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by John DeVries
Mon May 29, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine Operating Temperature
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Engine Operating Temperature

Thank you very much guys. This was something of a "fishing expedition" of my own creation (never do that again) and I just wanted some backup to leave the engine alone. No sense looking for improvements on an engine that is working very well.

Thanks again.

John
by John DeVries
Sat May 27, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine Operating Temperature
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Engine Operating Temperature

Is there any good reason to mess with a '67 big block Ford engine that is running at 120° without a thermostat. The specs say it should be 140°. The engine has been running great for a long time. The only thermostat available for this engine is a 160° unit that would require holes being drilled in i...
by John DeVries
Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Zebra Mussels
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Zebra Mussels

It appears that there's probably not much more in the way of actual facts/information to be gotten out of this post so, Over & Out.
by John DeVries
Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Zebra Mussels
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Zebra Mussels

If you read the previous post, the boat stays here - it has never been to Washington state.

After reading more than one report of infected boats being intercepted at loading ramps in your state, it's probably safe to say it's only a matter of time . . .
by John DeVries
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Zebra Mussels
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Zebra Mussels

Thank you for the input. The owner of the the boat lives in Washington state and the boat is here in NW Iowa (Okoboji). The owner is here two weeks each the summer, but through a sharing agreement, the boat can be in the hoist for most of the summer and used pretty infrequently. That was the set of ...
by John DeVries
Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Zebra Mussels
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Zebra Mussels

Is anyone out there who does their boating in zebra mussel infected waters concerned about eggs, larvae, or developed mussels depositing themselves on the walls of the engine cooling passages and limiting water flow through the system? The owner of a boat that I just hauled out and will be winterizi...
by John DeVries
Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Shrink Wrap for transport
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Shrink Wrap for transport

Brian & Doug, Thank you for the information. It was very helpful. As far as "outside cure time", the boat went directly from my shop into storage about 50 miles from here (and it was overcast and cool when the transport came for it). So, the boat has had almost no time in the sun. I'll let the owner...
by John DeVries
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Shrink Wrap for transport
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Shrink Wrap for transport

Slightly more than a month ago I completed refinishing a 30' triple cockpit using Epifanes varnish on the deck and transom, and Yacht Enamel on the sides. The owner now wants to take the boat on a 1400 mile trip and would like to shrink wrap the boat for the trip. My concern is whether the varnish/e...
by John DeVries
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Chris Craft Decal placement - 1949 Custom - 20 ft.
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Re: Chris Craft Decal placement - 1949 Custom - 20 ft.

Thank you very much. It's really nice to have advice so readily available.

John
by John DeVries
Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Chris Craft Decal placement - 1949 Custom - 20 ft.
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Chris Craft Decal placement - 1949 Custom - 20 ft.

I'm looking for information on where the Chris-Craft script decals should go on a 1949 Custom (20 ft.). I've heard that it's on the 2nd plank down, but not sure about fore/aft position. Thanks.

John
by John DeVries
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil
Replies: 24
Views: 4284

Re: Correct Wiring on Ignition Coil

Lucas Industries - the Prince of Darkness.
by John DeVries
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:02 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bubbles bubbles bubbles
Replies: 24
Views: 7144

Re: Bubbles bubbles bubbles

Or, even worse . . . fisheyes!

John
by John DeVries
Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Berth Panels
Replies: 8
Views: 2969

Re: Berth Panels

Would an epoxy lamination of two 1/8" panels work in this situation? You would have the flexibility of working with 1/8" and the durability of 1/4" when finished.
John
by John DeVries
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: The Wipe Down
Replies: 26
Views: 4027

Re: The Wipe Down

Thanks Phil, That one made me look like I wasn't paying attention. :| I've used 333 from the start for thinning stain (Interlux) and some other cleaning purposes, but never for washing hulls between varnish coats or thinning varnish for application. Epifanes is the varnish of choice, so using their ...
by John DeVries
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: The Wipe Down
Replies: 26
Views: 4027

Re: The Wipe Down

Phil, Is that the PPG Cleaner/Surfactant? Looking at the tech sheet, it does sound a lot more "people friendly" than lacquer thinner. How does it work on fisheyes? Last summer I did a '57 Coronado (refresher varnish & paint) and I swear somebody dumped a whole bottle of sun screen on the rear deck a...
by John DeVries
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: The Wipe Down
Replies: 26
Views: 4027

Re: The Wipe Down

Doug,

The 3M Hand Glaze I use is:
P/N 05990 - quart size, clear bottle with tan glaze
P/N 39007 - pint size, black bottle

I think they are the same formulation. The quart size also shows up on the web in a bright yellow bottle.

John
by John DeVries
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: The Wipe Down
Replies: 26
Views: 4027

Re: The Wipe Down

I should have qualified the lacquer thinner business. The one time I used it on a sanded Z-Spar refresher coat over an existing Epifanes finish, it lifted the Z-Spar completely. It never touched the Epifanes underneath. I've stayed with Epifanes since that.
John
by John DeVries
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: The Wipe Down
Replies: 26
Views: 4027

Re: The Wipe Down

I stopped using tack cloths after the 3rd or 4th warning about “wax transfer”. Now, it’s a rolled up ball of cheesecloth that’s been dabbed with Epifanes. Just enough to make it tacky. This way, the “tack” in the cloth is completely compatible with the varnish being used. Sanding between coats is do...
by John DeVries
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 427 400hp dual quads
Replies: 28
Views: 9380

Re: 427 400hp dual quads

Jim,

Wow. That looks like something you'd see in an old J.C. Whitney catalog. Fortunately, Fel-Pro was kind enough to provide a 2-piece seal, and the crank didn't need to come out.

John
by John DeVries
Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 427 400hp dual quads
Replies: 28
Views: 9380

Re: 427 400hp dual quads

Paul,

Could you expound on the nail & rope seal story? It sounds interesting. I have replaced that seal in a 390.
Thanks.

I think 1967 was the last year for the 283.

John
by John DeVries
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 427 400hp dual quads
Replies: 28
Views: 9380

Re: 427 400hp dual quads

Jim, Try Gilbert Plumb in Essex, CT - see if he's still in business. Some years ago I bought reproductions of an Eaton/Dearborn Interceptor Marine Owner Manual and a Parts Book for the 352-390-427 engines from him. The Owner Manual listed the 427 in three versions with the top of the line being a 40...
by John DeVries
Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine hatch interior liner U-22
Replies: 6
Views: 1435

Re: Engine hatch interior liner U-22

Digging a little deeper, it looks like Menards is the only store that stocks it. The other stores offer it, but it has to be ordered.

John
by John DeVries
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine hatch interior liner U-22
Replies: 6
Views: 1435

Re: Engine hatch interior liner U-22

Yarrow,

The insulation you're looking for is called Homasote. It's available in 4' x 8' sheets at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, etc.

John
by John DeVries
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Pulling a K Gearbox
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: Pulling a K Gearbox

Jim. Actually, "pictures" are the key to success anytime you're doing something for the first time. Take a lot of photos of the transmission removal. Even in areas where it may not seem necessary. A photographic record of how things looked before they were taken apart is sometimes invaluable when it...
by John DeVries
Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: clamps!
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

Re: clamps!

Doug,

There was a story on clamps (purchased and homemade) in WOODEN BOAT that showed 4" PVC pipe cut in short rings and then one cut through the ring to produce a spring clamp. Not heavy duty, but very inexpensive.
by John DeVries
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Staining Technique
Replies: 20
Views: 4616

Re: Staining Technique

Try lacquer thinner and a 3M "scrubby pad". Scrub hard and keep the surface wet with thinner. This will lift the stain into a slurry which can be wiped up with a towel. This may take two or three applications to get all of the stain out.

John
by John DeVries
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Show Prep
Replies: 8
Views: 1989

Re: Show Prep

Auto parts stores would be the place to go.
by John DeVries
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Show Prep
Replies: 8
Views: 1989

Re: Show Prep

3M Imperial Hand Glaze for varnished surfaces. I use only Epifanes, so can't speak for how well it works with other varnishes. They are very serious about not applying it in direct sunlight.

For water spots use diluted white vinegar - up to full strength for really badly etched spots.
by John DeVries
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Inside storage in Michigan
Replies: 36
Views: 9070

Re: Inside storage in Michigan

Something else to consider would be to remove as much upholstery and flooring as possible. The idea is to provide air circulation to the bilge. I've read several times that dry rot's best friend is stale air. Carrying this a step further, I've also read of owners who put fans with timers in the bilg...
by John DeVries
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Torque specs head bolts MBL
Replies: 7
Views: 1674

Re: Torque specs head bolts MBL

A Fel-Pro site recommends running the engine up to operating temperature and torquing the bolts in the range from there down to room temperature.