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by ClassOf56
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: 1956 Continental Crash pad details
Replies: 5
Views: 1863

Re: 1956 Continental Crash pad details

Thank you, both, for the feedback, especially the pictures. I am most interested in how the rear corners are finished, near the top of the rear seat back. Regarding the vinyl, back in the day, there was no 'marine vinyl' so they just used automotive vinyl. This boat will spend most of it's time in a...
by ClassOf56
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: 1956 Continental Crash pad details
Replies: 5
Views: 1863

1956 Continental Crash pad details

I am getting ready to finish the interior on my 18' Continental, and since nothing in the interior is original, I need some help. There is a ton of great detail here on the seats, thank you all! As for the crash pad, it looks like there is a welt underneath and hide-em on the top surface, correct? D...
by ClassOf56
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: '52 Riviera Bow Light Bulb / Fixture
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: '52 Riviera Bow Light Bulb / Fixture

I think your socket is for an 1157 bulb, like you mentioned, it is an auto stop/turn/tail light bulb. It would let you elect to have a bright and dim option for running in fog! Is anyone getting chastized for using LED lights? It seems that with a weak battery and weak old alternator, it would be a ...
by ClassOf56
Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: HuLL Card Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1643

Re: HuLL Card Question

Sounds to me like it was used as a display in the boat show! I wonder if you can find any pictures of the local boat show that have your actual boat in them. That would really be a find!
by ClassOf56
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: How well should it track?
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

How well should it track?

I have an 18' '56 Continental and am having the bottom proffessionally done. I am curious if I should be looking at adding any skegs or anything to the bottom to help it track better, but since I haven't driven it yet, or ever driven a classic Chris Craft, I don't know if it is needed. I haven't rea...
by ClassOf56
Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris Craft and Quality Control
Replies: 37
Views: 8888

Re: Chris Craft and Quality Control

It's amazing what you can learn from a photo like this. At first I thought the bracket on the back was part of the cradle that it sat on, but clearly it is temporary for mounting the transom. You can see the boat in the middle no longer has the bracket, but has patched holes where it was mounted pre...
by ClassOf56
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Inside storage in Michigan
Replies: 37
Views: 13149

Re: Inside storage in Michigan

I am lucky in that the local gas dock sells Valvetech marine fuel at a reasonable price. It is all I will use. It already has the stabilizers in it, no ethanol, keeps the internals clean and runs great. I have started using it for my lawn mowers, outboards, snow blowers, etc. pretty much anything ot...
by ClassOf56
Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Anchor Light on Mast
Replies: 1
Views: 1214

Re: Anchor Light on Mast

make sure that you have power at the connection. You can get a $5 'power pick' at Harbor Freight. It's mostly just a lightbulb, wire, a pick and and aligator clip. Touch the aligator clip and the pick to the terminals and if there is power, the bulb lights up. If there is no power there, you have to...
by ClassOf56
Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: How to update hull registry?
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Re: How to update hull registry?

One thing that would be helpful would be if someone took the boat show registration forms and entered the hull numbers from all the shows. Last year in Tavarres we had more Cobra's in person than we have in the registry. If we can't keep the specialty boats like the cobra's all in there, where do yo...
by ClassOf56
Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: How to update hull registry?
Replies: 10
Views: 3322

Re: How to update hull registry?

Is the intent of the boat registry to just capture members boats? Or do we want to collect what info we can on all of the old ones and add it to see how many survive? I know of many boats around in garages and boathouses. I have asked the owners to join the club, but they never want to spend the $$ ...
by ClassOf56
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Commander Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 19' commander/xk19
Replies: 14
Views: 13705

Re: 19' commander/xk19

by ClassOf56
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Commander Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 19' commander/xk19
Replies: 14
Views: 13705

Re: 19' commander/xk19

When you find him, offer $750, I bet he takes it unless he really knows what he has.

Even if he negotiates, I think anything less that $2500 is a great buy if the engine still turns over.
by ClassOf56
Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Original colors
Replies: 6
Views: 2174

Re: Original colors

Congratulations on your new boat! I look forward to seeing more pictures of her.

My hull card doesn't list a bottom color, but I am assuming that it would be the same Copper Bronze that yours has?
by ClassOf56
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K Engine stalling ... HELP!
Replies: 25
Views: 3961

Re: K Engine stalling ... HELP!

For a quick fix, just buy a cheap electric fuel pump and put it in line with some flex hose and hose clamps to save the weekend.

I have had to do this on old cars and it pumps right thru the old pump, no problems.

Be sure to bypass the ground connection, as you know.
by ClassOf56
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Sold my Connie
Replies: 15
Views: 3669

Re: Sold my Connie

Hopefully he is a good enough friend that you will still get visiting rights...

Besides, I am sure he will have a million questions over the next few years, and you will be called in as the consultant!
by ClassOf56
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Ammeter Wiring
Replies: 13
Views: 3016

Re: Ammeter Wiring

Yeah, Stewart Warner guages were all the rage!
by ClassOf56
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil
Replies: 24
Views: 5923

Re: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil

By 1958 all the US engine manufacturers had switched to negative ground. only Joe Lucas {the Prince of Darkness} held out for a few more years on the English vehicles. This reminds me of an old joke for your friends that drive TR6 roadsters and MGB's. Do you know why the Brits drink warm beer? Beca...
by ClassOf56
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil
Replies: 24
Views: 5923

Re: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil

Sorry, I just re-read the post. If the circuit breaker is just running to a cut off wire, then heck yeah, you can get rid of it.

Josh, did you confirm which battery cable is connected to the engine block? Is it the + or the -?
by ClassOf56
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil
Replies: 24
Views: 5923

Re: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil

Isn't it possible that they set up a 12v positive ground system? That would explain the coil wiring. As for the circuit breaker, that is a newer component, and is likely protecting something. People don't normally add them unless they had a problem, or were concerned about a potential problem. I wou...
by ClassOf56
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Finding TDC with a '48 Chris Craft "k"
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Re: Finding TDC with a '48 Chris Craft "k"

When you do find it, do yourself a favor and put a mark on the flywheel with a scratch awl or some nailpolish. You never know when you will need to find it again someday!
by ClassOf56
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hard to start when hot
Replies: 8
Views: 2145

Re: Hard to start when hot

Coils have a tendency to short out when they get hot, drawing down the battery. Try to find out how tight the motor is at hot. If so, it is a mechanical issue, probably to do with the piston rings not being gapped properly as said previously. If it mechanically turns ok when hot, you have an electri...
by ClassOf56
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Quickest way to replace the original engine...
Replies: 8
Views: 2303

Re: Quickest way to replace the original engine...

The quickest way is to get out your checkbook and start writing!

There are guys on here who do wonderful work. It will look stock and have tons of power. Read thru some of the other posts and you will find what you seek...
by ClassOf56
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: CHRYSLER ROYAL ENGINE stalling more frequently
Replies: 65
Views: 12692

Re: CHRYSLER ROYAL ENGINE stalling more frequently

Good to hear that things are working well!

It's always a great day for a boat ride...
by ClassOf56
Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Factory information
Replies: 29
Views: 16490

Re: Factory information

My 1956 Conti (CL-18-230) was signed by Anthony Dugan as well on May 11, 1956

BSO is E-8061

On the top of my hull card it says Plant: Cadillac.

Don't they all list that?
by ClassOf56
Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Pulled the engine tonight
Replies: 12
Views: 2990

Re: Pulled the engine tonight

Congratulations, Josh! it is a big step, for sure. I was also surprised at how well it went for me. Have you stripped out the rest of the inside yet? I have been surprised also by how much more there is...

Good luck with it, and keep us posted on the progress.
by ClassOf56
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Distraction
Replies: 4
Views: 2055

Re: Distraction

Can we download a higher res 1920x1080 version to use as a desktop picture?
by ClassOf56
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Repowering a U 22
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Repowering a U 22

Man, that is pretty...
by ClassOf56
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson
Replies: 41
Views: 20668

Re: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson

Hi Patti, I was just on the website, which is really nice by the way, and looking at the drawings available for my '56 Continental 18. While the shop drawing hull line drawing are there, I cna't find the instrument panel layout and the interior drawings. Does this mean they no longer exist? Or perha...
by ClassOf56
Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Steering unit fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 2425

Re: Steering unit fitting

OK, I wasn't expecting that! I assume the Pittman arm unbolts rather easily?