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by island time
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 4346

Re: New engine update

Ok here's the latest, I checked TDC and 0 mark on the harmonic balancer is TDC on #1 on the compression stroke so cam timing is correct. I swapped out the distributor for another brand new OEM electronic GM distributor and had same results...engine starts and runs smoothly/accelerates very strong ju...
by island time
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 4346

Re: New engine update

The distributor is an aftermarket unit recommended by drrot. It was the only electronic I could find that had a mechanical tach drive. One thing I have not tried but will today is I never did confirm that the piston was actually at TDC when the timing mark was at zero, that would confirm proper cam ...
by island time
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 4346

Re: New engine update

It starts and idles just fine at 20+degrees before. I have moved the distributor drive gear 1 tooth then two to the point where it's closer to normal static advance- anywhere between 0 and 10 before but it doesn't like to idle. it requires quite a bit of throttle to keep it running and it has very p...
by island time
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 4346

New engine update

Hi all, I hope you have been enjoying the summer. The new engine is finally running on a regular basis. After being plagued with several bugs that cost me lots of extra time, I am finally able to get some hours on it. I am running it on a stand in my garage and presently have about an hour or so on ...
by island time
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission oil filter
Replies: 0
Views: 1064

Transmission oil filter

I just posted this over on the Commander forum but I thought I'd post it here too. As we all know there is no oil filter in the Paragon "P" series transmissions and I just wondered if anybody knew of a reason why a remote engine oil style filter could not be installed in the lines/s from the transmi...
by island time
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Well WTF?

speed shop in Ontario, Proformance Auto. Nice guy! Another good shop is McQuillans in Leroy.
by island time
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Well WTF?

HAHAHAHA, no way. I'm way too deep into this. Get your own :D I resolved the second transmission leak today, I also did some checking into what I ordered from Sherwood and found out that they sent me the wrong seal kit for my circulation pump. I did notice the difference when I got the parts but I a...
by island time
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Well WTF?

speaking of WTF: can't even seem to get the post a reply page to come up tonight>..... anyway Craig.....don't mess with it tomorrow....wait until after labor day and take a deep breath and leave all hammers out of reach...that is always my release/solution to problem like you are facing....smash em...
by island time
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Well WTF?

drrot wrote:Sounds like beer thirty. Start over tomorrow.
Thanks Jim, sound advise.
by island time
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Well WTF?
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Well WTF?

O-ring came for the transmission today, Exhaust manifold spacers also came. After dinner I got it all put together, fired her up again and she won't pull water on the raw water pump and then the circulating pump starts leaking like a sieve. Did I mention that I spent a small fortune rebuilding both ...
by island time
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: It's alive!
Replies: 7
Views: 2158

Re: It's alive!

Interesting, I will look into that pending the pricetag on the molded hoses. Thanks
by island time
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: It's alive!
Replies: 7
Views: 2158

Re: It's alive!

Well it's the little details that drive me nuts! I've been plagued with little unforeseen things that are slowing my progress. After the first fire the other night I had a transmission leak that turned out to be a faulty O-ring. Of course it's a special size and only available through Paragon. Anoth...
by island time
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Update on painting the bottom
Replies: 1
Views: 1056

Update on painting the bottom

I'm waiting for a couple of last minute items for the engine project so I drifted back to the bottom paint. If you recall in my last post on this subject I had just painted the bottom with Epifanes 2-part polyurethane and though the product was good I did not get the results I was looking for. I cal...
by island time
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: It's alive!
Replies: 7
Views: 2158

It's alive!

Well as you know I've been working on many things along the way but as of 15 min ago the new engine lives! I got everything hooked up temporarily and it fired right up without issues. I did not have water hooked up so it only ran long enough to check oil pressure and timing before I shut her down. I...
by island time
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: Repairs are done
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

Repairs are done

Well progress continues on the Commander project. All fiberglass repairs are now complete including the new shaft tube and bilge bay is painted. It's been a long process with sharing time between work, engine and hull repairs. The hull has been the most challenging because as you know my work area i...
by island time
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: right propeller for 22ft SK - 1957
Replies: 5
Views: 1818

Re: right propeller for 22ft SK - 1957

Steve, Correct prop sizing is a science, there are direct relationships between diameter and pitch for each application but a quick over simplification would be that diameter produces torque and pitch produces speed. There are several places on line where you can give particulars about your boat and...
by island time
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: Project update
Replies: 0
Views: 1074

Project update

Well the weather cooperated a little this weekend and rather than continue with the engine reassembly I concentrated on finishing up some fiberglass work related to the new engine beds. I also got the new shaft tube glassed in though not complete. First coat of paint on the bottom, sorry the picture...
by island time
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Progress with the Commander
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Re: Progress with the Commander

Yup, will do. The weather report is still good for tomorrow so I will get some pix and post them. I will also be doing the last of the fiberglass repair to the stringers and I will get some pix of that as well. When does everything get less expensive??? HAHAHA. I picked up the new carburetor this mo...
by island time
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Progress with the Commander
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Progress with the Commander

Well I thought I would update the project in a different topic. It finally stopped raining long enough to put a coat of paint on the bottom of the boat. Engine reassembly will resume next week. As you know I decided on Epifanes polyurethane for the bottom paint, in fact it will be the new finish on ...
by island time
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil for the new engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2598

Re: Oil for the new engine

I found out something interesting today! While at NAPA picking up some various sundries I asked for the mysterious Pennzoil Marine non synthetic 15W-40. They called their Pennz rep while I was there and this is the scoop right from Pennzoil; Pennzoil marine 15W-40 has been discontinued and their rec...
by island time
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil for the new engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2598

Re: Oil for the new engine

Good info Jim,
Thanks for sharing!

Craig
by island time
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Engine arrival
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

Re: New Engine arrival

Can't say enough good about Center State Engines in Florida. Wendy over there is awesome! I've been calling and asking questions almost every day and not only does she not get irritated with the calls but she is an absolute encyclopedia, can't stump her with any question! Highly recommend them. Mich...
by island time
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil for the new engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2598

Re: Oil for the new engine

I picked up the new starter today, I decided to go with a new GM 1-wire alternator versus rebuilding the old whatever-it-was external regulator one. That will be ready for pickup on Friday. I got the transmission reassembled last night and after a few coats of Chris Craft blue will be ready to attac...
by island time
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil for the new engine
Replies: 10
Views: 2598

Oil for the new engine

Ok time to stir this pot again, The age old question about engine oils. In the paperwork that came with the new engine they specify 15W40-preferrably Pennzoil marine 15W40 and for the duration of the break-in period-NO SYNTHETICS! Let me start by saying that I cannot find this Pennzoil product anywh...
by island time
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Engine arrival
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

Re: New Engine arrival

Hi guys, There is just something about brand new! So where the project stands is; All parts except transmission have been cleaned and painted. Picked up all gaskets and other loose small parts yesterday. Carburetor will be here Friday. I am replacing every fastener on the engine with new stainless s...
by island time
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Engine arrival
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

Re: New Engine arrival

Doug P wrote:What do recommend for the better?


Bud Lite or BBQ :D
HAHAHA, they both have their own merits!
by island time
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New Engine arrival
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

New Engine arrival

Well work continues on the Commander project. I have been cleaning and painting engine and transmission pieces and parts-where do they all come from? New engine arrived yesterday from Center State Engines. Very helpful and friendly people, I've called them twice with a few questions and they are rig...
by island time
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission teardown
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: Transmission teardown

Well I just spent an hour and a half on the phone with Jim at Federal Transmissions. Super nice guy! very helpful and willing to explain anything in great detail including cautions, how-tos, tricks and time savers if you're doing your own work as I am. He explained about these old series transmissio...
by island time
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission teardown
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: Transmission teardown

Thank you Jim, I actually touched base with Federal Transmissions yesterday, I will be calling them again today to order transmission parts. In terms of the ATF I guess that the "A" designation no longer exists but I will find out today exactly what federal recommends and uses in their rebuilds and ...
by island time
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission teardown
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: Transmission teardown

Interesting point about searching for info about my V-drive, I've been looking all over the internet and As many of these drives that are out there it amazes me at the lack of definitive information. Lots of opinions but nothing in print. Case and point; There are a couple of good sources for parago...