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by jfrprops
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Swim/boarding ladder
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Swim/boarding ladder

I would bet you can find such plans...or copy someone's original...thing is storing ladders is a problem....take up a lot of space, if you just want to get in and out...and are in shape....you can get one of those ladders in a bag...rope deal...easy to stow.
John in Va.
by jfrprops
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Crack in keel by rudder
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Crack in keel by rudder

I like the route it out and glue in a spline idea....there is such fantastic good out there...way stronger than what that requires.
John in Va.
by jfrprops
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Swim/boarding ladder
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Swim/boarding ladder

we are talking two different accessories: swim platform vs boarding ladder....I like the hang over easy to stow types.
John in Va.
by jfrprops
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Swim/boarding ladder
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Swim/boarding ladder

I would be careful with that idea...wondering if a standard type platform would affect performance? Might drag upon acceleration or something...act sort of like a trim tab but maybe in an unwanted way? Through research and advice from others is the key I guess? John in Va
by jfrprops
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Swap KL Carb to downdraft carb
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: Swap KL Carb to downdraft carb

if it fits under the cover I would certainly go for it....up draft carbs are a bomb waiting to go off.

John in VA.
by jfrprops
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Driveline vibration, what’s normal?
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Driveline vibration, what’s normal?

just kicking this around in my mind: I don't think vibration on the hard, water applied as you say, is necessarily relevant. In my experience running on the water is another thing entirely. Sadly we must often launch and relaunch and fiddle and test...but to condemn the components based on a land te...
by jfrprops
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 55' Holiday, does this look right?
Replies: 11
Views: 645

Re: 55' Holiday, does this look right?

I am less skeptical than the rest....maybe with scant reason...but the pics look ok to me...not at that price to be sure, but that could be a diamond in the rough...a barn find on the net...where you almost never find a bargain and have to be so careful...still...worth checking out and at half the p...
by jfrprops
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL stalling issue
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: KL stalling issue

Vapor Lock?.....and those terrible foreign made condensers???? My vote it fuel delivery....
John in Va.
by jfrprops
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Plank ID
Replies: 17
Views: 1141

Re: Plank ID

Now guys, I am the king for wing it and jury rigging....but lately I have seen some very impressive steaming setups....just remember...that stuff is sooooo dangerous....knocking something over/spilling....hot water and steam killed many a crewman and passenger back in the day...shop guys too....just...
by jfrprops
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gel Coat, Marine Paint, or Varnish for '63 Constellation
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Re: Gel Coat, Marine Paint, or Varnish for '63 Constellation

Just my opinions: I would not varnish those hull sides...for all the right-0n reasons mentioned in the previous response. I want to offer a recommendation that to many will sound strange if not stupid but is definitely worth talking about. Rustoleum...oil based, comes only in quarts, Lowe's. Their w...
by jfrprops
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules KFL engine noise, help appreciated
Replies: 16
Views: 775

Re: Hercules KFL engine noise, help appreciated

were it the other end of the engine...I would suspect Damper Plate////but NOT....good luck...John in Va
by jfrprops
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Ignition problem
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Ignition problem

good advice and research...thanks....John in Va
by jfrprops
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Today
Topic: Where have all the True Experts Gone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Re: Where have all the True Experts Gone?

glad to see Matt back on board here. I was among the top 10 posters here for years...but glitches killed me off too...much better now...many thanks to all. John in Va
by jfrprops
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Today
Topic: Where have all the True Experts Gone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Re: Where have all the True Experts Gone?

well, I guess I am one of the experts that no longer post so much? I was, perhaps still am, among the top ten all time posters here...but what happened is it became difficult to continue because of password glitches and etc...which Troy and the crew cleared up a time or two...but computer glitches a...
by jfrprops
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Spining Screws
Replies: 3
Views: 1390

Re: Spining Screws

ok, so last resort time: I have actually shrunken down the pickup end of a BIG and POWERFUL standard shop vac ….get on down to 1/4 in pickup....and you can get a lot of those to come up enough to get a tack pulled under the lip of the head.
John in Va.
by jfrprops
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Different varnishes on same boat?
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Different varnishes on same boat?

Well I have experience with both, prefer Epifanes, but I don't see that mixing two such similar finish products should matter....if you plan to do two coats of Epi over a weekend....I would not sand much at all between.....get the chemical bond....you had best wait for some of the trailer queen crew...
by jfrprops
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: how to remove the mast on a 32'constalaton
Replies: 3
Views: 902

Re: how to remove the mast on a 32'constalaton

a pic would help.....I have done that job...John in Va
by jfrprops
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1947-54 U18 Rudder
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: 1947-54 U18 Rudder

without doing the research: didn't somebody get all that running gear inventory NOS that Jim Wick (spelling?) and some other fellow had down in Florida years ago? I would bet Jim Staib knows who/where.....? John in Va.
by jfrprops
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Today
Topic: New Guy - I Come Bearing Gifts!
Replies: 1
Views: 1756

Re: New Guy - I Come Bearing Gifts!

really cool! thanks Bob John inVa
by jfrprops
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Steering box
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

Re: Steering box

this is old automotive parts.....tighten the adjuster and pack it with grease or lube and it will help...but new sector and worm would be best and pretty easy to do. It will make for a big improvement. John in Va.
by jfrprops
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Electrical
Replies: 5
Views: 1394

Re: Electrical

I am with Greg.
???
John in Va
by jfrprops
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: My boat mechanic working to put in a remanufactured 350 Chevy into barrelback
Replies: 3
Views: 1205

Re: My boat mechanic working to put in a remanufactured 350 Chevy into barrelback

yep, Jim is right on...lots of stuff to prep and precise too. Jim Staib will be a help....isn't he in a McHenry too?
John in Va.
by jfrprops
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Wood repair in Virginia
Replies: 2
Views: 1033

Re: Wood repair in Virginia

You might looking up Gary Lowell in Greensboro N.C. his number is 336-227-2298 Known to some in Va....like SML guys.

John in Va.
by jfrprops
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Bad coil?
Replies: 20
Views: 3395

Re: Bad coil?

I am telling you guys...those resistors in or around the coil can, when failed, seem like any number of seemingly unrelated problems. Their whole purpose is to keep from overloading the points at max electrical delivery at while cranking....or at least that is the theory...??????.real gremlins...and...
by jfrprops
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Bad coil?
Replies: 20
Views: 3395

Re: Bad coil?

I can't specify a coil...but if that thing is converted as you mention...maybe you need a coil resistor if using an old style 12v coil....some coils have that built in...but others require the seperate ceramic and wire resistor...not having that working right causes wierd problems usually noticable ...
by jfrprops
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New CCABC member, first time question
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: New CCABC member, first time question

all this started with the starter. The hand crank starter...back in the day.....most people are right handed....hence they have most strength when cranking clockwise at the front of the engine.
just a tidbit thought...

John in Va.
by jfrprops
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1958 Continental white paint
Replies: 4
Views: 1263

Re: 1958 Continental white paint

agree with Jim...all the way john in va
by jfrprops
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Lifting and blocking
Replies: 3
Views: 982

Re: Lifting and blocking

I had to save the pics of your engines....that is the nicest job I have EVER seen....and I have seen a lot....
John in Va
by jfrprops
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: How to include pic in post?
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Re: How to include pic in post?

I am no help...but have the same problems.....so let us know what you find out?
John in Va
by jfrprops
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Galley and ceiling lights
Replies: 1
Views: 784

Re: Galley and ceiling lights

of course this could be a broken wire along the trail....but to see which are on what circuit...I would try to see if the Mariner's Museum has the wiring diagram …. John in Va.