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by Bilge Rat
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Scuff sand CPES before varnish?
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: Scuff sand CPES before varnish?

There will be a lot of opinions on this process I'm sure, but I will comment on the CPES question. There should be no need to scuff up the CPES before first coat of varnish. Although the CPES may look a bit lumpy, the subsequent coats of varnish will fill that in nicely and after build coats and san...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1949 Chris Craft Custom
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: 1949 Chris Craft Custom

From what I have read on the Customs, Chris Craft wasn't making their required profit margin on this post war series. The immediate post WW2 economics may have played into that too. Maybe they felt it was overbuilt or over accessorized so they redesigned it as the Riviera line.The redesign also supp...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: CPES vs. Interlux 1026 sealer
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: CPES vs. Interlux 1026 sealer

I have only used the CPES product for sealing stain on the boats as well as sealing bare wood for primer/paint. I can only state that once applied, if you have to strip off the stain (I had stained some pieces the wrong color!) it will be very tough, tougher than if you had just used stain only. The...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman

The challenge is finding an engine lift that can lift high enough to be of use in this case. Also, they tend to be a bit unstable when the load is up at it's maximum height and the lift is extended all the way. In the past, I have used a gantry with chain falls for this purpose but now that I have a...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Squeak in Chris-Craft K
Replies: 6
Views: 825

Re: Squeak in Chris-Craft K

You could try using a length of small diameter hose held up to your ear as you move it around the engine rather than the screwdriver method. Don't get it caught in the flywheel!
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Squeak in Chris-Craft K
Replies: 6
Views: 825

Re: Squeak in Chris-Craft K

Probably worth temporarily removing the generator belt and then starting the engine to eliminate any belt or generator bearing noises. Was it a rhythmic squeaking that increases with RPM or does it squeak at the same rate all the time? A vacuum or exhaust leak can cause a whistle but different RPM w...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: GLV305 Compression question
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Re: GLV305 Compression question

Did you put the plugs in after adding the oil and then crank it over? That could cause some problems as the oil doesn't want to compress. Compression tests are best done on a warmed up engine, throttle fully open, all plugs out. Keeping all the plugs out might show poor compression between 2 adjoini...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Steering box
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Steering box

If it has this adjustment screw on it it can be adjusted to a point. The cap is removed exposing the adjusting screw. The cover should be pulled off and the sector and worm gear inspected for wear though. Most lost their lubricating oil long ago and were subject to wear and rusting.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327F possible wrong dipstick?
Replies: 8
Views: 541

Re: 327F possible wrong dipstick?

Here's the pics. The length from the tip to the stop that seats on the tube when all the way in is 21 3/4". This is from a 327 where the dip stick tube is between the exhaust manifold and the valve cover as in your pictures.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327F possible wrong dipstick?
Replies: 8
Views: 541

Re: 327F possible wrong dipstick?

I have a Chris Craft 327 that I will be removing as it is not correct for that boat (not even close!). I can measure the dipstick tomorrow and let you know the length from the stop on the stick to the end.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Fuel Additive
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: Fuel Additive

I drain my tanks as completely as possible for winter storage. Even though I run non-ethanol gas in season, I still prefer empty tanks.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 carb settings
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: 283 carb settings

Some ideas: Verify that the distributor advance is working. You'll need a timing light with advance knob to accurately check this. In lieu of that, take the distributor cap off and twist the rotor, it should spring back indicating the advance springs are working. The whole springs and weights assemb...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: topside plank discoloration
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: topside plank discoloration

Looks like moisture incursion along unsealed seams and possibly some plank movement. A permanent fix is not easy, as it requires removal of planks, proper bedding in a sealer such as 3M5200, reattaching and refinishing. Bleaching of the moisture stains would probably also be required.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KLC carb (Zenith 11168 / 552M) mix screw adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: KLC carb (Zenith 11168 / 552M) mix screw adjustment

The fixed type high speed jet was "optimized" for maximum performance and if everything else is working correctly (and the carb is clean!) should work well.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Electrical
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Electrical

To read amps, the meter leads would have to be plugged into the amps jack on the meter and connected in series with the positive from the generator as it goes to the helm amperage meter. If the meter is set to amps, plugged into the amps jack on the meter and then the leads connected to positive and...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Building A Bomb?
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Re: Building A Bomb?

You get today's at-a boy!
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Building A Bomb?
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Re: Building A Bomb?

As stated, vibration is the problem for boat wiring. Tinned wire with crimped connectors and the heat shrink are about the best ways to prevent vibration and corrosion issues. Loose connections, particularly on high current circuits also lead to overheating of the connections and another potential f...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: WIRING; 1959 CONTINENTAL 18'6"
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: WIRING; 1959 CONTINENTAL 18'6"

It appears to be a ballast resistor, albeit missing a terminal. Two places it could have been used that I know of: In the ignition circuit between the ignition switch and the coil (mounted at the coil). Not all ignitions used a ballast resistor as you could also use an internal resistor in the coil ...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Polishing Chrome
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Polishing Chrome

Nevr Dull is a very good product for chrome. I use it and don't tape off the varnish, but I am careful not to rub it into the varnish. It isn't an abrasive product.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: My boat mechanic working to put in a remanufactured 350 Chevy into barrelback
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: My boat mechanic working to put in a remanufactured 350 Chevy into barrelback

At least with a 283 to 350 swap you shouldn't have to rework the engine stringer supports and wedges. Swapping a V8 for an old 6 cylinder and getting the angle right is another item to worry about for that task.
by Bilge Rat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KLC to KBL conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: KLC to KBL conversion

Like Jim stated, it probably came with a smaller Chris Craft engine. For a 1956 Sea Skiff, I'm thinking a model K 95 HP. The hull card would show the original engine as built. Someone must have modified the engine dog house to accommodate the triple down draft carbs. Hopefully they changed the prop ...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Graymarine 120 conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 533

Re: Graymarine 120 conversion

Any idea what model engine it originally came with? Hull card would state that.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL engine clutch adjustment
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: KL engine clutch adjustment

You might be close enough to Van Ness to drive it there but if you have to ship it, build a 3/4" plywood crate for it. It weighs around 80 pounds, which both UPS and Fed Ex will ship but a cardboard box will not protect it enough during transit. I built one to ship mine out for rebuilding and while ...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL engine clutch adjustment
Replies: 8
Views: 545

Re: KL engine clutch adjustment

Cashman (and the original poster)...you're not using a synthetic oil in the engine by chance are you? Synthetics are too slippery for the transmission.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Marine plywood
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Marine plywood

Tried L. L. Johnson in Charlotte Michigan?
by Bilge Rat
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: wrong carburetor?
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: wrong carburetor?

Yeah that old gas looks a bit suspect. I agree about the carb needing to be opened up. The Zenith carbs are not that complicated but there are a lot of tiny bored passages that will trap rust and cause problems. Some have to be probed with a small gauge wire to free them up. BTW, I used to have a KL...
by Bilge Rat
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Gas Fume Detector Installation
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Gas Fume Detector Installation

Agree with mounting the sensor as low as possible but out of the expected water in the bilge. I would also mount it on the carb/fuel pump side of engine, assuming you're running a Hercules 6 cylinder. That is where any fuel problems should occur. I installed one on my Lyman over the winter before th...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: wrong carburetor?
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: wrong carburetor?

Some things to try: Is the choke fully closing? Verify by looking at the choke plate (NOT WHILE CRANKING!). Is the carb flooding? Its very easy to flood an updraft carb. There should be a drain plug at the bottom of the carb where the air horn bends up if you see gas puddling inside the bend. If its...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Adding a Temp gauge to a CC 105hp "K" engine
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: Adding a Temp gauge to a CC 105hp "K" engine

Not all years of the KL may have come with the 1/2" tapped hole for a sender in the head. If it did, it would have a pipe plug installed like the red circled area in the attached picture. Removing that plug can be a challenge as it's been installed metal on metal for almost 70 years. If the head doe...