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by mbigpops
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K Engine 12V Rewire
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: K Engine 12V Rewire

I installed a fuse block on my runabout. It is mounted behind the dash on the side of the "glove compartment" out of sight. I would not mount anything electrical in the engine compartment that you can mount elsewhere for safety reasons. In my opinion everything should be fused as if anything shorts ...
by mbigpops
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Leaking Fuel Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Re: Leaking Fuel Pump

If you mount the electric pump low in the boat away from the engine then it cannot leak on anything hot and ignite. That is good. Jim has a good point on the fumes though. In a car the fuel leaks it drips out on the ground. As long as you cut a hole in the bottom under the pump you should be okay 8)...
by mbigpops
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL idle
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: KL idle

I have a KL as well. I read your other post. I am a little confused by your description of water routing. In my setup most of the water runs through the exhaust manifold and a much smaller copper tube runs some water to the intake manifold. Is that your setup as well ? A photo may help. Unless you c...
by mbigpops
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Center of gravity for lift placement
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Center of gravity for lift placement

Hi Eric, Welcome to the Boat Buzz forum ! What is your hull number ? I have a 1953 Rocket Hull number D-17-098. I am curious on yours as there are not many left. Mine has a KL. From what I understand the boat alone weighs around 900 lbs which would be about evenly distributed. Maybe slightly more at...
by mbigpops
Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0

No one can cause the beauty of these boats to go obsolete. That is what really matters most.

Modern repower is inevitable and if that is the compromise then so be it.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram

You can augment that diagam with the more modern ones that show wire guages.

Mark
by mbigpops
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0

I would isolate the problem more before taking the generator out. It is not difficult.

Using a voltage meter check the output of the generator, output of the regulator and both sides of the meter.

When I goes to zero volts then you have isolated the problem.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: 1939 CC Deluxe Utility wiring diagram

Try searching this forum for "schematic" or "wiring diagram" so Jim Staib doesn't have to post one for the millionth time.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I installed a new battery in my boat and I saw a similar behavior.

I think you may just be seeing that your battery is fully charged after the 15 minutes and just isn't drawing any more current.

Mark
by mbigpops
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I have not tried this yet but at low RPM and cutout relay still open you should be able measure from the generator side of the cutout relay to ground with a meter. Once the cutout relay closes that also closes the circuit back to the battery and you said that you cannot disconnect the battery withou...
by mbigpops
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I think you mean 18 or 20 amps. Most of these boats have an ammeter.

Did you disconnect the generator output and measure the voltage coming out of the generator ?

What is your generator output wired to ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 10
Views: 1795

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

Troy good point on CCA. Most people think if their battery voltage is good then they are set.

I just got a battery tester after suspecting mine was getting weaker. Voltage is fine but down to 139 CCA (was 620 new).

These testers are not expensive and easy to use.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 10
Views: 1795

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

Does not sound like you have an electrical issue to me. If it starts with starter fluid why would you have an electrical issue ? No you don't need the original ground wire to the distributor. Just the negative from the coil to the pertronix. The only high voltage from the coil goes to the center of ...
by mbigpops
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Model A gearbox selector shaft size?
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Model A gearbox selector shaft size?

Those shafts are easy to replace. You will want to get the oil out of the transmission first.

Also, replace the seals while you are at it.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL oil pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: KL oil pressure

My KL runs just under 30 on the original analog gauge.

I can tell that oil level affect it. You should be okay but if you want add a little oil and check again.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Generator on Model K
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Generator on Model K

What is under the tape on those wires ?

A poor connection could become unreliable with vibration etc.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Cold running KL
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: Cold running KL

Doesn't sound right. My KL runs about 150 degrees with a digital thermometer on the head.

Where are you measuring the temperature ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Blowby
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: Blowby

Not sure how much room you have but I use the 36 inch pipe wrench from Harbor Freight.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1940 KB triple carb 131 HP
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: 1940 KB triple carb 131 HP

With the engine in neutral can you spin the prop by hand ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun May 17, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: INSURANCE
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: INSURANCE

Can Carly or somebody teach Staib how to spell Haggerrttyy.

Maybe Matt Smith. He's a good speeler.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sat May 02, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Trailered hull bottom paint
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Trailered hull bottom paint

The strategy to eliminate scuffing is to avoid dragging the boat up to the bow stop while any of it resting on the bunks. You want to float on and attach to the bow stop and then slowly pull out making sure the boat lines up on the trailer. If marine carpet is waterproof and dries fast then that is ...
by mbigpops
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)
Replies: 12
Views: 1052

Re: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)

Do you have the correct cap and rotor ? Is the rotor actually contacting the cap connections ?
by mbigpops
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility
Replies: 1
Views: 1054

Re: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility

Here is a photo of the back of my dash. Newer model than yours.
The middle gauge is the tach (cable not connected). On either side is the navigation light bulbs. If you follow the black wires they go to the navigation switch below. Power comes from a hidden fuse block.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Spining Screws
Replies: 3
Views: 1180

Re: Spining Screws

If you have room get a very small flathead screwdriver and get the blade under the head and apply pressure upward while you unscrew the screw (by hand would be preferred. The screw should pop up at least enough to grab it. You could also try a screwdriver with the holding prongs attaced. Good luck. ...
by mbigpops
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering
Replies: 10
Views: 1204

Re: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering

You are not going to get any opinions here on professional restorers as it just starts a huge back and forth argument and it is impossible to tell who is stating facts or just backing up their friend, boss or other. Your best bet is to talk to people in your local chapter or maybe you someone will p...
by mbigpops
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Three's a Crowd
Replies: 2
Views: 599

Re: Three's a Crowd

As a general rule of thumb anything within proximity of the engine that is not fused can wire directly to the generator output using a ring terminal (not a spade terminal) and locking hardware. Anything else that is fused should go to a marine rated fuse block like Bilge Rat has suggested and again ...
by mbigpops
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Danenberg Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 1629

Danenberg Forum

Hi, Don posted on his site that he may be no longer supporting his forum and it would be going away. I have no idea how feasible this is or if Don is willing to hand it over but is there any was all that historical information could be captured on this site ? It would be kind of like cryogenically f...
by mbigpops
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman

Well there are several options - you could try and find some used boat stands to buy or maybe borrow from someone and place them in an already painted area under the transom. You could also build the wooden lifting setup that most use to flip their boats and get two chain hoists and lift the boat up...
by mbigpops
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Squeak in Chris-Craft K
Replies: 6
Views: 1611

Re: Squeak in Chris-Craft K

How is your oil pressure ?

I hate to say this but it could be a dry bearing. Happened to me.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Final varnish coat?
Replies: 11
Views: 2041

Re: Final varnish coat?

Looks great !