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by wright6627
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: My 2nd Mercury Mark 55
Replies: 2
Views: 1388

Re: My 2nd Mercury Mark 55

Jim, The mag will probably be good to go with no new parts. The coil should be fresh looking and firm to the touch. If it's soft, let me know. I have several. The points are good as long as they are not badly pitted. Dress them out with 400 W&D and plenty of WD 40. Spray clean with gumout. Take the ...
by wright6627
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Back to Varnish and/or Clear Coat
Replies: 7
Views: 1745

Re: Back to Varnish and/or Clear Coat

I've used Petit's Captain's Varnish on my last couple of projects. Seems to be holding up well--both boats are covered and stored inside. This is not a thick varnish and it goes on easy. I needed 12 coats to get where I wanted on recent Tollycraft restoration. I like the cheap foam brushes--use 'em ...
by wright6627
Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Re: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal

Jim, It's been correctly pointed out to me that I might be leading you guys to raggedy edge trim and hight setups that could be dangerous to your and your boat's health. I have, quite literally 1000s of hours spent in high performance runabouts, many of them in racing setups, over the past 50 years....
by wright6627
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Re: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal

I've never used a Tiny Tach. I have an inductive timing tachometer that I take out with customer's boats that I'm propping. Works with 2,4, and 6 cylinder motors off a spark plug. Mine cost about $75.00 10 (or so) years ago.
by wright6627
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1808

Re: Happy Thanksgiving!!!

All the kids and grands are in Colorado so Nancy and I are doing it alone. We bought an 8 pound ham as the main course. Hope it's enough!

Randy
by wright6627
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:17 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Re: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal

Since you play around in the salt, you must fight corrosion all the time--Do as Warren says and get some of that stuff from West Marine and use it frequently. I can't tell you how many salty dogs I've had to smash apart with a big hammer to get at the moving parts. Get some of that thread release co...
by wright6627
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Re: Mark 55 - Glen-L Zip Transome trim- Flywheel removal

Jim, As set up, you definetly have negative trim going on. Try the 2ed and 3rd holes until your straight edge is dead even with the cav plate. Then shim up the motor until top edge of straight edge is even with the bottom edge of the cavitation plate. This is a good starting point for performance. O...
by wright6627
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Restoring an old wooden boat
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Re: Restoring an old wooden boat

Thanks for all the nice replies! I know what fine craftsmen all of you are so your votes of confidence mean alot! Jeff, That is my transom and motorwell. Exactly the same except mine doesn't have the trapdoor. Don't know if you were aware that the bottom of the motorwell is 1 1/2" plywood. It's hell...
by wright6627
Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Speed and Performance
Topic: need helpfinding a prop!!
Replies: 3
Views: 4387

Re: need helpfinding a prop!!

If you're on the rev limiter, you are underpropped. Based upon the nice top speed you're getting, i'd guess you might already have the prop you want. It can be modified. It can be repitched and then cupped. Talk to a good prop man and get his advice. He'll need to know the RPM you're getting and sho...
by wright6627
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Restoring an old wooden boat
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Re: Restoring an old wooden boat

I really liked the look of the calking before I topped it with white. I had several positive comments about the beige caulking but in the end gave in to the boat's traditional look. Here's the complete project. My helper and I worked from late April until early September to get 'er done. e-bay 001.J...
by wright6627
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Restoring an old wooden boat
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Re: Restoring an old wooden boat

Jeff, The lines of the Malahini look awfully familier to me. Stain on the Tollycraft was Minwax Pecan, an oilbased stain that would take to the teak. It darkened the natural wood just enough to be pleasing to my eye. I cleaned the old caulking out with a router and a gouge cut to the demention of th...
by wright6627
Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How's your weather today?
Replies: 16
Views: 3022

Re: How's your weather today?

About 50 and rainy. We don't freeze in the winter. Actually do some boating and fishing but we're dressed like we're Alpine skiing. Got the flatscreen, football, and no bon-bons going here Got a basement I'm trying to clear out for a boatbuilding project. Might have it set to go before Roberta compl...
by wright6627
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Restoring an old wooden boat
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Restoring an old wooden boat

Tollycraft restoration, 2011 001.JPG I thought you might be interested in seeing my old school restoration of a 1963 Tollycraft Roustabout. This is a 17' outboard runabout that I've owned for the past 15 years. It's been all over the state of California with my wife and me since we bought it. The f...
by wright6627
Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mercury outboards and Glen-L - Rattle Can Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

Re: Mercury outboards and Glen-L - Rattle Can Restoration

Looks great Jim,

I think you might have enough negative trim to plane out nicely. You might even be able to trim out a hole or two. Sometimes the old Mercs have a little foreward look to them. I'm keepin' my fingers crossed.

Randy
by wright6627
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Home Built Plywood Gentlemans Racer with twin Merc 58's
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

Re: Home Built Plywood Gentlemans Racer with twin Merc 58's

That's one of my favorite U-tube videos. Really gets the blood boiling!

Your motor looks great, Jim. Really like the '55 faceplate.

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