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2.20.2012

Good news, bad news!!!!!!!


I have not posted in a while because of all the time spent looking for, and working on the new boat. This weekend was no exception and we worked to get the motor mounted. As I get more into the thrill and excitment of boat ownership, I am finding out why my friends that own boats say "Don't own a boat, just have friends that own boats!" I am happy to have this vessel and she was in great shape when I got her but this has been more work to get her set up than I imagined.

Well got the jack plate for the motor installed on Sunday along with the motor, and that's the good news. However, the motor was not running on all cylinders. The bottom cylinder was firing intermittently, and that's the bad news. We did some major cleaning of the motor which was not kept up that well but now the motor is exremely clean inside and out. We cleaned all three carbs and the bottom one was particularly dirty. This happens to be the cylinder that was dropping out as well. The plug wires were not snapping onto the plugs and I am going to first try and rule out the simple stuff. I am going to tune the motor up and replace the wires, plugs, and do a more thourough job of cleaning the carbs. Hopefully this will take care of it. The motor did mount well and we have the cavitation plate within an inch of optimal height on the transom. It is getting there but I want to get her out and see how she runs. There is still some uncertanty because I will not be able to tell how the boat runs until there is some open water and I get the trolling motor mounted and the inside either carpeted or painted with some type of textured paint. Here are some pics of the installation of jack plate and motor.







Will keep you posted as to the progress and I am looking forward to getting the project complete and out on the water. Only a couple things left to do once the motor is running good!!!

13 comments:

  1. Good work so far, Tom!! Have you done a compression check on the motor yet?? If not, I have a gauge and we can do it pretty quickly.

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  2. I did two; one last week, and one this week with consistent results. The compression is good and the readings were 120 in all cylinders. There was some variation but maybe 1-2 psi in the cylinders. I am thinking the motor is internally sound and just needs to be tinkered with a bit. She starts up right away but will not idle because the one cylinder was not firing or firing intermittently. The top two cylinders were nice and looked like the plugs were burning efficiently while the bottom cylinder was wet every time. I have new wires on order and will get a set of plugs. Planning on installing the new wires and plugs along with the trolling motor next weekend or asap because I need rivnuts for the trolling motor and I do not have those yet. Lastly, I will check to see that the spark is not intermittent because she may need a coil but this is all minor stuff so far. I hope to have it done in the next week or two because I want to get out for pre-spawn eyeballs and pike. I will keep you posted!!!!!!

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    1. Awesome! Good to hear that the compression is consistent - everything else is a bit easier to fix.

      I can't wait to get out on that baby!

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  3. Been there and done that! Year's ago my brother and I bought a 16' jon boat, trailer and trolling motor for next to nothing. It was the best of times and the worst of times.

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  4. Herculiner can be had at Menards or Lowes. I painted my boat interior with it.

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  5. Hey Clif, how did that stuff hold up??? I was thinking that exact same thing!!!!!

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    1. It's holding up great, but you should know two things.
      1) I spent A LOT of time cleaning and roughing up the surface. I just read the instructions and made sure to do a really good job at prepping. Took two coats.
      2) I don't use that boat as often as some people use their boats.

      I recommend against black even though it's the easiest color to find. I'd hate to sit through a hot sunny day in a boat painted black. I used gray and it doesn't get too hot.

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    2. Gray is definitely the call!!!

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  6. Boat = Bring Out Another Thousand ; Two best times with a boat - The day you buy it and - the day you sell it!

    Still, really not that bad and you got to know you're not alone!

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  7. John D beat me to it. Somewhat true. Normally the days really hurt, but lots of good memories made with a boat. Good luck with it. Thanks for sharing.

    Passinthru Outdoors Blog - Sharing the Passion

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  8. I am feeling this bigtime!! I think she should be running this weekend and then to mount the trolling motor and sonar. I had to go a little more inexpensive than I would have liked but went with a new Lowrance Mark 4. It is black and grey but looks like a real good screen resolution and it has fishing hot spots mapping capability because the unit has internal gps. This will come in handy at 4:30am on the Mississippi looking for hunting spots. Thanks for all the comments and I will keep you posted on the progress. I gotta get her done or I think Nick is going to kick me in the knee cap when we finally get on those gar he keeps telling me about!!! LOL!

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  9. Smartest thing I've done in the last five years was to put $500 down on my brother's new/used boat and told him where to pick it up. He paid the other $1200 on it, drove it home, and has put another $5000 into it in the last 3 years, including a new custom trailer and a new SWEET Yamaha OB. And when he's not at work, he's on the boat hunting or fishing, so there's a 100% chance I can catch a ride if I'm in his neck of the woods.

    Good luck with the project. I've repaired/replaced a few transoms, not fun.

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