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by Bilge Rat
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:15 am
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: 9
Views: 162

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

Since its a Chevy engine, there are oil pump priming tools available that use the distributor opening to spin just the oil pump using a drill without turning the engine over. A old distributor with a modified shaft would do the same thing.
by Bilge Rat
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:51 am
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: 9
Views: 162

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

A few possibilities here: What grade oil are you running in it? Oil pump may be worn, losing it's prime if it sits for a couple of days. Pick up screen might be partially plugged up with sludge. Not sure what the 283 has for a pump pressure adjustment but could be something wrong with that. If you'r...
by Bilge Rat
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

"That goes back to the fifty's and is the first sentence in any British engine manual."

The phrase "manoeuvre (part A) past (part B) whilst separating (part C)" in British manuals translates to it cannot physically be done.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL to 283 repower
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: KL to 283 repower

You will need to pay attention to minimum exhaust pipe size for a 283 or 350 engine if you plan on using only 1 exhaust pipe. Most likely the old KL exhaust diameter will be too small to combine both exhausts into one. You may also want to go with 2 exhaust pipes instead. You definitely will want th...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

If you are in Michigan, the end of the boating season is coming up fast so rebuilding it in the off season makes sense. Change the oil as part of your fall decommissioning as usual. You could have the oil analyzed similar to how aircraft engines are required to do by a company that specializes in th...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

Just looked at your Shutterfly pictures, impressive work you did! My first wood boat was a 1955 17' Sportsman about 300 numbers newer than yours. It was a fun boat that got me started in this crazy hobby. Back then, this on-line resource didn't exist, in fact none of the internet of today existed!
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

The oil level could just be higher than it should be after your last oil change-assuming you changed it on the trailer. The boat really has to be in the water to get the oil level correct. When its on the trailer the engine angle may be way different and you could inadvertently overfill. When I do a...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

A heads up too: if it chronically seems to keep overfilling itself, make sure the fuel pump isn't accidentally pumping gas into the crankcase. Water could be finding it's way into the crankcase too, but you'd see evidence of that in milkshake colored oil.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Repower or rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Repower or rebuild

Let us know what your new engine guy has to say about the rebuild.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

So to clarify; the dripping is on the front under the flywheel area?
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Steering gearbox adjustment
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Steering gearbox adjustment

This is the adjustment screw with a cap over the slotted screw. Remove the cap, remove the star lock washer to turn the screw.
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by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Steering gearbox adjustment
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Steering gearbox adjustment

The steering gear is made by company called Gemmer and they were a parts supplier to Ford and other car manufacturers back in the day. It is a standard worm gear and sector with bearings and bushings, nothing too complicated. There should be a screw and nut at one end with a star shaped lock washer....
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Self bailer
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Self bailer

Any of the self-bailers I have seen have a hole at the top of the loop. Looks a bit less than 1/8" but I never measured it.
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Most interesting breakdowns
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Most interesting breakdowns

Having twins made it possible to pull that off with grace. A single engine boat would have been a different story. The threat of crashing into the bridge heightens the need for emergency measures even if all you had was tossing out the anchor hopefully in time. Nicely done emergency measures you per...
by Bilge Rat
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Repower or rebuild
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Repower or rebuild

Just my humble opinions based on previous rebuilds of old power... Depending how #4 cylinder is cracked it could be sleeved but a crack in an internal combustion engine will always be a weak spot and prone to more cracking. It is a great thing to maintain the old original power, I have done this 2 t...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Most interesting breakdowns
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Most interesting breakdowns

That's an interesting and scary one. All the more so with an audience watching. Reminds me of the Benjamin Franklin quote: “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, Fo...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Most interesting breakdowns
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Most interesting breakdowns

Couldn't find this subject already discussed in past posts, but it is a topic most of us have been through at one time or another. Do you have an interesting experience you'd care to share? I'll go first: About 5 years ago after a day on Lake Ontario near Rochester, my future wife and I are coming b...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct 283 valve cover decals
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Correct 283 valve cover decals

Oh heck go for chrome valve covers, maybe with Corvette embossed on them. Impress your friends.
by Bilge Rat
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct 283 valve cover decals
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Correct 283 valve cover decals

Maybe he's referring to these?
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by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: General Error
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: General Error

Yes I've been receiving the same errors, sometimes after I've written a post and then it cannot be loaded nor saved so I have to wait and write it again once the connection is restored. I can think of a few times my vintage engine has thrown an "error code" at me too and refused to cooperate but tha...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Howard feed and wax wood polish and conditioner
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Re: Howard feed and wax wood polish and conditioner

I think the wax is going to be a future problem with the inevitable varnish freshening that will need to happen. Unless you can be certain the wax can be completely stripped off, you may have issues with the new varnish not adhering or the dreaded fish eyes where the varnish creeps away from waxy sp...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Replacing starboard shaft
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Replacing starboard shaft

Glad to hear you are happy with the new shafts. I had a new shaft made for my Lyman due to shaft scoring at the cutlass bearing. I too am happy but this all reminds me of the Jerry Reed song "They (she) got the gold mine I got the shaft".
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Repowering from Hercules
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Repowering from Hercules

I Googled your boat, a truly beautiful example! Most people think of re-powering when the original engines are too far gone for a reasonable rebuild. What you are contemplating will take a high degree of engineering and understanding of physics and water hydraulics to implement correctly. Even then,...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Repowering from Hercules
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Repowering from Hercules

A couple of thoughts on your questions: What are the best or most common replacement motors? Crusader offers an excellent product/horsepower line up most with fuel inject and a great warranty IF installed by an authorized facility What are unique things that have to be considered? The Chris-o-matics...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Rudder
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Rudder

I used a small amount of 3M5200. Applied a small bead around the rudder tube-to-hull as well. Yes, 5200 can be a challenge to remove a fitting later, but applying heat to the fitting or bolt should loosen it up if you didn't go crazy with the 5200. If you sealed the wood at the bolts and tube areas ...
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Transmission slipping/no reverse
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: Transmission slipping/no reverse

So to clarify; it only slips/fails in reverse? Forward is okay when you accelerate?
by Bilge Rat
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Inside storage in Michigan
Replies: 36
Views: 8583

Re: Inside storage in Michigan

"thermostat malfunctioned and the boat baked all winter and ruined the wood" Reinforces to check on your boat in storage periodically to verify all is well. All kinds of unforeseen things happen; water leaks, animals taking up residence, theft. Also imagine if you relied on heated storage and did no...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: KL Oil

Also, do not use synthetic oil as the transmission shares the same oil as the engine. Synthetics are too slippery and cause transmission issues with this engine. Capacity should be around 7 - 8 quarts if I recall. You will have to pump out the old oil through the dipstick and also remove the transmi...
by Bilge Rat
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: KL Oil

These engines want to run on SAE30 straight weight oil, not a 10W variety. Also, either you will need oil with ZDDP content already in it (Brad Penn oil has this) or add ZDDP yourself. I forget the chemical names in ZDDP, but modern oil no longer has this as a consent to hydraulic lifters and cataly...
by Bilge Rat
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Regulators
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Regulators

Hey Davidvn:

I have the same GHW4803 generator on an MCL I'm restoring and am looking for the correct regulator. The generator puts out a whopping 8 amps at 12 volts. Were you able to come up with the part number for the correct regulator?

Thanks