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Chaser_rct
05-15-2008, 01:13 PM
i am getting ready to button down the hatches on my resto project and i was wondering if the middle of the floor behind the motor box needs to be on hinges for access or is it just screwed down?

loeweb
05-15-2008, 01:35 PM
my 88 is just screwed down. Come to think of it, mine needs replaced.

mlay
05-15-2008, 02:58 PM
i am getting ready to button down the hatches on my resto project and i was wondering if the middle of the floor behind the motor box needs to be on hinges for access or is it just screwed down?
My 82 is screwed down. Actually right now I just re-did the carpet and it fits so snugly I haven't yet screwed it back down. Between the tight fit, engine cover, and rear seat, it does not move.

mlay
05-15-2008, 02:59 PM
i am getting ready to button down the hatches on my resto project and i was wondering if the middle of the floor behind the motor box needs to be on hinges for access or is it just screwed down?
on another note, probably goes without saying but don't fasten it until you get your drip rate adjusted.

454Prostar190
05-15-2008, 04:49 PM
My '82 is also screwed down. I have a couple of aluminum strips that cover the seams. The screws are machine threaded, beveled, with a beveled washer and a nut underneath. They look just like the rest throughout the boat. Rick

mlay
05-15-2008, 05:08 PM
My '82 is also screwed down. I have a couple of aluminum strips that cover the seams. The screws are machine threaded, beveled, with a beveled washer and a nut underneath. They look just like the rest throughout the boat. Rick
Mine also but trying to straighten them out and polish up a bit before re-installing.

Chaser_rct
05-16-2008, 09:23 AM
this might be a dumb question but what is the drip rate.

Chaser_rct
05-16-2008, 09:25 AM
Thanks Rick thats what i thought about doing

Slinkyredfoot
05-16-2008, 10:13 AM
this might be a dumb question but what is the drip rate.

The rate of water drip from the prop shaft jamb nut seal...

Chaser_rct
05-16-2008, 01:57 PM
I see and one more question how do you adjust it just tighten or loosen it?

mlay
05-16-2008, 02:05 PM
I see and one more question how do you adjust it just tighten or loosen it?
I am still new and not sure how to link it but this is from the FAQ contributed but East Tx Skier.
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How do I repack my traditional shaft stuffing box/packing gland?

1. Use a pipe wrench to loosen the packing nut all the way off the threads. Using a pair of needle nosed pliers or a tiny screwdriver or coat hang wire, harpoon the old rope which is packed inside the big nut. There are three of them and they come out pretty easily one at a time. Keeping them intact will save you some time later.

2. On the 1:1, the rope size is 1/4" (I believe it's 3/16" on the gear reduction transmissions). Using one of your old bits of rope, cut the new rope using a razor blade so it doesn't fray. You'll need three pieces.

3. Wrap the first piece around the shaft to make sure it fits around with hardly any space at the joint. Then cram it up in the nut while keeping it around the shaft abutting itself. Tighten the nut back down to seat it.

4. Unscrew the nut off the threads again and repeat step 3 for the next two pieces. Stagger the joints so they're not all lined up. Once it's seated, this can be tricky to find the joints. A good flashlight and some good eyes come in handy. Either 180 or 120 degrees is good. No hard numbers so long as they're not too close to the same between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3.

5. When all of the three rope sections are in the nut, tighten it back down.

6. Put the boat in the water and leave the shaft accessible. Crank up the motor and let it run for a second. Adjust so you see some drip. Then take the boat out and run it a while. When I went with my mechanic to do one, we ran it for about ten minutes. Bring the boat back to neutral and readjust the packing nut for the proper drip rate.

7. Drip Rate. There's no hard, fast answer to this. My mechanic likes 1 drip every second or two. I've read anything from once every 4 seconds, 15 seconds all the way to every five minutes. I guess if you can hold your hand over the packing and it doesn't feel like it's burning up after running the boat hard for a bit, it's probably alright. Once you get it like you like it, tighten up the jam nut.

Chaser_rct
05-18-2008, 11:47 AM
Wow thanks for the info mlay i will try and do that this afternoon!