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Old 05-19-2013, 09:10 PM
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That is an inline strainer - it's supposed to stop crap in the water from clogging up your transmission cooler. The bottom unscrews, the screen comes out, and you can empty whatever organic material has accumulated.

There's a tag on the transmission that identifies it - I think our boats have a 630v. Look at the backside of the transmission under the center rear seat (pull out the insert under the seat).

Checking the transmission cooler is a bit difficult - it's just a heat exchanger, so if you can pressurize one side or the other you can check for a leak.
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My trans sticker is nearly impossible to read but here it is. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1369013654.978652.jpg
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I don't have a strainer before my trans cooler but I used needle nose pliers to successfully remove grass and other debris from the inlet.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:06 PM
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Head gasket questions

I posted a question on the correct head gaskets to use in the Engine/Drive Train section if anyone is interested.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...334#post937334

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Old 05-20-2013, 12:39 PM
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I was wondering what specialty tools are helpful while working on an inboard.

I will be test running the boat before I put it in the water, what is the best way to run it?

Should I just pull the raw water inlet line off and stick a garden hose in it?

Should I make something like this:



or should I buy something permanent like this:





Any suggestion on this or anything I should put on my wish list please let me know!!

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:20 PM
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Couldn't you ask a simple question, like "What's your favorite engine oil?".

As Thrall quotes in his posts: "I understand why some people may not want to do this the way I have recommended but I can't understand the death grip some people have on a toilet plunger with a hose fitting." -JimN

So, you can do what you've linked to - I have something similar on my boat from the PO, and it works well, but I worry about mechanical failure (i.e. the plastic breaking) causing engine damage someday while cruising down the lake.

You can use the fake-a-lake concept, where you attach the garden hose to what's essentially a toilet plunger, and attach it to the bottom of the boat (what JimN is referring to above). Simple, not quite idiot proof (it can dislodge from the water intake when you're not watching), and reasonably popular.

Others have removed the hose going into the raw water pump, and attached a new hose dropped into a 5-gallon bucket of water, normally kept full with the garden hose. At any engine speed above idle, you'll note that the garden hose does not keep up with the water sucked in by the raw water pump. The 5 gallon bucket assures that you can rev the engine (at least for a bit) without running it short of water.

If you want to reduce the mess, you can put a plastic kiddie pool under the exhausts to catch the water coming out of the engine, run the intake hose and garden hose into the kiddie pool also, and have a reasonably closed-loop cooling setup. I don't guarantee what happens when the water eventually heats up to 180 degrees, however. Having 20 or 30 gallons of boiling water sloshing through the garage might be a bit of a safety hazard if the pool collapses.
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With my (and perhaps your) water intake grate directly over a bunk, the fake a lake is not an option. I used what the previous owner gave me which is a PVC barbed fitting that i attach to the water intake inside the boat with adapters down to a hose connection on the other end. I will try to take a picture tonight.
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Couldn't you ask a simple question, like "What's your favorite engine oil?".
Okay, what's your favorite model Mastercraft?

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So, you can do what you've linked to - I have something similar on my boat from the PO, and it works well, but I worry about mechanical failure (i.e. the plastic breaking) causing engine damage someday while cruising down the lake.
What do you mean by PO? I agree about the possibility of a mechanical failure, just one more thing to go wrong. Does it have any purpose in winterizing or is it just to be able to run the boat out of the water?


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You can use the fake-a-lake concept, where you attach the garden hose to what's essentially a toilet plunger, and attach it to the bottom of the boat (what JimN is referring to above). Simple, not quite idiot proof (it can dislodge from the water intake when you're not watching), and reasonably popular.
To be honest I haven't checked but like "SP Maristar" said I think I've read it's under one of the bunks so the fake-a-lake won't work.

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Others have removed the hose going into the raw water pump, and attached a new hose dropped into a 5-gallon bucket of water, normally kept full with the garden hose. At any engine speed above idle, you'll note that the garden hose does not keep up with the water sucked in by the raw water pump. The 5 gallon bucket assures that you can rev the engine (at least for a bit) without running it short of water.
That's interesting that the engine could be starved for cold water if feeding just by a garden hose. I might want to do this the first couple of times I start it after reinstalling the engine, just in case I need to run it for any length of time.

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If you want to reduce the mess, you can put a plastic kiddie pool under the exhausts to catch the water coming out of the engine, run the intake hose and garden hose into the kiddie pool also, and have a reasonably closed-loop cooling setup. I don't guarantee what happens when the water eventually heats up to 180 degrees, however. Having 20 or 30 gallons of boiling water sloshing through the garage might be a bit of a safety hazard if the pool collapses.
That just sounds like trouble, anyways I have too much stuff in the garage to fit the boat!!

Is there any possibility of the transmission overheating with it in neutral since there's no cold water going to it.

Thanks for the information I appreciate it.
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Here's mine. Attachment 95309
Thanks for the pic, simple but serves the purpose. Do you disconnect the water inlet right after the trans cooler or where do you install it?

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