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by homeiste
Tue May 07, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95hp "K" Blowby around Spark Plug
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: 95hp "K" Blowby around Spark Plug

Another possibility is a bad heli-coil repair job.
by homeiste
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Vapor barrier under berths
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Vapor barrier under berths

Since no one else offered up thoughts, I'll do so, with the caveat that I've never owned a boat with a cabin/berths. Putting a vapor barrier like plastic anywhere is providing a spot for moisture to condense to liquid water when temperatures differ between sides of the barrier. I propose this would ...
by homeiste
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 1156

Re: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines

If you want to go the inverted flair route, you can rent (for free) the tool at Autozone or Advanced Automotive, for brake lines
by homeiste
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Propeller
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: Propeller

I have a 1960 18' Continental w 283, some extra weight from a 5200 bottom. I can't comment on the appropriateness of the NiBral 1067, but I went from the stock CC prop to an Acme prop a couple years ago and love the switch to that prop. Unless you are showing the boat I would stick with a modern one...
by homeiste
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: REAR DECK VENTS
Replies: 19
Views: 3334

Re: REAR DECK VENTS

I'll add to the confusion. My 18' 1960 Continental has one large forward facing vent on the fore deck between the lift ring and windshield. There are two (one port, one starboard) small rearward facing vents on the hullsides about at the front seat. There are two forward facing vents (one in each co...
by homeiste
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Shunt for 283 1959 Continental
Replies: 3
Views: 1135

Re: Shunt for 283 1959 Continental

I'll try to help a bit. Your post in not very specific, but I'll assume you are talking about an electrical shunt. The only electrical shunt I am somewhat aware of is associated with the ammeter. Here is a post regarding such that might provide some helpful information: http://www.chris-craft.org/di...
by homeiste
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Waterproofing for canvas cover?
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Re: Waterproofing for canvas cover?

I've used a product called 303 Fabric Protectant with excellent results. It is recommended by Sunbrella for their fabric, and by the Boston Whaler crowd. I used it on standard canvas. It is either aqueous or alcohol based, and I applied it to the cover off the boat, but once dry it shouldn't be an i...
by homeiste
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine Generator
Replies: 6
Views: 1643

Re: Engine Generator

Crickets on this one, eh. All I can offer is the name of someone who might be able to help you, see your PM.
by homeiste
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: fuel filter
Replies: 8
Views: 1977

Re: fuel filter

I'm all for blowers, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment. Just dont' let them give you a false sense of security! They have failure rates.
by homeiste
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine Rocker Cover Decals
Replies: 2
Views: 1742

Re: Engine Rocker Cover Decals

Try http://www.classicboatconnection.com/. They have decals for several engines on page 14 of their catalog. Not the one you want, but there is a note that they have others and to call for availability.
by homeiste
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: instrument lights
Replies: 11
Views: 2653

Re: instrument lights

Most simple LEDs are either on or off, and you can't dim them. Newer bulbs for household use are dimmable however, presumable do to special circuitry. It may not be as easy as a simple dimmer, but may be do-able just be aware.
by homeiste
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: I hope this isn't sacrilege
Replies: 10
Views: 1871

Re: I hope this isn't sacrilege

Here is a nice article on Leon Slikkers and his boat building accomplishments from the Holland Sentinal/Hope College (my alma mater) joint archives in Holland, Michigan. He developed the Slickcraft, Tiara, S2, and Pursuit lines of boats. My family had a 21' fiberglass Slickcraft for a couple years i...
by homeiste
Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Riviera Trailer ground Clearance
Replies: 9
Views: 2400

Re: Riviera Trailer ground Clearance

Bottom line is there is no definite answer; too many factors involved to provide one. Parameters like distance from the axle to the prop cage, trailer tongue length, height of the tow vehicle draw bar, and axle height off the ground all affect the 'attitude' of the trailer and how much ground cleara...
by homeiste
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: boat will start- won't stay running
Replies: 11
Views: 2987

Re: boat will start- won't stay running

If the fuel, spark and air are all good, consider an obstruction of the exhaust, a long shot.
by homeiste
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct Firing Order
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

Re: Correct Firing Order

There are several sources for a manual, both downloads and hard copies. Just google Chris craft 283 engine manual to identify them.
by homeiste
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: CHRYSLER ROYAL ENGINE stalling more frequently
Replies: 65
Views: 11185

Re: CHRYSLER ROYAL ENGINE stalling more frequently

OOPs, reading back through the old posts, and I already posted something similar last year, sorry. Denny, I'm reading your post from July 30, in which you stated the resistance-type wires were burnt in the distributor cap and replaced with solid core. The 'burning' suggests shorting of the wires. I ...
by homeiste
Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Ski Pole for a 1961 CC Ski Boat
Replies: 12
Views: 4775

Re: Ski Pole for a 1961 CC Ski Boat

I recently purchased a ski pylon/mount that bolts to the flywheel cover of the 283 FWF and went to install it yesterday. Looks like it could either bolt between the cover and block (which seems more sturdy) or to the forward face of the cover. The former option would require moving engine mount hole...
by homeiste
Wed May 18, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Website Photo Contest
Replies: 24
Views: 5829

Re: Website Photo Contest

Cure All 1a.jpg
6:30 am as the fog burns off
by homeiste
Fri May 06, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: What do you use for an anchor?
Replies: 5
Views: 1644

Re: What do you use for an anchor?

Yes, anchor type depends on the bottom characteristics. Here is a nice summary of types and their uses:
https://www.activefisherman.com/choose- ... types.html
by homeiste
Mon May 02, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: SPORTSMAN CANVAS tOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

Re: SPORTSMAN CANVAS tOP

If no one responds, go to the directory and call/email owners of your model boat until you find one with a top and asked them to send measurements. I did this for my Continental, and they sent measurements, and pictures. Just need to have it fabricated!
by homeiste
Mon May 02, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Mahogany Colored Paint?
Replies: 8
Views: 1976

Re: Mahogany Colored Paint?

Here's a thought. My wife wanted to replace our perfectly good aluminum garage doors with wooden ones. I wasn't footing that bill, but I did inquire with a painter who did faux wood finishes. Didn't go that route either, but you might consider it. Would probably require some type of base coat, then ...
by homeiste
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Where to buy a 1962 Paragon manual transmision O-ring seal
Replies: 5
Views: 1481

Re: Where to buy a 1962 Paragon manual transmision O-ring se

If Van Ness can't help, Federal Marine Transmission in Countryside, IL was a huge help getting me parts to rebuild a 1960 manual Paragon. 708-352-2200. They were more helpful than Great Lakes Power.
by homeiste
Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Ensign material
Replies: 0
Views: 1167

Ensign material

Threads here show folks are sometimes interested in cotton ensigns. I recently purchased a cotton one for a project removed from my boat, but it got me thinking... when did CC switch from cotton to nylon ensigns? Was there a specific year?
by homeiste
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Green Vinyl
Replies: 7
Views: 2074

Re: Green Vinyl

Just a note as you decide on a color--the darker green in my boat gets awful hot in the sun. Not sure if the blue might stay any cooler.
by homeiste
Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: help identifying a prop
Replies: 1
Views: 858

help identifying a prop

Can anyone help ID this prop? It is on a 1960 Continental with 283. This boat is supposed to have CC prop 670 which is 12x16. The prop on it has a similar shape, bronze, with multiple stampings that include 1) 560Z 2) 304J with a smaller 589 above the J, 3) an illegible stamp that might be 7929 or 7...
by homeiste
Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Fuel tank hairline crack. Advice needed.
Replies: 12
Views: 2914

Re: Fuel tank hairline crack. Advice needed.

Eric,
Even after a new tank, I try to use ethanol-free gasoline. There are numerous places in PA that sell it. See if one is near you:
http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=PA
by homeiste
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Riviera Self Bailer Components
Replies: 10
Views: 2856

Re: Riviera Self Bailer Components

Just a thought-- how does inserting a valve at the base of the siphon affect the overall geometry of the system? A two inch valve case would raise the whole assembly, including the pickup opening, two inches, leaving two inches of water in the bilge that can't be removed. To maintain the siphon's ef...
by homeiste
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: CHRYSLER ROYAL ENGINE stalling more frequently
Replies: 65
Views: 11185

Re: CHRYSLER ROYAL ENGINE stalling more frequently

Denny, I have a 1969 Fisher-Pierce Bearcat 55 hp outboard with the same style distributor you describe, which I rewired and converted to electronic ignition this summer. It has bayonnet style contacts that pierce the spark plug wire to contact the metal core. The original unit was packed with a diel...
by homeiste
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Spark plug wires with Electronic Ignitionn
Replies: 5
Views: 1731

Re: Spark plug wires with Electronic Ignitionn

People either love or hate the Homelite/Bearcat, doesn't seem to be a middle ground. You are correct that the 55 hp version is a modified Crosley engine on end.
by homeiste
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Spark plug wires with Electronic Ignitionn
Replies: 5
Views: 1731

Re: Spark plug wires with Electronic Ignitionn

I recently dealt with this issue installing a Pertronix unit on Fisher-Pierce Bearcat 4 cycle outboard from the late 60s. Pertronix makes three different units, the Ignitor, Ignitor II, and Ignitor III. The Ignitor II has adapative dwell, not sure what additional features the Ignitor III incorporate...