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  • Todays adventure I put tubes in the new tractor's tires. It was wrecked into a tree that is why my brother got it from a neighbor long long ago. So there was no hood. Seat was wasted foam sticking out everywhere. So I combined them and put the hood and seat on the better tractor with gears.

    Now you have the first Craftsman Troy Built. And it don't look trashed like it did.

    My skeg gaurd came today as I was watering.

    I got the capacity sticker on. A before and after shot. I re torqued the manifolds as per breakin instructions. Checked oil and what not. Okay I played in the boat a while shoot me.
    Dance with the waves,
    move with the sea.
    Let the rhythm of the water
    set your soul free.

    1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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    • Man, it's little details like a new capacity plate that really make the boat feel new, eh?

      That skeg is gonna look sharp!
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      • Originally posted by strokendiesel002 View Post
        Man, it's little details like a new capacity plate that really make the boat feel new, eh?

        That skeg is gonna look sharp!
        Yes doing this little stuff is iceing on the cake.

        Here is the skeg guard and the 2 speed mercruiser power 2 prop installed. I about to head to the water see what this this does for it. 17 to a 21 top pitch prop. it is a 15-21 pitch. This should be interesting.
        Dance with the waves,
        move with the sea.
        Let the rhythm of the water
        set your soul free.

        1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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        • Have fun, let us know.

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          • Thats an interesting prop... I've never seen anything like that before... Let us know how she works

            EDIT: nevermind... my eyes were playing tricks on me lol.. it looked like there were large AND small fins on the prop... nothing to see here

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            • Originally posted by Mad Props View Post
              Thats an interesting prop... I've never seen anything like that before... Let us know how she works

              EDIT: nevermind... my eyes were playing tricks on me lol.. it looked like there were large AND small fins on the prop... nothing to see here
              It is a bizzare looking propellor. It has 2 distinct cups on each blade. Pic of a straight on.

              On the bright side the boat likes the 21 prop much better. Much better cruise speed.

              I had the props shift point set way to low. It was shifting exactly when it went on plane. I reset it for next time.

              When I tried to start it I got the click click click thing, Hit it again fired right up. My son and I cruised along time. Tried to restart it when we were back the click click thing again.

              I tested I think the starter is fried. I got continuity between the windings and the case. Never a good thing. So I got the battery out and will take the starter out for bench testing tomorrow.

              If need be the guy down the road will rebuild it.
              Dance with the waves,
              move with the sea.
              Let the rhythm of the water
              set your soul free.

              1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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              • Those props have always intrigued me. Give you better out of the hole and lower rpms for better cruising once on plane?
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                • Originally posted by strokendiesel002 View Post
                  Those props have always intrigued me. Give you better out of the hole and lower rpms for better cruising once on plane?
                  Yes it feels like a old chev with a 2 speed powerglide trans. Once I get it adjusted correctly I will like it alot. Out of the hole is like a V-8 boat with this thing it is so low geared. Top speed is only what the motor has but it is alot better cruising speed. It is the right prop for my boat I think as far as pitch. I had it up to 4600 when I let off and it was still accelerating. It brought up cruise speed to 26 to 30 MPH.

                  I talked to Mickey on facebook yesterday. I am gonna check my grounds and wiring before I pull this starter out. Alot more test.

                  I got to make a pharmacy run and cut and water the grass and gardens before the admiral says before I can play.
                  Dance with the waves,
                  move with the sea.
                  Let the rhythm of the water
                  set your soul free.

                  1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                  • That's awesome!

                    I have a 4.3 omc on my 20' cuddy so I think I'm outta luck for trick props. I'm still getting to know that boat, but on her maiden voyage GPS recorded max of 40 and 38/39mph was steady. Out of the hole could've been a little better, but that could be the carb adjustment and old fuel that is still in the tank. I rebuilt the carb, bolted it on and just guessed at 3/4 turn out on idle. I'd completely forgot about those props though until you brought it up! I remember watching a few videos on YouTube a couple years ago and hearing the motor change as the prop shifted was really slick!

                    Good call talking to Mick and doing more testing, albeit sometimes I wish that a bolt on part was broken and I could just drop it off rather than spend a few more hours testing lol. It's worth it though to do all the testing we can, as it's a real kick in the jewels to bolt on a new part, and either immediately or just a few times later have that same problem again!

                    Hope the chores go quick and you find something during testing so you can have some more fun on the river tomorrow/ tonight!
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                    • I did my duties. I did my testing. I pulled the starter. Soliniod is good the motor is shorted, Welder sparks flying and it isnt trying to turn over.

                      Tickles me to death at least it isnt a engine and it is something relatively simple.

                      Well off to find a new starter.

                      It gonna T-storm here in a little bit tues or so they predicting. I actually hope we get some rain raise the water lever it getting down here, The little glassy river i like the most gets kinda shallow when it dont rain. It was 12 -15 feet in spots last time i was out.
                      Dance with the waves,
                      move with the sea.
                      Let the rhythm of the water
                      set your soul free.

                      1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                      • Originally posted by strokendiesel002 View Post
                        That's awesome!

                        I have a 4.3 omc on my 20' cuddy so I think I'm outta luck for trick props.
                        No actually they make them for bigger boats with V-6 and V-8's. Aerostar bought the patent i heard but they make them worldwide today. Up to 14 3/4 diameter. 17 through 28 pitch. They ain't cheap tho.

                        Dance with the waves,
                        move with the sea.
                        Let the rhythm of the water
                        set your soul free.

                        1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                        • Originally posted by chevymaher View Post
                          I did my duties. I did my testing. I pulled the starter. Soliniod is good the motor is shorted, Welder sparks flying and it isnt trying to turn over.

                          Tickles me to death at least it isnt a engine and it is something relatively simple.

                          Well off to find a new starter.

                          It gonna T-storm here in a little bit tues or so they predicting. I actually hope we get some rain raise the water lever it getting down here, The little glassy river i like the most gets kinda shallow when it dont rain. It was 12 -15 feet in spots last time i was out.
                          Seems like just yesterday you were flooded out and the river was a mess. Sounds like the old feast or famine
                          - Eric

                          Somers, WI

                          Old enough to know better - but crazy enough to try anyway

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                          • THink…….....OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOceeaannnnn

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                            • Originally posted by kcassells View Post
                              THink…….....OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOceeaannnnn
                              I do. And the admiral and I talk about it. If we ever get enough money. Florida house and a ocean going fishing boat with galley and beds. There happy I admitted it.

                              I ordered a new high torque starter. I paid extra for UPS it should come next week.

                              Yes it is feast or famine here oldrem. Now am spending more than a hour watering everything and the ground is still cracked. I grew up here. I just rebuilt a snow blower for winter LOL. tired of shoveling. Wont be long i be ordering the new full sunbrella cover and metal carport.

                              Love it the Admiral was a island girl. Only the best for the boats. Just last night she ask me if I ordered the starter for the boat yet. The boy and I got fish to catch LOL.
                              Dance with the waves,
                              move with the sea.
                              Let the rhythm of the water
                              set your soul free.

                              1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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                                Well we have pushed the expiration date on the resin I had. I used it today for bodywork. LOL it was lumpy and turned blue. But it worked. I pitched the rest it was almost gone. I need to buy bondo and resin to continue patching rust on the towmaters. So shaken and well taken care of it lasted over a year and a half.

                                I had my mask on and was out there grinding today. Now I am itchy.
                                Dance with the waves,
                                move with the sea.
                                Let the rhythm of the water
                                set your soul free.

                                1987 Four Winns 170 Horizon.

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