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by Wood Commander
Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: water in fuel - repair options??
Replies: 35
Views: 5967

Always remember, if using any kind of pump to transfer fuel, run a ground wire from the fill pipe on the boat to the pump or barrel, etc. Static discharge and fumes can easily explode. Just a simple cable with battery charger- style alligator clamps on each end will do.
by Wood Commander
Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Bung Glue
Replies: 16
Views: 3984

Kirby's white lead paste.
by Wood Commander
Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Prop Bushing?
Replies: 11
Views: 3334

"Cutless" is in referrence to "cutting". A shaft with a solid bearing journal surface, often brass- but always softer than the shaft material, is a "plain" bearing as compared to an anti-friction bearing such as a ball or roller bearing. When a plane bearing does not have sufficient lubrication, it ...
by Wood Commander
Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Choosing correct prop for 56 Runabout
Replies: 22
Views: 5753

I can testify about what Rob says, I've ridden in RED HEAD, and it runs smoother than silk!
by Wood Commander
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Prop Bushing?
Replies: 11
Views: 3334

Ancient, useless Trivia- Does anybody know (or care) what a "cutless" bearing means?
by Wood Commander
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Dodger
Replies: 3
Views: 1302

Yeah Don, an old school term, often more like a guard or enclosure- as in "Dodge" the weather, spray, etc.

Nowadays usually just called "Canvas" on a cruiser.
by Wood Commander
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:42 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Brass Bell ads
Replies: 1
Views: 1017

Your ad should still appear in the online Trading Dock, as what was in the Brass Bell was a duplicate of the online content. And the online Trading Dock is available to the general public, not just members. I understand that you'd like to see the print ad that you paid for, and while having both is ...
by Wood Commander
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Soaking-up vs. wood rot
Replies: 6
Views: 2422

If I remember correctly, the spot where the wood is most vulnerable to rot is at about 17 percent moisture content. I'm sure somebody will correct that if I'm wrong. So being wet or dry isn't really a problem. Even the in between times as it soaks up or dries out is OK as long as there is good venti...
by Wood Commander
Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: This club sucks...bad management
Replies: 31
Views: 9329

The different "Enthusiast Groups" are still really just the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club "Boat Buzz". The different groups were just an attempt to let owners of certain models "zero in on" and talk together about their specific boats a little more easily while still enjoying the Buzz, they are not ...
by Wood Commander
Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Almost There!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2012

That isn't the old "Big Woody" from Catawba Island/Sandusky, Ohio is it?
by Wood Commander
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:41 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Looking for clarity
Replies: 7
Views: 3219

There are air horns and electric horns. If you had a compressor you had air horns. Or you could just be using electric horn(s)now? Electric horns usually have a push button while air horns often have a valve with a small lanyard or something to pull on. There could be an electric push button control...
by Wood Commander
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Chris Craft trawlers??!
Replies: 6
Views: 2950

I heard that the hulls were built for CC by Cheoy Lee (I know that spelling is messed up). I think this came up years ago on the old ListBot or MemberClicks CCABC forums
by Wood Commander
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: How should I sand/clean between boards before bottom paint
Replies: 13
Views: 4233

Top Side (Hull Side) seams on painted cruiser hulls do use seam compound. Bottoms on all models did not and should not have any caulking or paying. But over the years "stuff" does happen!
by Wood Commander
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Here We Goooo
Replies: 30
Views: 8659

It looks like somebody has put one wider piece of wood in that one area where two planks were before. And as an extra added bonus have also cut the batten away from where the original seam was between the two planks. This appears to be an almost perfect example of "sloppy slathering" of 5200 in a po...
by Wood Commander
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Super Sport lauched for the first time in years
Replies: 13
Views: 3236

Only the later, large journal 327's were common with the 350 blocks. Most of the Chris Craft 327's were probably the small journal 327's. Very good engines!
by Wood Commander
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327Q Project
Replies: 160
Views: 51259

Going way back up to answer a post by Chad, A "QA" was a Q engine mated to a V-Drive- as in the 23' Lancer-based Commanders. My 23' Lancer has a "QLV" which is mated to a Volvo 270 Outdrive. A runabout or cruiser with a "regular" style transmission would just be Q or QL. And, I bet that you could ju...
by Wood Commander
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:41 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Unknown Contraption? Original v. Add-On
Replies: 7
Views: 2951

Hmmm..... I wonder if it's a fender board, tie a couple of fenders to it to spread them out along the hull a little bit.
by Wood Commander
Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Fuel Line anti-siphon needed on a 58 Connie?
Replies: 9
Views: 2013

The anti-siphon is just inside the tank. See the brass hex nut shape right on top of the tank where the horizontal line (with the non-original shut off valve) is running in to it? Take the horizontal line off, and take the hex nut fitting out of the tank. The pickup tube is part of the hex nut fitti...
by Wood Commander
Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Fuel Line anti-siphon needed on a 58 Connie?
Replies: 9
Views: 2013

Your ant-siphon orifice is found in the threaded fitting where your fuel pickup tube goes down in the gas tank. It looks a little bit like a Holley carburetor main jet and is just under the threads of the pickup fitting if my memory is not failing me. And yes, you need it and you need it to not be c...
by Wood Commander
Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:22 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuild, replace or re-design diesel...
Replies: 8
Views: 1827

First off, I just don't care for diesels. After your boat gets to a larger size you almost have to use them though. But your size boat will run well mith ML's I just don't like the smell of the fuel, the exhaust smell and soot, vibration and sometimes narrow powerband of diesel engines. And when you...
by Wood Commander
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: pics
Replies: 1
Views: 1221

Hey, we all ove to see pictures! Here's something that Bill Basler told me way back when I was having trouble loading pictures- Do you have the different boxes like HTML, BBCode and Smilies diabled? Try enabling them and see what happens.
by Wood Commander
Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Thick steel vibration damper on the 23 Lancer in 1973 and 74
Replies: 10
Views: 4454

Pretty interesting. What are the powerplants in each boat? Is your boat equipped with a 427 Ford and V-Drive? I've always found it odd that on Chevy/Chris Craft "Q" engines, (and many other successful marine engines) the factory harmonic balancers were eliminated when the crankshaft snouts were moun...
by Wood Commander
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How many hours does it take?
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

I'd be glad to help you, but I've moved to the Fort Worth, TX and Eagle Mountain Lake area. And there could possibly be more moving in my future, but it probably won't be back to the Seattle area- job related issues. But there are some VERY good people in the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACBS. T...
by Wood Commander
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How many hours does it take?
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

If all goes well, nothing gaulded together, bolts don't strip or break off, shaft comes loose as it should, etc. I'd think 3 to 5 hours could be in the neighborhood. But parts of the job could require two workers. A prop puller and an all thread/bar style cutless bearing puller/installer will probab...
by Wood Commander
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How many hours does it take?
Replies: 6
Views: 1902

First off, we need to pin down exactly what equipment you are talking about. I can't figure out what you mean by a "wwoden rudder spacing block"? And a "shaft bushing" might be a prop shaft strut cutless bearing. If it is, the replacement of that item does not usually require a shaft/engine realignm...
by Wood Commander
Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Mahogany Memories
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

My 35' Commander is in that book and I wouldn't pay that much for a copy. Of course, I already have one. But I was dissapointed with the quality of the book. People sent in their pictures and stories, and there must not have been any effort made to standardize the different picture formats, or edit ...
by Wood Commander
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Not quite a Chris Craft factory, but simply amazing!
Replies: 5
Views: 3048

Very interesting, thanks for posting it!
by Wood Commander
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: 1976 Spirit of Miss America
Replies: 20
Views: 12142

Jerry Conrad's (ex Mariner's Museum Archive Library Curator) book "Chris Craft the Essential Guide" does have info on fiberglass models up to about 1977-80 or so. I'm sure that he used the archives for his research material so I think it's safe to say that the Mariner's Museum archives do go up to t...
by Wood Commander
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: The work has started on our 1940 Enclosed Cruiser
Replies: 22
Views: 4853

Nice work! If you want to see a similiar, larger boat, "Google" WEST TEXAN and check out one of our local boats here from Eagle Mountain Lake NW of Fort Worth, TX. She was presented to famous local philanthropist Amon Carter by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a gift way back when. I've seen her in p...
by Wood Commander
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Need some Galley help.
Replies: 5
Views: 1530

This reminds me of my younger days in the mid to late 1960's on our family's Commander. We had the original factory mmanual pump faucets. It was a big deal when ever we thought about getting "pressure water" on our boat, but we never did get it before we lost her in a storage building fire. No "vint...