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by Moosemeat
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman

I am at my wits end trying to figure out how to raise to rear of the boat enough to finish a bottom paint job. Everthing's done but where the two stringers planks are. I have considered renting an engine lift and hoisting it about five inches; just enough to use a mini roller. I would use the stern ...
by Moosemeat
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Building A Bomb?
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: Building A Bomb?

OK OK OK! (a la Joe Pesci) I'm off to the marine store for a bucketload of proper connectors and some fresh wire. Ready for a weekend of contortions and cramps. The waterways and boat ramps around here are packed this weekend anyway. After springing for the fume detector, why not finish the job with...
by Moosemeat
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Building A Bomb?
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Building A Bomb?

On a recent ACBS bulletin concerning the Keuka Lake incident, the author made a blanket statement that anyone using wire nuts in a boat was "building a bomb." Really? These connectors were in my boat when I bought it and I have used them myself. I wish to add here that I do not twist the wires toget...
by Moosemeat
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Gas Fume Detector Installation
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Gas Fume Detector Installation

After the unfortunate event at Keuka Lake I bought a Xintex fume detector. I have an 1947 18' delux sportsman. Where do you all think the best spot for the detection unit is for this boat? I initially thought the carb side would be best but the installation instructions recommend avoiding the manifo...
by Moosemeat
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Mystery Aliment bedevils my KLC
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Re: Mystery Aliment bedevils my KLC

I have solved part of the mystery. In the process of replacing the fuel filter, I dumped the contents of the old filter into a coffee can. At first the gas appeared to have mixed with leftover coffee grounds, but spose tells me that she washed the can out before giving it to me. What a mess! I bough...
by Moosemeat
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Mystery Aliment bedevils my KLC
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Re: Mystery Aliment bedevils my KLC

My generator is a 12 volt rebuilt unit on a three wire external regulator.

My distributor has electronic spark. I know that low voltage would stop the spark and the engine, but then why would it restart
and run a few moments later?
by Moosemeat
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Mystery Aliment bedevils my KLC
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Mystery Aliment bedevils my KLC

My engine has been starting and running well all season. We arrived at Clayton, and took her out for a cruise. Fifteen or twenty minutes into the ride the engine looses rpms and stops. I check the engine; no leaks, no fallen wires, no smells, and plenty gas in the bowl. I push the starter and it fir...
by Moosemeat
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Awful Discovery, a Crappy 90's Restoration Job
Replies: 7
Views: 2425

Re: Awful Discovery, a Crappy 90's Restoration Job

The topsides were done long before I bought the boat. I don't think the folks who sold it to me had any idea about these fasteners. The corrosion shows up as either a pround bung or a blackening of the wood around the bung, like a miniature solar eclipse. Shaeaffer Beer is now a division of Stroh's,...
by Moosemeat
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Awful Discovery, a Crappy 90's Restoration Job
Replies: 7
Views: 2425

Awful Discovery, a Crappy 90's Restoration Job

I finally decided to fix some proud bungs on my vessel. I was disgusted to see that whoever refastened the topside planks years ago, supposedly a "reputable" shop in the Lake Tahoe area, used some stainless steel fasteners, but mostly bugle head sheetrock screws! These things are the lowest form of ...
by Moosemeat
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: One Layer or Two?
Replies: 3
Views: 1687

One Layer or Two?

We are making a travel cover for our 18' C Sportsman. We have seen covers that are one layer, made of non-marking material on the inside and water resistant material on the outside. Also we see the two layer approach, with each fabric serving a distinct function.
Any ideas on which works the best?
by Moosemeat
Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Buffing a Varnished Finish
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

Re: Buffing a Varnished Finish

Phil has a photo of my boat being towed to the haul-out ramp at the SML show. I'm not sure I'll take her out again until I figure out what's going on with the twin carbs from Hell. The boat started and ran until I turned towards the ramp, then conked out. I guess she did not want to leave SML.
by Moosemeat
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Buffing a Varnished Finish
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

Buffing a Varnished Finish

I returned from the SML show with some white dock scuff marks. I use a auto style heavy electric buffer, a 3M waffle pad and 3M Finnese It compound. It did a great job of removing the scuffs; so much so that I'm tempted to do the whole boat. Is this a good idea, as I think that buffing may remove a ...
by Moosemeat
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

OK, I went up to East Penn and got a new battery. Gave it a shot of Pyrol and it started right up and ran perfectly. Later, I tried to start it again without the Pyrol, but nothing doing. Also, still only 10.9 volts at the coil[engine not running.]
Why has my engine become a Pyrol junkie?
by Moosemeat
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

My boat has sat in the driveway for 21 days due to unavoidable circumstances. I last ran it to flush out the Chesapeake water and check on some work I did to the lead carb [KFL engine.] It ran fine then. Now I go to start it, and I don't even get a cough or sputter. I charged up the battery, still n...
by Moosemeat
Thu May 05, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: A "PICKLED" ENGINE
Replies: 19
Views: 3420

Re: A "PICKLED" ENGINE

Troy, a Maine guy should know that the proper answer to the question, "Have you lived in the ANE all your life?", is "Not yet."

I can't post on Woodyboater, but I think the film was shot going west on Rangley with the state park peninsula on the left: hence no cabins.
by Moosemeat
Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Breather - model K
Replies: 13
Views: 2726

Re: Breather - model K

Dave VN installed that breather rig in my KFL, and (with apologies to the late BB King), "The smell is gone; the smell is gone away..." :D
by Moosemeat
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Stuff It: or Not?
Replies: 3
Views: 1119

Stuff It: or Not?

Upon returning from the Hartwell Show (which was amazing!), I opened up my stuffing box to determine why I have a small but annoying leak. I separated the two halves to find that there's packing on both sides of the box. I believe that there should only be stuffing on the female side, but the male s...
by Moosemeat
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Using a Resort's Boat Lift
Replies: 2
Views: 1263

Using a Resort's Boat Lift

We will be staying at a lakeside resort in Minnesota on the Whitefish chain of lakes this June. In making the arrangements, I noticed that the resort had covered slips with boatlifts. I've never used a boatlift, and thought this would be the life! From what I can see in the photos however, it looks ...
by Moosemeat
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: To Flush, or Pull the Plug
Replies: 17
Views: 4589

Re: To Flush, or Pull the Plug

My engine is a KFL. I have pulled the plug that is to the left of the water pump, the bottom grease cup of the water pump, any hoses in the rear of the engine, and of course the manifold. Have I missed any hiding places? I have vacuumed up about 3/4 of a gallon of water from the bilge.
by Moosemeat
Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: To Flush, or Pull the Plug
Replies: 17
Views: 4589

To Flush, or Pull the Plug

I am having a crack on my exhaust manifold repaired this winter, so flushing the block and filling with antifreeze was not an option. So I have drained everywhere the water might hide. Most came out of the manifold. My question is, why not do this every winter? Is there a reason to trust the antifre...
by Moosemeat
Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Re: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe

Ya, a bong could help with many of this boats issues. :lol:
by Moosemeat
Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Re: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe

kfl 2 001.JPG Upon further observation, it turns out that the existing breather pipe was soldered, not welded. I removed the pipe, and with the help of my weed burner and a hacksaw, I made the pipe pictured above. I was inspired by old engine shots I've seen showing the breather pipes emptying into...
by Moosemeat
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Re: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe

Jim and Pete, many thanks for the info. I think I misspoke when I said exhaust smell, it is more of an oily aroma. I have checked for exhaust leaks earlier and found none. Looking at the engine pictures, what is the cigar shaped item projecting from the valve cover? Do I need a flame arrestor and a ...
by Moosemeat
Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Re: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe

Jim, yes someone put a lot of effort into this pipe, but then again Dr. Frankenstien put a lot of effort into his project too. You can't see the galvanized plumbing tee that carries water into the exhaust line, but that's a project for another day. Do you think this rig accounts for some of the exha...
by Moosemeat
Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Re: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe

The attached photo show the homemade rig that vents the crankcase gas into the engine box.
I have seen photos showing copper pipe w/pvc valve going into the fitting in the middle of the intake manifold.
denny boat 131.JPG
by Moosemeat
Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Smelly KFL Breather Pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 2089

Smelly KFL Breather Pipe

For some reason known only to a previous restorer, the breather pipe on my KFL goes from the valve cover up to what looks like an intake air filter. All the other engine pictures I have seen on this site and elsewhere show this pipe as either connected to the intake manifold via a PCV valve or endin...
by Moosemeat
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dock Scuff Marks
Replies: 5
Views: 4106

Re: Dock Scuff Marks

Troy, we intended to call you guys, but we were camping, and after sleeping in a tent for a few days, well, you're just not very uh ...presentable. :roll:
Next time we're renting a cabin.
by Moosemeat
Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Dock Scuff Marks
Replies: 5
Views: 4106

Dock Scuff Marks

After a weeklong stay at Rangley Lake in Maine, I notice a few white scuff marks on the varnish as a result of docking in windy conditions (or poor seamanship :roll: ).
Is there a good temporary fix to see me through the rest of the season?
by Moosemeat
Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KFL Behavior Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

KFL Behavior Question

Amongst the many peccadillos of my classic boat (which is why we love these things), is the acceleration habits of my KFL. It starts great, thanks to a 12volt and Pertronics system, and accelerates in a smooth but lackluster manner up to about 1600 rpm. Then it gets religion and takes off with a roa...
by Moosemeat
Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Too Close for Comfort
Replies: 4
Views: 1382

Re: Too Close for Comfort

Troy, George Hazzard very kindly jumped in after another kind soul towed me back to the dock. George and I prodded, choked the carb, sniffed for gas (none) and pumped the fuel for about five minutes. It then forgot its hissy hit and started fine. Ran well thereafter. I don't know if what we did help...