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Hogwild
09-17-2012, 10:39 AM
Hey guys, I figure that I would start a new thread to document my winter project and take as many pictures as I can to get tips along the way. I wanted to keep it all in one place for future reference.

As you may remember I had what looks like an oil leak at the front main seal. While I'm in there and have the engine pulled, I figure that I will try and do a full check on the engine to see if anything else should get replaced. Fortunately I have a mechanic friend that is going to help me and teach me as we go. Before I get started though I have a couple of questions:

1. Is there anything that you guys would add to the list or check on while I have the engine pulled? It is a 13 year old boat with 340 hours and I would imagine it hasn't had anything done to it besides routine maintenance.

2. Also, for gaskets and other parts, will I have luck finding everything I need (or having them order) from NAPA, or should I stick with Skidim? (other sites?)

If everything works out I may end up replacing the carpet as well. Lastly, some gelcoat blemishes will get repaired and the boat is going to get a nice wetsand and polish before the Spring. Anyway, wish me luck!!

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
09-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Year, make, engine make and size and model of boat will help us spend your money...

Thrall
09-17-2012, 01:02 PM
With 340hrs it shouldn't need anything other than routine maint and cosmetic items.

Hogwild
09-17-2012, 02:13 PM
Year, make, engine make and size and model of boat will help us spend your money...

99 Maristar 230 with the LTR 330.

gatorguy
09-17-2012, 02:19 PM
Install some clear plastic sheeting in the bildge like the motocross guys have on their goggles. That way a couple of times a season you can pull off the top sheet and have a shiny new bildge.

Hogwild
11-12-2012, 07:41 PM
Just a few pictures of the progress and for those with the LTR to maybe see it at an angle they couldn't have before. We successfully pulled motor and decided to replace all the seals while we were in there. Turns out the leak was from the oil pan and not the front main seal like was originally suspected. Glad it's fixed though.

Hogwild
11-12-2012, 07:45 PM
2nd Set

jgraham37128
11-12-2012, 08:52 PM
I would've changed the spark plugs if only because it would've been the easiest one's you'll ever do.

Hogwild
11-12-2012, 09:38 PM
I would've changed the spark plugs if only because it would've been the easiest one's you'll ever do.

Yeah, I thought about it, but I had just changed them this summer and they only have about 25 hours on them. Would definitely be easier to work on if engine was easily removable ;)

gweaver
11-13-2012, 01:22 PM
What's that silver tray visible under the crank when the oil pan was removed? What's it for? The few times I've pulled an oil pan off an engine, I've never see one of those.
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1redTA
11-13-2012, 02:07 PM
The silver pan under the crank is a windage tray

Hogwild
11-13-2012, 03:34 PM
What's that silver tray visible under the crank when the oil pan was removed? What's it for? The few times I've pulled an oil pan off an engine, I've never see one of those.
G

My buddy had never seen one either. I guess it's to avoid oil being sloshed around with all the vibration and bumps that a boat takes.

Hogwild
02-02-2013, 01:29 AM
So i had some extra carpet left over after doing the rear compartments and was thinking about redoing the main visible areas in the boat. Does anyone have a link for removing the floor around the gas tank? I want to see just how hard of a job this may be.

Hogwild
04-03-2013, 08:57 PM
I thought I would post some update pictures. I want to thank you guys for all your input and especially BrianM for helping me pick out the right products to go with since this was my first try at oxidation removal.

Hogwild
04-03-2013, 09:02 PM
Here are the after photos. It took a long time but it was well worth it. Only negative is I lost the Mastercraft sticker on the back because I was trying to get down to previous owner's decal and remove any trace of it. I'll try and get some better pics once the sun actually comes out.

Big tic
04-03-2013, 09:15 PM
what products did you use to remove the oxidation?

orbeamlb
04-03-2013, 09:20 PM
Looking good. Great work.

Hogwild
04-03-2013, 09:31 PM
what products did you use to remove the oxidation?

3M super duty rubbing compound and a wool pad on a rotary polisher. I was a little nervous that I would burn through the gelcoat pretty easily with the rotary, but I have to say that it was harder to cut than i thought. I just kept the moving the rotary around and made several passes.

Followed it up with 3M finesse it, but really all the cutting was done and this just seemed to remove any small scratches that may have been left from the wool pad.

TN Barefooter
04-04-2013, 06:47 AM
Nice work, you really did a great job on removing the oxidation.

thatsmrmastercraft
04-04-2013, 08:55 AM
What a huge difference. A lot of work but the results are well worth the effort.

Hogwild
04-04-2013, 09:19 AM
Thanks guys. Couldnt have done it without this board.

Table Rocker
04-05-2013, 12:05 PM
That transom looks great, like a dark green mirror. Huge improvement.