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Forum: Overhaul 04-28-2022, 02:36 PM
Replies: 152
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Posted By Launchpad McQ
Hi Everyone, The latest addition to the saga...

Hi Everyone,

The latest addition to the saga involves a near miss with 3rd degree life altering burns to my face, and separately, a near miss with a bad eye injury. So as usual, a tutorial on "How...
Forum: Overhaul 12-22-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
As always, nothing escapes this group's keen...

As always, nothing escapes this group's keen eyes. I was reluctant to update the thread with my last post because the picture I used was out-of-date when I posted but I wasn't near the boat to snap a...
Forum: Overhaul 12-09-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
It did Greg....so far. I was skeptical that it...

It did Greg....so far. I was skeptical that it would actually hold given Starboard's inherent non-stickiness. I applied the 5200 very generously on the back as well as the visible bead you can see in...
Forum: Overhaul 12-08-2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Good evening Moyerverse. In the latest...

Good evening Moyerverse. In the latest installment....

As inferred from the previous post, my early July amateur attempt at commercial diving astoundingly worked. I was able to pull the shaft/prop...
Forum: Overhaul 11-04-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Howdy y'all. Hope everyone's well. I finally...

Howdy y'all. Hope everyone's well. I finally found some time to give a quick update. As I mentioned in post #125, it seemed very likely that my cutlass bearing was somehow restricting the rotation of...
Forum: Good Guys 03-03-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,745
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Markus I just wanted to double down on what the...

Markus I just wanted to double down on what the others have said ^^^^ I know it's intimidating trying to figure out where to start, especially if you're coming from a little-no boat/mechanical/engine...
Forum: Overhaul 03-03-2021, 12:34 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
At long last, here we are. Early March 2021....

At long last, here we are. Early March 2021. Seven years after first looking at this engine and wondering why it wouldn't start and what to do about it. Without all of the help and encouragement from...
Forum: Overhaul 02-02-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
The subsequent engine run exposed that the...

The subsequent engine run exposed that the stripped, repaired, stripped again, and repaired again spark plug threads in the head were finally toast. A new head and head gaskets were in order. “Hello,...
Forum: Overhaul 02-02-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Happy new year everyone! Sorry for the delay...

Happy new year everyone! Sorry for the delay since April 2020. Did I miss anything? ;)

But seriously sorry for the long gaps between posts. If you’ve followed this thread at all you know the deal....
Forum: Overhaul 04-15-2020, 12:08 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Sorry if I glossed over the explanation since...

Sorry if I glossed over the explanation since that picture is seemingly the key to the post-rebuild low oil pressure mystery/debacle that destroyed a perfectly good (new) crankshaft and cost me an...
Forum: Overhaul 04-14-2020, 11:53 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
$12.90 ...

$12.90
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Forum: Overhaul 03-04-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Just so I don't temporarily end this thread on a...

Just so I don't temporarily end this thread on a "woe-is-me-debbie-downer-my-engine-rebuild-went-to-hell" theme, here's a couple pictures of a small cabin improvement I made. It's no showboat like...
Forum: Overhaul 03-04-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Did I ever mention that I had to buy a brake...

Did I ever mention that I had to buy a brake cylinder hone to enlarge the lifter bores after replacing the lost lifters with new ones? Well, I did. They wouldn't fit when I went to install them. See,...
Forum: Overhaul 03-04-2020, 12:01 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Hello again A4-ian crew. Sorry for the hiatus but...

Hello again A4-ian crew. Sorry for the hiatus but as you'll see from the forthcoming post, a mental break from the longest-rebuild-in-A4-history has been much needed. I wish I had some upbeat news to...
Forum: Overhaul 12-12-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
As you can imagine, the sentiment I expressed in...

As you can imagine, the sentiment I expressed in the last post was the G-Rated version of what actually came out of my mouth. I was shouting so loud, my wife heard me from inside the house, birds...
Forum: Overhaul 12-11-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Each of you guys hit the nail on the head. I'll...

Each of you guys hit the nail on the head. I'll try to get the next installment in tomorrow but in the meantime:



No I didn't Neil and I absolutely should've. A Schrader valve, a cheap dial...
Forum: Overhaul 12-10-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
With the disassembled engine back home in Denver,...

With the disassembled engine back home in Denver, I could finally progress with this absurdly-too-long engine rebuild project. I found a local machine shop with a good reputation and brought the...
Forum: Overhaul 10-22-2019, 12:45 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Well since you guys asked, and my wife doesn’t...

Well since you guys asked, and my wife doesn’t read this forum....;) the answer to the money question is: A lot. Seriously though I’m not bashful about ”opening the books,” especially since I’m...
Forum: Overhaul 09-22-2019, 01:18 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
I picked up my coworker in the morning and...

I picked up my coworker in the morning and discovered he had recruited yet another willing participant for this exercise in foolishness. In order to protect the names of the guilty, we'll call my...
Forum: Overhaul 09-19-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
With the boat finally back in the water 28 days...

With the boat finally back in the water 28 days after the keel first ascended out of the Bay in the travel-lift slings, I called BoatUS to schedule the tow back to my marina before I had to leave...
Forum: Overhaul 09-14-2019, 12:49 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Haul Out Chapter 2 "Revenge of the Osmotic...

Haul Out Chapter 2
"Revenge of the Osmotic Blisters"

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The next day after I drove everyone to the airport and sent them back home, I returned to the boatyard to keep sanding. Although I...
Forum: Overhaul 02-27-2019, 11:57 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
I don't really have any pictures to include in...

I don't really have any pictures to include in this post of "the longest ongoing A-4 rebuild thread ever" because the next chain of events were mostly intangible.

After correcting the timing...
Forum: Overhaul 11-02-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,615
Posted By Launchpad McQ
I sent the cam to Oklahoma today. It's only $20...

I sent the cam to Oklahoma today. It's only $20 round trip shipping and I want to keep this project moving along when at all possible. The shop owner sounded like a good 'ol boy if I've ever heard...
Forum: Overhaul 07-06-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Thanks Boat. That was my main hesitation to go...

Thanks Boat. That was my main hesitation to go through with it. I read of a few instances where that had happened and considering the amount of water I pulled out of the tank, it was a legitimate...
Forum: Overhaul 07-04-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 43,807
Posted By Launchpad McQ
Since no fuel system overhaul would be complete...

Since no fuel system overhaul would be complete without a carburetor rebuild, I downloaded Don's carburetor video, ordered the parts kit from Ken, and cracked open that intricate hunk of metal known...
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