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Forum: General Interest 10-12-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 436
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Yes. Assuming the choke and the rest of the...

Yes.
Assuming the choke and the rest of the engine is "set up" correctly and is mechanically sound.
To take it one step further if the engine does not start normally* there is something wrong and...
Forum: General Interest 10-11-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
I use TFE paste on the side plate and gasket. I...

I use TFE paste on the side plate and gasket.
I use TFE paste on all water threads, barbs, and gaskets. It helps the seal and makes disassembly the next time easier.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Ignition System 10-10-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 370
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the...

Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: General Interest 10-10-2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 436
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Starts on the first or second try after sitting...

Starts on the first or second try after sitting for two weeks: I use 6-9 second cranking bursts with a 10 second rest in between trys.
Seems a bit more reluctant if the temp has been under 40...
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-30-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,756
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Are you sure the choke is all the way open when...

Are you sure the choke is all the way open when you think it is?
A dirty back flame arrestor will cause the same effect.
Is there a PCV valve on the engine?

TRUE GRIT
Forum: General Interest 09-21-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 467
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
IMO testing the old plugs would be a waste of...

IMO testing the old plugs would be a waste of time.
If you feel compelled to keep guessing (could it be this?), rather than proceed with a trouble shooting plan, try looking under the distributor...
Forum: General Interest 09-21-2018, 01:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 467
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Then I Will

CC:
Next time there is a shutdown or a no start check for spark.
This will tell us which system - fuel or ignition - has the problem.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: General Interest 09-20-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 467
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Do you have points or an electronic ignition? ...

Do you have points or an electronic ignition?
Also do you have a mechanical or electronic fuel pump? The OPSS can fail in a weird manner at times.
Try running with the fuel fill cap loose to see if...
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-20-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 662
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Weak Spark Plug?

Try swapping the spark plugs around to see if the problem follows the suspect plug to a different cylinder.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: General Interest 09-19-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Rust-Oleum Hammered copper. TRUE GRIT

Rust-Oleum Hammered copper.


TRUE GRIT
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-14-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,192
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Let's start a new thread if and when the mechanic...

Let's start a new thread if and when the mechanic gets involved.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-13-2018, 01:38 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,192
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
I'm not 100% convinced the engine has a problem....

I'm not 100% convinced the engine has a problem. This post leads me to think the engine runs normally. IMO that is.
The ignition system and the fuel system have two parts. The boat's part and the...
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-12-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,192
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Step #1: Get rid of the "mechanic". This is...

Step #1: Get rid of the "mechanic".
This is basic troubleshooting. Any "mechanic" should know how to do these procedures. Either the "mechanic" is not to skilled or is taking you for a money...
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-11-2018, 01:36 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,192
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Settle Down

Let's get back to basics. What does the engine need to start and run?
Fuel and spark delivered to the cylinders and compression. A properly functioning choke and correctly adjusted timing.

Fuel:...
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-07-2018, 01:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
What make and model of boat? Catalina 30? ...

What make and model of boat? Catalina 30?

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Drive Train / Propellers 09-04-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,489
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Try pushing on the accessory drive pulley with a...

Try pushing on the accessory drive pulley with a piece of wood while the noise is happening. Any change in the noise implicates the accessory drive. Careful around moving machinery.
Have you checked...
Forum: Reversing Gear 09-03-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
The packing could be a a bit tight. Is the...

The packing could be a a bit tight.
Is the packing nut hot after the engine has been run in gear?
If the packing is tight and gets to hot it can burn the shaft.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Ignition System 08-29-2018, 01:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 198
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Try setting the gap with a feeler gauge between...

Try setting the gap with a feeler gauge between the points. After a few tries you will be able to set the gap in this manner and the gap will be correct when you pull the feeler gauge out. Also it...
Forum: Troubleshooting 08-28-2018, 12:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Was the engine in gear out of gear during the...

Was the engine in gear out of gear during the above test? If the engine was in gear there may be some garbage on the prop.
Does closing the choke change the performance when the engine was dying? If...
Forum: Exhaust System 08-21-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
1 If you can get on the bolt that the head...

1 If you can get on the bolt that the head twisted off with a small pipe wrench you will be ahead of the game. Also tap on the bolts with hammer as well as using PB blaster.
2 Just snug the pipe...
Forum: Cooling System 08-21-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 195
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
I don't remember the thread or the history. ...

I don't remember the thread or the history.
Maybe the pump was not torqued down evenly before you fixed it.
Glad it works.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Fuel System 08-21-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 206
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Sounds like a linkage problem. Lots of times...

Sounds like a linkage problem.
Lots of times the outer cover is not firmly fixed down and it moves, not the control cable, when the control lever is moved.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Cooling System 08-20-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 537
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Tapping a closed end wrench with hammer worked...

Tapping a closed end wrench with hammer worked for me.
I like use flat wrenches when ever possible because I have a better feel that way.
If the sending unit won't budge try starting the engine and...
Forum: Ericson 08-19-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,789
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
With a bit of futzing around I was able to get my...

With a bit of futzing around I was able to get my idle down to 575-600 RPM. I can shift into and out of gear without touching the throttle and the engine does not die. Handy when docking.

TRUE GRIT
Forum: Ericson 08-15-2018, 01:49 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,789
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
(A) For a properly tuned engine momentary full...

(A) For a properly tuned engine momentary full choke is necessary to start fully warmed up engine.
(B) How are you adjusting the choke? Mine is adjusted so when the button is pushed all the way down...
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