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by rockhounder
Tue May 31, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2184

Re: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!

I will take apart and also post pics for you guys to see.
Massed experience is always best for keeping things 10 by 10 !
by rockhounder
Tue May 31, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2184

Re: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!

Thanks, checked the alignment, the picture is somewhat of an optical illusion as it gets a little wider all around to fit the brass packing box shaft. The propeller shaft has 3 mm tighter clearance on top than bottom(tightest at around 11:00 than vertical). It is not touching the shaftbox sides. It ...
by rockhounder
Tue May 31, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2184

Re: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!

jfrprops wrote:It may not be the case, but that rubber piece looks suspiciously like a plumbing rated FERNCO coupling...NOT suitable for this application...you need heavier stuff...like exhaust hose....IMHO.

John in Va.
What type of exhaust hose is made from rubber? Can you give more details? Thanks
by rockhounder
Mon May 30, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2184

propshaft brass seal came loose!!! Almost SUNK!!!

Just a word of warning, to make sure the rubber hose that connects the brass seal assembly to the metal fairing that is bolted to the hull is tight! We were out on the lake yesterday, and stopped at a good spot to go fishing. I notice the bilge pump is going, and after a minute, when it does not go ...
by rockhounder
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Miniature models od Chris Craft
Replies: 1
Views: 1103

Re: Miniature models od Chris Craft

Well, the kit arrived last night, It actually had good potential, but was lacking many details. Since I have a 18 foot Sportsman, and wanted to make it like our boat, I kitbashed and cut down the main decking, then reshaped the hull to fit. Added a few details that were not in the kit, like the corr...
by rockhounder
Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Miniature models od Chris Craft
Replies: 1
Views: 1103

Miniature models od Chris Craft

Hi all, Just saw a real cute HO scale Chris Craft style model kit of what looks like a 21 foot Sportsman (early 50's style). It is from Osborn models. They also have a gentleman racer, and a 21 foot triple cockpit style. All are made from laser cut real mahogany. I might buy one, they look real cute...
by rockhounder
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Moving Forward while in neutral
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Re: Moving Forward while in neutral

Thanks for your help guys! I checked the position of the butterfly valve on the updraft carb, and it closes "click" to apparent full closed position, but motor still goes at around 1k rpm. I will probably take the carb apart, to see if there might be some varnish buildup, or other which is preventin...
by rockhounder
Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Moving Forward while in neutral
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Re: Moving Forward while in neutral

We just got back from the lake, and have clarification. When the boat is in forward gear, and throttle was brought back to lowest free setting, the rpms are around 1500, and the boat moves forward at a fast walking speed, definitely too fast for trout lures. If I forcibly (with very light force) try...
by rockhounder
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Moving Forward while in neutral
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Re: Moving Forward while in neutral

Well then, I am definitely going to make sure to be careful about the neutral position from now on.... I guess slow trolling is right out, with the lowest throttle position. In gear, our Chris Craft still makes 5 knots or so... Another question, does anyone know why there is such a different sound w...
by rockhounder
Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Moving Forward while in neutral
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Re: Moving Forward while in neutral

Ok, so is the gear lever pushing friction plates together? And if the gear lever which engages the plates to go forward in the vertical position (neutral-ish) do the engagement plates still kind of rub together (kind of like riding your clutch in a manual transmission car that the clutch does not co...
by rockhounder
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Moving Forward while in neutral
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Moving Forward while in neutral

I have noticed that our 18' 1953 Sportsman Utility with the KFM engine definitely moves forward with the lever in neutral. We move forward at perhaps 1-2 mph, with the RPM's around 1000 to 1500. Weird, when we pulled out of the water, and I started the engine in neutral, looked and see that the prop...
by rockhounder
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

It seems to be a certain human tendency to value different type of restorations, directly proportional to the age or antiquity of an object. I notice the same thing in the Lotus Esprits that I collect. when they are 15 to 20 years old, everybody seems to be hyper restoring them, with the best afterm...
by rockhounder
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

I agree on the keeping original thought. I have to work a lot harder to pull the old varnish off, but don't go into the weathering patina that sometimes barely penetrating past the surface .5mm or so. I will have quite a challenge ahead of me for the two hull sides..... looking at how many hours I s...
by rockhounder
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Progress report! We finally took out the Chris Craft on Big Bear Lake today for the first time. It was great fun, and even though cold (started to snow) we had a great inaugural cruise. We had to get rid of the original name (S.O.B.) as it just had too many negative remarks, and the gold lettering w...
by rockhounder
Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: My 18' Sportsman hull ID was mis-numbered
Replies: 6
Views: 3012

My 18' Sportsman hull ID was mis-numbered

Well, On another thread, I was asking about my 18 foot sportsman Utility Deluxe, and the Oregon state registration read U-81-1152 Folks here told me that that was probably a typo from Oregon state, as the correct ID should read U-18-1153 (as it is a 18 foot long boat, rather than an 81 footer.) I ju...
by rockhounder
Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Here are closeup shots of the before (original)planking, and the after pics. If you notice, the original, had mostly filled in seaming, and you could see the white caulking sticking up where it was exposed on each side of the seams, and the middle looks like it was over the years filled in with varn...
by rockhounder
Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Hi all, Here is the rehab progress as of today. I stripped off the old varnish on the bow deck, and now has 3 coats of Spar Gloss on it. I love the color of the wood, and it is neat that the middle wider plank is cut from a beautiful zebra striped piece of Mahogany, which is a little darker than the...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Yes, the broken ones so far have all been in the vertical frames just behind the driver and passenger seat bulwark. I am thinking that perhaps the boat took a really hard hit on a wake or wave at high speed, which when landing on the bow, made the hull want to flex like bending a shoe. This is what...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Yes, the broken ones so far have all been in the vertical frames just behind the driver and passenger seat bulwark. I am thinking that perhaps the boat took a really hard hit on a wake or wave at high speed, which when landing on the bow, made the hull want to flex like bending a shoe. This is what ...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Yes, was thinking of doing that. Talking with the Lake Oswego boat co folks who did the waterline and below rebuild, if I understood correctly, all the scews in the bottom and lower sides were repaired, along with a few areas above on the sides of the hull. I will go through and probably pull the bu...
by rockhounder
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Well, I started to look more closely at the hull, and saw a few bungs that seemed to be sticking out a little (perhaps up to 1mm or so). Pulled them out, and every single one that was popped had a broken screw behind it. So, I spent today popping the lifted bungs out, and in total have come up with ...
by rockhounder
Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

If you want to cut some plugs yourself, send me your address and I will UPS a piece of scrap mahogany from my 1937 cruiser. I have plenty from old frames that had to be replaced. Much of it is in very fine condition and will match the grain of your boat. You can see a picture from my posts that I h...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Thanks guys for the advice, I took several wooden caps off from the upper bow, lower bow, midship upper and lower, and from right before the stern. I had to be careful, the first one kind of flaked the varnish off around it, so I pre-scribed through the varnish on the others circle plug edges, then ...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Here are closeups of the brightwork and details. The one thing I would really like to do is get rid of all the little micro rust/chrome pits all over many of the parts, especially the top antenna, windshield supports, and searchlight. I really do not want to take all of that off, and sand/rechrome a...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Here is the mechanicals. Other than the engine needing to be perhaps walnut shell blasted and repainted, it looks pretty good.
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Here are pics of the condition of the outside of the hull. Once again, in an earlier post, I showed the problem areas, the rest of the boat, I am pretty happy with. But let me know if you guys see anything I need to address!
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

Re: how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Do you plan to use it as a boat? or as a decorative piece? If a boat, then the next question is do you want it to last long enough for the next generation? If decorative only, then just leave it alone. If a boat, and you want to pass it on, then a full restoration is necessary. Sorry to say that bu...
by rockhounder
Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: how to refinish, but keep antique looking
Replies: 41
Views: 6699

how to refinish, but keep antique looking

Hi Everybody, Hopefully somebody here will have done this, but I am looking to refinishing just the damaged parts of the wood(finish-wise) because I wish to kep the boat still in it's current condition which is original, and obvious antique, but in excellent antique/un-refinished condition. I have a...
by rockhounder
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: where to find info about my 1953 sportsman deluxe
Replies: 13
Views: 3495

Re: where to find info about my 1953 sportsman deluxe

here are some more pics, if you notice, there is discoloration on the hull, I think we will try to keep the old patina, and varnish, because of the all original great shape it is in. Just had a great phone conversation with the previous owner, and he also stated that it got lots of attention because...
by rockhounder
Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: where to find info about my 1953 sportsman deluxe
Replies: 13
Views: 3495

Re: where to find info about my 1953 sportsman deluxe

Hey Capt. Seth! What a small world! What boat do you have? We can't wait for Big Bear Lake to open, and take her out in April. Mike M, Great to make your acquaintance, you probably have a lot of info on the boat and its repairs. I noticed that we have the radio antenna right in front of the windshie...