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#16 CC-John

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:58 PM

Great project.....looks like it's coming together well.  I don't do boats but love old horse drawn vehicles........it's theapy John........keep up the good work!

 

Thanks Jerry!!

 

And you're spot on about it being therapy!! It's a damn sight cheaper than talking to a shrink!!  ;)   B) 

 

I look at it as keeping an old boat out of the landfill and out on the water where they belong, and if it helps my sanity along the way so much the better.. :)


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:00 PM

That is a stout manifold John! You do good work.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:46 PM

That is a stout manifold John! You do good work.

 

Thanks Karl!! I've had plenty of practice rebuilding my old Chris Craft from the keel up..

 

The Barr Marine replacement manifolds are cast a bit thicker than the original Chrysler castings, they'll generally outlive a couple sets of elbows before needing replacement.. I just placed an order for a new pair of elbows and all the gaskets & hardware to reassemble the manifolds, also ordered a head gasket set so I can pull the top of the engine to fix several small oil leaks from aging seals & gaskets.. Hopefully next week things will start being put back together instead of being taken apart, I'm itchin' to get this rascal on the water and see how she performs..


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 04:38 AM

Well, I got one manifold ready for it's new elbow.. Also got all the cooling system "T" fittings cleaned and painted their proper Chrysler Blue.. Gonna try to get the other manifold stripped, primed, & painted before our weather goes into the crapper later this weekend..
 

35621887646_58a316bf4a_b.jpg100_2673 by cc_john67, on Flickr

The elbows and all the gaskets & hardware to assemble the manifolds should be here next week.. A new set of OEM style molded hoses and a head gasket set should be here today.. I can't wait to see this little Mopar all cleaned up and dressed back in it's proper color.. :wub:


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:55 PM

Before I could start reinstalling all the fittings & platform brackets on the transom, I wanted to buff out the gelcoat to clean all the exhaust stains off.. Trotted over to West Marine and grabbed a couple of pints of Meguiar's, #49 Heavy Duty Oxidation Remover and #45 Boat/RV Polish & Gloss Enhancer.. I laced a fresh bonnet on my buffer and ran a coat of #49 over the transom and two coats below waterline, wiped everything off and washed and dried the transom before applying two coats of #45, buffing it out between coats.. I then hand buffed two coats of Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax..

If the transom came out looking this good, I can't wait to see what the rest of the hull will look like!! Not too shabby for 44 year old gelcoat!!
 

34828513623_4ce0c9cbd7_b.jpg100_2674 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
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If the weather stays nice tomorrow, I should be able to get all the fittings & brackets bedded & bolted back on.. Have to cut new plywood backing plates for the swim platform brackets as the old ones were completely rotted away..


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 06:43 PM

Pulled the little Century over to the shop Saturday morning, backed it under the overhead gantry and pulled the engine out of it.. Loaded the engine in the back of my service truck and brought it home to tear it down so I can replace all the old, failing seals & gaskets in it and give it a fresh coat of paint.. Once I got it home, I picked it out of the back of the truck with my engine hoist, removed the transmission & bellhousing and bolted it to the engine stand for the teardown..

 

Here's where it's at as of Sunday night..

 

35621896406_b00830f61d_b.jpg100_2679 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35621894106_09a441899a_b.jpg100_2678 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35531116021_676c2447ed_b.jpg100_2677 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

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35621898416_5d099ae592_b.jpg100_2680 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

The old engine doesn't look too bad inside for having just over 700 hours on it.. The cylinders still have visible "cross hatch"  from when they were originally honed, and have no sign of a ridge at the top of the bore.. The timing chain & gears have been replaced recently and a high quality full double roller chain & gear set were installed.. As soon as I drain the oil, the oil pan will be pulled and the crankshaft removed to replace the rear main bearing seal..

 

The engine wiring harness had some damage from a shorted diode in the alternator, the alternator output wire had melted and burned thru the loom wrapping the harness.. I stripped the loom and the fried output wire from the harness, I'll install new wire to replace the damaged circuits and add a couple of new circuits for the electronic ignition conversion and electric choke before rewrapping the harness..

 

35621899936_915a8b4a45_b.jpg100_2681 by cc_john67, on Flickr


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#22 Jerrybob

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 07:23 PM

Beautiful work John........she'll be a real beauty when complete.........love the color....classey!



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 05:22 AM

Well, I got the short block torn down last night.. When I removed the oil filter adapter from the block, I noticed a LOT of red RTV on all it's sealing surfaces.. It must have had a leak at some point in the past and rather than install new gaskets, it was gopped with RTV.. There were small bits of RTV that had squeezed out internally, broken loose and were pumped all thru the oil galleries.. Once I started pulling the rod caps and main caps it became apparent that all the bits of RTV floating around have been restricting oil to some of the bearings.. It looks like the bearings took the brunt of the damage and spared the crank journals.. It looks like I'll be taking the block over to my machine shop to be hot tanked to clean out the oil galleries and have new cam bearings & freeze plugs installed.. I'm also gonna have them polish the "hash" marks off the sealing surface of the crank, so I can ditch the original rope rear main seal in favor of the modern neoprene seals.. I'll also have them get me a new oil pump and a set of main & rod bearings..

 

34820373344_3068448d6e_b.jpg100_2683 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

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If I could get my hands on the jackass that gopped up that oil filter adapter, I'd pump his ass full of RTV until it came out his ears!!

35661454585_2bfc8fea52_b.jpg100_2685 by cc_john67, on Flickr

The oil pump intake screen..

35621906166_bea1d07a60_b.jpg100_2686 by cc_john67, on Flickr


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 04:18 PM

Got to spend about half a day on Saturday working on the little Resorter before the rains settled in.. I pulled the rest of the interior panels and the carpet out to assess the condition of the floor, also gave the bilge a couple of heavy scrubbings with Simple Green and hot water to remove some of the 40+ years of grease coating the bottom of the boat.. The bilge will get one more scrubbing with TSP and hot water before I set the engine back in.. It looks like I'll be doing a new floor before the engine gets set back in, the original plywood is ate up with dry rot.. Luckily, I don't think I'll be having to deal with any waterlogged foam under the floor, I had a buddy come over and the two of us could easily lift the empty hull off the trailer bunks.. The foam that I managed to uncover looks to be fairly dry..

Here's some pics of yesterday's efforts..
 

35506943001_ecb3b3a22a_b.jpg100_2690 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
35506945571_7c73f4f33b_b.jpg100_2691 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
35506947751_771c17db47_b.jpg100_2692 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
35506949141_e83511f4d5_b.jpg100_2693 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
35506951531_e6e7c2df07_b.jpg100_2694 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
35506953141_9a3cf1e48d_b.jpg100_2695 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
35506954361_94556efcb2_b.jpg100_2696 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 
34796232904_2c99dca93c_b.jpg100_2697 by cc_john67, on Flickr
 

Here's a few shots after removing the toe board under the dash and the removable center access panel in the floor.. By the amount of grease buildup in the bilge I swear that 318 was sweating oil out of every pore for it's entire life..
 

34796233694_628f5d1cc7_b.jpg100_2698 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

34796235224_dee533b9bd_b.jpg100_2699 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

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I heard from the machine shop late Friday afternoon, the block got a clean bill of health and should be ready to pick up early next week.. Looks like I'll be building an engine next weekend.. :danc:


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#25 Steamboat

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 06:07 AM

Will you be touching up the fiberglassed areas?


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:35 AM



Will you be touching up the fiberglassed areas?

 

Any fiberglass work done when the floors are replaced will be covered up on the inner sides of the hull with OEM style pleated vinyl like the boat was originally built with, the new floors will be covered in MariDeck marine vinyl flooring in either a blue or gray color..

 

Here's a couple of pics the previous owner sent me of the interior before they installed all the varnished mahogany on the inner hull sides..

 

35201988043_effc7db933_b.jpgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

36012740655_5aed0d1ff1_b.jpgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by cc_john67, on Flickr


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:37 PM

Got to spend some quality time out in the garage this afternoon.. I got both cylinder heads torn down and cleaned, lapped the valves and reassembled with new valve stem seals..

Here's a few pics of the reassembly process..

Here's one of the heads and all it's parts laid out after cleaning.. The exhaust valves have had the stems lubed and are placed in their ports awaiting the installation of the new stem seals..

 

35661461515_936a410877_b.jpg100_2714 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35661462455_2a847bfdeb_b.jpg100_2715 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Using the valve spring compressor to install the springs, retainers, and keepers..

35621910736_b80887640d_b.jpg100_2716 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Here it is all reassembled and ready for paint..

34852308373_75fee9fa87_b.jpg100_2718 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

34852307033_bca101abe6_b.jpg100_2717 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Both heads assembled, painted, and ready to install as soon as I get the short block assembled..

35492515042_3e20a9c99a_b.jpg100_2719 by cc_john67, on Flickr

The block will finally be ready to pickup from the machine shop Monday, so the short block will get assembled over the course of a few evenings next week..


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Posted 16 March 2017 - 03:44 AM

Finally got the block back from the machine shop, it's time to assemble an engine!!

 

Spent some time with it the last two evenings shooting a couple coats of primer and a couple coats of paint on it before assembly.. Once the paint cured out, I fitted the main bearings then cleaned the crankshaft before dropping it in the block to check bearing clearances.. I torqued down the main caps to make sure everything rotated smoothly before taking it all back apart to install the rear main bearing seal before buttoning it up for the final time..

 

35492517022_f813c093a3_b.jpg100_2720 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35492518542_2803046361_b.jpg100_2721 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

Also coated the camshaft with assembly lube and installed it and it's thrust plate.. The engine block is the safest place for that high priced reverse rotation bumpstick.. B)

 

35274240400_d6696918a5_b.jpg100_2722 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35274241800_caefbb6ab9_b.jpg100_2723 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

This weekend the fun begins, pistons will get cleaned and new piston rings & rod bearings fitted before installing them in the block.. I'm hoping to have an assembled "long block" by Sunday afternoon..


Edited by CC-John, 18 July 2017 - 02:29 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:31 PM

Got up early this morning and started getting everything ready to assemble the little Mopar.. Spent a couple of hours in front of the parts washer cleaning pistons and other internal engine parts.. After breakfast, I got out there and got the engine building shop cranked up..

Here's the cleaned pistons with new piston rings and rod bearings installed ready to go in their respective cylinders..

35661474715_d130248ae8_b.jpg100_2725 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Assembled cylinder heads (under black plastic), valve lifters, timing chain & gears, oil pump drive gear and pushrods cleaned & ready, new oil pump in box..

35661478025_0be04eca71_b.jpg100_2727 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Piston ring compressor, pump oiler full of assembly lube and sealants..

35661475975_719e835e90_b.jpg100_2726 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Assembled "short block"..

 

35661479955_13041141a1_b.jpg100_2728 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35661482055_b8c3d5960e_b.jpg100_2729 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

34820425954_aa301844a5_b.jpg100_2731 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Installed the oil pump & intake screen, also "dressed" the front of the engine with the timing chain & gears, timing cover, water distribution cover, fuel pump, harmonic balancer & pulley..

35621941206_7b2b2bbd87_b.jpg100_2732 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

34820431994_a6c3411791_b.jpg100_2733 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Cleaned the pan rails on the block and gave them a coat of gasket sealer to secure the gaskets before installing the oil pan..

 

34820434834_02c8e2b2a5_b.jpg100_2734 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

34852342823_de378a4208_b.jpg100_2735 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Rolled her over on the stand and cleaned the decks before installing the cylinder head gaskets and heads..

34852345903_3161ce94ec_b.jpg100_2736 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35661503835_99148412f6_b.jpg100_2737 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Installed the lifters, pushrods, and rocker shaft assemblies to button up the valve train..

 

35531191361_b28c52a7e0_b.jpg100_2738 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35661507595_204971c401_b.jpg100_2739 by cc_john67, on Flickr

I'll let her rest for a day or so before re-torquing the head bolts ahead of installing the intake manifold.. Once it's completely buttoned up I'll wipe all the oily fingerprints off before giving the assembled engine two full coats of paint to cover up all the bare fasteners and seal over the ends of all the gaskets..  Then its time to hang the exhaust manifolds and plumb the cooling system..


Edited by CC-John, 18 July 2017 - 02:40 PM.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:23 PM

Spent some time today installing the swim platform and the running gear in the boat..

 

Installed the platform brackets with new plywood backers and plenty of polysulfide sealant before mounting the platform..

 

34796236184_6548050f6f_b.jpg100_2740 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35469261452_51c11dd089_b.jpg100_2741 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

Reinstalled the shaft strut after replacing the cutless bearing, installed the propeller shaft and propeller after having them reconditioned at Baumann Marine..

 

35469262892_f5f33354d8_b.jpg100_2742 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

Reinstalled the stuffing box with fresh packing and a new hose & hose clamps..

 

34796238414_8842dda9a7_b.jpg100_2743 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

Got all the steering linkage hooked back up after installing the rudder..

 

34796238974_bd828f8a09_b.jpg100_2744 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

Also spent some time readjusting the trailer bunks to raise the boat for more ground clearance between the prop & rudder and the pavement.. I've got just over a foot of clearance now between the rudder and the pavement..

 

34796239724_21a7eebc81_b.jpg100_2745 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

35506964901_40110dc0a4_b.jpg100_2746 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

After this weekend, I'm finally starting to get some room in the garage after reassembling the engine and reinstalling all the reconditioned parts back on the boat..


Edited by CC-John, 18 July 2017 - 02:46 PM.

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FGRV #2 1978 Chris*Craft 251 Catalina Express - Powered by PCM 383 Chevy V-8 340HP
 
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