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by Greg Wallace
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Blow By
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Blow By

May not be exhaust, but perhaps oil fumes venting from crankcase.
by Greg Wallace
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Trying to identify our Craft
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: Trying to identify our Craft

Looks like a 40 Conqueror. As I recall only built for one year. 1959 maybe.
by Greg Wallace
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Blond deck stain
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: Blond deck stain

We always just bleached, applied natural filler stain, then seal and varnish. To the best of my knowledge,
Chris Craft did not offer "blonde" stain. We would tint if repairing and new finish needed to match older finish.
by Greg Wallace
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Round brass tag?
Replies: 14
Views: 555

Re: Round brass tag?

Looks like an asset inventory tag. Do I see screws holding in place? Anything written on it?
by Greg Wallace
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: carb wedges for chrysler hemi (m 45)
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: carb wedges for chrysler hemi (m 45)

Assuming your capris is as original with the hemi I think it would be safe to expect it to perform fine without intake mods. Performance may very well improve with wedges, but given how special your Capris is, I would be reluctant to modify the hatch from original. If you are determined, however, I ...
by Greg Wallace
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Stewart Warner temp gauge
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: Stewart Warner temp gauge

Assuming you want original type, get yours restored by Mark Clawson, Kocian, or?? Or source a restored unit. Try Jim Staib at finewoodboats.com.
by Greg Wallace
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1947-54 U18 Rudder
Replies: 3
Views: 1033

Re: 1947-54 U18 Rudder

If you haven't already, check with Algonac Cast Products. They are descendent from original "Algonac Foundry" that likely made them originally. It has been reported that they still have many original patterns and are now more interested in accommodating the hobby. We had them cast a "run" of struts ...
by Greg Wallace
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 16' special race boats
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: 16' special race boats

The 16 is more dimensionally challenged.
by Greg Wallace
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 16' special race boats
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: 16' special race boats

The only bad things you will hear about a 16 SRB is that there are not enough of them (less than 170 made) and they are too expensive (unless you already own one). Great "little" boat that thinks its bigger. KB has all the attributes of a great hot rod engine, lumpy idle, great sound, and finicky (r...
by Greg Wallace
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1949 Chris Craft Custom
Replies: 8
Views: 1563

Re: 1949 Chris Craft Custom

John, Both do well with light loads, the more you load the more the 20 custom will stand out. As an old former boat peddler I am compelled to ask how you intend to use these boats? If your primary interest, for example, is boat shows and shorter rides in calm water with seldom more than two occupant...
by Greg Wallace
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Polishing Chrome
Replies: 5
Views: 854

Re: Polishing Chrome

While both are softer than chromium, Bronze wool is softer than steel and in my experience less likely to scratch. I've seen show chrome ruined by both. If you decide to use "wool" get the finest you can find.
by Greg Wallace
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1949 Chris Craft Custom
Replies: 8
Views: 1563

Re: 1949 Chris Craft Custom

20 custom with mbl approx. 3000Lbs and 39mph. 19 race 500lbs lighter and 5mph faster with same power. 20 custom refined, well appointed with very interesting hardware and overall style with difficult to attain shape and finish. More comfortable and social. 19RR is more basic in appointments and desi...
by Greg Wallace
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1949 Chris Craft Custom
Replies: 8
Views: 1563

Re: 1949 Chris Craft Custom

John, in my experience the 20 custom was the finest runabout (in its class) produced by Chris-Craft in the post war era, perhaps the best 20 footer ever to come out of Algonac. I believe it was based on the pre war 23 custom rather than a "scaled up" 19 supporting the feeling that they behave like a...
by Greg Wallace
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Stencils for post war painted on CC logo?
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: Stencils for post war painted on CC logo?

Always liked the painted 22"s and especially the sedans. Factory literature as well as the originals (22s) I have seen all displayed silver graphics. Yours having "painted red" called out on the hull card may be somewhat rare. You might be able to have a sign shop that does computer graphic design s...
by Greg Wallace
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Stencils for post war painted on CC logo?
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: Stencils for post war painted on CC logo?

Although red was applied to some, your 22 should use a silver decal. Readily available. Looks good against white hull side.
by Greg Wallace
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Electrical
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Electrical

I was thinking maybe he was reading the AMP meter on dash?
by Greg Wallace
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Electrical
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Electrical

Might you be reading amps rather than volts?
by Greg Wallace
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Rubber flooring
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: Rubber flooring

I'm pretty sure by 1941 they were using white pyramid.
by Greg Wallace
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Gas Fume Detector Installation
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Gas Fume Detector Installation

I would install low as possible on inside of stringer, under and behind carb. If sensor is not water proof then mount high enough to avoid any expected bilge water. Keep in mind that fumes are heavier than air and will accumulate low to high. The goal is to sense them before they get high enough to ...
by Greg Wallace
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Proper seat cushion supports for my '42, 17' Special Runabout?
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: Proper seat cushion supports for my '42, 17' Special Runabout?

Yes, I would expect a deviation such as box spring seats to be enumerated on the hull card (equipment record). Some cool extras listed on yours, by the way.
by Greg Wallace
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Proper seat cushion supports for my '42, 17' Special Runabout?
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: Proper seat cushion supports for my '42, 17' Special Runabout?

Box springs were not spec'd for the 17 special as standard.
by Greg Wallace
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Threaded lifting ring rod
Replies: 3
Views: 984

Re: Threaded lifting ring rod

If inspection reveals no corrosion or other deterioration, I would expect the original bronze to be fine. This assumes that your boat is so equipped.
by Greg Wallace
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: fuel odor
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: fuel odor

Could be venting vapor from tank vent. Fuel odor around boat but none in closed spaces on board might support this. I would still re-check everything.
by Greg Wallace
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New CCABC member, first time question
Replies: 8
Views: 1194

Re: New CCABC member, first time question

For the most part, the items you seem most concerned about...Distributor, carb, and other external accessories are not interchangeable from auto to marine application due to safety considerations (regulatory as well as practical). As far as cam changes...how often do you expect to be doing this? Pro...
by Greg Wallace
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Where to install new gas tank vent on '38 CC deluxe runabout
Replies: 5
Views: 904

Re: Where to install new gas tank vent on '38 CC deluxe runabout

I would vent as original using hole in cap. Just be sure hole has not been obstructed with debris or plating.
by Greg Wallace
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: SCREWS
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: SCREWS

They were oval head nickel plated. The actual look would be easiest to achieve by polishing stainless steel. As mentioned above, switch over to R&P just before the war. I believe was in 1941 calendar year sometime. If true some 41 and then 42s had them. Also mentioned above...ILO original hardware f...
by Greg Wallace
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Do I need 4 wheel drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: Do I need 4 wheel drive?

I currently own 4wd Suburban and 2wd Chevy PU (with 5.3 and locking diff). Over many years towing, launching and retrieving I have never needed 4wd and I prefer driving the 2wd. The 2wd with "winter" tires will out perform the 4wd (without) in snow and ice conditions. I always carry a tow strap but ...
by Greg Wallace
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cold weather varnishing
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Cold weather varnishing

You may be trying something none of us has experienced. I would call Pettit and see what they have to say. I would be interested in their reply.
by Greg Wallace
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cold weather varnishing
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

Re: Cold weather varnishing

At thirty degrees your gonna need two hands to drag the brush. I'd wait for warmer weather.
by Greg Wallace
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams
Replies: 44
Views: 5576

Re: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams

17 and 19 footers with orange deck seems and pigskin interior had orange boot stripes to match. 23 and 27 footers and (I believe 25 sportsman) had green deck seems, emerald green leather and green boot stripe. I can tell you for sure that seem compound (caulk) was colored green (on 23's and presumab...