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thijs
05-19-2008, 11:08 AM
Well I had asked before anout adding a Deck Access Plate to get access to the stuffing box.

http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=20965

It had been done, but here is the how to thread. We did this yesterday in less than an hour or 2 beers each.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:10 AM
We decided to pull the floor for simplicity sake. Here is the floor on the saw horses with the deck access plate and the beverage du jour.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:12 AM
The floor on the horses.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:13 AM
A quick view of the underside of the floor. Note the spray line from the packing nut- This will come in very handy later.

Note the reinforcements for the motor-box hinges. The one was pulled through the bottom layer of the honeycomb when we bought our boat.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:15 AM
To find center measure the width of the floor divided by two. Our floor (1994 Prostar 205) was 27.5".

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:18 AM
Marking at 13 3/4" width for centre.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:20 AM
Measuring back from the line in the carpet to make sure that the deck access plate when centred on that spray line will not interfere with the engine box.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:23 AM
Knowing that the deck plate will not interfere with the engine box we drilled a centre hole for the deck plate.

thijs
05-19-2008, 11:27 AM
Using a fabricated compass to scribe the radius for the widest part of the deck plate that will be resting inside the floor. This width will vary by deck plate.

Screw measuring twice, measure three times and cut once when dealing with the floor of your beloved boat.

east tx skier
05-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Hey! I've got one of those! ;)

TX.X-30 fan
05-19-2008, 06:10 PM
Hey! I've got one of those! ;)




#2 pencil???? :confused:

TMCNo1
05-19-2008, 09:45 PM
Exact same procedure I used when I installed mine 5 years ago! Nice tutorial!

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:21 PM
I also did the same diameter on the carpet to cut the carpet away to avoid wrecking the remaining carpet with the jig-saw.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:23 PM
The carpet pulled away.............................(Pretty much committed to the project by now)

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:25 PM
Drill a couple of holes for the jig saw start.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:28 PM
Cut gingerly with the jigsaw. Actually cuts quite easily. Eye protection is heavily suggested- the little shards of aluminum were flying around quite a bit.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:29 PM
Completely committed to the project by now.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:30 PM
Measuring carefully to make sure the access plate screw holes are absoultely square.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:32 PM
Drilling out the access plate screw holes.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:33 PM
Here is the bottom view with the stainless screws coming through.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:35 PM
Lock nuts with washers. There is no need for tourquing these puppies on to hard. I guarantee you that would wreck the aluminum and may pull through.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:36 PM
Finished product...........

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:38 PM
Good access to the stuffing box.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:39 PM
Doesn't get in the way of the engine box.

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:40 PM
Looks like it belongs??? What do you think?

thijs
05-19-2008, 10:41 PM
Final view of the completed project. Any questions or comments?

TMCNo1
05-19-2008, 11:46 PM
I think it should be standard equipment!
35076

kennbarbie
05-19-2008, 11:57 PM
Good to see you are drinking Alberta's finest, West of the rockies it would be Kokanee.

Looks great, looks original. Good job on the photos.

thijs
05-20-2008, 07:14 AM
I need to find one of theose decals TMCNo1.

TMCNo1
05-20-2008, 08:56 AM
I need to find one of theose decals TMCNo1.

Those were windshield frame domed decals, but the adhesive won't let it stick good, so I used 3M acrylic double stick emblem mounting tape to the back and it works like a charm.

#47of100TeamMC
05-20-2008, 09:05 AM
Ok, I'll bite... why would you need such easy access to your "box"? isn't that a once a year adjustment?

TMCNo1
05-20-2008, 09:10 AM
Ok, I'll bite... why would you need such easy access to your "box"? isn't that a once a year adjustment?

This way, you don't have to remove the motor cover, back seat, back panel, floor panel to get to it once a year, just pop the lid, tighten stuffing box, then press it back down, done deal, 5 minutes instead of 45 minutes!

east tx skier
05-20-2008, 09:50 AM
I think it should be standard equipment!
35076

I couldn't agree more. Nice work!

TMCNo1
05-20-2008, 10:55 AM
I couldn't agree more. Nice work!

But, we forgot something!
The professionals that would normally do that work for the non-DIY owners would loose the $125 hour service charge and the opportunity to leave the boat exposed to the elements in their lot for 2 weeks, get grease on the carpet, poke holes in the upholstery with a screwdriver in their back pocket, leave the ignition switch on and run the batteries down and hit the boat and/or trailer on everything in a 2 block area!:rolleyes::D

thijs
05-20-2008, 07:51 PM
But, we forgot something!
The professionals that would normally do that work for the non-DIY owners would loose the $125 hour service charge and the opportunity to leave the boat exposed to the elements in their lot for 2 weeks, get grease on the carpet, poke holes in the upholstery with a screwdriver in their back pocket, leave the ignition switch on and run the batteries down and hit the boat and/or trailer on everything in a 2 block area!

I don't trust anyone with my (our) $#!^ anymore. No cars to the mechanics, and I always get second opinions at the doctor now. I only trust myself, at least I can be honest with myself when I am over my head. I think that almost everyone is capable to do almost anything.

mikeg205
09-12-2013, 06:51 PM
Old thread resurrection ... What is the source for the access panel... Awesome idea

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
09-12-2013, 07:03 PM
Old thread resurrection ... What is the source for the access panel... Awesome idea

West Marine
http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=605211&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=50667&subdeptNum=50688&classNum=50690

mikeg205
09-13-2013, 10:48 AM
Awesome - thanks james.

thatsmrmastercraft
09-13-2013, 10:57 AM
These access plates work great. I put one under the observer seat to access my bilge pump.

thijs
09-13-2013, 03:03 PM
Funny, I haven't been on TMC in years, and when I return an old thread I started from 5 years ago just got bumped.

Spidey senses? IIRC I got my access plate from eBay.

thatsmrmastercraft
09-13-2013, 03:47 PM
Funny, I haven't been on TMC in years, and when I return an old thread I started from 5 years ago just got bumped.

Spidey senses? IIRC I got my access plate from eBay.

Welcome back. :toast:

mikeg205
09-13-2013, 04:15 PM
Funny, I haven't been on TMC in years, and when I return an old thread I started from 5 years ago just got bumped.

Spidey senses? IIRC I got my access plate from eBay.

Good ideas are always and should be top of mind... ;) :D :D