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by Chad Durren
Mon May 12, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Looking for 327
Replies: 28
Views: 4604

Re: Looking for 327

You looking for an F or a Q?
by Chad Durren
Tue May 06, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

Decided to fire it up tonight. Matt Byrne stopped by to lend me his ignition button. After 10 minutes of start-up failure, I discovered I had the fuel valve turned off at the filter. Duct-taped the pipes on to get the full effect. Crank up the volume. Now, if I just had a boat to drop it in... https...
by Chad Durren
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

Thanks guys! Although, I won't be dropping in the boat any time soon. The hull work has yet to begin. As long as I keep moving forward with something, I'll ll eventually have a finished boat. Ron, the PCV hose is the original. I just rubbed off the old paint with a Scotch Brite pad and shined it up ...
by Chad Durren
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

Some photos after the decals and final detailing.
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by Chad Durren
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: 1969 23-foot v-drive Commander (no engine) project FOR SALE
Replies: 5
Views: 3856

Re: 1969 23-foot v-drive Commander (no engine) project FOR S

I'm good for now, I already have my name on an unfinished boat. Should be finished around 2020.
by Chad Durren
Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: How to repair burned spot on hull?
Replies: 4
Views: 1806

Re: How to repair burned spot on hull?

If it was burned from the backside, it's probably burned all the way through. Use a router or hole saw to remove the burnt wood and replace with a wooden plug, try to match color and grain as close as possible. Will just look like a large bung. I made one for a 1" thru-hull fitting once, barely noti...
by Chad Durren
Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: ford flathead running..Argentine rundabout
Replies: 43
Views: 10169

Re: ford flathead running..Argentine rundabout

Hey John,

Found this one on Craigslist today and thought of you. Looks like a fun project.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/bo ... 31215.html
by Chad Durren
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Connie Refresh
Replies: 154
Views: 43243

Re: Connie Refresh

Looking good Troy!
by Chad Durren
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: engine box
Replies: 4
Views: 1661

Re: engine box

The engine is a 327QA. Will someday drop into a '69 Commander SS.
by Chad Durren
Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

To my knowledge, it has always been mounted below. There were no signs of it being relocated. Nice score on the NOS filter. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.
by Chad Durren
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: engine box
Replies: 4
Views: 1661

Re: engine box

Here's an easy box to make. I used 2x12s so I could get it to a comfortable work height and give my V-drive clearance off the floor. You could probably get by with 2x10s. Lag bolted the sides to the ends. Heavy duty casters make it a breeze to wheel around the shop. I just measured the width of the ...
by Chad Durren
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Stern Pole Bulb Replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 1982

Re: Stern Pole Bulb Replacement

Do you have a photo of the light? Someone will chime in once they see what style light it is.

Mine Sportsman '52 U-18 has a modern replacement globe from Jim at finewoodboats.com
by Chad Durren
Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Stern Pole Bulb Replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 1982

Re: Stern Pole Bulb Replacement

If it's a post-war assembly, there is a snap ring on the underside of the metal piece that joins the globe to the socket. It is not threaded.
by Chad Durren
Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

I just chose to keep it in it's original position. There is quite a bit of room in the engine bay on the SS. I can easily reach the filter by hand but may have some issues if I need to put a wrench on it. I would have to remove the water pump intake hose to get at it. I can always relocate it later ...
by Chad Durren
Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: 2014 Tahoe Concours d'Elegance
Replies: 7
Views: 25093

Re: 2014 Tahoe Concours d'Elegance

The good news... The Antique Wooden Boat Show & Art Festival in Hessel is the same weekend.
by Chad Durren
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

That's what I was thinking - "non-caloric silicon-based kitchen lubricant". 500 times more slippery than cooking oil.
by Chad Durren
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

Oh yah, well I'll spray non-stick cooking spray on the hull. 327QA-PAM :D
by Chad Durren
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:07 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

It's a 327QA, I still have to apply my new decals. Someday, we'll have to run them together to compare. You are much closer to completion than me. I have not touched the hull. Your ski boat is gonna scoot, and sound great. The plug wires are from CD's Engine Shop. I believe he made them to length, u...
by Chad Durren
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

Some head casting information I found useful.

John, you're on your own with that Argentinian stuff! ;-)
by Chad Durren
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

Re: 327QA Completion

I agree, boats can wait. Family is always first. Best of luck with Sophia's new treatment. I decided to keep the original heads and have them rebuilt. New: 1.94/1.50 valves, guides, springs, push rods, hardened seats. New alternator, distributor cap, exhaust risers & elbows. Rebuilt fuel pump & carb...
by Chad Durren
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:18 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1929 bow pole question
Replies: 6
Views: 2164

Re: 1929 bow pole question

Check with Jim Staib at www.finewoodboats.com
by Chad Durren
Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Argentine runabout project
Replies: 65
Views: 21433

Re: Argentine runabout project

The boat and the engine are looking great! Can't wait to see them reunited and running on the water. Looks like you are getting close.
by Chad Durren
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 327QA Completion
Replies: 28
Views: 9435

327QA Completion

I've finally completed the resto of the 327QA engine from the '69 Commander SS. If you've followed "quitchabitchin's" restoration of his 327Q, you'll find them to be very similar. The only difference between the two engines is the V-Drive assembly of the QA. Thanks goes to Andy for paving the way fo...
by Chad Durren
Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: SKIFF CRAFT HELP
Replies: 3
Views: 1729

Re: SKIFF CRAFT HELP

Thanks Tom, I'll send him the link.
by Chad Durren
Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: SKIFF CRAFT HELP
Replies: 3
Views: 1729

SKIFF CRAFT HELP

Does anybody have any information on Skiff Craft? I'm looking for owners, boats, photos, literature, anything. A buddy of mine is looking to restore his recently acquired boat, a 1965 19' Skiff Craft Runabout. It is powered by a CC 283 paired with a Mercruiser outdrive. Any info would be greatly app...
by Chad Durren
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Ceiling Boards
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Re: Ceiling Boards

I'll take a guess. I'd say they should be attached with R&P oval head SB screws. Mine (on a 52) were attached at the frame ans battens with 2 or 3 screws, depending on the width of the board. I believe they were #6 x1 (not sure). There were also a few nails on the narrow ceiling boards along the flo...
by Chad Durren
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: And the project continues....
Replies: 46
Views: 17045

Re: And the project continues....

Looking good. I cleaned my cooper pipes last week using the toilet bowl cleaner trick as well. I will never sand another piece of copper again.
by Chad Durren
Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: CCACB Document Archive Update
Replies: 6
Views: 8238

Re: CCACB Document Archive Update

Thanks Matt. Great work!
by Chad Durren
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: And the project continues....
Replies: 46
Views: 17045

Re: And the project continues....

Looks great. Can't wait to see it with the new upholstery and the Q dropped in.
by Chad Durren
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: And the project continues....
Replies: 46
Views: 17045

Re: And the project continues....

Looking good. Wish I was moving along on the SS hull. Keep chippin' away!