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Forum: Engine / Drive Train Today, 01:50 AM
Replies: 23
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Posted By FrankSchwab
I was suggesting making the change to the STRUT,...

I was suggesting making the change to the STRUT, not the hull. If you're going to throw it away anyway, wouldn't hurt to give it a try.

/frank
Forum: Engine / Drive Train Yesterday, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 331
Posted By FrankSchwab
I've never removed one, but the general...

I've never removed one, but the general successful approach seems to be to simply pull sideways on the strut - get a come-along or ratchet strap, attach it through the shaft hole in the strut, and...
Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments Yesterday, 07:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,746
Posted By FrankSchwab
Man that looks purdy!

Man that looks purdy!
Forum: Engine / Drive Train Yesterday, 07:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 331
Posted By FrankSchwab
That's a classic bent strut. If you squat down...

That's a classic bent strut. If you squat down about 10' behind the boat and look at the strut, you'll see that it's bent left or right, and not straight. It should be straight. (Note that the...
Forum: Restorations and Refurbishments Yesterday, 12:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 689
Posted By FrankSchwab
JMHO. For the interior, search on here. A lot...

JMHO.

For the interior, search on here. A lot of people have redone their interiors. One resource is a former Mastercraft vinyl guy (Jim, IIRC) who has all the vinyl patterns - he can make you up...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-30-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 331
Posted By FrankSchwab
Likely it was leaking and a PO simply added a new...

Likely it was leaking and a PO simply added a new layer. I guess that works as a quick fix...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By FrankSchwab
Wow, the suggestions started way back when at...

Wow, the suggestions started way back when at "never let it go below 1/4", and are now up to "never let it go below 1/3"? What's next, "never let it go below 1/2"?
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By FrankSchwab
When it shows empty, look at the side of the fuel...

When it shows empty, look at the side of the fuel tank and see where the fuel level is. You may need a flashlight shone on the top or sides of the tank to get a good line.

The fuel level float...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-27-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 331
Posted By FrankSchwab
I'd pull the shaft out now, and take it to...

I'd pull the shaft out now, and take it to someone with a big-*** press and have them remove the coupler. Clean it up, so you might be able to get it apart the next time.

By the way, I'd also do...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-27-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 331
Posted By FrankSchwab
Sounds like you've tried everything short of the...

Sounds like you've tried everything short of the nuclear option.

Maybe if you try the plate idea, when everything is tight and ready to pop, whack the end of the propshaft a couple of times to see...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-27-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 331
Posted By FrankSchwab
I haven't seen a writeup for our boats. However,...

I haven't seen a writeup for our boats. However, for most of them, it seems that the various floorboards can be removed to get access to the tank.
I know that's not too helpful, but there it is.

Did...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-24-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By FrankSchwab
Authoritative...

Authoritative article:
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/stuffing_box
Forum: For Sale: Parts & Accessories 06-22-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By FrankSchwab
Those are the same bearings as on my greased...

Those are the same bearings as on my greased hubs, so they should fit both styles.
Forum: For Sale: Parts & Accessories 06-21-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By FrankSchwab
Did your trailer have 5 wheel lugs, or 6? With...

Did your trailer have 5 wheel lugs, or 6?

With your boat, it's probably the 6 lug version with the 5500 pound axle like mine. Some (for Prostars) only had the 5-lug, 3500 pound axle. Different...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-13-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 766
Posted By FrankSchwab
I don't have links to any threads here, but this...

I don't have links to any threads here, but this site (http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/replacing_a_cutlass) (Note: Preceding phrase is a link that isn't highlighted for some reason) is a great...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-12-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 766
Posted By FrankSchwab
I'm not an expert (just an armchair machinist),...

I'm not an expert (just an armchair machinist), but I disagree. I think the taper is there to keep the prop centered on the shaft - without the taper, the prop to shaft clearance would mess with the...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-10-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 766
Posted By FrankSchwab
There's 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torqure...

There's 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torqure (or whatever your engine/trans combo converts it to) trying to shear the key in half. The only reason it doesn't shear is because the load is spread...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 06-06-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,332
Posted By FrankSchwab
Just in time for the weekend. Glad you got it...

Just in time for the weekend.

Glad you got it taken care of.
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,210
Posted By FrankSchwab
Got measureable rain in Phoenix today - the first...

Got measureable rain in Phoenix today - the first time in recorded history that it's ever rained on June 5. Only 0.03" at the airport, but about a quarter inch at my house 10 miles away. And more...
Forum: For Sale: Watersports Equipment 05-31-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By FrankSchwab
What's the Inside Diameter of that Skylon? ...

What's the Inside Diameter of that Skylon? Interested in it if it'll fit over my pylon.
Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,259
Posted By FrankSchwab
RNC. It's not perfect, but it's better than the...

RNC. It's not perfect, but it's better than the four BB's I've had over the last 10 years.

Mechanically, the RNC is significantly better than the BB - IMO, there's much less likelihood of bent...
Forum: Trailers 05-29-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By FrankSchwab
Lots of good suggestions. When people suggest...

Lots of good suggestions.

When people suggest soldering and shrink-wrapping the connections, recognize that water can still get to the connection, and the left-over flux will cause wire corrosion. ...
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2015, 01:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By FrankSchwab
On mine, they didn't stamp it anywhere - they...

On mine, they didn't stamp it anywhere - they just applied a dozen small stickers in various places that are falling off now. I've thought about going out and stamping the number myself, but it...
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,478
Posted By FrankSchwab
By the way, Jsully, starting a thread like "I'm...

By the way, Jsully, starting a thread like "I'm going to Powell, need opinions" could give you a lot of information before you ever get there.
Forum: General Discussion 05-27-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,478
Posted By FrankSchwab
I've never heard of that problem. I don't buy...

I've never heard of that problem. I don't buy it.

Per MZimme's suggestion, you're already going to start the Mastercraft and run it - if you're renting a houseboat at Wahweap, you won't be...
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