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by 57 chris
Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1958 CC Sea Skiff newbie
Replies: 7
Views: 3394

Greetings and welcome aboard. SeaSkiffs don't leak! If they do there is a problem that needs attention. I've worked on quite a few 'Skiffs including my own and I can tell you that the Thiokol that ChrisCraft used is practically bulletproof so if you are getting water inside it's most likely a proble...
by 57 chris
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:06 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Caulk Removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3643

There are MANY cheaper places to purchase the Fein Multimaster than jamestown. There are a few knock-off brands of this tool but none are as good as the original, spend the difference and get the genuine article and you will be pleased with the results.
by 57 chris
Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Out Side Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 2151

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by 57 chris
Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Nuts Bolts
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

Hi Phil,
I'm all for originality but from someone in fresh water my opinion is that it's not worth the extra cash. If you're in salt water or showing the boat the only choice is silicon bronze.

Craig
by 57 chris
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Twin 283 FWF Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1737

The starter turns the opposite direction of the engine.
by 57 chris
Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Out Side Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 2151

I did most of the restoration on hull #675 outdoors but Bret is correct, doing quality finish work requires a controlled environment.

Craig
by 57 chris
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 32 volt windlass running on 24 volts
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

The one major consideration is that when you operate a 32 volt motor on 24 volts the amperage draw will increase putting the motor windings in an overcurrent condition.

Craig
by 57 chris
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Carborator Jets
Replies: 4
Views: 1532

Any competent marina in the area should be able to re-jet your carb for the elevation. If you can't find that, your next stop would be an experienced engine builder and if they can't do it they will indeed know who can, those guys travel together.

Craig
by 57 chris
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: help engine change
Replies: 2
Views: 1111

There are always things to change when doing an engine swap but when you switch types of fuel the list grows. I'm hoping one of the more experienced gear heads chime in but what comes to mind for me would be things like water pick-ups (larger), exhaust(larger), shafts, struts, props, stuffing boxes(...
by 57 chris
Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bilge Paint
Replies: 4
Views: 2261

I have to agree, I'm not plugging Sherwin Williams but They are fantastic at matching paint and stain colors.
by 57 chris
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Welding cracks in a K block
Replies: 12
Views: 2706

When welding cast iron the part has to be heated to a given temperature(I don't know what that specific temp is)then the part is welded and re-heated then the temp is brought down slowly.
by 57 chris
Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Self bailing device
Replies: 37
Views: 17629

The subject of the bleed hole at the top of the siphon loop came up recently in another thread and as Frank says is so very important. As long as the bleed hole is kept clear and the rubber hose that connects the scoop to the siphon tube is in good condition these self bailers work great. Hey Bill, ...
by 57 chris
Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:38 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Water in engine oil
Replies: 8
Views: 2155

It's hard to imagine that much water getting in around a seal, my guess is the dipstick tube was the point of entry.

Craig
by 57 chris
Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MBL is a PIA
Replies: 14
Views: 3575

All posts here are leaning toward fuel.. which might very well be the problem but if all else fails check your ignition system, points etc. These symptoms sound a lot like a problem I had that was a bad set of points!

Craig
by 57 chris
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: oil line fitting
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

I'm up that early every morning, I read your post and dredged through my pix to find what I thought might help. After all of the help that I have gotten from other members throughout the years it's the least I can do.
by 57 chris
Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: oil line fitting
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Hi Jeff, You are correct...one line from the oil cooler goes to the hole in the side of the block and the other goes to the rearward side of the T. The front side of the T goes to the oil pressure gauge. The pictures aren't great but you get the idea. Craig http://s4.postimage.org/33r4oj0bo/141.jpg ...
by 57 chris
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Need oil change?
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

I agree with Mark,
Always change the oil before lay-up regardless of number of hours on the oil. You don't want any contaminants in the oil to hang around in the engine for extended periods.
by 57 chris
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Help with winterizing my boat.
Replies: 8
Views: 3778

Hi Don,
If you search the archives you will find a lot of information on winterizing. It definitely is an easy procedure, It takes me about 2 hours to completely winterize my boat.
by 57 chris
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Distributor replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

If you're looking for originality and want to replace Autolite with Autolite I would contact member Jim Staib (Dr Rot). If you are not looking to retain originality and just want it to run then any GM small block V8 distributor without vacuum advance will work.
by 57 chris
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer construction
Replies: 1
Views: 1566

Having several trailers under my belt I offer the opinion that for the size boat you have, 2"X 4"X 1/8" would be perfect. Anything less such as 2"X 3" is too flexible. You could go a little thinner wall thickness if weight is a consideration but it sure does make a solid trailer.

Craig
by 57 chris
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: siphon pump 1956 19ft Capri
Replies: 24
Views: 5384

Sorry for the delay,
I just found the old siphon tube in a bucket of parts in the shop attic.
The hole admits a #56 drill bit perfectly, that's .046 inch.

Craig
by 57 chris
Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Looking for Good Vinyl Cutter
Replies: 12
Views: 3349

That looks nice Jim!
by 57 chris
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Looking for Good Vinyl Cutter
Replies: 12
Views: 3349

EBuysigns.com My image is 6"high and 36" long (not big enough for an 18' boat, I'm going to re-order in the spring and make the next one 10" x 46"). That increases the price to about $29.00 but still very affordable compared to sign shops. The transaction was very professional and fast, I had my ord...
by 57 chris
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Looking for Good Vinyl Cutter
Replies: 12
Views: 3349

I just had the name done for my boat in 3M vinyl with an outline and a drop shadow for $17.00.

Craig
by 57 chris
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Fat waterline
Replies: 9
Views: 2869

7-8 inches is way beyond original and/or what looks symetrical.
1-2 inches would be acceptable.

Craig
by 57 chris
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Teak Treatment?
Replies: 5
Views: 2335

Once you get the teak cleaned (acid washed) there is nothing better than Sikkens Cetol for keeping the teak properly oiled.

Craig
by 57 chris
Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QL not starting with warm engine
Replies: 19
Views: 5418

If you haven't changed the plug wires yet that is absolutely the next step. When you see arcs to ground that means the spark is getting to ground without going through the spark plugs.

Craig
by 57 chris
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QL not starting with warm engine
Replies: 19
Views: 5418

Sounds like it could be a coil going bad.

Craig
by 57 chris
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:01 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Boot Stripe
Replies: 6
Views: 2529

Gary's right, You're just shooting a straight line from point A to point B regardless of whether anything is level. The line won't arc if the laser is positioned fairly close to the same height off the floor as the stripe location, in other words, you don't want to position the laser so that it's be...
by 57 chris
Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Boot Stripe
Replies: 6
Views: 2529

Level down the sides doesn't matter, you're after a straight line. just shoot a laser line from a point at the bow to a point at the stern which of course will be perfectly straight. In the case of the stern, again level doesn't matter, you just need a straight line that appears level with respect t...