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WAT8415
03-08-2007, 09:16 PM
I am getting my PS190 ready for the season. It is a 1991 with the Ford 351. This will be my first year of owning a MC and I had the local dealer winterize it for me. I am now putting it all back together and was wondering if the block had two plugs in it or just one. I can see by the starter on the starboard side that there is a threaded hole and one on the port side as well. Looking at the rust stains on the block the port side looks like it was the one with the plug. Can anyone help me out with this?

Kevin 89MC
03-08-2007, 10:23 PM
Lucky! Still snow & ice all over here. :( Sweet boat!
De-winterizing is fairly easy. There's likely a good post in the FAQ. Your block has two plugs, one starboard, one port, both below manifolds. Starboard one is toward the bow, port one toward the stern (I think, mine's still in storage). From the factory, they came with petcocks that you can open to drain, then shut when you're done. If you just have a threaded hole, you'll need to get some brass threaded plugs to seal them up. Or you can get the fancy brass shutoff valves from skidim (I have them-they work great). If the petcocks are there, open them to drain the antifreeze (put a bucket under your bilge drain to capture it). Then close the petcocks (or install plugs). Check to make sure your manifold drain plugs are in. Check to see if the impeller is installed (or put a new one in). That is in the front of the engine, right behind the pylon, held in by a round plate and 4 brass screws. Don't overtighten them-they snap easy.
Check to make sure all your hoses are hooked up. Make sure your exhaust flaps aren't taped shut. Throw it in the water & fire that bad boy up!:steering:

dmayer84
03-08-2007, 10:30 PM
and its running

WAT8415
03-08-2007, 11:56 PM
Hmm, well either I only have one plug in the block or my local MC dealer lost a plug. I placed the plug on the port side right under the screen for the water pick up hose. There is a threaded hold on the starboard side right above the starter. I did fire her up in the shop and I didnt see any water coming out of that hole but I will go get a plug for it. Dang there is a lot of smoke on the first start up, had to disable the alarm system before it went off and the alarm company sent in the fire department.

TMCNo1
03-09-2007, 07:47 AM
Hmm, well either I only have one plug in the block or my local MC dealer lost a plug. I placed the plug on the port side right under the screen for the water pick up hose. There is a threaded hold on the starboard side right above the starter. I did fire her up in the shop and I didnt see any water coming out of that hole but I will go get a plug for it. Dang there is a lot of smoke on the first start up, had to disable the alarm system before it went off and the alarm company sent in the fire department.


Smoke is probably from the fogging and it will burn off real quick after the boat gets good and warm and you run some gas thru the engine. It really botherd me the first couple years at start-up, but finally realized it was just part of the experience the first time out each spring.

wakescene
03-27-2007, 04:44 PM
I'm just putting the finishing touches on De-Winterizing Article that is the followup to this: http://wakeboardnj.com/winterize.htm. I'll post when it's complete and on the site.
KG

east tx skier
03-27-2007, 04:58 PM
I have my dewinterization checklist here (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=103139&postcount=6).

Here are the drain plug locations.

edwinfuqua
03-27-2007, 05:01 PM
It's all good, good information that is.
Edwin

edwinfuqua
03-27-2007, 05:02 PM
Got one for the PC 454HO? Just kidding, but I'm glad you pointed out that his engine has 5 drain plugs. 1. the trans cooler
2. left block
3. right block
4. left exaust
5. right exaust

It is a V8 and has two water jackets for both the engine and exaust.
Edwin

east tx skier
03-27-2007, 05:22 PM
By the way, if you're missing a plug, the block plugs are 1/4" NPT and the manifold plugs are 3/4" NPT. You can get brass replacement plugs at NAPA.

wakescene
04-18-2007, 08:58 AM
Finally got the article finished...
http://www.wakeboardnj.com/docs/Winterization/dewinterize.htm
Thanks again to East tx skier for helping get this started back in the fall of '06.

KG

east tx skier
04-18-2007, 10:13 AM
Nice job! I like the part about registration, fire extinquisher, etc. I always seem to be checking those once I'm already on the water when it's too late.

wakescene
04-18-2007, 05:42 PM
I keep finding these little notes of things I wanted to add...hence the delay (I should have had this out April 1). I even found a note in my cell phone.