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

    No rest for the weary . . . we'll be pulling for ya :)
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    BV- thanks for your insight. There is 4" along the sides of the tank and about 2" of clearance along the v-belly portions. About 6" at the stern and maybe 3" at the bow end. Like you say my concern...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    An interesting thing is that I did a minor repair last year on the boat with some VE (sans Wax) and it stayed tacky for months!!! About 6 months later, I coated the repair area (still tacky) with...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Lurking and inputs are always welcome :thumb:

    Another thing I wanted to mention is that I am using resin withOUT wax, so the top surface stays 'open'. When I am done with the glassing & foaming,...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Hey Wood-

    The temps are about 60 F and I am using a 2% ratio, based on my prior experience with VE. I usually wait until the afternoon hours to do the fiberglass work as the mornings start out...
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    Re: 1989 Mercruiser 4.3L drip drip

    Bell housing . . . Outdrive ???
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Excellent. :thumb: I also found Frisco (Jay's) video of foaming the deck of his Sea Ray. It seems that the storage compartment floor on my boat has lots of small areas to fill that will be...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    On to the next challenge for this project. . .

    I have been thinking about the foaming process that I will need to do once the fuel tank is back in the boat and before I seal up the storage...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Yea, if I ever get a second boat, it would probably be the 292 Fastech.
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Just to get back to your comment AllDodge . . . This is my second Formula, I owned a 242ss prior to this boat and the thing was awesome. Built like a tank and great in the chop. I still miss it. ...
  11. Re: 87 bayliner refurb/restoration project... "The Big Dirty"

    Wow, these turn of events are amazing. I'd say that these folks do not really want to buy the boat, they just don't know it. That has been my experience selling things. The person that wants it...
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    Re: Some Milky Oil from the Outdrive . . .

    I am wondering if I should 'bite the bullet' and replace all of the seals on both drives?

    I know that I have to replace the drive shaft seal on the port outdrive and the outer prop shaft seal on...
  13. Re: Looks like i'm getting into bravo outdrive repair

    Nice write-up. I'll be doing the same soon - as I found oil leaking from the outer prop shaft seal on my Starboard outdrive. I gotta do the drive shaft seal on the Port outdrive.

    It looks like...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Another update . . .

    I got the other side of the bulkhead tabbed in this afternoon. So, that will do it for a week or two.

    Here are a few pictures . . . the area was very cramped to work in,...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Some detail work on the engine room side of the bulkhead . . .

    A couple of improvements that I wanted to make with the bulkhead replacement are:

    (1) Add a 'mini' bilge along with the fuel bay...
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    Re: Some Milky Oil from the Outdrive . . .

    Update . . .

    As I was working on the outdrives, I noticed the Starboard outdrive is seeping a little oil around the outer prop shaft seal :facepalm:

    So, looks like I will be fixing both...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Big day with fiberglassing . . .

    Well I did not run in the Boston Marathon . . . not that I would . . . so, it was a continuation of fiberglassing today.

    I made my first batch of "Peanut...
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    Re: 1974 Ebbtide Restoration

    Nice looking set up. Glad to hear that you are getting settled. Are you shooting for boating season?
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Yea, actually this Spring seems to have warmer days in my area than last Spring . . . so far.

    For little areas , like a gap fill or to adhere something, I just use Great Stuff. So that what I used...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Happy Easter :)

    The Easter Bunny did not leave any treats in the boat, oh well . . .

    I did some test fitting of the bulkhead and then glassed in the storage compartment floor structure.
    ...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    Yes, Scott Smith at Formula is aware of my thread(s) (here and on OSO), so I'm sure they are looking :)

    Regardless of the opportunities for improvement that I am finding, I am also seeing that...
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    Re: Formula 330SS Bulkhead Replacement

    A few more pics . . .

    I did some more prep work today in hopes of glassing in the new pieces tomorrow. We will have to see, as it is going to be a bit colder than I'd like.

    Here are the floor...
  23. Re: New member here 1997 Chapparal 1830 SS Limited Edition 4.3 LX Mercruiser

    Welcome . . . and yes, pics would be great.
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    Re: The other guys did it, we should to.

    Awesome, I love it.
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    Re: iBoaters Get-Together!!!

    cool map WOG . . .

    I've seen it done on some other forums, and with the depth of membership here on iBoats, I think it will be a really great thing for folks to collaborate in the real world in...
  26. Re: Well I was bored, so got a wild hair up.....

    So, you plan on helping out with the Internet business or perhaps doing some network administration of your own? Coming out of retirement?

    The Cisco certifications are probably the better ones to...
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    Re: My Boat Shopping Odyssey

    Nice, do we get some pics soon?
  28. 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....
  29. 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...
  43. 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...
  46. 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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