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  1. Re: 93 Crownline 250 advice/opinions on repair costs (diy)

    Well, that did not take long . . .

    My guess, considering a remanufactured engine and lots of structural repair, along with new upholstery. Mostly DIY

    6 months

    Engine and manifolds $4-5k....
  2. Re: 496 Mercruiser closed cooling 1/2 or "FULL"?

    Rick -

    Just wondering how things are proceeding with the 370SS?
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    Re: Some Milky Oil from the Outdrive . . .

    Yup, . . . although, I hope that I don't have to use it that often. I noticed that the thing 'wants' to be calibrated on a yearly basis. Maybe I could rig something up to check it. . . if it is...
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    Re: Some Milky Oil from the Outdrive . . .

    UPDATE:

    I got the Seekonk wrench today. I think they made it to order, as it has a calibration certificate dated yesterday.

    So, now I can take a break from hull structure repair by fixing the...
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    Re: Newbie copper painting underside of boat

    I bottom paint my salty water boat every year. You also want fresh anodes and anti-fouling paint for the outdrive. Yes outboards are better in that regard, because you can tilt them up out of the...
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    Re: New and Looking for a larger bowrider

    Welcome to iBoats . . .

    Here are a few brands that should be lower to mid-range in pricing, etc., in case you have not researched them previously, I'm sure others may have a few more

    Monterey...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Thanks BD . . . The thing is that I have my regular maintenance work to do once the boat is back together.
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    34 degrees (F) and snow flakes in the air this morning . . . So, fiberglassing the wood components into the boat was not in the cards for the day. I did manage to add a layer of 2 oz CSM to the...
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    Re: 86 Sea Ray Restoration

    Wow, it has been a couple of months since the last series of updates . . . I was wondering how things were going. Ditto what Wood said about the mask. I use a 3M Tekk respirator . . . Seems to work...
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    Re: Does all bravo 111 have 2 props?

    Yup, often you see a bravo 1 lower unit put on when needing a rebuild or replacement, due to the huge cost of the bravo 3 . . . Not that the bravo 1 is inexpensive either.
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    Re: The Hell of my life . . . .

    If it is Hell, then it looks frozen over :)

    we saw a few snow flakes this morning on Cape Cod, but nothing like the rest of the northeast is seeing. The weather channel cannot stop talking about...
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    Re: Does all bravo 111 have 2 props?

    Probably originally it was a Bravo 3. . . but I suspect that a Bravo 1 lower unit was put on during a rebuild, rather than a Bravo 3. The upper units are interchangeable.

    You do not have a Bravo...
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    Re: Does all bravo 111 have 2 props?

    No, not right. Bravo 3 is a dual prop

    Bravo 1 and 2 are single prop . . . Got a picture to post?
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Fiberglass prep work . . .

    I started fiberglassing today . . . just the prep work before installing the wood pieces into the boat.

    First I had to make the holes in the storage compartment floor...
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    Re: How Often To Replace Bearings

    Replace the wheel bearing? When they wear out . . .

    Of course, that has not happened to me in 15 years of trailer ownership. . . Grease is your friend, and shou keep th bearings from wearing...
  16. Re: 1999 Celebrity 190 - Engine Mount and Stringer Repair

    Looking good . . .

    I have used a sheet of plastic (like plastic drop cloth) over the wetted glass to get it to take a right angle snuggly.

    I noticed that you have the keyhole in the transom...
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    Re: what model boat do i have?

    Try here:

    1988 Stingray Boat Co Prices & Values - NADAguides

    It may be the SVB 205, SVC 207 or possibly the SVC 210 (SVB might signify bowrider)
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    The 'icky stuff' arrived today. . .

    3 Gallons of VE resin . . .
    Some Extra MEKP . . .
    2 5-Gallon Pails of 2-Part Urethane Foam

    I have got it all loaded in the trunk of my car along with the...
  19. Re: 87 bayliner refurb/restoration project... "The Big Dirty"

    Despite the disappointment in not being able to complete this boat, I believe you will find the knowledge gained through the process extremely valuable in getting the next boat. (there is always a...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Thanks BV and Scott . . . I am expecting a delivery of the "icky stuff" today. I'm keeping all of the wood pieces in the house so that the moisture content of the wood would be as low as possible...
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    Re: Should I convert to closed cooling

    Yes . . . an easier time when you go to sell, if it has a full closed cooling system.
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Thanks guys, I made some good progress this weekend. I feel like I am turning the corner and transitioning to putting things back together. :thumb:
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Then I cut out the pieces and test fit everything into place. . .

    Storage area floor structure . . .
    http://home.comcast.net/~tpenfield/F330/F330SS/Replacing_Bulkhead_5_files/IMG_4018.jpg

    The...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Sunday Update:

    I made some templates out of cardboard to that I can cut out the new wood pieces.

    http://home.comcast.net/~tpenfield/F330/F330SS/Replacing_Bulkhead_5_files/IMG_4008.jpg

    A test...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Thanks, guys for your kind words and encouragement :thumb:

    You can Google plywood grades and find some information on the various grades. The major difference between Exterior and Marine grade...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    A little commentary about my plans for the stringer and bulkhead installation. The original factory installation uses a gap between stringer/bulkhead and hull as a means of reducing contact...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Update on the Forward Bulkhead & Storage Compartment . . .

    I managed to cut out the substructure of the storage compartment floor using my sawzall. Here is a picture of the wood ribs removed and...
  28. Re: 1976 Mercury 7.5hp model 75 starting issues, I'm so confused! help!

    FWIW - I have a 1969 Merc 7.5 and the wiring was disintegrating inside the harness that runs to the Kill Button, causing it to loose spark intermittently. At first glance the wiring looked fine, but...
  29. Re: 1999 Celebrity 190 - Engine Mount and Stringer Repair

    I'm enjoying the progress and the many pictures of your good work.
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    Re: sea ray 160 motot mount repair

    Welcome to iBoats . . .

    Plenty of threads to review here with similar issues.

    One thing to be sure of before proceeding too far is to know how far the rot/moisture has progressed. Rot &...
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    Re: My Boat Shopping Odyssey

    Great to hear things went well. Best wishes for a good sea trail. I'm sure you are syched about the 'new' boat .
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    Re: I am now that guy

    I've done that with a small outboard. . . It seemed to be fine even years afterwards. With a situation like that, there will be some residual water remaining in the pump to provide enough...
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    Re: volvo penta 7.4 gi runs bad

    Welcome to iBoats. . .

    I guess you now know why the bot was for sale. . . It sounds like you have done a fair amount with the ignition and wiring. I would check the timing and run a...
  34. Re: Alpha One outdrive on stingray only raises part way!!!

    Welcome to iBoats. . .

    the system is designed to go up only part way with the trim button. There should b a trailer button that raises it the rest of he way.

    this is done so that you do not...
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    Re: Trailering with loose-fitting cover?

    Do you really need a cover for towing?

    unless it is very tight and well secured, it will inflate.
  36. Re: Step dad is all good and hopefully shooting in heaven :)

    My thoughts are with you. Nice to have the good memories.
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    Re: $110 Valve Stem on a Car ????

    I checked the Ford Parts site last night . . . $107 each, so a set of 4 would be $428 :eek:

    I'm not sure what manufacturer Ford uses, but generally you can get the "TPSM" Valve stems for $30 - $60...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    OK, I just ordered some 'stuff' from US Composites . . .

    3 Gallons of Vinyl Ester Resin

    20 cubic foot kit of 4 lb/cu-ft of urethane foam

    extra MEKP ( because the working temperatures will be...
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    $110 Valve Stem on a Car ????

    My cars have been ganging up on me lately . . . probably because I have paid so much attention to the boat fixing project.

    Last week, my car's transmission started slipping . . . after a short...
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    Re: Concentrated Clorox - a cautionary tale

    Yea, I used some of that stuff last weekend to do some clean-up around the boat. Doesn't seem to do the trick like the regular stuff, and it tastes terrible :D
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    Re: 1999 marada hull crack

    You seemed to be determined about this boat . . . Don't Buy It . . .

    First of all, the boat is upside down . . . :)

    Secondly, nothing easy about fixing a cracked hull

    The fact that you have...
  42. Re: Best Way to Bring Back Discharged Battery

    If I were me, I would just charge the battery and see what you get.
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    Re: Some Milky Oil from the Outdrive . . .

    Seekonk Tools . . . I suppose I could drive over to Seekonk (MA) and pick one up :)
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    Re: Some Milky Oil from the Outdrive . . .

    Just a quick update on this thread from last Fall . . .

    I ordered the 'spanner wrench' right here on iBoats. :thumb:

    The parts that I need to replace the drive shaft seal are:

    Mercruiser #...
  45. Thread: Quiet blower

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    Re: Quiet blower

    Yea, the blowers on my boat are loud too . . . louder than the engine at idle.

    If you did a second blower it would be best to have both pulling air out from the lower portion of the bilge. The...
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    Re: Upgrade my MacbookPro to OSX Mavericks

    Looks like my MBP is using about 3.5 GB of memory with a couple of things open concurrently. So, with the 2 GB RAM, it was probably doing a lot of paging to disk.

    Now with the upgrade, it has 8...
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    Re: Upgrade my MacbookPro to OSX Mavericks

    I received the memory upgrade today. The system was 2GB RAM, now is 8 GB RAM. much faster . . .

    Now I got to think about bumping the hard drive . . . It is currently 240 GB with only about 70...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    SCHEDULE UPDATE . . .

    I did a bit of estimating and figured that I have a total of about 80 hours of work to go in order to finish ripping things out and put it all back together. I got 4 extra...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Yea, I'm not sure how the water has been getting in there, other than condensation and the the occasional use of the tube for water sports. I think the key thing is that the mini bilge beneath the...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Meanwhile, I picked up some aluminum cleaning supplies in town . . . found "Aluminum Jelly" that companion product to "Naval Jelly". So I did some more cleaning and prep work on the fuel tank.
    ...
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