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  • Small update, might come as a surprise
    Some "before and after" pictures
    Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
    PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

    Previous boats:
    Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
    Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
    Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

    Wheels:
    Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
    Fiat 500 1.2 2018

    Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

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    • First coat is on, tomorrow the next. Need to adapt to the weather. Today was fine, tomorrow...? The forecast looks good so fingers crossed.
      The reason for the paint job was a bad repair
      More updates to come!
      Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
      PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

      Previous boats:
      Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
      Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
      Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

      Wheels:
      Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
      Fiat 500 1.2 2018

      Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

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      • Beautiful job!
        What kind of paint?
        Spray or roll & tip?

        You know I had mixed feelings about getting our boat painted back in 2012 but it's 8 years later still looks great, best thing is no more buffing oxidized gel coat.
        1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
        4.3 OMC Cobra

        98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
        07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

        "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

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        • Hi Lou! Yes, I was in doubt to. But did not have much choice so.
          Paint is 2-pack International " Perfection". Rolled and tipped it this morning with the mss .
          Will be rubbing and polishing it later. I would like it to shine like a new one, or a good secondhand one
          Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
          PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

          Previous boats:
          Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
          Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
          Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

          Wheels:
          Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
          Fiat 500 1.2 2018

          Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

          Comment


          • Very nice! I thought of doing this myself but didn't think I could do a good job plus no shop or garage big enough to work in. So I wound up getting it sprayed by a great fiberglass place local to me in red Imron. Expensive but worth it. Imron was developed for heavy duty applications like airplanes and tractor trailers and it works great on boats as well. However, it is only for professional application because it is very toxic, requires a oxygen supplied respirator etc. The blue will really stand out in a sea of white gelcoat boats as my red boat stands out!
            1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
            4.3 OMC Cobra

            98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
            07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

            "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

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            • Today the second coat ! All went well except for the ambient temperature. Today we had some 29°c ( 84 °F ?). A little high but we started early before the big heat. The 2-pack will cure quickly under these conditions.
              One more milestone, got the engine running this afternoon . Just for a few seconds since there is no outdrive and no cooling water. Gave instant oil pressure but not sure about the starter motor which makes some unwanted noise. Will probably replace it later on for one with reduction gears.
              Next on the list, sanding, rubbing and polishing. The new rub rails ( white with a red insert ) are waiting in the box.
              Gave the outdrive a test fit on the transom in order to check the alignment. It slides in and out without any problem up until the last 1/4 inch or so. Shift fork not engaging? Will check it later, today was to hot to fidle around with the outdrive .
              Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
              PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

              Previous boats:
              Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
              Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
              Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

              Wheels:
              Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
              Fiat 500 1.2 2018

              Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

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              • Are the outdrive and shifter both in neutral? that is one difference from the Merc Alpha and OMC Cobra, Cobra should be in neutral. Also sometimes without the alignment tool it is very difficult to get the driveshaft to slide straight in to the coupler. It really does make it easier...I have had times where it went right back on, and other times where I had to fight it a bit.

                can't wait to see the finished paint job/rub rail.
                1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
                4.3 OMC Cobra

                98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
                07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

                "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

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                • Got the adjustment tool for the shifter. ( the one you suggested from midnight wolf) So the " transom" side is in neutral. The outdrive side is a different story. For that there is no tool. Went looking for some measurements on the net but could not determine exactly what the dimensions should be. Found 2 different dimensions but these are very close together. Problem is that they did not state the position. Is it neutral, forward or reverse. But I guess neutral is in middle between forward and reverse. Anyway, I would like to know the exact dimension for the shifter fork adjustment. Had to take it off the shifter rod since the bolt that fixes it had broken off. Any help on the subject would be much appreciated!
                  But there is no hurry, have to tackle a different "problem". Hope to test drive it tomorrow ( pic ) . After the MG TC back to the boat
                  Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
                  PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

                  Previous boats:
                  Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
                  Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
                  Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

                  Wheels:
                  Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
                  Fiat 500 1.2 2018

                  Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

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                  • Oh Lou btw, outdrive slides in easily, once the splines are aligned of course. Only the last 5 mm. is different. Could screw on the locking nuts and force it in place but I'd rather not proceed that way. Looking at greased splines, it slides in square and even.
                    Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
                    PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

                    Previous boats:
                    Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
                    Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
                    Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

                    Wheels:
                    Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
                    Fiat 500 1.2 2018

                    Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

                    Comment


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                      hope you can see this the dimension is 7 13/64" or 18.3cm, measured from the top of the shift rod head to the drive housing surface (where the water passage cover is bolted on to..

                      PS
                      I had mine set up at a shop back in 2004, because I was having shifting problems like it would not come out of reverse, stiff shifting, etc. After that it was much better but not quite perfect. Around 2012/2013 the remote adjustment changed slightly so it was time to learn this mysterious Cobra shift system that so many mechanics will not touch. Well I bought the 3 OMC tools (midnight wolf sells 2 but not all 3, for the 3rd you can measure without it). Pulled the drive and found the shift rod height was slightly off. Adjusted that with the tool, then did the transom shift cable and the remote cable. After this it shifted the best it ever has, into gear with a solid THUNK and out of gear with 2 finger pressure on the shift control. That is how a properly adjusted Cobra is supposed to shift. BTW, I still have the same shift cable on it as when I bought it in 2002.
                      1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
                      4.3 OMC Cobra

                      98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
                      07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

                      "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

                      Comment


                      • Thanks Lou!!! But is this the height with the rod fully out ( up ) or fully in ( down ) ?
                        Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
                        PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

                        Previous boats:
                        Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
                        Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
                        Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

                        Wheels:
                        Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
                        Fiat 500 1.2 2018

                        Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

                        Comment


                        • In neutral which is the mid point position between FWD and REV.... so just the middle notch lol
                          1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
                          4.3 OMC Cobra

                          98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
                          07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

                          "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

                          Comment


                          • Yeah Lou, the middle notch, going great there lol.
                            Unfortunately, there is no center "click", only completely in or out and everything that lies in between. Think this is normal? I would have expected a"locking in place "mechanism with a positive click on it once you have engaged REV, neutral or FWD. A bit like a gearbox of a car. Strange no ?
                            Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
                            PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

                            Previous boats:
                            Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
                            Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
                            Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

                            Wheels:
                            Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
                            Fiat 500 1.2 2018

                            Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

                            Comment


                            • When you move the shift rod have someone turn the driveshaft or the propshaft at the same time, that is how a dog clutch is supposed to be shifted and then you should feel it lock into fwd and rev...I haven’t played with mine in a while so I can’t recall exactly how it feels
                              1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
                              4.3 OMC Cobra

                              98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
                              07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

                              "While air doesn't freeze....rust never sleeps"

                              Comment


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                                Hi fellow boaters! Hope you are all in good health and doing great!
                                Another small update.
                                I have been struggling a bit with the shift rod height but got it figured out. I took a tape measure and started comparing different positions of the different parts ( fork in the outdrive and the rod on the transom). Now the outdrive went into the transom without any trouble at all. Once the splines aligned, BANG, it went all the way in, screws on and done.
                                Shifting forward and reverse is light and easy, very happy with that. Now I can start playing with engine. Needs some adjusting. Ignition, carb etc...Looking forward to have the engine spinning and warmed up for the first time.
                                Four Winns 195 Sundowner 1992 4.3 OMC Cobra
                                PGH Müggel-Spree Neptun 1964 Wartburg 2cyl 2 stroke

                                Previous boats:
                                Quicksilver 460 1995 Mercury 40 2 stroke
                                Legend 19 1991 Volvo penta AQ171
                                Sea ray 200 cuddy cabin 1990 4.3 Mercruiser

                                Wheels:
                                Cadillac Escalade EXT 2009
                                Fiat 500 1.2 2018

                                Freelance technician Classic Cars Flanders Belgium Brugge area

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