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Forum: Off Topic Discussion 06-13-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 940
Posted By TRBenj
I have found the free GPS/speedometer phone apps...

I have found the free GPS/speedometer phone apps to be fairly inaccurate. I have verified the Navionics app to be almost spot on with my garmin etrex though. $10 well spent.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-13-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By TRBenj
If your carbureted boat requires pumping of the...

If your carbureted boat requires pumping of the throttle to start when warm, then it's not dialed in. It doesn't matter how old I am or who your dad was! I've seen plenty of high hour boats that...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-10-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By TRBenj
Marine Holley baseplates supposedly have sealed...

Marine Holley baseplates supposedly have sealed (o-ring?) throttle shafts. I've never taken one far enough apart to confirm this myself, but the only carbs I've seen leak fuel from the throttle...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 06-09-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,715
Posted By TRBenj
The few posts that stated that the 542 is a RH...

The few posts that stated that the 542 is a RH prop are correct. 540/542 are the RH equivalents of the 541/543. All RH Acmes have even model numbers.

Eric at OJ has always been great to work with....
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,378
Posted By TRBenj
If I were selling a boat that I had invested a...

If I were selling a boat that I had invested a lot in (time, money, sweat) then I would absolutely be picky about who buys it. Allowing your old baby to go to someone who you know will wreck it- no...
Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments 05-27-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 19,143
Posted By TRBenj
Someone familiar with how MC built that boat...

Someone familiar with how MC built that boat originally might need to comment on that cracking. Were they installing a pre-fabbed "bilge pan" as it appears? I know that's how Malibu builds their...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 05-27-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By TRBenj
Soak any and all suspect hard parts in carb...

Soak any and all suspect hard parts in carb cleaner for a few hours. I mean submerge them. Then repeat what you've done.

I assume you've swapped in a different carb and the issue cleared up?

I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 384
Posted By TRBenj
All of the hydraulic lifts of this style that I...

All of the hydraulic lifts of this style that I own (Nyman/Basta, Shoremaster, Sunstream) utilize power up/power down/hold style hydraulic systems. They do not require any weight on the bunks to...
Forum: For Sale: Parts & Accessories 05-14-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 848
Posted By TRBenj
One last bump before it goes to...

One last bump before it goes to ebay.

TRBenj@gmail.com
Forum: For Sale: Parts & Accessories 05-07-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 848
Posted By TRBenj
All of my assembled chrome bezel speedos are gone...

All of my assembled chrome bezel speedos are gone as of now, but I do have plenty of cores that I can put together if need be.

I also have this nice MC faced 2025 all ready to go. Its not NOS,...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 05-02-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 644
Posted By TRBenj
I assume the point you are comparing to is where...

I assume the point you are comparing to is where the shaft spins freely in the strut?

If so, then I still suggest:
Forum: General / Other 05-01-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By TRBenj
True story. Older BFI's do in fact have an allen...

True story. Older BFI's do in fact have an allen head set screw in place of the spring loaded button that holds the 2 halves together. Theyre not coming apart even if you dont tighten it, though.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 05-01-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,302
Posted By TRBenj
Well there you have it... you have a...

Well there you have it... you have a (non-original) dual taper shaft. That info (or a picture) would have been much more helpful at the beginning of the thread! A puller and a hammer should...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-30-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,302
Posted By TRBenj
Dual taper prop shafts are out there, but are not...

Dual taper prop shafts are out there, but are not standard on all boats. Single taper (on the prop end) is the standard for most direct drives, especially older ones. I believe we have established...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-21-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 644
Posted By TRBenj
A left/right alignment issue may indicate a bent...

A left/right alignment issue may indicate a bent strut. Better pop under the boat and take a close look. A small framing square and a tape measure may help you spot a bend that can be difficult to...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-18-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 644
Posted By TRBenj
How/where are you supporting the driveshaft...

How/where are you supporting the driveshaft during all of this? Is it being held in place where it is aligned in the strut (where it spins freely)? Or are you letting it sag under its own weight? ...
Forum: Electrical 04-16-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By TRBenj
Every time I have seen this happen, it was with a...

Every time I have seen this happen, it was with a battery that was a bit low on juice, and the battery was a (deep cycle) marine battery. Never seen it happen with a fully charged proper starting...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-16-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,302
Posted By TRBenj
By definition, the shaft cannot be "seized up" if...

By definition, the shaft cannot be "seized up" if it has a proper interference fit. All worn (fretted) interference fit parts that I have encountered have been loose and sloppy.

If youre suggesting...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-16-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,302
Posted By TRBenj
Use the output coupler of the transmission to...

Use the output coupler of the transmission to press the shaft out of the coupler. Use all 4 bolts and an appropriately sized socket. This is the tried and true method.

Or, if you know the shaft is...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-16-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,954
Posted By TRBenj
I would have no issue bolting on a top end...

I would have no issue bolting on a top end package (H/C/I) to a stock bottom end if it looks to be in good health. I have done so many times and havent blown one up yet. The few extra revs we're...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-15-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,302
Posted By TRBenj
Yikes, terrible advice being offered!!! The...

Yikes, terrible advice being offered!!!

The shaft to coupler is an interference fit. Penetrating lubricants and anti sieze are useless. So are half-assed pullers. You need to press it off, or...
Forum: Other 04-12-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By TRBenj
Bi's are well built and wear like iron... But...

Bi's are well built and wear like iron... But they're known to be stiff and take a while to break in (could be years depending on frequency of use). Style is a personal preference but bi is a bit...
Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments 04-08-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,695
Posted By TRBenj
The key comes out, I promise. I've dissected many...

The key comes out, I promise. I've dissected many big-T rotary helms just like yours and that is how they come apart. Really.
Forum: Electrical 04-07-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 770
Posted By TRBenj
Ding ding ding! On the solenoid: S = "start". ...

Ding ding ding!

On the solenoid:
S = "start". This is the 12v signal from the ignition switch telling the relay to close (and crank the starter).
I = "ignition". This post receives 12v that is...
Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments 04-07-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,695
Posted By TRBenj
Remove the key, it did not grow there.

Remove the key, it did not grow there.
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