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Forum: Troubleshooting Yesterday, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By ndutton
It's really not complicated. The installation is...

It's really not complicated. The installation is 2 screws and a magnetic collar, the required ignition system assessment is 2 simple measurements and one elementary school division problem.
Forum: Ignition System Yesterday, 08:55 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 148,169
Posted By ndutton
Not at all. For some reason ignition seems to be...

Not at all. For some reason ignition seems to be the most confusing, confounding, perplexing and intimidating system on our engine and your question provides an opportunity to reiterate its function...
Forum: For Sale - Other Items 05-31-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 137
Posted By ndutton
I advise EVERY 120V circuit onboard be GFI...

I advise EVERY 120V circuit onboard be GFI protected.
Forum: Ignition System 05-31-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Posted By ndutton
Al, that has not been our experience. If there...

Al, that has not been our experience. If there is a failure of the ignition system such as a wiring connection or keyswitch failure, then it does quit instantly as you describe. However, coil...
Forum: Ignition System 05-29-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Posted By ndutton
Do your wiring repairs as planned paying close...

Do your wiring repairs as planned paying close attention to wire gauge, colors too if you want to do it right and make future troubleshooting easier. Absolutely purchase your new coil (recommend...
Forum: Cooling System 05-26-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By ndutton
Yep, I had a similar experience. I was able to...

Yep, I had a similar experience. I was able to get it right after a few tries by feel - - delicately because there is not much to feel. Disconnecting the hoses before seating the thermostat housing...
Forum: Ignition System 05-25-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 220
Posted By ndutton
More than that. It is finding TDC on the...

More than that. It is finding TDC on the compression stroke for cylinder #1 then making certain the rotor inside the distributor points to the post on the cap where the #1 spark plug wire is...
Forum: Electrical 05-25-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 147
Posted By ndutton
Buss bars need regular maintenance too

A picture is worth . . .
Forum: Fuel System 05-24-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By ndutton
I found it or at least something close

Here it is on a 6 cylinder Pertronix EI. It's simply a modified base plate. My only concern is what it does to the ignition protection requirement for our distributor....
Forum: Fuel System 05-21-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By ndutton
My opinion is the timing is best set with a...

My opinion is the timing is best set with a timing light. When I finally dialed my timing in with a light I was able to adjust to a much lower idle.

I have Pertronix EI too but no lever as you...
Forum: General Interest 05-17-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By ndutton
Yep, that is your Hull Identification Number...

Yep, that is your Hull Identification Number (HIN)
CPY28201077G

As best as I can decipher it (the format changed over the years)
CPY = Capital Yachts, Builder
28 = Model of boat
201 = the...
Forum: Overhaul 05-17-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 13,090
Posted By ndutton
Don't sell yourself short. I believe in my heart...

Don't sell yourself short. I believe in my heart that you and anyone else on this forum can achieve a similar result with a little care and planning. The pictured boat was a Cal 29 owned by forum...
Forum: Overhaul 05-17-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 13,090
Posted By ndutton
We have always - - admittedly incorrectly - -...

We have always - - admittedly incorrectly - - assigned the responsibility for those plugs to Catalina but the cold, hard fact is they are an original Universal/Westerbeke monstrosity. Here is a...
Forum: Cooling System 05-14-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By ndutton
Gary, early on I was attracted to a pump used for...

Gary, early on I was attracted to a pump used for Mustang supercharger intercoolers. I looked for specifications all over the internet without success but concluded if it worked for that application...
Forum: General Interest 05-09-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,553
Posted By ndutton
Keeping this about the Atomic 4

It is amazing the renewed energy that comes with the accomplishment of resolving a completely dead engine with your own hands.

Back me up here Ando.
Forum: General Interest 05-09-2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,553
Posted By ndutton
Looking mighty fine Ando.

Looking mighty fine Ando.
Forum: Cooling System 05-09-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By ndutton
As Ando said, you want the engine to draw the...

As Ando said, you want the engine to draw the water in at its own rate, not pump it in under city water pressure. Here is a picture of my inlet.

Note to Ando:
If I'm seeing it correctly in your...
Forum: Ignition System 05-08-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,775
Posted By ndutton
On your last two considerations: 4. There is...

On your last two considerations:

4. There is zero atmospheric influence on the indicator short of being in a perfect vacuum. It reads only the pressure delta above ambient created by the moving...
Forum: Electrical 05-05-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By ndutton
I don't know for certain but at least for the era...

I don't know for certain but at least for the era of our boats up to around 1984 when Universal ceased production of the A4 I don't think Catalina ever stopped using the trailer plugs. They were for...
Forum: Electrical 05-05-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By ndutton
The 10 gauge white wire is the glow plug circuit...

The 10 gauge white wire is the glow plug circuit and I can imagine two different scenarios on how it got on your boat:

By 1982 the sailboat industry had made the shift to diesel engines and I...
Forum: Overhaul 04-27-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 13,090
Posted By ndutton
Depending on the thickness of the previous coat,...

Depending on the thickness of the previous coat, temperature, humidity, etc., 48 hours may not be enough either. Back when car repainting was a booming business the shops would lay on a single heavy...
Forum: Electrical 04-26-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,172
Posted By ndutton
Truer words were never spoken. There is a...

Truer words were never spoken. There is a popular marine electrician on the internet who in the past has advised installing the latest and greatest alternator system to the tune of over $3000.00 and...
Forum: General Interest 04-26-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,553
Posted By ndutton
Ando, for accuracy do you mean Interlux rather...

Ando, for accuracy do you mean Interlux rather than permatex?
Forum: Overhaul 04-26-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 13,090
Posted By ndutton
In general terms, this occurs with air dried...

In general terms, this occurs with air dried paints (1 part) where the surface dries quickly but the underlying paint takes much longer because it is sealed off from air by the surface skin. Heavy...
Forum: Overhaul 04-26-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 13,090
Posted By ndutton
Inadequate drying time between coats.

Inadequate drying time between coats.
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