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by gdcarpenter
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Mercury Mark 58AE
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Mercury Mark 58AE

Hi and Welcome, Among vintage outboard folks thosethat work on Old Mercs are often referred to as 'Going to the Dark Side'. I have only worked on old 4 cylinder Mecs so cannot speak to the other brands. They are different, and there is quite a learning curve. My first was a 1959 Mark35A and I restor...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 208
Views: 42545

Re: Michael's ZIP

Hi Michael,

I added bottom batten stiffeners. As I recall they were 5/8" thick and varied in height between about 1" - 1 1/2".
I simply epoxied them in place.
by gdcarpenter
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: General outboard questions
Replies: 30
Views: 3294

Re: General outboard questions

Prop on is fine as long as you are in neutral.
Make sure oil mix is on the rich side for test run.
by gdcarpenter
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Malahini Bow Rider porpoising
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: Malahini Bow Rider porpoising

Sometimes there is confusion whether one is trimming up or down. If you are timing down (bringing prop closer to bottom of transom) that tends to bring the bow more. If you are trimming up (moving prop further away from bottom of transom) that tends to lift the bow. Usually you trim up for takeoff, ...
by gdcarpenter
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: modified malahini
Replies: 289
Views: 53979

Re: modified malahini

Would the engine mounting holes being below the water line necessarily be a deal breaker?
Seems there should be a viable way to waterproof the through bolts.
Oversize SS 'Fender Washers' siliconed to the transom on either end?
by gdcarpenter
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Riviera build
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Riviera build

Hi and welcome. When you say power planer I think of that as a 'thickness planer', which will make the thickness constant, but will not 'straighten' a board. What I refer to as a 'Jointer' is used to straighten one edge of a board, the longer the board the longer the bed of the jointer needs to be. ...
by gdcarpenter
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: 1955 Mercury Mark 55
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: 1955 Mercury Mark 55

First and foremost you will need a starter with the correct number of teeth to mesh with your flywheel, then a stater solenoid, and the ancillary heavy gauge wiring to connect them, and run to a battery. If you have a tiller currently I suspect your lower cowl may not have the hole for the wiring ha...
by gdcarpenter
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Maryland - building the Malahini
Replies: 41
Views: 2802

Re: Hi from Maryland - building the Malahini

For what it's worth I used VC Performance Epoxy on the bottom of my ZIP, and as you can see in the photo it came up to the sheer line at the transom, so lots of UV exposure. Six years later, when I sold the boat, it was still like new, so UV on VC not an issue. In my books it's fantastic stuff, and ...
by gdcarpenter
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Steering for Zip
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Re: Steering for Zip

For what it's worth I used a standard Teleflex steering system and opted for the NFB ( No Feedback System).
by gdcarpenter
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Peroba de Campos (Paratecoma peroba) Peroba Rosa
Replies: 0
Views: 877

Peroba de Campos (Paratecoma peroba) Peroba Rosa

Think I finally discovered what type of hardwood I scrounged at a tear down. Seems it's Peroba Rosa from South America. I found it in a garage we were tearing down that was built in 1942. They were just elevated slats for dry storage. Experts on 'Lumberjocks' provided the help, Lord knows I had neve...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: '57 Century Redux
Replies: 36
Views: 7931

Re: '57 Century Redux

Have now completed 3 full frames. Not counting the frame screwed to the inside of the transom, I have done frames 2, 4, & 6. Leveled going forward to notch on stem for keel. Frames 1, 3, & 5 are only bottom frames with no side frames. The are supported by the longitudinals and fastened to th...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: '57 Century Redux
Replies: 36
Views: 7931

Re: '57 Century Redux

So my first main frame rebuilt. A previous owner must have sufferedd an at sea event or trailer mishap. On one side the chine plank and the bottom plank next to it are rather severely fiberglass patched. The event must have also damaged the chine. To 'fix' it they cut the bottom of the side frame an...
by gdcarpenter
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: '57 Century Redux
Replies: 36
Views: 7931

Re: '57 Century Redux

Been scratching my poor brain trying to figure out how to begin the reconstruction. Boat leveled side to side and front to back keeping imaginary keel line level running from transom to stem. But where to start? Dealing with the fact that I intend on reusing most all the bottom planks. Ergo I laid o...
by gdcarpenter
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Layout Table
Replies: 10
Views: 540

Re: Layout Table

I am lucky to have a garage with a more than 10' high ceiling. The concrete block comes up about 30" and the walls are 2X6's. I 'sistered' the studs with parallel 2X6's through bolted at the bottom, and the legs similarly through bolted at the top. When not in use it 'folds' up into the wall, w...
by gdcarpenter
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: '57 Century Redux
Replies: 36
Views: 7931

Re: '57 Century Redux

Well, the boat has it's hull number again. The first owner replaced the original planked transom with an OEM solid transom. He did this so he could hang a behemoth of a V4 75HP outboard on it. Since the hull numbers were 'etched' into the transom they disappeared with the old transom. Not a great ma...

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