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Forum: General Interest 01-05-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,216
Posted By zellerj
Lady K sailing did this trip from Lake St Clair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4uRGgORQo&list=PLSJrKsVWRm-A6zId1HPVvrWDPxb0H0aOX&index=75
Forum: Overhaul 10-19-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,445
Posted By zellerj
Please keep in mind that acetone is pretty...

Please keep in mind that acetone is pretty flammable, and the starter my spark upon activation. So use your nose and sniff around the low points of the bilge, and if you smell any acetone or other...
Forum: Fuel System 10-05-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,247
Posted By zellerj
My 30 something aluminum fuel tank had pin holes ...

My 30 something aluminum fuel tank had pin holes that slowly leaked gas. Have you checked the bottom edges of your tank for corrosion?
Forum: Troubleshooting 10-04-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 709
Posted By zellerj
To clean out your block of that goo, I would try...

To clean out your block of that goo, I would try this:

This is a mixture of oil and and water that has been mixed to form an emulsion. You need something that dissolves both water and oil. This...
Forum: Cooling System 09-22-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By zellerj
Hi Barbara, I don't think the carb side has...

Hi Barbara,

I don't think the carb side has a water jacket plate.

You may have already done this but in case you haven't I would:

- check the outlet fitting on the manifold for rust that...
Forum: Overhaul 09-16-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,658
Posted By zellerj
how about a drop in replacement?

https://santabarbara.craigslist.org/bpo/d/escondido-universal-atomic-4-freshwater/7182733675.html
Forum: General Maintenance 09-10-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,318
Posted By zellerj
water pump gasket

To keep the paper thin water pump gasket in place while installing the screws I use small binder clips to hold the gasket on the front plate. Once the screws are started I can remove the clips and...
Forum: Announcements 08-11-2020, 12:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,115
Posted By zellerj
Thank you Bill

I follow forums on lawn tractors, golf carts, and power boat engines, and your forum is the only one that increased my vocabulary.

Thanks,
Jim
Forum: Electrical 08-01-2020, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,089
Posted By zellerj
There are only a few wiring connections that you...

There are only a few wiring connections that you need to have so clean they shine. If yours shine, then wiggle them and make sure the terminal is held tightly to the wire. If they shine and are...
Forum: Safety 04-10-2020, 01:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,265
Posted By zellerj
While we are on the subject - Another safety tip about propane

A friend of mine was seriously injured using his built in gas barbecue, you know, the ones were the propane tanks are underneath in a cabinet that is not vented. Fumes congregated in the cabinet...
Forum: Announcements 03-23-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,519
Posted By zellerj
This is great. We are a DIY group of Atomic 4...

This is great. We are a DIY group of Atomic 4 owners, and YouTube is set up for DIYFers. Keeping useful stuff from ending up in landfills is a noble cause.

I am sure MMI has a lot of ideas on...
Forum: Troubleshooting 02-12-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,657
Posted By zellerj
Water in the oil

The only time I got water in my oil was when I was anchored next to a busy channel and boat wake smacked the stern, forcing water through the exhaust system and into the engine.

When you were...
Forum: Cooling System 11-05-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,842
Posted By zellerj
Perhaps a little dirt in the carb that...

Perhaps a little dirt in the carb that momentarily blocked the flow of fuel?
Forum: Cooling System 10-26-2019, 11:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,842
Posted By zellerj
If you are in a hurry and just want to know what...

If you are in a hurry and just want to know what temperature your engine is running, use an infrared thermometer that you can buy at any auto parts shop. Just point and shoot at various points on...
Forum: General Interest 10-18-2019, 12:13 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 46,560
Posted By zellerj
Did you raise your boot stripe? Mine is right at...

Did you raise your boot stripe? Mine is right at the waterline and gets a little hairy. If I ever paint my hull I will probably raise it a few inches.
Forum: Fuel System 10-14-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,955
Posted By zellerj
Old aluminum gas tanks can develop pin hole leaks...

Old aluminum gas tanks can develop pin hole leaks from corrosion with water that settles at the bottom of the tank. Usually one side of the tank is a little lower than the other. I would find the...
Forum: Introductions 09-15-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By zellerj
caustic is fine with cast iron

Caustic will not harm cast iron. In fact, most chemical plants store caustic in iron tanks. Hydrochloric acid is much harder on steel than caustic. I was not aware that caustic would decompose...
Forum: Introductions 09-12-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By zellerj
My Great Lake boat always ran hot - 210 F for 15...

My Great Lake boat always ran hot - 210 F for 15 years. I changed impeller, changed pump shoe, checked for blockage at the exit elbow, checked for blockage at the side plate T, gave it a HCl acid...
Forum: Exhaust System 09-10-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,044
Posted By zellerj
I had a muffler like that about 18 years ago....

I had a muffler like that about 18 years ago. Then one autumn I got the bright idea to winterize the engine by recirculating antifreeze from a bucket. To do this I place the hose from the through...
Forum: Overhaul 09-03-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,600
Posted By zellerj
If you can't get it apart, take a sawsall to the...

If you can't get it apart, take a sawsall to the shaft and cut it away, then work on the coupling in the comfort of your garage after you pull the engine. Prop shafts are cheap compared to the...
Forum: Troubleshooting 08-31-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,563
Posted By zellerj
I also had a similar issue. Turned out to be a...

I also had a similar issue. Turned out to be a loose ring terminal on the ground from the negative battery cable to the engine. If there is any movement at all in the ring terminals when pulling on...
Forum: Exhaust System 08-21-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,579
Posted By zellerj
exhaust pipe in fresh water

I have owned my boat, sailing in the great lakes, for 20 years, and have never rep[laced my exhaust pipes. Is the 5 years or so mentioned for salt water? What is the expected lifetime in fresh...
Forum: General Interest 07-12-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,417
Posted By zellerj
Test the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge. ...

Test the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge. Mine appeared low with the electrical gauge, so before messing around with oil pressure adjustments, I hooked up a mechanical gauge in place of the...
Forum: Cooling System 07-05-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,677
Posted By zellerj
Thanks Dave for your very good explanation.

Thanks Dave for your very good explanation.
Forum: Cooling System 07-02-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,677
Posted By zellerj
Wouldn't it be great if someone made a plexiglass...

Wouldn't it be great if someone made a plexiglass cover plate and film the water mixing around the cylinder walls. That way we would have proof that the diverter fitting really makes a difference,...
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