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by Bilge Rat
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Refinishing 30' Sea Skiff and have questions
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Refinishing 30' Sea Skiff and have questions

Hi: My 2 cents (like that buys anything today): 1. I used Smith's CPES Clear Penetrating Epoxy sealer on bare wood. It is not an epoxy in the sense of a chemical compound that dries to a hard finish. It has wood lignin in it and penetrates to seal the wood from moisture. Makes a really great sealer ...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Advice on trailer purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Advice on trailer purchase

I used to own one (a 1955) and trailed it with a single axle with no trailer brakes. For the size and weight, this was legal in my state. You definitely want a bunk type trailer with bunks under the engine stringers and maybe ones further out toward the chines. Some support at the forward part of th...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: ELECTRIC CHOKE FOR ROCHESTER QJET
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: ELECTRIC CHOKE FOR ROCHESTER QJET

Don't know which electric choke will fit your carb, but I changed out the climactic choke on my V8 Graymarine and it has improved cold starting so much. You will probably need the exact carb number and the year from your quadrajet as chokes may have changed throughout the production run. You could t...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: What's Your Key Chain of Choice?
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: What's Your Key Chain of Choice?

A monkey fist, it's soft and won't scratch the varnish. I also keep a key hidden by screwing it to an out-of-the-way location just in case I do lose the ignition key. Not that its all that difficult to hot wire the key switch.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Caravelle Deck Vinyl
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Re: Caravelle Deck Vinyl

Nautolex marine vinyl was a brand used on a lot of boats during that era. It is what was used on the hardtop of my Lyman. It is available in colors as well as a textured floor material.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Arizona storage
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Arizona storage

No experience in the dry climate conditions of Arizona, but elsewhere some people hose down the floor under the boat periodically to keep the bottom moisture levels up. Probably would evaporate pretty quickly down there though.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Sloppy Steering
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Sloppy Steering

It could also be the drag link where the pitman arm at the gearbox meets the pipe that moves the rudder. These are usually rusted and don't loosen, but is still is possible as it is a component that has to pivot in use. More old school mechanicals that last a long time. This really should be looked ...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Sloppy Steering
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Sloppy Steering

The steering gearbox may have an adjustment screw under a cap like the attached picture. This only takes up a small amount of slop as it is increasing pressure on the sector which rides along the worm gear. The gearbox may have other issues like loss of lubricant and subsequent wear, which should be...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Do I need 4 wheel drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Do I need 4 wheel drive?

Not sure what part of the country you live in, but I tow my 3900 pound Lyman on a 1400 pound trailer with a Chevy Tahoe 5.3 liter 4 wheel drive. I live in upstate NY, so the 4 wheel drive is a necessity in the winter months. This engine/transmission combo has the power needed and the 4 wheel drive i...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Horn Relay / Battery disconnect
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Horn Relay / Battery disconnect

I can't answer about judging rules as to devices added for safety, but your concerns about the horn push button and associated connections being able to carry 25-ish amps are well founded. Even though the use of the horn is intermittent, the button contacts could become overwhelmed and weld closed, ...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Bed decks and covering boards?
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Bed decks and covering boards?

I have come to believe that the true mark of a product's durability has a direct relationship to how difficult it is to remove from hands, clothes, tools and your hair. I can say with certainty that 5200 cannot be removed from your hair without scissors and my cordless drill will never look the same...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: zincs
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Re: zincs

Which type of Chris Crafts? Runabouts not so much as they were not meant to be kept in the water all year. Chris Craft fitted them with lifting rings to lift them out of the water to prevent a water logged hull (old time sealants back in the day). Cruisers were not hauled often, particularly the big...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 engine ID plates
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: 283 engine ID plates

I agree with Jim G in removing the drive pins but once the head has been backed out enough, I use a vice grip to get a better handle on them and twist them out counter clockwise. New pins are available at a number of places such Restoration Supply. On that site, they call them drive screws. www.rest...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Battery cables
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Battery cables

Restoration Supply Company has the cloth covered battery cable and a multitude of battery lugs and clamps. You could also try Brillman Company for the same items. You will have to make the cables yourself which isn't too difficult. If you're running a 6 volt system, you should use 1/0 gauge cables. ...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines

Not really. The re-plumbed oil lines are copper, the suction side of the fuel pump is copper, the crankcase breather circuit piping is copper. It's just more economical to purchase a shorter length of 5/16" stainless steel for these small pieces rather than a roll of soft bendable copper.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines

Thank you all. Looks like I'll make my own lines and use stainless steel 5/16".
by Bilge Rat
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Recommended KBL Engine Oil
Replies: 18
Views: 1265

Re: Recommended KBL Engine Oil

I've been using a ZDDP additive to conventional detergent SAE 30 oil. I have been doing this after a complete rebuild of the engine and I use a full-flow oil filter.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 40755

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

A real life example of serendipity!
by Bilge Rat
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 948

MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines

Moving along with my MCL rebuild and as happens a lot, not all of the original external parts came with the engine. I'm looking for help with the hard fuel lines from the fuel pump to the tee fitting and from the tee to each carb. The female fittings on the fuel pump and carb banjo bolts are 1/4" NP...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Winter project
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: Winter project

My 1966 Lyman hardtop with a 327 195HP Graymarine came with Vernatone fiberglass mufflers from the factory. Helps keep the exhaust noise "droning" down with the hardtop. You will need to verify if there's sufficient space under the floors for the mufflers. They're now part of Centek so Google Centek...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bottom paint dry time
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Bottom paint dry time

What's the temperature and humidity at your shop? Those affect drying time.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Best caulk to use to fill chine trim gap?
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Best caulk to use to fill chine trim gap?

Me too, once that can is open it's useful life isn't very long. You could try putting it in a new can and sealing it tight but it will eventually become a copper paperweight.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?
Replies: 13
Views: 5331

Re: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?

A couple more cents...

I've used Schooner 96 varnish now on 6 different boats, some cases more like 14 coats to get that final coat right. None of those remained soft enough to easily dent once cured.
by Bilge Rat
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?
Replies: 13
Views: 5331

Re: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?

Looks like Troy is pumping varnish! My only time that I used Epifanes was on a Chris Craft I restored about 20 years ago. Keep in mind that paints and varnish formulation was way different back then than today because of Volatile Organic Compound laws requiring manufacturers to limit these from thei...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: Water pump

Rust never sleeps!
by Bilge Rat
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: Water pump

If it's leaking from the weep hole near where it mounts to the engine block, it most definitely needs rebuilding. There's a good chance if you see water at the weep hole, water may be entering the engine and mixing with the oil. Leaking from the covers isn't as bad, but it could cause a loss of wate...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Cleats (small) on '52 Riviera
Replies: 19
Views: 1962

Re: Cleats (small) on '52 Riviera

Whatever you choose for a cleat, make sure it is a chrome plated bronze item. This is what Chris Craft used back in the day. Many of the more modern PERKO ones are cheap pot metal billed as "zamac" that will eventually pit. A Riviera is worth the extra cost of bronze.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: How to support a 23' to do bottom painting?
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: How to support a 23' to do bottom painting?

It couldn't hurt to have supports under the engine stringers but you don't want too many obstacles to getting the bottom work done.

Work safe!
by Bilge Rat
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: How to support a 23' to do bottom painting?
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: How to support a 23' to do bottom painting?

Supports like these. Different boat than a CC Continental but you get the idea. This 25 foot Lyman was too big to roll over in the shop I had at that time.
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by Bilge Rat
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: How to support a 23' to do bottom painting?
Replies: 4
Views: 858

Re: How to support a 23' to do bottom painting?

My opinions and experiences for "best way": Remove the engine, makes the boat about 1000 pounds lighter Use boat stands designed for use in supporting a boat with swivel 12" X 12" tops. Use 1 pair at the transom, 1 pair about mid length and chain them together so one shouldn't skid out accidentally ...