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by mbigpops
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I have not tried this yet but at low RPM and cutout relay still open you should be able measure from the generator side of the cutout relay to ground with a meter. Once the cutout relay closes that also closes the circuit back to the battery and you said that you cannot disconnect the battery withou...
by mbigpops
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6V to 12V Generator conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: 6V to 12V Generator conversion

I think you mean 18 or 20 amps. Most of these boats have an ammeter.

Did you disconnect the generator output and measure the voltage coming out of the generator ?

What is your generator output wired to ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 10
Views: 2293

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

Troy good point on CCA. Most people think if their battery voltage is good then they are set.

I just got a battery tester after suspecting mine was getting weaker. Voltage is fine but down to 139 CCA (was 620 new).

These testers are not expensive and easy to use.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start
Replies: 10
Views: 2293

Re: 21 Days Off, Now Won't Start

Does not sound like you have an electrical issue to me. If it starts with starter fluid why would you have an electrical issue ? No you don't need the original ground wire to the distributor. Just the negative from the coil to the pertronix. The only high voltage from the coil goes to the center of ...
by mbigpops
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Model A gearbox selector shaft size?
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Model A gearbox selector shaft size?

Those shafts are easy to replace. You will want to get the oil out of the transmission first.

Also, replace the seals while you are at it.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL oil pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Re: KL oil pressure

My KL runs just under 30 on the original analog gauge.

I can tell that oil level affect it. You should be okay but if you want add a little oil and check again.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Generator on Model K
Replies: 6
Views: 883

Re: Generator on Model K

What is under the tape on those wires ?

A poor connection could become unreliable with vibration etc.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Cold running KL
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: Cold running KL

Doesn't sound right. My KL runs about 150 degrees with a digital thermometer on the head.

Where are you measuring the temperature ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Blowby
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: Blowby

Not sure how much room you have but I use the 36 inch pipe wrench from Harbor Freight.

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu May 28, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1940 KB triple carb 131 HP
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: 1940 KB triple carb 131 HP

With the engine in neutral can you spin the prop by hand ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun May 17, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: INSURANCE
Replies: 3
Views: 591

Re: INSURANCE

Can Carly or somebody teach Staib how to spell Haggerrttyy.

Maybe Matt Smith. He's a good speeler.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sat May 02, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Trailered hull bottom paint
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Trailered hull bottom paint

The strategy to eliminate scuffing is to avoid dragging the boat up to the bow stop while any of it resting on the bunks. You want to float on and attach to the bow stop and then slowly pull out making sure the boat lines up on the trailer. If marine carpet is waterproof and dries fast then that is ...
by mbigpops
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: K engine - no spark (1954 Sea Skiff)
Replies: 12
Views: 1537

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

Do you have the correct cap and rotor ? Is the rotor actually contacting the cap connections ?
by mbigpops
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility
Replies: 10
Views: 1496

Re: Instrument Lights 1941 18' Deluxe Utility

Here is a photo of the back of my dash. Newer model than yours.
The middle gauge is the tach (cable not connected). On either side is the navigation light bulbs. If you follow the black wires they go to the navigation switch below. Power comes from a hidden fuse block.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Spining Screws
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Re: Spining Screws

If you have room get a very small flathead screwdriver and get the blade under the head and apply pressure upward while you unscrew the screw (by hand would be preferred. The screw should pop up at least enough to grab it. You could also try a screwdriver with the holding prongs attaced. Good luck. ...
by mbigpops
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering
Replies: 10
Views: 1554

Re: 1955 Model A Hercules. Van Ness engineering

You are not going to get any opinions here on professional restorers as it just starts a huge back and forth argument and it is impossible to tell who is stating facts or just backing up their friend, boss or other. Your best bet is to talk to people in your local chapter or maybe you someone will p...
by mbigpops
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Three's a Crowd
Replies: 2
Views: 815

Re: Three's a Crowd

As a general rule of thumb anything within proximity of the engine that is not fused can wire directly to the generator output using a ring terminal (not a spade terminal) and locking hardware. Anything else that is fused should go to a marine rated fuse block like Bilge Rat has suggested and again ...
by mbigpops
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Danenberg Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 1904

Danenberg Forum

Hi, Don posted on his site that he may be no longer supporting his forum and it would be going away. I have no idea how feasible this is or if Don is willing to hand it over but is there any was all that historical information could be captured on this site ? It would be kind of like cryogenically f...
by mbigpops
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Bottom Paint on an 18' Sportsman

Well there are several options - you could try and find some used boat stands to buy or maybe borrow from someone and place them in an already painted area under the transom. You could also build the wooden lifting setup that most use to flip their boats and get two chain hoists and lift the boat up...
by mbigpops
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Squeak in Chris-Craft K
Replies: 6
Views: 1936

Re: Squeak in Chris-Craft K

How is your oil pressure ?

I hate to say this but it could be a dry bearing. Happened to me.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Final varnish coat?
Replies: 11
Views: 2597

Re: Final varnish coat?

Looks great !
by mbigpops
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Final varnish coat?
Replies: 11
Views: 2597

Re: Final varnish coat?

I agree with your apprehension in sanding and buffing and prefer the raw sheen of the varnish after the last coat.

To answer your question no you cannot "patch" in varnish. Where you start and finish will show so unless you do an entire area that has a border of some sort.

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Electrical
Replies: 5
Views: 1404

Re: Electrical

Hi Rick, The generator is actually not generating at low RPM and does not kick in until higher RPMs when it supplies power to the electrical items and charges the battery. It sounds to me like your generator is working fine. What is happening is your generator output is open at low RPM and then at h...
by mbigpops
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Building A Bomb?
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Re: Building A Bomb?

Look inside a modern car engine and you will not see an exposed electrical connection anywhere - including the battery and spark plugs. This is not by accident but a safety improvement in modern vehicles to prevent what we are talking about. Obviously the right way to prevent an accident is to never...
by mbigpops
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Wood repair in Virginia
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

Re: Wood repair in Virginia

Hi Mike, I cannot help on your Virginia repair recommendation but I will say that you should not have any rollers on your trailer or this will continue to happen. Your trailer should have all carpeted bunks for "float on" trailering where there is little or no contact with the bottom until your bow ...
by mbigpops
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Bad coil?
Replies: 20
Views: 3417

Re: Bad coil?

"vwolah". Interesting spelling of viola. What kind of Frenchman are you ? Did you graduate the Matt Smith spelling academy ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil pressure drop
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

Re: Oil pressure drop

I am using 30W Brad Penn oil.

I guess I can do the sniff test and check for fuel in the oil.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil pressure drop
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

Oil pressure drop

At the end of last season after the most use in 3 years my KL oil pressure dropped from 30 to 10 lbs. I was concerned but not overly as the high use was always in the back of my mind. Fast forward after the end of year oil change and topping off prior to first run and oil pressure was back solid at ...
by mbigpops
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Leak in Hercules KBL exhaust manifold
Replies: 6
Views: 1179

Re: Leak in Hercules KBL exhaust manifold

Where are you ?
by mbigpops
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Leak in Hercules KBL exhaust manifold
Replies: 6
Views: 1179

Re: Leak in Hercules KBL exhaust manifold

Have it pressure tested and find someone that stitch welds cast iron.

If the crack is internal then throw it away and get a new one.

Mark