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by THE RAZZ
Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:05 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

Mike, Thanks for the idea. I'll keep you posted. The picture is the route of the 1st Delta 100. 2010 will be some variation of that. Re SF Bay. I working on the logistics for a cruise from Jack London Sq to Petaluma . Thats not 100 miles but It could be a fun cruise. While the curisers work on the b...
by THE RAZZ
Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help needed - Engine still running hot
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Gord, This makes sense to me . Wouldn't you expect +/-100 psi from this engine? My experience with Hercs is limited to the K series. I had no idea this engine we are talking about was vented (2+ filler tube) from the tranny also. Of course,in the case of the K series trannys and engines, share the s...
by THE RAZZ
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help needed - Engine still running hot
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Gord. Ok. You've seen more detonation damage than I have. Can't argue with that. That spark knock (rattle) that lead to the detonation must have been pretty loud. The hole in the piston must have created terrific crankcase pressure. The blow by in the engine compartment must have been something. Jerry
by THE RAZZ
Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help needed - Engine still running hot
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Jeff, My guess is the gasket leaked for "x" reason. It continued to leak while sitting. At some point it leaked enough between runs that water then sat on the piston. When the engine turned to start after sitting, the volume of water exceeded the volume of the combustion chamber- Bam.... something h...
by THE RAZZ
Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help needed - Engine still running hot
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Gord, Lets agree to disagree re liquid being able to collapse a piston. Micro amounts of water won't. But a leaking headgasket dripping water over time could drip more water than space in that #2 cylinder. If that happens, the piston will collapse. Water will not compress in a liquid state When the ...
by THE RAZZ
Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: XK19 Milky Oil, Good Compression
Replies: 6
Views: 5079

Tom, Re-compression test: 135-165 psi. That spread is near 20% and is suspect. The water in the oil should be unrelated. However, 20% is big. Sometimes a leakdown test is possible. Rotate engine by hand. Bring 135 psi cylinder up on compression stroke. Listen to that cylinder through carb/ then exha...
by THE RAZZ
Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help needed - Engine still running hot
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Jeff, The pic helps here. Remember- you CANNOT compress water/oil/gas...... per fluid dynamics. Vapor will, liquid won't. So, if that gasket leaked while she's sitting, on the first compression stroke when starting, #2 will either bend the #2 rod or break #2 piston. This engine should of had massive...
by THE RAZZ
Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Help needed - Engine still running hot
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Jeff, The skirt above to top (compression) ring is scored- see the galling lines. Apparently 5 pistons are Ok. I agree with Gord re temperatures needed (about 1220F) to melt an aluminum piston. The problem is, more than one cylinder should have detonated if its timing. Melting one cylinder but not o...
by THE RAZZ
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: What is Safe cruising RPM?
Replies: 16
Views: 4841

Jim, Thanks. While rebuilding this KB block with freeze plugs out, the casting showed the lack of water between the exhaust port and top of the cylinder. Its probably not an issue with the intake becasue of the the temperature difference. Cylinders in this block weren't chamfered . That may have cau...
by THE RAZZ
Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: What is Safe cruising RPM?
Replies: 16
Views: 4841

Guys- Following the discussion here re power settings makes me wonder if Hercules changed the M block design comparied to Ks. Runabouts may be more prone to block failure because of the temptation to run +80% power settings when zipping here and there like our hair is on fire. Ks have a weak spot at...
by THE RAZZ
Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:23 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: What is Safe cruising RPM?
Replies: 16
Views: 4841

It could be the Joe Biden influence. Remember that debate. :)
by THE RAZZ
Thu Dec 03, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How long between running the engines?
Replies: 4
Views: 2248

You Asked For It- Department.

RE- ""Any good rule about how long to let engines sit without running them?" First, consider this. Aircraft and boat engines often have similar periods of sitting. The average general aviation engine runs about 100 hr per year- 2 hours per week +/-. Lycoming & Continental (and other) aircraft manufa...
by THE RAZZ
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Newbie question
Replies: 10
Views: 4857

Kevin, Could come over to the thread NEW CRUISES for OLD BOATS and discuss cruising the intercoastal waterways? Some of us would appreciate an insiders remarks about these waters which are foreign to us. Thanks. Of course, we can recipricate re CA Delta or SF Bay anytime. This WIKI got my interest g...
by THE RAZZ
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

Here's a nice aerial album of CA Delta marinas for planning cruises & runabouts this spring.
http://www.californiadelta.org/marina_o ... _index.htm
by THE RAZZ
Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules ML mechanic in Sacramento
Replies: 10
Views: 3652

Also, check in with Perry's. Talked with them recently. Never used their service. New owner. New facility now specializing in (big&small) wood boats. Nice dock & storage restoration.....(.in the middle of the recession)....amazing. 500 Perrys Island Road Isleton, CA 95641-9741 (916) 777-5000 see map...
by THE RAZZ
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules ML mechanic in Sacramento
Replies: 10
Views: 3652

re Delta100 May- ask away. I'l shoot you an e mail when we do an ad hoc cruise where we just need water to make the day.Zip around a little, have coffee lie about how fast a runabout can go.......normal dock tock...nothing serious. Just a day out with wood boats. We'll figure the curiser/runabout op...
by THE RAZZ
Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules ML mechanic in Sacramento
Replies: 10
Views: 3652

I grew up on East Cotati Ave. Back in the day (1950's), Rohnert Park/Cotati was Waldo Rohnert Seed Farm. Tractors ran all night. Crop duster flew low over the house. Perfect place for a kid to grow up. Right- John builds engines. Its not a maintenance facility. Try Wes @ Riverboat Marina 916 777 646...
by THE RAZZ
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Investigating Dual Engine Utilities or Runabouts....
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Contact Dave Lobb (Northwest Classics), Auburn, CA @ 530 888 0100 about Mary Bryte 1938 22' Chris-Craft Custom barrelback (2xKBL) twinscrew 131HP each 6-Cylinder Chris-Craft Mary Bryte Johnson, owner. She's rare and a beauty plus a first place 2007 Tahoe Concours boat. Perhaps Don or Brian have pict...
by THE RAZZ
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules ML mechanic in Sacramento
Replies: 10
Views: 3652

Contact John Matzen @ 651 Portal Street, Unit E Cotati, CA 94931 707 795-4681
He builds a number of the Tahoe Concours engines. Keep it local in case there is need for followup.
by THE RAZZ
Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

One thing leads to another.

Al, Nice idea. Imagination time - prepping showboats to "as new from the factory" is a great challenge. But something may be missing. A factory's job 1 certainly was- their boats must run well (or the factory would be out of business) . Imagine now 70 yrs later, a concours where top showboats must f...
by THE RAZZ
Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tachometer Cable Information
Replies: 11
Views: 5483

Commercial Speedometer Service Inc. of West Sacramento, CA built a correct tach cable for the 1942 CC17' costing $60. Such a deal.
by THE RAZZ
Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

Now we're talking guys. Thanks. Keep it up.

We're creating a terrific archive here of cruise ideas. More ideas are better!
by THE RAZZ
Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

More cruise ideas, please.
by THE RAZZ
Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tachometer Cable Information
Replies: 11
Views: 5483

I should have gone to Sacramento. $41 v. $195! Yikes. Not so much.
by THE RAZZ
Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Stain Filler
Replies: 1
Views: 1432

by THE RAZZ
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:33 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tachometer Cable Information
Replies: 11
Views: 5483

removed by author. sub quality-high pricing issue.
by THE RAZZ
Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Voltage regulators for 12Volt changeovers.
Replies: 5
Views: 2544

Go to Rick Joseph @ Ace Electric Service/ 5531 State Farm Dr/ Rohnert Park CA, 94927 phone 707 586-4490 fax 707 586-4720

Rick converted my generator & starter plus provided the regulator. He does all work in-house. Reasonable & fast turnaround.
by THE RAZZ
Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

Jim,
Great idea. Thanks.
Nice shot of rafting in the lock.
Were the biplane rides at Rinebeck up the Hudson?
JT
by THE RAZZ
Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: NEW CRUISES in OLD BOATs- 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 10599

Randman- Thank you. This is exactly what I hoped this thread would lead to. There is no way a Left Coast boater would know these waterways. We drove along some of the Eire Canal in 1992 dreaming of such a cruise. We drove and later flew the Hudson from Albany-NYC thinking cross country boating would...
by THE RAZZ
Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Flywheel gasket for Herc W engine
Replies: 8
Views: 2235

Jeff, Confirm with Jim Staib/ Van Ness Engineering et al. There are experts that should pop up here. Not sure what the delay is- probably the holiday. The reason I advise expert confirmation is because you found a listed part in the manual for this seal. Check twice- fix once, if you know what I mea...