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by mfine
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: 1970 ski boat
Replies: 7
Views: 3207

Re: 1970 ski boat

Are you prepared for the time and expense to restore the CC? If the floor is soft, you may need to clean out water logged floatations foam and replace it. Plus, you already know about engine work and the seat. I would plan on that project costing more than the boat will be worth. Go in to it as a la...
by mfine
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years
Replies: 22
Views: 7702

Re: De-Winterizing XK19 After Five Years

If you totally drained the fuel system (good) it may take a bit to get it to prime depending on how it is configured.
by mfine
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: My 283 replaced by 350 ???
Replies: 9
Views: 3344

Re: My 283 replaced by 350 ???

A friend of mine had issues with the heads not having holes drilled and taped for the marine accessories. Tom The bow end of the head needs to be drilled and tapped for the water exit on a 283 style cooling setup. It is not a difficult task for a competent engine shop. There shouldn't be a need for...
by mfine
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

Traditional is a viable option, but it will have less durability and longevity.
by mfine
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: My 283 replaced by 350 ???
Replies: 9
Views: 3344

Re: My 283 replaced by 350 ???

You won't necessarily need a new prop. A modern build 350 will have more power, but it can also safely spin a few hundred rpm faster than the old 283 builds.
by mfine
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

I want the outer planks to soak up and swell in the water and shrink up and dry on the hard. The dynel just makes it leak proof while the swelling take place. I'm in salt water so no rot can grow when submersed and if rapid drying can take place after haul the planks should outlast the fasteners. N...
by mfine
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

The big question is what would your system potentially give you that a 5200 system would not? What you propose does not look any quicker or cheaper, and I don't see how it would improve ride, longevity, water tightness or anything that comes to mind. If you are thinking up a solution in search of a ...
by mfine
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

I have the impression that a well documented 5200 bottom has the highest resale value. That might vary by location.
by mfine
Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

I believe there are, but keep in mind that those bottoms were not meant to last decades. At the time they were expecting owners would replace the boat with a new better model.
by mfine
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

Not all epoxy products are the same. In the case of the Dannenberg 5200 bottom, the product used is CPES, which despite the name, does not produced a completely waterproof seal. My understanding is that it slows water penetration and also strengthens the wood fibers so there is much less swelling an...
by mfine
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Epoxy bottoms
Replies: 39
Views: 8629

Re: Epoxy bottoms

A 5200 bottom does not completely encapsulate the wood so it can absorb moisture and also dry. The use of CPES may slow this down some, but it will still breath. It also remains more flexible. A 5200 bottom is for the most part a traditional bottom where the cloth between layers has been replaced wi...
by mfine
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Sandusky Natural & Interlux Natural filler stain for "blond"
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: Sandusky Natural & Interlux Natural filler stain for "bl

Are Dave's gel stains still available, and from where?
by mfine
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

Jim, thank you for your trouble shooting tips. I'll check out all the possible solutions to my stalling problem before I switch off my pumps. The reason I think it may be related to a vapor locking problem is due to the fact that the engine won't restart until it's allowed to sit for ten minutes or...
by mfine
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

I definitely have the problem of dry float bowls after sitting for 4 days. I just crank till I have fuel and then my engines start right up. The extra cranking is tough on the starter I suppose but it lubs up the engine before it starts which is not all bad. I recently read an article that said Car...
by mfine
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

To be clear, my comments on the electric pump solving issues only relates to solving the fuel evaporating out of the carb issue, and help reducing vapor lock (if not mounted on near heat and the fuel line is protected). If those are not the causes of your problem, I can't promise a new pump will do ...
by mfine
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Racing in 1953
Replies: 8
Views: 3639

Re: Racing in 1953

quitchabitchin wrote:These are great Jim!

What is the deal with G25? It looks like that nose would dig in and send you ass over elbows in a spit second.
Perhaps. Maybe that's why there are no photos of G25 from 1954. :D

Thanks for sharing Jim!
by mfine
Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

Will electric fuel pumps totally eliminate the possibility of vapor lock problems, and if so, what brand marinized electric pump is recommended? I won't say totally, but if you mount the pump away from the engine and heat, closer to the fuel tank, it should help a lot. You still need to make sure t...
by mfine
Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

I believe the switches I used were Holley 12-810 (about $30 each) and I second the Carter p4389.
by mfine
Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

It is not just ethanol that boils off. Even modern ethanol free gas is more volatile than it was in the past. The cutoff and pump are two seperate items. The cutoff is small and can be feed on where the small oil port is for the oil pressure gauge. For the pump, you are looking for one that is regul...
by mfine
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 6724

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

My opinion is that the old mechanical fuel pumps are less reliable and less safe. As such, I prefer a low pressure (not for fuel injection) electric pump and an oil pressure cutoff safety switch. Modern fuel, with or without ethanol, evaporates faster and can make it hard to start after a boat sits ...
by mfine
Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: 2016 Coeur d' Alene Classic Boat Festival
Replies: 5
Views: 23653

Re: 2016 Coeur d' Alene Classic Boat Festival

The only one I could put up with on a car ride that long is the dog!
by mfine
Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: 2016 Coeur d' Alene Classic Boat Festival
Replies: 5
Views: 23653

Re: 2016 Coeur d' Alene Classic Boat Festival

Someday when the kids are out of the house, I would love to make the trip out there!
by mfine
Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Re - Building Transom
Replies: 18
Views: 4875

Re: Re - Building Transom

John, I need to also disagree with you. 5200 remains flexible which is why it is good for certain tasks like bottom planks. It is a very poor choice for laminating multiple thin(er) pieces of wood into a single structural member. A properly laminated piece will be much stronger than one that is stea...
by mfine
Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Year or Date CC Switched from 6 volt to 12 volt?
Replies: 10
Views: 2789

Re: Year or Date CC Switched from 6 volt to 12 volt?

Someone should tell the Hersom family that Chris Craft also built many fine boats before and after 1957!
by mfine
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Post War CC Blue paint chiping????
Replies: 11
Views: 3128

Re: Post War CC Blue paint chiping????

This thread has 3 references to Dave with three different spellings of his name. I feel like I am on Woodyboater! :D
by mfine
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Post War CC Blue paint chiping????
Replies: 11
Views: 3128

Re: Post War CC Blue paint chiping????

I am pretty sure the can on the right is the proper color for the V8 engines but would not be exactly correct for a post war K. There was a Brass Bell article on this a couple years ago. Try searching the archive for it.
by mfine
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Classic Glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 7939

Re: Classic Glass?

Go back to bed Troy, you have six more weeks of winter!
by mfine
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Using a Resort's Boat Lift
Replies: 2
Views: 1535

Re: Using a Resort's Boat Lift

Can you post a link to the pictures? I wouldn't put a fiberglass boat on a lift as you describe so I am thinking we might be missing something.
by mfine
Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine Oil - What Do We Use
Replies: 31
Views: 8189

Re: Engine Oil - What Do We Use

Manufacturer recommendations for our boats are 50-90+ years out of date. Oils have changed quite a bit just in the last 10 years let alone 50, so what was best, or even just good enough back then may not be a good choice today.
by mfine
Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4
Replies: 23
Views: 32632

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4

Whether 54 pages or 96 pages the "BrassBell" should be a break even or profit center for the club. The dues should NOT pay for the magazine. It has to support itself through revenues from advertising, and that constitutes display and classified (Trading Dock). That is simply not a reasonable expect...