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by mfine
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:08 pm
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: 189

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

Have you tried that on a "flywheel forward"? Yes. The oil pump does not care which way the engine is facing or the direction of crank rotation. The distributor always spins in the same direction and always drives the oil pump in the same direction. BTW, the tool I have was a large inexpensive screw...
by mfine
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 Flywheel housing
Replies: 8
Views: 475

Re: 283 Flywheel housing

trebot wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:28 pm
Rear where trans bolts up. Didn't realize the motor are flywheel forward.
They aren’t all flywheel forward. You want to be careful with orientation and rotation as CC made all combos.
by mfine
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KL to 283 repower
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: KL to 283 repower

The 283 appeared in 59 I believe. The conversion should be fairly straightforward and has been done quite often. I would suggest considering a 350 with the 283 Chris Craft accessories and look as it will be more power (even if you don’t need it) and less money than a true 283 due to parts availabili...
by mfine
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Cooling sytem pattern from water pump to engine
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Cooling sytem pattern from water pump to engine

Are you looking for show quality factory original, or just what to connect where? I can help with the later.
by mfine
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Starting issues
Replies: 10
Views: 1102

Re: Starting issues

This is the wonder of modern fuel which is more volatile and evaporates out of the carb bowls. Both ethanol fuel and the non-ethanol varieties. If you were 12v, I would recommend an electric fuel pump, but on a 6v engine, you are going to want to manually prime. Keep in mind you have 3 carb bowls to...
by mfine
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1965 283 Chevy engine: Generator vs. alternator
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: 1965 283 Chevy engine: Generator vs. alternator

There is a regulator that will cut off power below a set voltage so the battery doesn’t back power the generator. Once you are at a high enough RPM it should allow power through to charge the battery. This part may need adjusting or replacing. Or it could be the generator or the battery. You can tro...
by mfine
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Water Pump question
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: Water Pump question

Water should bypass the thermostat and come out of the exhaust fairly quickly.
by mfine
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18'
Replies: 13
Views: 1373

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18'

I wish someone in the know would verify the thing that I heard years ago about single gauge flathead fords.... i.e. that the single gauge read temp on one manifold and if the other overheated it would simply spike the gauge all the way over to hot??? May not be the case but would make sense given t...
by mfine
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18'
Replies: 13
Views: 1373

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18'

My 62 ski-jet which was mostly identical to the regular 62 ski boat had 2 temp gauges.
by mfine
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Where to find cylinder head for 283
Replies: 3
Views: 593

Re: Where to find cylinder head for 283

I think (not something I am good at these days, so VERIFY) the 283 heads were 64 cc chambers. You should be able to find all sorts of new SBC heads on Summit Racing, Jeggs and other auto sites. Plus a million used and rebuilt heads. Try searching for “small block chevey heads” and the search for one...
by mfine
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1959 CC Ski 18'
Replies: 13
Views: 1373

Re: 1959 CC Ski 18'

The original setup had two senders and two gauges, and no thermostat. The water temp in the 155 range is fine. The exhaust at the elbow should be hot, but cool enough to briefly touch without burning yourself. If the rubber hose is smoking, or the paint is burning off the elbow, it is not getting en...
by mfine
Wed May 02, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Need a new engine
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Need a new engine

I would get a marine 350 long block. You need to drill the oil hole and drill and tap the water outlet on the heads, but other than that everything should bolt on and look like a 283 with 260+ hp.

That will be the cheapest way to go and still look original.
by mfine
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: fees waived again 2018 NYS Canals
Replies: 17
Views: 1708

Re: fees waived again 2018 NYS Canals

My mistake, it is Craig aka Island Time who is in Churchville.
by mfine
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: fees waived again 2018 NYS Canals
Replies: 17
Views: 1708

Re: fees waived again 2018 NYS Canals

I am in Pittsford, and I believe Captain Nemo is a few locks to the east and 61skiff is a few locks to the west. Let us know when you visit and we can meet up for a Canal side lunch and or drinks.
by mfine
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: 2018 Niagara Frontier Show returns to Buffalo Launch Club
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Re: 2018 Niagara Frontier Show returns to Buffalo Launch Club

For anyone from New England, this would be a great stop on your trip to Port Huron for the big ACBS International show whose pre-events kick off the next day. From Grand Island to Lort Huron is only a few hours across the South Ontario wilderness.
by mfine
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 5200 Bottom & CPES clarification
Replies: 9
Views: 1082

Re: 5200 Bottom & CPES clarification

Don, the board software sees an 8 and a ) as shorthand for a smile with sunglasses. It is quite annoy, but not limited to the Buzz. It was probably programmed by a millennial who has never made a list with more than 7 items.
by mfine
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Replacement Fuel Tank
Replies: 17
Views: 2664

Re: Replacement Fuel Tank

Nope, no need for seawater if there is ethanol in the fuel.
by mfine
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Replacement Fuel Tank
Replies: 17
Views: 2664

Re: Replacement Fuel Tank

Ethanol makes fuel electrically conductive so you have to be careful with dissimilar metals to avoid galvonic corrosion issues.

What metal do you plan to use for the main tank?
by mfine
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Tolex red,blue,white
Replies: 2
Views: 1295

Re: Tolex red,blue,white

YNOT yachts just did a silver arrow. I believe the seats were blue leather.
by mfine
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Is Boat Buzz messed up?
Replies: 18
Views: 3059

Re: Is Boat Buzz messed up?

A more prominent "New Posts" button and "change password" link would be nice. Also, the post reply link is small and has poor contrast making it hard to see on a small phone screen.
by mfine
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: How to keep Varnish looking shiny when on the water
Replies: 7
Views: 2255

Re: How to keep Varnish looking shiny when on the water

Sunscreen and bug spray can ruin varnish too. Other than that and the advice above, clean soft towels for wipe downs.
by mfine
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Refinishing 18' 1960 Continental.
Replies: 42
Views: 5085

Re: Refinishing 18' 1960 Continental.

Love this thread! Great job!
by mfine
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Fuel Pump
Replies: 2
Views: 829

Re: Fuel Pump

Electric with an oil pressure cutoff switch (separate piece) is safer, handles ethanol better, primes and starts faster which reduces starter wear etc.

Max pressure should be 5-6 psi.

The one I use is a Carter p4389 and I pair it with a Holley oil pressure cutoff.
by mfine
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: New engine update

My latest thoughts on this are that the lack of load has saved you from killing the engine with too much advance, and that something else is wrong and the extra advance is compensating for it. I would start by dialing the advance back by about 8 degrees. 32 at 3000, 16 or so at idle should be good. ...
by mfine
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: New engine update

How are you measuring the timing? I would expect it to be hard to start with that much base advance, so I am wondering if it is a measurement error. If the mechanical advance rolls in and you get past the mid to upper 30's I think you are going to have detonation issues, and 30 base plus mechanical ...
by mfine
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: New engine update

Chris Craft changed the numbers relative to the bow where GM numbers based off the flywheel. Scroll down about a half dozen posts to see pictures of both FW forward and FW rear from CC manuals. http://www.network54.com/Forum/424840/thread/1223430620/Spark+plug-+what+would+cause+this- When you check ...
by mfine
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: New engine update

How about spark plug wiring? Pull the #1 plug and verify that it is at TDC at 0* and then tripe check your firing order. Also, which cylinder is #1, the GM version or CC numbering?
by mfine
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: New engine update
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: New engine update

It starts and idles at 30* advance, or runs at 2000+ rpm after starting at a lower advance? I am thinking it maybe a measurement error of some sort.