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by jim g
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Recommended KBL Engine Oil
Replies: 18
Views: 3589

Re: Recommended KBL Engine Oil

Chris Craft changed their recommendation from 40w to 30w for all engines in 1955.
by jim g
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 8
Views: 2225

Re: Water pump

I've got a customer with a KBL that I did a head gasket replacement 15 years ago. The deck of the block has 24 cracks in it. None of them leak because of rust stopping them up.
by jim g
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Recommended KBL Engine Oil
Replies: 18
Views: 3589

Re: Recommended KBL Engine Oil

Straight 30 weight. The flat heads don't get hot enough for the use of multi weight oil. If the engine has been rebuilt recently i.e. Around the last 10 or so years. use a detergent oil. The detergent oil keeps the dirt particles suspended. Run your engine and get it good and warm then change your o...
by jim g
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Rebuilt carb issues M27
Replies: 6
Views: 1626

Re: Rebuilt carb issues M27

Yep. A 1000 rpm at idle should give you around 700 to 800 in gear which is what you want. Also as Nemo check your fuel level. I doubt float level is causing it. unless its set way to low. In which case it should be running out of fuel at speed. When was it tuned up last? If its been a long time then...
by jim g
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 1840

Re: MCL Dual Carb Fuel Lines

Steel line will rust.

Make new lines in 5/16 copper using brass DOT compression fittings.
by jim g
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:52 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: 2655

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

If its a flywheel forward engine. You would pull the tach drive not the distributor to spin the oil pump with a priming tool.
by jim g
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 6471

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

I have also found that the hole in the gasket is smaller and doesn't quite line up with the hole in the block. I usually take a hole punch and make it bigger.
by jim g
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 6471

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

Don Danenberg wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:45 pm

WE were told, in the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, that "IF your engine ISN'T leaking..., ITS OUT OF OIL!!!!
That goes back to the fifty's and is the first sentence in any British engine manual.
by jim g
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Year vs year on boat title
Replies: 7
Views: 2793

Re: Hull Year vs year on boat title

Boat production is the same as car production. The new model year typically started in August/September of the previous year. So the 1941 model year would start in Aug/Sept of 1940 and end June/July 1941. Remember years ago when the car dealers would start having the end of the model years sales in ...
by jim g
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine
Replies: 10
Views: 3280

Re: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine

The several original prewar engines I've have did not use the thumb screw clamp. They used what I would call a flip barrel bolt clamp.
by jim g
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 Flywheel housing
Replies: 8
Views: 2384

Re: 283 Flywheel housing

There is a factory adapter plate and flange to bolt up a hydraulic gearbox to the flywheel forward engine.
by jim g
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: capri windshield trim repair
Replies: 2
Views: 1613

Re: capri windshield trim repair

Call Bud Brackett at Maine Classic Hardware in Maine.
by jim g
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Guess at Engine Mounts
Replies: 2
Views: 1066

Re: Guess at Engine Mounts

Use the set up your showing in the picture. The other rear mounts you have and the lower wedges are for the 60's boats.
by jim g
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Replacing starboard shaft
Replies: 6
Views: 2132

Re: Replacing starboard shaft

Yes. Call Smith's.

Get a new coupler and have Smiths fit it to the shaft.
by jim g
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Chris Craft XK 22 Chevy 350
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: Chris Craft XK 22 Chevy 350

Is it a flywheel forward engine or flywheel aft?

Can you post a picture?
by jim g
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Starting issues
Replies: 10
Views: 3756

Re: Starting issues

The problem with the 6 volt pertronix is they need almost the full 6 volts to trigger them. A lot of times and most people don't notice is they will be spinning the engine over and it will fire off right when you release the starter button. This is because the ignitor suddenly got the voltage it nee...
by jim g
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 327 Chevy engine oil cooler
Replies: 2
Views: 1733

Re: 327 Chevy engine oil cooler

Most of the V-8's didn't have an engine oil cooler.

Only the hydraulic trans have oil coolers.

Really need to know what model engine your talking about.
by jim g
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Chris Craft XK 22 Chevy 350
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: Chris Craft XK 22 Chevy 350

You probably have old broken off impeller fingers or rust partially blocking the flow somewhere.

Which model engine do you have?
by jim g
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Starting issues
Replies: 10
Views: 3756

Re: Starting issues

With the 6 volt electronic ignition you also need to keep the battery fully charged by keeping a battery tender on it. I would also recommend using the Optima 6v battery. It gives you the cranking amps of a group 4 but will fit in the group 2 box.

Do you have the small or big distributor?
by jim g
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Engine ID Plate Brass Hammer Screws
Replies: 4
Views: 2559

Re: Engine ID Plate Brass Hammer Screws

Chris Craft originally used steel. So new stainless steel ones are an acceptable replacement.
by jim g
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: How to increase oil pressure on MBL
Replies: 2
Views: 1359

Re: How to increase oil pressure on MBL

Its accessed through the access plate on the side of the oil pan. Remove it and you will see a bolt sticking out towards you. Loosen the lock nut and turn the bolt in 1/2 to 1 turn. You will need a new gasket for the plate. Now before you go through all of this. You need to get a manual test gauge f...
by jim g
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Mercruiser 5.7L Competition Ski Powertrain
Replies: 2
Views: 1419

Re: Mercruiser 5.7L Competition Ski Powertrain

You will probably need to cut a hole in the hatch for it to fully close.
by jim g
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Paragon Manual Gearbox HP rating
Replies: 5
Views: 2415

Re: Paragon Manual Gearbox HP rating

The stock Paragon 25XE manual gearbox will handle up to a stock 350 which is around 270hp at the crank. Anymore then this you should have the drum machined out to add another set of plates.
by jim g
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18'
Replies: 13
Views: 4657

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18'

Not all of the 283 fwf boats had 2 temp gauges. Most had one temp gauge for one cylinder bank. The other cylinder bank had a red warning light on the dash. Originally there was a sticker silver with black writing that had WATER TEMP printed on it. In the wye's between the cylinder head. One side had...
by jim g
Thu May 03, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Filling Top Plank Seems
Replies: 1
Views: 1585

Re: Filling Top Plank Seems

You coild route them out with an 1/8" bit then glue in a cedar spline. The cedar is so old I doubt the seams would swell closed so you should not end up with the planks cupping. Tha other more correct option of how to do it would be to remove the planks. Clean up the backsides, seal with cpes, fill ...
by jim g
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Need a new engine
Replies: 8
Views: 3119

Re: Need a new engine

Any small block Chevy will fit in place of the 283. All the parts will bolt on. There will be some minor mods you will have to make. Anything more then a 283 you will have to do a little grinding on the inside edge of the oil pan as 2 or 3 rods will hit it. If you have the manual gearbox you will ha...
by jim g
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Windshield to deck rubber 1958 CC 17' Ski
Replies: 3
Views: 1934

Re: Windshield to deck rubber 1958 CC 17' Ski

It think A&A marine have it. There the Century boat parts place. I know California Classic has it but its in white.

Or call the Miklos They might have it or can tell your were you can find it.
by jim g
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Converting Ampmeter to Voltmeter
Replies: 5
Views: 2812

Re: Converting Ampmeter to Voltmeter

Hello Rocket Man Thanks for the help I ran a wire from the ignition switch ON position to the Voltmeter positive post and a wire from the main ground to the negative post on the gauge I have 8 volts showing on the gauge when I turn inthe ignition switch Gauge reads 8 volt and not 12.6 BUMMER Batter...
by jim g
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: Chris Craft name plant Font
Replies: 5
Views: 2971

Re: Chris Craft name plant Font

Can you post a picture of the boat? I'm curious if its the same style as the one I just recently sold.