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by mfine
Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rough starting with an M
Replies: 21
Views: 4648

Re: Rough starting with an M

Seafoam helps with certain kinds of deposits, but once a path is blocked, it won't get in there to work, so it is likely too late. Also, it does not disolves many types of contamination so don't expect miracles. I would start by adding a spin on fuel filter and then a carb disassembly and cleaning. ...
by mfine
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct Firing Order
Replies: 6
Views: 2899

Re: Correct Firing Order

Note that the firing order will look odd to a car guy because CC renumbered the cylinders.
by mfine
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Motor make
Replies: 11
Views: 2865

Re: Motor make

You can tell him with 100% certainty that that is NOT the factory original engine in a 1957 Chris Craft.
by mfine
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Algonac Brunch Cruise
Replies: 8
Views: 25990

Re: Algonac Brunch Cruise

Oh yeah I hear that. Two things Squirt cannot handle well are big water with waves or boat wakes and going slow in no wake zones in canals. I'll let the wife know that we should buy another boat for that trip.
by mfine
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Motor make
Replies: 11
Views: 2865

Re: Motor make

The 283 GM based V8 did not show up in any Chris Craft models until the 1959 model year although many boats have been repowered with Chevy v8's over the decades. The original motor was likely a flathead straight 6. Some variant of the CC model K engine based on the Hercules engines. Does the bill of...
by mfine
Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Algonac Brunch Cruise
Replies: 8
Views: 25990

Re: Algonac Brunch Cruise

Thanks! I almost made it this year on our way back from a trip to Illinois, but we had to get home on Friday night. It is definitely on my list.
by mfine
Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: rebuild engine oil change
Replies: 9
Views: 3077

Re: rebuild engine oil change

What did the builder recommend?
by mfine
Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2016-1
Replies: 31
Views: 45357

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2016-1

I haven't received either 2016 issue yet, but it is normal for me to only get half of them.
by mfine
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Intake manifold hot in middle, both sides
Replies: 11
Views: 3242

Re: Intake manifold hot in middle, both sides

The passages were left open on our OMC marine conversion. The biggest downside is the extra heat can make it more prone to vapor lock. I certainly would not pull the manifold just to fix it, but next time the manifold is off I would block them off.
by mfine
Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Too much steam
Replies: 33
Views: 7749

Re: Too much steam

It sounds like you have not tested the advance, and you are not saying what RPM you tested at. If it is right on the mark at a 600 RPM idle it may be off from where it was supposed to be set at 500. If you have an issue with the advance, it may still be on the mark at 1500 rpm when is shouldn't be.
by mfine
Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Too much steam
Replies: 33
Views: 7749

Re: Too much steam

Here is a very helpful post from Paul P.

http://www.chris-craft.org/discussion/v ... 501#p28402
by mfine
Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Too much steam
Replies: 33
Views: 7749

Re: Too much steam

Retarded timing will produce very hot exhaust gasses which will give steam in a wet exhaust. It could also explain the lack of power to get to higher RPM. Loud exhaust is another. When you say right on the mark, how are you testing and at what RPM? edit: See Paul P's post linked below.
by mfine
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Too much steam
Replies: 33
Views: 7749

Re: Too much steam

If the compression looks good check your timing again, base and total at 3000-3500 rpm.
by mfine
Tue May 31, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Too much steam
Replies: 33
Views: 7749

Re: Too much steam

Check your timing and spring advance.
by mfine
Tue May 24, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine Oil - What Do We Use
Replies: 31
Views: 8189

Re: Engine Oil - What Do We Use

You can always add zddp to whatever oils you want to use as long as you don't mind a little math. I personally don't see the need to use only straight weight oil, that recommendation was put in the manual nearly a century ago without consideration of modern oils straight weight or not. I would be mo...
by mfine
Tue May 24, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Fiberglass Covered Hull Leak
Replies: 30
Views: 7292

Re: Fiberglass Covered Hull Leak

Doug P wrote:Can't we get along....let's just all go buy Roamers and "go boating" 8)
Roamers rust!
by mfine
Sun May 22, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Fiberglass Covered Hull Leak
Replies: 30
Views: 7292

Re: Fiberglass Covered Hull Leak

In my opinion, that is a dangerous situation and you have a boat that could suffer a catastrophic failure and sink at any time. The combination of wood, fiberglass and water trapped in there creates a perfect environment for rot that you can't see. You may have large sections of planking and framing...
by mfine
Sun May 15, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Algonac 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 21431

Re: Algonac 2016

I may be passing through with the family on Friday evening. I will try to convince them to spend the night Friday and some time Saturday morning but I don't know how that will go over.
by mfine
Sun May 08, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: A "PICKLED" ENGINE
Replies: 19
Views: 4584

Re: A "PICKLED" ENGINE

Pickled means much more than winterized, more of a complete treatment with light oil or rust protection so it will survive many years if necessary, or last more than a week is you just dunked the poor thing.
by mfine
Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Towing tubes/skiers. 1961 CC Ski Boat
Replies: 11
Views: 4047

Re: Towing tubes/skiers. 1961 CC Ski Boat

The ski pole should mount to the front of the engine, or on a frame just in front of it. Check with Jim Staib at fine wood boats.
by mfine
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: oil pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 3048

Re: oil pressure

I like the oil cooler. It does a great job collecting bits of rubber impeller every time the water pump implodes. You don't even need to run the oil through it for it to work.
by mfine
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Varnish Over Transom Decal
Replies: 10
Views: 2914

Re: Varnish Over Transom Decal

You could build a giant centrifuge so you don't have to tip the boat up.
by mfine
Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: My 1958 Cavalier Refinish Project
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

Re: My 1958 Cavalier Refinish Project

Have you considered doing the repairs with a "Dutchman" so that you can just stain and varnish? There may be some visible seams left, but it will likely still look good.
by mfine
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 Chris Craft 131 HP KFL Engine Starting difficulties
Replies: 7
Views: 2223

Re: 1959 Chris Craft 131 HP KFL Engine Starting difficulties

To clarify, If it is turning over slow, my first suggestion is to remove the spark, not all of the plugs. You should be ably to just pull the coil wire. If that make a difference it is likely an advanced timing issue. If not, you have another problem. Even if you think all the connections are clean,...
by mfine
Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 Chris Craft 131 HP KFL Engine Starting difficulties
Replies: 7
Views: 2223

Re: 1959 Chris Craft 131 HP KFL Engine Starting difficulties

Unhook spark and see if it is still hard to crank. If no, you may have the timing advanced too far. If yes, check all the battery and started connections and make sure they are clean and getting good contact. Check voltage before and while cranking as well. Also, make sure the fuel lines are well pr...
by mfine
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years
Replies: 22
Views: 7703

Re: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years

I would suspect there was moisture in the boat trapped by the cover. A little water and no air movement are the keys to disaster.
by mfine
Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years
Replies: 22
Views: 7703

Re: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years

I'll help take it off your hands if you give up. :D
by mfine
Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years
Replies: 22
Views: 7703

Re: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years

The out drive will take a different oil called gear lube or gear oil or something of the sort.
by mfine
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Business
Topic: The Brass Bell - Managing Editor Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 3258

Re: The Brass Bell - Managing Editor Needed

A big thanks to all three for stepping forward, and to Jim for holding things together under rough circumstances.
by mfine
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: 1970 ski boat
Replies: 7
Views: 3207

Re: 1970 ski boat

Has someone figured out replacement manifolds for Q engines? If you want to fully restore the boat to get near the quoted $12k in value, I would urge you to get a solid quote on a rebuilt Q engine plus put together a spreadsheet of the other parts and materials you need and their costs. I would also...