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Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-17-2016, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By FrankSchwab
Check the damper plate when you've got the...

Check the damper plate when you've got the engine/tranny seperated. Not too many hours on your boat, but being 20 years old (almost) means almost anything can go bad.

Check all the hoses when...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 07-17-2016, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By FrankSchwab
Yup, entirely normal, especially if it's been out...

Yup, entirely normal, especially if it's been out of the water for awhile.

I put mine in gear once on the trailer, and the extraordinarily loud squeal sounded like I'd summoned demons from Hell. ...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 07-16-2016, 10:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,436
Posted By FrankSchwab
Do you seriously not? Have you read any of the...

Do you seriously not? Have you read any of the climate science papers, or do you prefer to remain ignorant by claiming that all climate scientists are idiots, and are involved in a grand conspiracy...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2016, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By FrankSchwab
If I understand your situation correctly, my...

If I understand your situation correctly, my recommendation would be a brass insert screwed into the messed-up holes, and replace the wood screws with SS machine screws:
Brass insert:...
Forum: General / Other 07-09-2016, 01:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By FrankSchwab
The cable in my boat hasn't ever been replaced....

The cable in my boat hasn't ever been replaced. Still have 2-finger steering.

The design of the cable is interesting - when you extend the cable all the way out, there's a relatively huge empty...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2016, 01:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,749
Posted By FrankSchwab
Do the redneck test - grab the prop and see how...

Do the redneck test - grab the prop and see how many fingers it takes to turn it the next time you take the boat out of the water:
1 = Excellent
2,3 = Good enough. Let's go skiing.
5 = Do better...
Forum: Trailers 07-08-2016, 01:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 818
Posted By FrankSchwab
The first picture looks like a tread separation...

The first picture looks like a tread separation to me - note that the tread lines aren't straight; they look like they bow out around the bad area. That's gonna cause all kinds of unusual wear...
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By FrankSchwab
We drive all over with our SA, including 350...

We drive all over with our SA, including 350 miles from Phoenix to Lake Powell in the middle of summer.

Take it to a trailer place, have them service the bearings, R&R the brakes, and put new tires...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 07-02-2016, 02:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 881
Posted By FrankSchwab
There are a couple of major differences between...

There are a couple of major differences between Auto and Marine that you should know about:
1. On Marine engines, the freeze plugs are brass. On a car, thin steel. If you don't replace them, they'll...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2016, 02:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By FrankSchwab
The hardest part about doing an oil change on the...

The hardest part about doing an oil change on the boat, is if you make the mistake of asking on here "What oil should I use". You'll spend weeks wading through the drivel.

Suggestion, along with...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 07-02-2016, 02:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,478
Posted By FrankSchwab
Bent struts are pretty danged common. And they...

Bent struts are pretty danged common. And they do exactly what you see - the propshaft no longer lines up with the shaft log.

Try to straighten it; if that doesn't work, some have been successful...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 10,852
Posted By FrankSchwab
Hmmm, I wonder what could be different about the...

Hmmm, I wonder what could be different about the pushrod that would make a difference. Different spring rate? I dunno.
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2016, 09:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By FrankSchwab
I made a few mistakes that hurt when I was first...

I made a few mistakes that hurt when I was first learning to ride - someone turning left in front of you is a "yeah, yeah, yeah, that'll never happen to me" until it does. After gaining some wisdom...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2016, 01:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,214
Posted By FrankSchwab
75-100'. If you have to stop in the channel,...

75-100'. If you have to stop in the channel, it's easy enough to pull the ski boat in closer. Just start up slowly until the rope is tight.
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2016, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By FrankSchwab
I'd like to hear from other owners, but I really...

I'd like to hear from other owners, but I really think an Air Chair could be a cool ride...

When learning, you adjust height using your arms, and your legs really don't do much. When you get good,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,214
Posted By FrankSchwab
A lot of houseboats successfully tow boats on...

A lot of houseboats successfully tow boats on Lake Powell every year. A few aren't successful. What odds are you willing to take?

We tow our boat behind the houseboat - but it's also an older boat...
Forum: General Discussion 06-23-2016, 12:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 567
Posted By FrankSchwab
I've got the same boat, and occasionally get in...

I've got the same boat, and occasionally get in my friend's '93 PS190.

Completely different experiences. It's similar to when I had an Accord, and a Miata. Like the Miata, in the PS190 you're down...
Forum: Trailers 06-22-2016, 01:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By FrankSchwab
Yes, I bought one of those last year and had it...

Yes, I bought one of those last year and had it welded on this winter. I don't think this is where I bought it, but you can...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-21-2016, 12:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 832
Posted By FrankSchwab
I put a 7 round on my trailer when I redid the...

I put a 7 round on my trailer when I redid the wiring, and carefully followed the wiring diagrams and verified both the trailer and truck (2006 Expedition) sides of the connection. Everything worked...
Forum: Storage / Winterization 06-21-2016, 12:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,060
Posted By FrankSchwab
Yup - same thing happens on mine when I...

Yup - same thing happens on mine when I winterize. Every plug I unscrew I stick a screwdriver into, and roughly half the time I get a goodly amount of water out after I dislodge the rust flake.
Forum: Trailers 06-21-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By FrankSchwab
Sounds to me like the actuator in the tongue (the...

Sounds to me like the actuator in the tongue (the master cylinder) got hung up, causing the brakes on both sides to be partially activated.

It's possible that your bearings have gone south - but...
Forum: Electrical 06-21-2016, 12:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By FrankSchwab
I got no help for ya, man. Mine still has analog...

I got no help for ya, man. Mine still has analog gauges - and I'm happy about that.

You might be able to use charts like...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-20-2016, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By FrankSchwab
I wouldn't do it on the water. Let me repeat: ...

I wouldn't do it on the water. Let me repeat: don't do it on the water.

While it's true that a technically proficient mechanic could probably do so, for the rest of us 9-thumbed amateurs the best...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2016, 02:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,442
Posted By FrankSchwab
When I buy a $10 pair of sunglasses, they follow...

When I buy a $10 pair of sunglasses, they follow me forever - I throw them away, and the next week find them under the seat of my car.
When I buy a $100 pair of sunglasses, I lose them within a month...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-19-2016, 01:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By FrankSchwab
Yup...

Yup -
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/stuffing_box

You're going to have a hard time getting to the packing nut and stop nut - it's easy to put a hand on them, but really hard to get a tool in...
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