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by charlesquimby
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Spar Varnish versus gasoline
Replies: 21
Views: 12218

Re: Spar Varnish versus gasoline

It is my understanding that the fuel tank vents typically found on topsides or transoms are supposed to have the fine mesh to serve as a flame arrestor. That the screen keeps out bugs is a secondary advantage. Also, if there is enough room between the deck and the top of the tank, use marine fuel ho...
by charlesquimby
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: screw heads
Replies: 3
Views: 1686

Re: screw heads

Here is what I have heard: Pre-war are slotted; post-war are Frearson, not to be confused with the ubiquitous Phillips drive. BUT. During the immediate post-war period, builders were using up their stocks of slotted screws before transitioning to Frearson, and 1946 puts your Garwood right there. It ...
by charlesquimby
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: engine noise
Replies: 10
Views: 2485

Re: engine noise

Could be pushrod. Had this happen on my 68 Chev with new heads. Pushrod will bounce off of the lifter and hit inside of the valve cover... CQ
by charlesquimby
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Sportsman windshield
Replies: 6
Views: 1831

Re: Sportsman windshield

And do not assume that the panes are identical. I use foam board for the pattern work. Be sure to get a good photo of what is required and sketch it out. I only do one side at a time, and only remove the center post when necessary. Be sure that once your patterns fit that you I.D. the board. A good ...
by charlesquimby
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Leaky water pump
Replies: 5
Views: 1149

Re: Leaky water pump

If the mating surfaces are flat and true, use Permatex Ultra Black RTV... CQ
by charlesquimby
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: How To Clean Manufacturers Plates
Replies: 16
Views: 3518

Re: How To Clean Manufacturers Plates

I have had success by putting two newspaper sheets on a flat surface. Glass works great. Apply a light coat of Brasso to the news paper, then with the plate face down, just apply light pressure as you rub the plate in a figure 8. Try to avoid the plate corners digging in. Or, you can put a sheet of ...
by charlesquimby
Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How to finish a dash........
Replies: 6
Views: 1652

Re: How to finish a dash........

Bleach the wood with a wood bleach product. Be sure to neutralize the bleach job with white vinegar. Sand lightly to remove the raised grain, 100 grit. Apply your stain across the grain using a terry, just before it dries rub it lightly with the grain, but never use thinners. Let it gas off for abou...
by charlesquimby
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer Guides
Replies: 15
Views: 3249

Re: Trailer Guides

I have a 26 APBA. My aft guides are set in s/s pipe, which is angled, so the PVCs are wider at their tops The top of the pipe is set such that it is below the chine with the boat on the trailer. In this position the PVC clears the chine approx. 3/16" on each side. I use vertical PVC forward at the w...
by charlesquimby
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 'K' Engine Water Pump Seal Leak
Replies: 3
Views: 1091

Re: 'K' Engine Water Pump Seal Leak

If your pump is the type that uses flax packing, then yes; it should have slight leak-off. The water acts as a coolant to keep the packing from roasting at higher speeds. I am not sure of the recommended leakoff rate, but one or two drops a minuit does not seem unreasonable. Remember: Packing is alw...
by charlesquimby
Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How old is this engine???
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Re: How old is this engine???

My '39 16' Special Race Boat "Miss Miami V" had numbers stamped into: Both engine stringers on the top adjacent to the aft mounts, both engine hatch cover frames and jumpseat hatch frame, back side of foot rest, and on the top of the bottom stern frame adjacent to the rudder box. They are also found...
by charlesquimby
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Throttle rod bushing for 1950 CC Racing Runabout
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Throttle rod bushing for 1950 CC Racing Runabout

I have made bushings out of TFE rod. Have you looked in McMaster-Carr? CQ
by charlesquimby
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil Pressure Gage Fitting Dilema
Replies: 30
Views: 5772

Re: Oil Pressure Gage Fitting Dilema

Looks like a nut used on oil or gas furnace connections... CQ
by charlesquimby
Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Intake manifold hot in middle, both sides
Replies: 11
Views: 1991

Re: Intake manifold hot in middle, both sides

Most likely an automotive manifold with a feature that picks up exhaust heat to operate the choke. You will have to remove the manifold and block those passages to eliminate the burn. There are s/s blockoff tabs made specifically for that purpose, but you will have to remove the manifold to install ...
by charlesquimby
Sat May 28, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Help staighten cast brass windsheid
Replies: 9
Views: 2163

Re: Help staighten cast brass windsheid

Slight bends or mis- alignments can be corrected, but this one looks pretty extreme. Kiitos has the right idea. Usually a severe bend is a one way trip, though. CQ
by charlesquimby
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: cam clearance for reverse rotation 350
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: cam clearance for reverse rotation 350

The cam does not expand. The reverse rotation tends to move the cam forward, or toward the timing cover. This is known as cam walk. The bevel gear at the opposite end of the cam tends to push the cam out of proper mesh with the distributor drive. Slight walk effects ignition timing. Severe walk tend...
by charlesquimby
Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Best Place for Online Marine Parts
Replies: 9
Views: 2272

Re: Best Place for Online Marine Parts

Some starters stay engaged until the engine starts, then the flywheel rotates the starter gear to disengage it from the flywheel. My Chrysler 426D has such a starter. Does your starter have a Bendix drive attached to it? If so, retraction is handled by the Bendix drive, not the flywheel RPM. Marine ...
by charlesquimby
Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Where to buy a 1962 Paragon manual transmision O-ring seal
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

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

Maybe Jim Staib or VanNess can help. Who made the seal? You may be able to find one by dimension and sealing material by checking National Industrial Seals PDF presentation. This is a science all its own when it comes to determining sealing material compatability with lubricants and service demands....
by charlesquimby
Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 5527

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

Carter WCFBs And AFBs Cannot be beat. Probably the two best carbs for marine V8s. Never had much luck with the Edlebrocks, so I no longer use them. CQ
by charlesquimby
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Rudder Bolts
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: Rudder Bolts

No matter what you decide, capture your rudder at the top of the shaft with a Cotter pin before going back into service. This is a good time to adjust or replace the shaft packing, as well. I tend to leave nothing to chance, so if it was my boat I would remove the stuffing box and re-bed it to the k...
by charlesquimby
Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?
Replies: 29
Views: 5527

Re: Rebuild or Replace a 283 R15 Fuel Pump Model # 4926?

For a double diaphragm mechanical marine service pump check NAPA M73021. CQ
by charlesquimby
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Steering Gear Lube
Replies: 8
Views: 2238

Re: Steering Gear Lube

85-140 and a teaspoon or so of powdered graphite. CQ
by charlesquimby
Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: '52 Riviera Bow Light Bulb / Fixture
Replies: 9
Views: 2214

Re: '52 Riviera Bow Light Bulb / Fixture

Go on Bulbtown. Looks like a #88 might be what you need. CQ
by charlesquimby
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Post War CC Blue paint chiping????
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: Post War CC Blue paint chiping????

I have used POR for years on my auto and boat engines with excellent results. I always go to bare metal, apply POR, then repeat with the color immediately in the same sequence just as the POR sets up a slight drag. Trick is to avoid going on too thick with the POR. I second coat the color after 24 h...
by charlesquimby
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Water Line Stripe
Replies: 7
Views: 2163

Re: Water Line Stripe

Not difficult to do. Run proper width tape over old waterline location, then apply green fine line tape to meet each side of the location tape being careful not to overlap or allow gapping. Remove the "location" tape, make sure the fine line edges are down tight, then apply two coats of stripe. If t...
by charlesquimby
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: pulling transmission gear off a 283 R15 crankshaft
Replies: 7
Views: 1478

Re: pulling transmission gear off a 283 R15 crankshaft

You are probably dealing with too tight an interference fit. If that is so, no amount of lube is going to make any difference. The gear will have to be set up in a press and evenly heated to around 200-250 deg. F. It won't take much to reach that range. Heat sticks should be used to test temperature...
by charlesquimby
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: To Flush, or Pull the Plug
Replies: 17
Views: 4245

Re: To Flush, or Pull the Plug

Question: What are the experiences with interaction between neoprene impellers and ethylene glycol antifreeze? In prep for the Winter of '14/'15 I ran 50/50 mixture through the engine, then drained the block, exhaust and intake manifolds. The mixture tested to -25 F. ( I log all my maintenance). Bro...
by charlesquimby
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Fuel tank hairline crack. Advice needed.
Replies: 12
Views: 3047

Re: Fuel tank hairline crack. Advice needed.

Check with Atlantic Coastal Welding based in New Joisey. They did an excellent job on a 40 gallon for my APBA Hacker. In another life I was a welding inspector at a nuke plant, so I know what constitutes good work. They built to my specs. and are USCG endorsed. Good turnaround, too. CQ
by charlesquimby
Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Going to build a shop.
Replies: 12
Views: 2845

Re: Going to build a shop.

Jim Staib has it right. Install a radiant floor system. If you can stand on cold concrete for eight hours straight now, I'll garawntee when you get older your dogs will scream for a heated floor... CQ
by charlesquimby
Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine oil drain bolt
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Re: Engine oil drain bolt

Yes. Denny makes a good point about the RTV. Many folks over-apply it. All that is needed is < 1/8" bead about 1/8" from the edge of the cover. Just snug the bolts. Whatever spooges out, just trim it with a razor blade. Do not confuse RTV with silicone. I like "Ultra-Black". Permatex High-Tack is al...
by charlesquimby
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: The Red and White
Replies: 15
Views: 4239

Re: The Red and White

Well, she's a handful, but congratulations on stepping in. Wait...stepping up is a better phrase. Anyway, these are a class act, and last I looked Chris Craft is no longer carrying this line... CQ