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Forum: Overhaul 04-12-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 352
Posted By romantic comedy
Those seats sure look like they need to be recut....

Those seats sure look like they need to be recut. It could be done in the boat though.
Forum: General Interest 04-09-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 160
Posted By romantic comedy
On my 74 T34 there is no iron plate to rust. But...

On my 74 T34 there is no iron plate to rust. But I assume you could make a new one fairly easy. I am posting a picture of my disassembled control.

I suggest that you join the Tartan 34 FB group....
Forum: Cooling System 04-01-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By romantic comedy
As Al said, it is an added restriction. I think...

As Al said, it is an added restriction. I think there was a bulletin about that. It gave instructions on how to make that small orifice to restrict the flow thus sending more water thru the block...
Forum: Electrical 04-01-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By romantic comedy
I have used a group 24 flooded starting battery....

I have used a group 24 flooded starting battery. I get it from walmart. Last one lasted 13 years. Hard to believe.
Forum: Electrical 03-25-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 415
Posted By romantic comedy
My switch says that switching between batteries...

My switch says that switching between batteries is ok. The switch keeps a connection thru the cycle.

I usually start on the engine battery then switch to house battery after a few minutes.
Forum: General Maintenance 03-12-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By romantic comedy
I have used that cheap packing nut wrench. ...

I have used that cheap packing nut wrench.

It was useless and I threw it overboard. I keep well oiled Stilson wrenches aboard. I also have a large channel lock pliers and a large adjustable.

If...
Forum: Cooling System 02-14-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By romantic comedy
You can buy the zinc without having to buy the...

You can buy the zinc without having to buy the brass part. I get my zincs and screw them right into the brass, for about 2 dollars.
even West has them.
Forum: Troubleshooting 01-21-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 758
Posted By romantic comedy
I hooked up an oil pressure gauge on my old VW...

I hooked up an oil pressure gauge on my old VW bus. I ran that plastic extension tubing from the engine (in the back) all the way to the dashboard. It was at least a 10 foot run. I bled the tubing...
Forum: Fuel System 01-15-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By romantic comedy
Interestingly, we don't talk about rejetting the...

Interestingly, we don't talk about rejetting the A4 carburetor like people do who have motorcycle carburetors. Jets cost less than $10. Are we comfortable that the stock jets are the best jets, aside...
Forum: General Interest 01-13-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,935
Posted By romantic comedy
I stay in the municipal anchorage. Decent rate,...

I stay in the municipal anchorage. Decent rate, shower, and dingy dock. It has been several years and a hurricane, so may have changed.
Forum: General Interest 01-11-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,935
Posted By romantic comedy
Good weather ahead. No rain expected for 10 days...

Good weather ahead. No rain expected for 10 days in Ft Myers.

In Charlotte Harbor, it is 71, NE at 9, sunny with some clouds.

It was cold last night, I had a long sleeve shirt on! (ok, a...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-05-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 624
Posted By romantic comedy
I used to have a magnetic block heater that just...

I used to have a magnetic block heater that just stuck to the oil pan or whatever was ferrous. It was helpful in NY winters. That might help to thin the sludge a bit.....
Forum: General Interest 01-03-2019, 01:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 243
Posted By romantic comedy
Steve, I would like the info, please. EDIT,...

Steve, I would like the info, please.

EDIT, I found the add. It is 30 miles from me....Thanks for the heads up!
Forum: General Interest 12-18-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By romantic comedy
FB A4 group has engine for sale

There is a FB group for Atomic Four engines.
I keep telling the guys to come here, but you know FB.....

Anyway, there is a guy selling a "rebuilt" atomic four.

Just passing the info. I think...
Forum: Polls 12-14-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 697
Posted By romantic comedy
I hook up a vacuum gauge once in a while but have...

I hook up a vacuum gauge once in a while but have not installed a permanent one yet. It is on my list.
Forum: General Interest 12-08-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,127
Posted By romantic comedy
I cant wait to see inside the engine. Something...

I cant wait to see inside the engine. Something made all that smoke. I am thinking a blown piston.
Forum: Electrical 12-08-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By romantic comedy
You say that there is no room for a gen and an...

You say that there is no room for a gen and an engine, but yet there would be room for a dive compressor and HVAC, and a large battery bank , (and additional tankage)?

I have a 100 amp alternator...
Forum: Exhaust System 12-07-2018, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By romantic comedy
The exhaust runs thru a cabinet and it can get...

The exhaust runs thru a cabinet and it can get very hot. I am surprised that a Tartan 34 has not caught fire yet. Even with two layers of FG insulation the wood was too hot to touch when I ran the...
Forum: General Interest 12-06-2018, 10:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,127
Posted By romantic comedy
That is a highly recommended way. I have done it...

That is a highly recommended way. I have done it that way a few times.

BTW, with the way it is rigged, did you ride the engine all the way down?

Look forward to the rebuild.

Also, I have...
Forum: Exhaust System 12-06-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By romantic comedy
I agree with Jack. I used grease on the...

I agree with Jack.

I used grease on the joints for my T34 exhaust. I also used 45s and not 90s. That would make for 4 45s. I only needed to have one piece cut and threaded. There are enough joints...
Forum: Drive Train / Propellers 12-05-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,218
Posted By romantic comedy
I take the coupling off the shaft twice a year....

I take the coupling off the shaft twice a year. That would make that over 40 times with the same shaft and coupling. The reason is that I have a diver do the bottom. I have him pull the shaft, give...
Forum: Drive Train / Propellers 12-05-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,218
Posted By romantic comedy
LG if you want to continue to be really cheap...

LG if you want to continue to be really cheap you might try replacing the packing hose instead of the shaft.

The packing hose is that special wire free, super thick hose that the stuffing box is...
Forum: General Maintenance 10-20-2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,025
Posted By romantic comedy
It is my understanding that early models did not...

It is my understanding that early models did not have an oil fill at the flywheel end of the engine. The oil fill was at the transmission cover.
Forum: General Interest 10-15-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By romantic comedy
I just thought it was interesting. I was not...

I just thought it was interesting. I was not suggesting anyone actually build it. If I had enough time I might give it a try just for fun. But that will never happen until someone else maintains my...
Forum: General Interest 10-11-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By romantic comedy
supercharger-home made....

I have a little collection of antique outboard motors. Like everything there is a club, Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMCI). They have an active FB group too.

I found this article in one of their...
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