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Forum: General Maintenance 10-01-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 564
Posted By joe_db
Every boat is different as far as engine removal...

Every boat is different as far as engine removal goes. My boat is easy, I can have the engine out and in the cockpit in about 45 minutes.
You do not have to lift 400 pounds either - you take the...
Forum: Troubleshooting 09-26-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 413
Posted By Dave Neptune
Art, a good practice is to not re-use a fuel line...

Art, a good practice is to not re-use a fuel line "end" as pulling them off of a barb often tears the inside a bit. And these bits often get stuck in the carb especially the needle & seat.

It is a...
Forum: Specialty Tools 09-25-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
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Forum: Troubleshooting 09-16-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 513
Posted By Al Schober
Tough to tell whether you have an engine issue or...

Tough to tell whether you have an engine issue or a heat exchanger issue.
First thing I'd do is remove the thermostat and leave it out until you get the overheating under control. See what happens...
Forum: Introductions 09-12-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 299
Posted By joe_db
I would as a first step give it a really good...

I would as a first step give it a really good vinegar/acid flush and then try it with this valve installed:
https://moyermarine.com/product/cooling-system-bypass-kit-late-model-csot_01_61/...
Forum: Exhaust System 09-09-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 594
Posted By sastanley
The water incursion happens from an extended...

The water incursion happens from an extended crank/no start episode. The impeller in the raw water pump spins with the starter, pushes water thru the engine and out the exhaust pipe at the...
Forum: Overhaul 09-02-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By thatch
That coupling appears to have been made by...

That coupling appears to have been made by "Federal Motors Co" which is currently known as "Federal Marine Transmissions Inc." Their phone # is
708-352-2200. I'd start there in trying to figure...
Forum: Troubleshooting 08-20-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By Marian Claire
"Batteries are fully charged (12,2V on Ameter)"...

"Batteries are fully charged (12,2V on Ameter)" Post #1.
This has me confused, nothing new about that. My understanding is a ammeter measures "flow" and direction in amps. Volt meter measures...
Forum: Ignition System 08-12-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By joe_db
First step - buy a digital voltmeter. Second...

First step - buy a digital voltmeter.
Second step - measure voltage at alternator, battery, and coil at cruise RPMs.
Forum: Troubleshooting 08-04-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Dave Neptune
I agree with Al. You could let her run until she...

I agree with Al. You could let her run until she dies and then check for spark.

The engine shutting down like the key was shut off is indicative of an electrical failure of connection. The "fact"...
Forum: Troubleshooting 08-04-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Al Schober
Sounds like a classic case of the spark coil...

Sounds like a classic case of the spark coil failing. The electronic ignitions are hard on coils, and some folks use a ballast resistor to limit coil current. I have zero experience with electronic...
Forum: Cooling System 08-03-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By capnward
Oh, it would probably work, but..

I myself have been known to create a cheap alternative instead of a more expensive and elegant one, but not in this case. I have one of those extender bolts. I am willing to spend another $18 to have...
Forum: Troubleshooting 07-17-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By Dave Neptune
j, your "sudden" drop in power does not indicate...

j, your "sudden" drop in power does not indicate a wear problem like the rings. You probably have stuck valves. Do a compression check again and then do another with a bit of oil sprayed into the...
Forum: General Interest 07-04-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 699
Posted By Peter
Dear CC, I wonder if some less drastic...

Dear CC,

I wonder if some less drastic measures might be in order before you decide on the rebuild?

What is the compression like on the engine? If the compression is good I am not sure a...
Forum: Troubleshooting 06-16-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By Peter
Heat exchangers work best in a counterflow...

Heat exchangers work best in a counterflow configuration where the two liquids flow in opposite directions. This maximizes the temperature difference between the hot and cold and thus maximizes the...
Forum: Ignition System 06-09-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 860
Posted By JOHN COOKSON
Sound to me that that coil - is grounded even...

Sound to me that that coil - is grounded even when the points are open. A common reason is the insulation is worn on the wire where the wire from coil - goes into the distributor. Take the wire off...
Forum: General Interest 06-04-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By Tim
New Mast Step

I had a steel step for my aluminum mast and both were heavily corroded. So last year I started the repair. I built a new mast step from G10 fiberglass and the mast was re stepped this morning. The...
Forum: General Interest 04-19-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By Dave Neptune
Austin, for the most part any mechanic worth his...

Austin, for the most part any mechanic worth his salt(???) is going to recommend a repower. There just isn't much money for them to make servicing an old A-4. It's a gas engine and old school so...
Forum: Exhaust System 01-29-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By joe_db
Take a look. The red design sends a lot more...

Take a look. The red design sends a lot more water back towards the water lift than the green design.
Take care with the Vetus, I have one too and it works great as long as it gets cooling water. It...
Forum: General Interest 12-24-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,066
Posted By tenders
I'm a light FB user, and generally consider it a...

I'm a light FB user, and generally consider it a waste of time. It has impressive "convening" capabilities - gathering a group of similarly-minded people together to do something constructive over a...
Forum: General Interest 12-22-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,250
Posted By lat 64
Made A-4 contact in Maryland. Chinese food with...

Made A-4 contact in Maryland.
Chinese food with Ed and Joan and then shrimp n beer with Shawn and Laura.
We're dodging the rain now in Kitty Hawk.
Sorry to say we may miss Dan (of Marian Claire)....
Forum: Troubleshooting 11-21-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
Posted By Bryan Janeway
Unhappy I have not done it regularly, but I cannot say I...

I have not done it regularly, but I cannot say I have not done it ever. In troubleshooting a few months ago a mechanic shut the engine down using the battery switch. I just assumed that it wasn’t an...
Forum: Troubleshooting 11-20-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
Posted By Bryan Janeway
“The boat is the infection!!!”

Good day all and thank you for reading.

This is a post to describe in reasonable detail my trial and tribulations with the Atomic 4 on my Northern 29 sloop this past season.

The basic issue...
Forum: Fuel System 10-27-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,162
Posted By Dave Neptune
When you "rebuilt" did you remove and replace the...

When you "rebuilt" did you remove and replace the plunger that pushes on the pump arm?

Dave Neptune :cool:
Forum: Introductions 10-22-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 887
Posted By Dave Neptune
Lightbulb Easy process

sloopysails, do you have access to t timing lite? Does the engine run well? And have you checked the centrifugal advance?

Do you have a grease pencil or a piece of chalk?

The process of re...
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