I better start shopping.

Merry Christmas to all in the CCABC!
by mfine
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell cover 2016 issue 4
Replies: 5
Views: 21280

Re: The Brass Bell cover 2016 issue 4

I wonder how many ways Matt could spell that name in one story? :D

If the lake is half as nice as it looks, I should make the trip someday.
by mfine
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 59 chris craft ski boat repower
Replies: 6
Views: 2767

Re: 59 chris craft ski boat repower

Converting to a 350 is easy as all the accessories will fit if you get the correct block. Add and eddlebrock manifold, larger valve heads, more agressive cam and you should get 290-300+ hp (at sea level). Rather than HP though, for your use, you want to focus on low end and midrange torque as max po...
by mfine
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Distributors
Replies: 15
Views: 4756

Re: Distributors

The marine rating is for spark safety, not survival in a inhospitable environment. I would strongly suggest you stick with a marine distributor. There is a Delco HEI version for marine use that also has a solid state advance (no springs to rust or automotive vacuum). I don't know what Mallory is off...
by mfine
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rough starting with an M
Replies: 21
Views: 4650

Re: Rough starting with an M

Sounds like it was dirt in the carb. Keep the spin on filter fresh to hopefully prevent a repeat in the future.
by mfine
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Oil Pressure Sender For My Gauge On My '61
Replies: 2
Views: 1266

Re: Oil Pressure Sender For My Gauge On My '61

My 62 had the oil tube to the gauge. If you have an electric sender, I wonder if it is non-original and perhaps a custom modification.
by mfine
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Coeur d' Alene Classic Boat Festival Aug. 27-28
Replies: 4
Views: 24893

Re: Coeur d' Alene Classic Boat Festival Aug. 27-28

That is a trip I would love to make one year. Too far to drive, but if I can get a boat into the overhead bin...
by mfine
Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: How to refuel system after running out of fuel
Replies: 4
Views: 1930

Re: How to refuel system after running out of fuel

Tape over the fuel tank vent, and then use a LOW PRESSURE blower (small shop vac on blow?) to put a little pressure in the fuel tank and help the system prime.
by mfine
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2016-1
Replies: 31
Views: 45369

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2016-1

tkhersom wrote:We are trying to resolve this issue.
Are you planning to take over the operation and management of the US Post Office?