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Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-20-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By FrankSchwab
GM warranties the engine for a year.

GM warranties the engine for a year.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-20-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By FrankSchwab
rkmason - As far as I can tell, it's precisely...

rkmason -
As far as I can tell, it's precisely the same engine (long block). There are 4 or 5 versions of the 350 available, and this is for 1996-newer Vortec...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-19-2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By FrankSchwab
But that would cost me $50 for an oil extractor!

But that would cost me $50 for an oil extractor!
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-19-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By FrankSchwab
Thanks guys. I've gotten over the denial,...

Thanks guys.
I've gotten over the denial, anger, bargaining and depression phases (I think) and am into acceptance.
Thanks for the suggestion, Mike. Here's TooTall's thread from back in 2011 for...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-19-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By FrankSchwab
Blowed engine up, need to pull it

1998 Maristar 200VRS

Well, it seems that last fall when I changed oil I didn't tighten the cap on the oil drain tube. It didn't have an issue the first run of the year when I was watching the...
Forum: Wanted to Buy 08-27-2017, 12:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,536
Posted By FrankSchwab
Most epoxies will soften when they get hot - JB...

Most epoxies will soften when they get hot - JB Weld, unfortunately, claims to work up to 500F. If those are fiberglass handles, they'll never take that temp.

Your best bet may be to take your...
Forum: Other 06-29-2017, 12:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 738
Posted By FrankSchwab
There's also a different thickness nylon spacer...

There's also a different thickness nylon spacer that goes under the blade depending on whether you have it in the "Pro" or "Advanced" position. Give them a call, see if they'll send you an owners...
Forum: Trailers 05-08-2017, 12:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By FrankSchwab
Order high quality new races, cones, and...

Order high quality new races, cones, and bearings. They're really not that expensive, and the damage there will end up requiring them. You'll have to get a machine shop to press out the old races...
Forum: General Discussion 04-05-2017, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By FrankSchwab
There's a small hole on the rudder plate under...

There's a small hole on the rudder plate under the boat that's the bleed hole - when you pump in grease up top, it distributes through the rudder housing then the excess squirts out the small hole. ...
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2017, 12:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By FrankSchwab
If you're up near the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell...

If you're up near the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell is only a few hours away. Take the Rainbow Bridge tour - you'll see most of that magnificent lake. Take a tour through Antelope Canyon while you're...
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2017, 12:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,522
Posted By FrankSchwab
Believe it or not, I have the same sprayer tank...

Believe it or not, I have the same sprayer tank and most of the same fittings sitting in my garage because I intended to build almost exactly what you've got. Looks like you did a good job.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-17-2017, 10:14 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 18,832
Posted By FrankSchwab
That doesn't sound like a fatal number to me. ...

That doesn't sound like a fatal number to me. I've have a good mechanic diagnose the low compression. Could be a broken ring (gotta pull the engine and remove the piston), could be scarred cylinder...
Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2016, 12:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,637
Posted By FrankSchwab
A normal vehicle battery is about 60 AH, or about...

A normal vehicle battery is about 60 AH, or about 720 WH.

A good polisher might be 120V, 8A - or 960 W. Using an inverter, your polisher will work for 30-45 minutes before your battery is dead...
Forum: Upholstery 12-28-2016, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,217
Posted By FrankSchwab
My wife took a giant beach towel, and turned it...

My wife took a giant beach towel, and turned it into a cover for our swim pad. Made it a lot cooler to step on, and a lot more comfortable to sit/lie on. Run a couple of velcro straps under the pad...
Forum: General Discussion 11-29-2016, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By FrankSchwab
I'm close to your year, but the electronics are...

I'm close to your year, but the electronics are completely different. I've never heard a peep from mine. Here's a bump, and hope someone with your year can help out.
Forum: General Discussion 11-29-2016, 08:14 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,544
Posted By FrankSchwab
>> We're going mid July >> We're just looking to...

>> We're going mid July
>> We're just looking to park the houseboat within an hour or two of the marina
>> Just looking for a nice place to park it for the week where we will have seclusion

I...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-21-2016, 11:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,437
Posted By FrankSchwab
If you decide to work on the teak deck... I did...

If you decide to work on the teak deck...

I did as rkmason implied - I took all of those screws out of the bottom of the deck, and broke it down to five hundred pieces, then sanded all four sides of...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-21-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,437
Posted By FrankSchwab
Congratulations on the purchase, and you'll have...

Congratulations on the purchase, and you'll have a lot of fun.

If you plan on fixing the mechanical damage to the gelcoat, I'd agree with gweaver, have someone qualified do it. Here's a thread that...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-20-2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,437
Posted By FrankSchwab
How old are your kids? When mine were young,...

How old are your kids? When mine were young, they loved jumping off the sundeck into the water. I ran a strip of grip tape along the top of the deck next to the sundeck to make sure no one would...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-20-2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,437
Posted By FrankSchwab
You might find this...

You might find this interesting:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50642476/2000%20MariStar%20brochure.pdf
Forum: What is this boat worth? 11-19-2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,437
Posted By FrankSchwab
Looks like it's had a bit of a rough life, but...

Looks like it's had a bit of a rough life, but nothing so far that will keep you from enjoying the boat.

There are a couple of big-dollar items you need to check. The Water test is a great start,...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 11-19-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,533
Posted By FrankSchwab
Alternative explanation for the excess wear may...

Alternative explanation for the excess wear may be that the oil was contaminated with water at some point - maybe a cracked head, or something similar.

Oil in boats is pretty simply - replace it...
Forum: Electrical 11-19-2016, 04:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,987
Posted By FrankSchwab
I removed the upper gauge panel with all the...

I removed the upper gauge panel with all the gauges, but I don't think I removed the whole dash panel (CRS these days) - I looked at it as an option and decided that it was way too much work.

As I...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 11-19-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,908
Posted By FrankSchwab
There are very occasional reports on here of...

There are very occasional reports on here of someone losing a blade on a prop - Maybe twice in the ten years I've been following this board. If these happened more than "very rarely", I think it...
Forum: Electrical 11-15-2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,987
Posted By FrankSchwab
Getting TO the switch is the problem on these...

Getting TO the switch is the problem on these boats.

Might be a good idea to take Deb's advice. You should be able to unscrew the nut off the front of the circuit breaker, maybe there's enough...
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