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by John Justice
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18' 283 has low oil pressure when started cold some times but others it jumps right up to 30-40.
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18' 283 has low oil pressure when started cold some times but others it jumps right up to 30-40.

Tony, are you asking for things to look for as the engine is being disassembled? I'm not sure that there is anything that could cause the problem that could be fixed without removing the oil pan.
by John Justice
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18' 283 has low oil pressure when started cold some times but others it jumps right up to 30-40.
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18' 283 has low oil pressure when started cold some times but others it jumps right up to 30-40.

Is there a diagnostic procedure that would identify the problem before disassembling the bottom end of the engine? Maybe remove the oil pan access panel, spin the oil pump with a primer tool, and look for oil flow or swirling oil?
by John Justice
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: amp gauge and shunt
Replies: 6
Views: 1368

Re: amp gauge and shunt

Great information. Thank you. I suspect the gauge was restored using a standard amp gauge mechanism.
by John Justice
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: amp gauge and shunt
Replies: 6
Views: 1368

amp gauge and shunt

Is the amp gauge used with the large shunt so common on 1960's Chris Crafts different than a garden variety amp gauge? Have an amp/oil pressure combo gauge that doesn't seem to work. VOM shows 14 volts when running so I think the alternator is working, but the amp gauge shows nothing.
by John Justice
Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: replace spot light bulb
Replies: 1
Views: 855

Re: replace spot light bulb

[email protected] can help you.
by John Justice
Wed May 20, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Fuel Filter/Cannister?
Replies: 9
Views: 2212

Re: Fuel Filter/Cannister?

Do yourself a favor and rebuild the fuel pump, add an external filter, and make sure the fuel tank isn't going to contribute even more problems from rust, debris, sludge, leaks etc. Don't over-tighten the nut on the bottom of the fuel pump sediment bowl. Instead of fixing or preventing a leak you'll...
by John Justice
Tue May 05, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: prop direction wall of confusion
Replies: 25
Views: 3896

Re: prop direction wall of confusion

We know which direction the flywheel turns. We know the trans selector lever is correct. We know the prop is a lefty. Do we know the position of the Velvet Drive pump? Does it even matter in this situation? Hard to visualize how a CW engine can spin a CCW prop efficiently enough to get ~30 mph. Ther...
by John Justice
Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: operate blower tag
Replies: 1
Views: 918

operate blower tag

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Would like a nicer one of these. It is aluminum with painted letters. About 1" tall and 2.5" wide. Suggestions on how to get or make one?
by John Justice
Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Torque that manifold
Replies: 18
Views: 4031

Re: Torque that manifold

Socket head cap screws aren't original but they can solve access problems sometimes. I'd rather have the 'wrong' bolt than the wrong torque or a leak.
by John Justice
Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine oil pump hose
Replies: 0
Views: 939

Engine oil pump hose

Here's another tuition payment at the School of Hard Knocks. Did not test the mesh-covered oil line that connects the oil pump to the oil pump screen when rebuilding an MCL. After assembly the engine didn't have oil pressure. Removed the oil pan and found that the hose was defective. Apparently the ...
by John Justice
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Business
Topic: Access to the Boat Buzz
Replies: 47
Views: 931

I feel that making information and pictures available to anyone interested is promoting our best interest.
by John Justice
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:10 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: auxiliary frame attachment
Replies: 2
Views: 1398

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Yes, it does have 2 aux frames side by side. These are under the engine.
by John Justice
Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: auxiliary frame attachment
Replies: 2
Views: 1398

auxiliary frame attachment

I'm replacing the bottom on a '58 Chris Craft Continental 21' - the one with the fins. This boat's auxiliary frames are not attached with a large screw through the chine and into the end grain of the frame like the other Chris Crafts I've seen. This boat uses horseshoe-shaped pieces of plywood screw...
by John Justice
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: M-series engine with Velvet Drive?
Replies: 1
Views: 712

M-series engine with Velvet Drive?

Are there adapters available for replacing the M-series Hercules 3XE Paragon manual gear (no reduction gear) with a 1:1 Velvet Drive hydraulic unit?
by John Justice
Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:14 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1961 ski boat problem transmisstion?
Replies: 9
Views: 2670

What are the symptoms when the newer super-slick, high-detergent, multi-weight oils and supplements are used in the manual Paragons? Will they cause the symptoms that Michael is asking about?
by John Justice
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 Flywheel forward
Replies: 3
Views: 1464

Here's what I needed to do on my early 1960's 283 flywheel forward engine. #1 cylinder is the port, most forward one - near the flywheel. Can you see a timing mark (probably a drilled dimple) on the flywheel through the timing slot on the front mount? If so, then install the distributor so that the ...
by John Justice
Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 1962 holiday 18 ft embarking on bottom repair!
Replies: 11
Views: 2646

Don't lose the water line.
by John Justice
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:36 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Test running a KBL
Replies: 8
Views: 2094

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Be prepared to deal with smoke from the exhaust. Be prepared to quickly disconnect the battery. Be prepared to deal with any spills or leaks. If you have to use starting fluid, then use just a whiff. I suggest you don't use it at all.
by John Justice
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: a ittle help with frame terms please
Replies: 14
Views: 3261

What's a stringer? Is that the same as a 'keelson'? Oh, you say that's a 'bed log'? Nope, this terminology stuff isn't confusing at all...
by John Justice
Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: electronic ignition CC CSB 283
Replies: 6
Views: 1867

Auto SBC #1 cylinder is front, driver side. Which cylinder is #1 on the CC283? Isn't it port, nearest the flywheel? Different cylinder than auto, thus confusing to an auto mechanic?
by John Justice
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: no spark
Replies: 14
Views: 3709

Q. What is the first thing I should check if the engine would not start? A. Make certain all wires are connected securely to the proper terminals. Q. The engine will not start or runs rough. Are there any tests that I can do? A. Yes, remove the red Ignitor™ wire from the coil positive terminal. Conn...
by John Justice
Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help! I can't stop this thing!
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Using an alternator with internal regulator?
by John Justice
Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: bottom removal
Replies: 6
Views: 2649

Stop the hole saw from wandering by drilling a 1/2" hole in a small piece of plywood, centering the plywood hole over the stubborn screw, and lightly tacking the plywood in place with a couple of finishing nails. No need to drive the nails flush, just stick them enough to keep the plywood from movin...
by John Justice
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Anyone have a Golden Arrow out there?
Replies: 33
Views: 12034

Golden Arrow

Not only some pictures, it is for sale. Raleigh craigslist [email protected]
by John Justice
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Gluing Side Planks
Replies: 4
Views: 2138

Hope this generates some lively discussion. I've been told to use epoxy, use 5200, use plywood behind the planks, do it like the factory did.... I need to make a decision soon too for my U-22, and would love to hear some testimonials.
by John Justice
Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 help needed
Replies: 6
Views: 3226

Suggest you do the diagnostic work using a pre-oiler. A used distributor with the gear removed makes a dandy one.