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Forum: Cooling System 11-09-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By zellerj
Water in the oil does not have to be from an...

Water in the oil does not have to be from an engine issue. The only time I had water in the oil was a result of large wakes hitting my stern when I was stuck on a sandbar. If you do not have a plate...
Forum: General Maintenance 10-26-2021, 01:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By zellerj
How I winterize my raw water cooled atomic 4: ...

How I winterize my raw water cooled atomic 4:

1) un screw the cap at the end of the nipple just behind the alternator. I hook up a piece of tubing to the nipple and blow into it to periodically...
Forum: Exhaust System 06-20-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,149
Posted By zellerj
I would caution against a screw extractor, they...

I would caution against a screw extractor, they are hardened steel and prone to breaking also because hardened steel is brittle. The broken bolt is fairly soft so can be drilled out quite easily if...
Forum: General Interest 01-05-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,057
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: 3,225
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: 2,335
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: 1,357
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: Overhaul 09-16-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,960
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: 5,751
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: Safety 04-10-2020, 01:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,190
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: 5,630
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: Cooling System 11-05-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,363
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: 4,363
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: Introductions 09-12-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,364
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: Troubleshooting 08-31-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,461
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: Troubleshooting 06-17-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,120
Posted By zellerj
Mine does not have to be held in place. Stays...

Mine does not have to be held in place. Stays put once I pull the level back. My shift lever is near the floor and not on a pedestal.
Forum: Cooling System 05-10-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,862
Posted By zellerj
Get a IR temp gun and shoot it around the block. ...

Get a IR temp gun and shoot it around the block. Where is it hottest? The temp sender does not give you the whole story, so take temp readings of the head etc.

Could be that crude is wrapped...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-29-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 68,770
Posted By zellerj
Sometimes the source of crap in the carb is the...

Sometimes the source of crap in the carb is the filter itself. One listmate a while ago cut open a metal polishing filter and found that the metal was corroded into a white powder, that plugged up...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-22-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,697
Posted By zellerj
I think that cold damp winters are hard on...

I think that cold damp winters are hard on electrical connections. A layer of corrosion forms and resistance increases. This includes the points if you still have them. I would make every...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-16-2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,652
Posted By zellerj
Sometimes the inner portion of the exhaust hose...

Sometimes the inner portion of the exhaust hose collapses and closes off the hose, but it looks perfectly fine on the outside. To check for this, some people attempt to start the engine with the...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-04-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,519
Posted By zellerj
Keep flame and spark sources away from it and you...

Keep flame and spark sources away from it and you will be fine. Isopropanol is less flammable than gas (it has a higher flash point), but more flammable than kerosene. It should be relatively safe...
Forum: General Maintenance 01-03-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,519
Posted By zellerj
I would add a couple quarts of isopropanol,...

I would add a couple quarts of isopropanol, otherwise known as rubbing alcohol Isopropanol will dissolve both water and oil.
Forum: Overhaul 07-11-2018, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,079
Posted By zellerj
There are two other ways to get water in the oil...

There are two other ways to get water in the oil pan - from the exhaust system:

1) over cranking with the seacock open so that water fills the water lift muffler - and exhaust manifold - without...
Forum: Troubleshooting 06-30-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,344
Posted By zellerj
Exhaust hose collapsed?

Could also be a partially blocked exhaust that allows an idle but bogs down and stalls with higher rpms. Test is pretty smelly and wet, but pull the exhaust hose off at the water lift or stand pipe...
Forum: Troubleshooting 06-05-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 24,522
Posted By zellerj
Well I am glad you responded, I had an inkling...

Well I am glad you responded, I had an inkling that you were gone for good on this forum. Glad to hear that you are not made of money, too. It is much more fun and challenging to be on a budget. ...
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