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by island time
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hello Everybody
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: Hello Everybody

Hi Marco, Welcome :D . I seem to recall a recent thread about someone converting to a different V-drive/transmission brand for the same reasons you are facing, I think you will find it if you look back through the posts in this section. I believe I would also search online for transmission suppliers...
by island time
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Late 60s gauges
Replies: 0
Views: 346

Late 60s gauges

Hi everyone,
I'm looking for a fuel gauge for the 68 Commander, the Trading Dock has been very quiet lately and I have been looking around other various places but have not come up with one.
Any ideas?

Craig
by island time
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Ammeter shunt
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: Ammeter shunt

So I've been a little busy with work so I haven't gotten much done with wiring yet,-damned work!. But I've gotten all the necessary parts collected so when I get time to work on it there won't be any more delays...I hope. I got heat shrink tube for my label maker so I can label all my circuit wires ...
by island time
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Gas tank question
Replies: 5
Views: 1447

Re: Gas tank question

Honestly that was my first thought too. I was just wondering if anybody had the opinion that it was worth the risk.
Thanks guys.

Craig
by island time
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Gas tank question
Replies: 5
Views: 1447

Gas tank question

Hi guys, I have a question that I would like opinions on. Yesterday I re-installed the gas tank in the Commander and as I am admiring my progress I realized that there is a lot of open space under the tank and I had a thought that I could install a tank drain so I could have the option of draining c...
by island time
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: We have pictures!
Replies: 0
Views: 767

We have pictures!

I don't know how many pix I can post at a time but I'm going to find out.

Craig
by island time
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Commander wiring begins
Replies: 0
Views: 429

Commander wiring begins

Hi all, Well weather here in upstate NY is more normal for March/April than February, gray and gloomy day after day with rain and snow and temps hovering above and below the freezing mark. Saw my first robin last week. I can't continue fiberglass repairs on the Commander with it this cold so this is...
by island time
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Ammeter shunt
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: Ammeter shunt

I've got a very good quality Fluke clamp-on and I'm ashamed to say I never though about it because quite honestly I've never used it for DC. :oops: I have all my new electrical equipment ordered and most of it is due in today. I'm building an electrical panel with a 12 space fuse holder, 2-bank digi...
by island time
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Ammeter shunt
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: Ammeter shunt

Once everything is hooked up and running is there any way with common tools to confirm accuracy of the ammeter?

Craig
by island time
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: More new Commander stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: More new Commander stuff

Sorry I wasn't able to post the photo I have, Troy and I have been trying to diagnose the problem...I think it might be operator error on my part :roll: but as soon as possible I will get pix up and visible. I don't do any "glass" work unless it gets up around 50 degrees f just to be safe and for th...
by island time
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: More new Commander stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: More new Commander stuff

More progress, Started getting new support installed under the foredeck. first crossmember glued in place-see photo kneeling in companionway looking up under the deck. Once all support pieces are glued in place they will all get tabbed to underside of the deck and to each other. Also got new floor o...
by island time
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Windshield hatch adjusters
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Re: Windshield hatch adjusters

Got a reply back from one of the feelers I sent out yesterday, ridiculous asking price for something that needed to be re-chromed. Decided to have a wire edm shop cut new ones out of polished stainless for less money. If anyone else needs some let me know.

Craig
by island time
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Windshield hatch adjusters
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Windshield hatch adjusters

Another little thing I'm searching for are the hatch adjusters on the flip-up center window in my windshield. They are functional but have been broken and crudely repaired so I thought I would just replace them. I did not think these would be hard to find but after having gone through the list of po...
by island time
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Ammeter shunt
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: Ammeter shunt

Many thanks, your detailed explanation makes good sense. I will share a little detail found in the wiring diagram obtained from the museum, the notes on the drawing say wire size and lengths are as follows- #16 gauge wire to be exactly 11', #14 Gauge-18' and #12 Gauge 28'. The note says to coil and ...
by island time
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Ammeter shunt
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Ammeter shunt

I'm working on the 23 Commander and getting near to rewiring. All wiring will be replaced, I am going to make a new wiring harness using all the original factory wire colors. Several changes have been made electrically during the engine replacement including replacing the old Motorola alternator wit...
by island time
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: More new Commander stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 671

More new Commander stuff

Hi all, Well the temperature has moderated a bit so on days that are tolerable I go out and work on the boat inside my winter cover. More info on the engine-it's still at the engine shop but at my request they are going to be doing a bit more than the initial plan. Initial plan...? Hell that went ou...
by island time
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Correct propeller for 74 22’ dory
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Re: Correct propeller for 74 22’ dory

Hi Bob, I found a web site, actually I was on a web site ordering a cutlass bearing and on this site "Deep Blue yacht supply" there is a link to a prop sizing service. You just tell them the particulars about the boat/engine etc and they will tell you the most probable diameter/pitch propeller. I th...
by island time
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: 23 Commander update
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: 23 Commander update

Thank you Tom,
I'll call them tomorrow.

Craig
by island time
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Hull Construction
Topic: 23 Commander update
Replies: 4
Views: 623

23 Commander update

Hi Guys, I hope everyone had a great holiday season, I know I did. Although progress on the Commander has been slow due to the cold weather here I have gotten a lot of things done that don't seem to show. First; there has been movement on the engine timing question. I dropped the engine off at the b...
by island time
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: flooring
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: flooring

Hi George,
The lancers that I have had and the Commander I have now all had Nautilex vinyl, I'm currently ordering some for my current project. It's not the exact color as the original but close and the texture is correct for the years.

Craig
by island time
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: flooring
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: flooring

Hi George,
The lancers that I have had the Commander I have now all had Nautilex vinyl, I'm currently ordering some for my current project. It's not the exact color as the original but close and the texture is correct for the years.

Craig
by island time
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Lonely in fiberglass territory
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Lonely in fiberglass territory

Great info Brian,
The sound you mentioned is exactly the reason I asked, it's the effect I wanted. I won't be able to scrutinize the height difference until I get the engine back from the shop and get it reinstalled in the boat but now with this new info I can't wait.

Thanks,

Craig
by island time
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Lonely in fiberglass territory
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Lonely in fiberglass territory

Ok good point Greg. Thanks.

Craig
by island time
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Lonely in fiberglass territory
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Lonely in fiberglass territory

Hi to all that have been following my new engine timing problem. My engine now resides at a top notch engine builder's shop. This being the slow season for building racing engines he agreed to take on my problem child engine for diagnosis and eventual repair. That's all that's been going on lately e...
by island time
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: New engine update

Hi Jim, It's been a while, I have been working out of town more than I like but what the hey, it pays for the toys! I've had the front timing cover off twice, double and triple checked the timing marks even degreed the cam looking for the source of the timing discrepancy but have found nothing. It s...
by island time
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: New engine update

Well Mid City Motors was no help. The only thing they told me was to contact the distributor manufacturer. I'm thinking-for what? This problem I'm experiencing is most likely a cam timing issue, or the wrong cam? It certainly does not explain how an engine can run at 30 degrees base advance. I'm at ...
by island time
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: New engine update

Using a basic timing light with an inductive pickup. I too am concerned about this much advance if in fact it's accurate. As you say, if the timing were off that far you would expect hard starting issues and yet it starts and runs wonderfully (at least on the stand), it would be interesting to see h...
by island time
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: New engine update

Yes they do, this engine has a standard rotation pointer on it but 0 TDC is still 0 TDC no matter which way it rotates and yet the bigger issue is how far off the timing is and how well it runs that way. Makes no sense to me.

Craig
by island time
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: New engine update

The second distributor I installed is an Accel, I've always thought they were fairly good. Either way the results were the same.
Even if the engine were a left hand and I were trying to run it right hand the timing should still be the same relative to TDC.

Very Strange!

Craig
by island time
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: It's alive!
Replies: 7
Views: 720

Re: It's alive!

Thanks Jim,
I resolved the problem by installing spacers between the heads and manifolds which created enough space so I could install a stock GM dipstick tube.

Craig