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Chas
09-14-2007, 03:57 PM
It sure does to me. I can now understand why the old shaft chewed itself out of the front flange. Wow!

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r105/Chaswolf/IMG_0171.jpg?t=1189796199

As soon as my back feels up to the climbing around, I am going to try to realign things myself. I have loosened up the rear mounts, but have not started shoving the engine/trans around yet.

Tips?

betsy&david Harrison
09-14-2007, 04:05 PM
That looks a bit off to me :D

jraben8
09-14-2007, 04:16 PM
Yea, sorry, that just isn't right at all.

ProTour X9
09-14-2007, 04:51 PM
J u s t a t a d

Willski
09-14-2007, 04:56 PM
Ummm. Yea. I think you have a little problem there.

Fitz2333
09-14-2007, 05:11 PM
Just use a drift pin to get the first bolt started - then WAY over torque the rest of the the bolts and it should drive just like a Malibu!

Chas
09-14-2007, 05:42 PM
Just use a drift pin to get the first bolt started - then WAY over torque the rest of the the bolts and it should drive just like a Malibu!

I like that!

If I shove it way over, I can just get it to go together - but there's a whole lot a gruntin' goin' on to do so.

It had a nasty vibration when I bought it, but the person I purchased from was very up-front about the boat needing a new shaft. He was more than right.8p

Chief
09-14-2007, 05:55 PM
Go ahead and spray all the motor mount adjusters with WD-40 to accomadate all the cussing your going to be doing already. Dial indicator in the future?

ski_king
09-14-2007, 08:58 PM
I just noticed your boat is a 76 and has wod stringers, chances are the reason you are out of alignment is that the stringers are rotted where the motor is mounted and the engine location shifted. YOu better check this out before you go too far.

Hopefully I am wrong as that is a repair that will take some time and money.

Chas
09-14-2007, 09:06 PM
Wow - I hadn't thought of that. I had an off-shore boat once which had rotten stringers, and you are right: it was a real job to take care of.

ski_king
09-14-2007, 09:15 PM
Wow - I hadn't thought of that. I had an off-shore boat once which had rotten stringers, and you are right: it was a real job to take care of.
There are some threads on here showing the step by step replacement of the stringers. Looks like many hours of work, but doable. Getting the engine out and back in and glassing in the new stringers look like the toughest parts.

Check the lag bolts that hold the motor mounts. If they are loose, that is the first sign.

Chas
09-14-2007, 10:22 PM
I will check it out as soon as I can move around again.

Part of the story the PO gave me included having the engine replaced with a much newer 351. He said it had the vibration from that point on, but they put the boat into storage and eventually sold it.

So - let's hope that the stringers are sound and the thing was just never lined up.