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by Bilge Rat
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: finally removed my engines for the rebuild and seeking advice
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: finally removed my engines for the rebuild and seeking advice

Depends on how grimey they are but Dawn dish detergent works very well at breaking up grease and oil without being harsh on the wood and your hands.

May require power washing if its really caked on but use the power washer carefully, it can do damage as well.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1930 26' model 111 CC "Contessa"
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: 1930 26' model 111 CC "Contessa"

I believe Jim Staib at finewoodboats.com has an A-120 for sale.

Remember...it's only money.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: KFL exhaust manifold end cap wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: KFL exhaust manifold end cap wanted

Ah well, swing and a miss strike one...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1930 Gemmer Steering Box
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: 1930 Gemmer Steering Box

While you can still get steering gearbox oil, one of the challenges is keeping it from leaking past seals and into the bilge. I hate oil in the bilge. One way around this is to use a high pressure grease instead of oil. The steering assembly was taken from car manufacturers of the day and as cars ha...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: KFL exhaust manifold end cap wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: KFL exhaust manifold end cap wanted

Try Jim Staib at finewoodboats.com
by Bilge Rat
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Threaded drain plug...
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Re: Threaded drain plug...

Try Jim Staib at Finewoodboats.com.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: WI area - wood source
Replies: 16
Views: 908

Re: WI area - wood source

Philippine mahogany was originally used but may be difficult to source today. In actuality, Philippine mahogany isn't a true mahogany but a member of the lauan family. You may get lucky in finding some but do not use African or Honduran as the color and grain pattern will possibly look very differen...
by Bilge Rat
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL Engine Running Hot
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: KL Engine Running Hot

Second on the infrared temperature gun. Can also be used to pinpoint hot spots on the manifold or head.
by Bilge Rat
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: exhaust fumes
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: exhaust fumes

This can be a common phenomenon but you need to figure out if it's exhaust washing back up forward, or is it engine blow-by fumes from the engine compartment coming back into the cockpit. Blow-by fumes usually have a burnt oil smell. If you have a bilge blower, (and everyone should) try running that...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Navigation / Anchor Switch Wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: Navigation / Anchor Switch Wiring

If you do not have a DPST switch (you have only 2 terminals instead of 4 on your switch) for the navigation switch, you can use an inexpensive diode and SPST switches. This is what I did on my Lyman as we overnight on it and per the regulations, we have an all-around anchor light on all night when a...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1954 26’ Sea Skiff not going up to speed
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: 1954 26’ Sea Skiff not going up to speed

Second on verifying the distributor advance. If you have a timing light, you can easily check for advance by observing the mark at idle and at speed. At speed it would be further into the rotation direction before the mark. If you want to verify exact advance, a timing light with an advance knob let...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL exteriot coolant line
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Re: KL exteriot coolant line

Warming the fuel mixture helps it to atomize better than when cold. Carbs being the inefficient things that they are have been notoriously heavy on the fuel droplets. Modern fuel injection, not so much but they need a computer to regulate properly and reliably. Under certain conditions of temperatur...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Crack in keel by rudder
Replies: 10
Views: 1026

Re: Crack in keel by rudder

Well as you mentioned, pictures will help us in offering ideas but until then... Yeah, the keel on a Sportsman will not easily "pop" out, a major task to say the least. Probably a simple repair depending on the cause of the crack. There is stress on the keel in this area from the rudder turning the ...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Side plank seam repair
Replies: 12
Views: 1322

Re: Side plank seam repair

Appears to be either some plank movement going on or a drying out of the planks. Either is to be expected in a 73 year old boat, whether it's used every season or put in non-climate controlled storage. So what to do with it? Mahogany colored Famowood is a recommended filler for some screw holes, din...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1956 Chris-Craft Sportsman Utility rub rail: chrome or stainless?
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: 1956 Chris-Craft Sportsman Utility rub rail: chrome or stainless?

The rails on my 55 17' Sportsman were polished stainless steel.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Driveline vibration, what’s normal?
Replies: 11
Views: 1006

Re: Driveline vibration, what’s normal?

I would suggest disconnecting the prop shaft from the transmission to isolate the engine, then run it in gear. If you have enough clearance between the drive flanges and prop log to uncouple, try that first. If the flanges aren't already marked, mark then so they can be reassembled the same as befor...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: M7 adding temp gauge
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: M7 adding temp gauge

Yes it is with the proper adapters. The plug might be a challenge to remove if it's been in there forever.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Gel Coat, Marine Paint, or Varnish for '63 Constellation
Replies: 3
Views: 693

Re: Gel Coat, Marine Paint, or Varnish for '63 Constellation

Just my opinion but I think bright finish on the hull sides will be a big challenge to get it right. Every screw that has been plugged with a compound will show through and I don't think the factory used mahogany bungs to plug the holes on the big cruisers either. You also have different non-matched...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules KFL engine noise, help appreciated
Replies: 16
Views: 1294

Re: Hercules KFL engine noise, help appreciated

Have you tried taking a length of small diameter hose to your ear and moving the hose around that part of the engine? Might help in pin pointing the exact location of the noise. I know this is tough around a spinning flywheel. Although it seems to come from the front of the engine, a vacuum leak at ...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL Vacuum Guage
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: KL Vacuum Guage

Unless you're fortunate enough to have a later model with the closed crankcase breather like this picture, there's no way I know of to attach a vacuum gauge to the intake manifold. Drilling and tapping cast iron or aluminum is always risky of causing stress cracks.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Ignition problem
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Ignition problem

I had a similar problem on my Graymarine V8. Ran a new wire and soldered the wire to the funky tab connector that attaches to the points - problem solved.
by Bilge Rat
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0
Replies: 9
Views: 1172

Re: New battery - ammeter pegged at 0

Glad to hear that you chased away the electrical gremlins, but what concerns me is what happens when NOS parts are truly no longer available? Same goes for the old shops with the gray haired guys (like me) that fade away.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Screws for rub rail on 1960 Capri
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

Re: Screws for rub rail on 1960 Capri

Just a suggestion when you go to drill the new holes for the screws; getting the hole centered in the rub rail countersink is easier and more accurate if you use a VIX bit. It goes by other names, but it has a retractable spring loaded mandrel that centers the bit in the rub rail hole and at least b...
by Bilge Rat
Mon May 18, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: New trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 823

Re: New trailer

I have modified quite a few trailers for wood boats up to 25 feet long. There is a lot of on-the-spot engineering and trial and error to get it right. I always over engineer the supports so that I don't have a failure on the road. It's not impossible to do, but for a 33 foot cruiser it will be more ...
by Bilge Rat
Mon May 04, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Trailered hull bottom paint
Replies: 3
Views: 746

Re: Trailered hull bottom paint

If you have a keel support board on the trailer up towards the bow, the use of teflon strips on the carpet dramatically eases the friction of sliding the hull across the bunk. There are strips available at marine supply or boat trailer places for this. I use these on the bow keel support on my 25 fo...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)
Replies: 12
Views: 1796

Re: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)

That fiber washer and spacer where the distributor connection attaches has to be in a certain order otherwise it shorts the terminal to the distributor body (ground). That sounds like your no spark problem. I don't have the diagram electronically for this but someone here should and hopefully will p...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Spining Screws
Replies: 3
Views: 1582

Re: Spining Screws

Depending on the size of the screw head and how much space you have to work with, a tack puller can be useful. You carefully wedge the puller under the screw enough to lift it for grabbing with pliers. Spinners are to be expected with 73 year old screws. Not meaning to be dramatic but there will be ...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering
Replies: 10
Views: 1821

Re: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering

Are you certain it's a model A engine? For 1955, they did offer a model B 4 cylinder which was an improvement over the old pre-war A engines; stronger crank, shell bearings instead of poured babbit. All other offerings for 1955 would have been 6 cylinders like the K series. Are you getting this data...
by Bilge Rat
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering
Replies: 10
Views: 1821

Re: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering

Where are you located?
by Bilge Rat
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine
Replies: 7
Views: 1404

Re: Hand turning a Chris Craft K engine

Yeah I looked into that style flywheel turner too and there just isn't any clear room to use it. They're meant for using under a car/truck engine and while there are obstacles around there as well, you have more area to work and better leverage. If the K engine is out of the boat and you can lift it...