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Old 04-05-2012, 10:52 AM
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watching this thread. 87 ps 190 here too
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:43 PM
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Always love refurb pictures. And I'm a New Englander at heart, and miss Vermont (summer and winter).
Keep the posts and pictures coming!
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:56 PM
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Great boat and pics!

+1 for fisheriessupply.

They are local to me, and nice folks. Love the Trident hose. Matches MC engines well.

Looks like you are hitting all the right things to freshen up your "new" boat.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:02 PM
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Sorry for the delay! Since my last update I've:
  • Installed the Ford Racing cast aluminum valve covers with new gaskets and longer studs
  • Installed a new thermostat and thermostat gasket
  • Ordered a bunch of Trident hose without realizing I needed the reinforced variety
  • Ordered a bunch more Trident hose of the reinforced variety (that stuff isn't cheap)
  • Replaced my water separator filter
  • Replaced my fuel filter
  • Replaced my spark plugs
  • Replaced my spark plug wires
  • Shored up my spark plug wires using the "zip tie trick" (pictures below)
  • Reinstalled my freshly painted manifolds with fresh gaskets and new manifold bolts
  • Found a Gates belt to replace the old ratty one that was there

I still need to:
  • Wait for my reinforced hose to arrive!
  • Reinstall my freshly painted risers
  • Wait for the powdercoater to finish the pylon & other metal interior pieces

A little progress, but a mess of spark plug wires.


Saw this trick on PowerBlock TV. Wrap a zip tie around the wires and then wrap zip ties between them. Snug them up and trim the ends. Makes for a really neat job, for very cheap!


Cleans things up very nicely and appeals to my OCD.


Freshly painted manifolds.


Gates variety alternator belt.


I can't figure out how I'm going to tighten the hex head riser bolts that I got from skidim. The wrench barely has room to swing. Especially on the valve cover side!

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:50 PM
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12pt. box end? - SnapOn's flank drive provides plenty of grip on bolt head:
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....e=&dir=catalog
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:59 PM
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Pivot sockets?

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:53 AM
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Great looking boat. Love following your progress.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:05 AM
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Thank you!

A couple of questions:

What do you guys think I should do with the spark arrester? It's fine, but it's faded look kind of takes away from the fresh paint, wires and hoses on the rest of the engine. Chrome spark arrester replacement, or should I just repaint it? Is there a type of spray paint that works well with plastic?

Any thoughts about a light tint on the windows? At first I was completely against it, but the boat has a long black string down the side and a not-too-crazy tint might update the look a little bit and go well with the black strip. Don't want to make the boat useless at dawn & dusk though.

I did a couple of renderings. What do you guys think. Yay or nay?








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Old 04-18-2012, 06:50 PM
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Looks great I bought the same valve covers for mine and am putting them on soon. How much of a pain were the manifolds to remove? Mine could use sand blasting too.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:56 PM
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MAC or SNAP-ON box end crowfoot wrench, 3/8 drive.

Light tint looks nice to me!

Ditch the plastic spark arrestor cover.....looks fisher price-like to me anyway.
Plus all that does it for your engine to suck in hot engine air, something that cannot help performance anyway. Get a new spark arrestor for K & N (marine grade)
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