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by mbigpops
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Steering Linkage Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2224

Pete,

You don't need to remove the housing to get everything out and clean it. Just the end plug using the tool I mentioned before . Just pay attention to the order that the parts come out so you can reinstall them.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Steering Linkage Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2224

Pete, If you want to remove the pitman arm from the drag link socket then you need a drag link tool. Do a search for drag link on the sears web site. They still sell a set or individual sizes. If you want the sockt off of the galvanized pipe then I cannot help. I left mine on after not being able to...
by mbigpops
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: First winter for a protective parent
Replies: 8
Views: 4229

The dripping is worst after it rains and the ground gets wet and then the moisture heats up then cools down when it hits the cool roof at night.
My rule of thumb is flaps down when it rains and then up as soon as it stops. This gives the moisture somewhere to go.

Mark
by mbigpops
Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Model K 85HP 6 to 12 Volt Conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 2473

Tom,

Can you please elaborate on the "run better" part of your response. Are you saying that 12V alternators or generators provide better electrical power to the motor ?

I am having the same dilema.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Correct Bilge Color-1928 Tripple
Replies: 14
Views: 4472

Steve, Bilge colors can vary across boats of the same vintage. Evidence inside your boat may be the best source. Can you strip a spot somewhere to expose all colors? In my case I found the original color under a bad overpaint and I am currently stripping the bad paint off before restoring the origin...
by mbigpops
Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Steering Column
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Thanks John.

Will match them.
by mbigpops
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Steering Column
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Steering Column

I have taken apart and rebuilt my steering box and I am getting ready to re-finish the pieces. The box was painted black originally so I will repeat that but the steering "column" pipe and the bracket that holds it to the dash are a faded beige color which does not look original and I see no evidenc...
by mbigpops
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Start Up Without Water
Replies: 19
Views: 4172

Could be the siphen bilge pump. Can you post a picture ?

Mark
by mbigpops
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Keel Replacement
Replies: 98
Views: 27976

Dave,

Pike's Sawmill
311 Providence Turnpike
Hampton CT 06247
860 455 9968

Ask for Clarence.

I am in Attleboro.

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Keel Replacement
Replies: 98
Views: 27976

Dave, I am just going to throw this out there. I am not far from you to the south in mass and I was able to find a sawmill in Connecticut with white oak and experience cutting keels for large boats. I was told that my runabout keel was cut from scraps for a larger boat. If interested I can get you t...
by mbigpops
Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: club store
Replies: 5
Views: 1929

Hopefully POS stands for Point Of Source or something similar and not the other well known one :D
by mbigpops
Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: How much steam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2861

I have and it worked just as well. I used two different lengths for shorter fore planks and longer aft planks.

Have your clamps and wet towels ready to get the planks in place fast and stop them from drying out too fast.

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Capri Dash wiring
Replies: 16
Views: 6904

Not a Capri but similar vintage - 53 Rocket Runabout. Original wiring for the three gauges that it came with.

Mark
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by mbigpops
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 18' Riviera weight?
Replies: 3
Views: 1318

If you can go to a local metal recycler or sand and gravel that has a drive on scale and weigh the boat on the trailer and then either subtract what you think the trailer weighs or remove the boat and then weigh just the trailer.

I did this with mine when I first brought her home.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Winter storage
Replies: 23
Views: 11500

Gary, Mine is 20' x 10' x 8'. It is the round style and provides adequate space to work on my 17' runabout. Obviously bigger would be better but based on my circumstances I can't complain. It was purchased from MDM Products LLC in Milford Ct. (www.mdmshelters.com). I can't help you on price at that ...
by mbigpops
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Winter storage
Replies: 23
Views: 11500

I have a rhino shelter. It has been up for two years and is holding up great. For the floor I used recycled ashpalt which was very cheap and still allows moisture to vent through and keep the wood safe. As far as heat goes I rigged up a simple box fan hanging near the roof and plugged it into a ther...
by mbigpops
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: battery location
Replies: 12
Views: 2879

Any info on wood type, dimensions and location would be great as I am missing these items as well.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Help with winterizing my boat.
Replies: 8
Views: 4441

The company is Convenient Graphics. Here is the link to their web site: http://www.convgraphics.com/ I have not used them but I have good recommendations from my friends with large fiberglass boats. Price all depends on size and options (e.g. gold) but the feedback is that they are reasonable. Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Custom trailer source in Northeast
Replies: 2
Views: 2074

Custom trailer source in Northeast

I need to know if there is a custom trailer source in the Northeast that has experience with wooden runabouts.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Help with winterizing my boat.
Replies: 8
Views: 4441

I can get you a recommendation on lettering in southeastern CT. (Mystic area) if you like.

Mark
by mbigpops
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: glued on planks
Replies: 17
Views: 4010

I've never heard anyone describe a 5200 bottom as" forever". I have 30 years if done properly.
by mbigpops
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Cleaning Old Parts
Replies: 7
Views: 2434

degreaser

I use the purple stuff at Advance Auto Parts. Works great.

Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Boat ladder question
Replies: 25
Views: 6654

swim ladder

When I querried the Mariner's Museum for drawings for my 1953 one on the list they had pertained to a swim ladder. I can post the drawing number tomorrow if anyone is interested.

Mark
by mbigpops
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MBL is a PIA
Replies: 14
Views: 4343

Maybe your idle is set too low and too much fuel goes in when you try to accelerate.
by mbigpops
Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Drag Link Plug
Replies: 4
Views: 1874

George, I did some additional research and there is a standard called UNEF - for extra fine threads. If you scroll down on this site there is a chart: http://mdmetric.com/tech/thddat9.htm Even with this knowledge there doesn not appear to be anything readily available in 1 1/8-18 TPI out there. Than...
by mbigpops
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Drag Link Plug
Replies: 4
Views: 1874

The thread size is an issue. I have scoured the internet and no one has 18 or 19 TPI bolts, screws or threaded rod.
Any help would be appreciated.
Mark
by mbigpops
Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Drag Link Plug
Replies: 4
Views: 1874

Drag Link Plug

After quite a struggle I was able to remove the drag link plug and get the pitman arm and components removed. I did however maul the plug pretty badly and need to replace it. It is 1 1/8 inches in diameter and 3/4 inches long. Does anyone know where I can find this? Also, there is a threaded hole in...
by mbigpops
Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:44 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Interplank Screws
Replies: 16
Views: 4867

Interpank screws

Try sand blasting. You can get relativley inexpensive attachments for your air compressor.
by mbigpops
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: HELP! My Chris Craft...What is it and what is it worth?
Replies: 8
Views: 3390

Rocket Owner

I am currently restoring a 1953 Rocket. Based on the limited production they are quite rare. I cannot help with a restorer since I am doing the work myself. I am not sure of the condition but preservation (re-use of at least 65% of the original wood) seems to be held in high regard - and is what I a...