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by Bilge Rat
Thu May 16, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Original paint colours for 1955 Capitan
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Original paint colours for 1955 Capitan

Don't know the factory original colors but I just wanted to say congrats and at-a-boy for taking on a vintage 34 foot cruiser project.
by Bilge Rat
Thu May 16, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6volt Horn Relay
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: 6volt Horn Relay

Second on testing the relay with 6 volts and checking continuity. You should be able to hear an audible click when the relay operates too. If the relay is the correct 6 volt one, there must be something else going on in the circuit limiting current flow. If it's a 12 volt relay coil, 6 volts would n...
by Bilge Rat
Wed May 15, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6volt Horn Relay
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: 6volt Horn Relay

If the horn button is the steering column type, this diagram from 1952 indicates that the steering column needs to be connected to ground to complete the control circuit to the relay.
by Bilge Rat
Mon May 06, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95hp "K" Blowby around Spark Plug
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: 95hp "K" Blowby around Spark Plug

Might be worth a try to change the plug. Even though its new, might have a manufacturing defect in the threads or even the porcelain insulator. Possible a Chinese product, there have been some documented counterfeit knock offs.
by Bilge Rat
Thu May 02, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Paint inner hull sides?
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Paint inner hull sides?

Personally, I think all accessible surfaces in a wood boat should be sealed with a coating. Whether that's paint, varnish or a sealer, a coating is needed to help prevent moisture incursion. Moisture from the back side will work its way to the top side surfaces and cause problems. You can look at it...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Distributor cap
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: Distributor cap

"Start it in the dark and look for sparks."

Or if you're brave (well maybe foolish), start it up and run your hand along the ignition wires, coil and distributor with your other hand touching the engine block. If there's a high voltage leak, you will know it very well.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Leaky bilge
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Leaky bilge

Sorry to say, but it sounds like some structural weakness exists at the chines and the gap now is too great to just "swell up". Bottom refastening is only good IF the frame work is sound and can hold fasteners. The planks swell and stress the screws and the frame work, often splitting the frames lea...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Refinishing 30' Sea Skiff and have questions
Replies: 3
Views: 269

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: 346

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: 240

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: 324

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: 198

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: 257

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: 424

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: 424

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: 333

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: 383

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: 1166

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: 320

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: 467

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: 776

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: 990

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: 990

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: 1419

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: 41315

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: 990

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: 385

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: 589

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: 627

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: 5423

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.