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by Imaginethat
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Started cutting out fuel tanks.

I only had about 50 gal fuel, so didn't list noticably. (it did help the fuel get to the fitting I was pumping out of tho!) Today I pumped 30 gallons through the Racor into jerry cans in preparation of tackling the second tank removal. I finished removing the starboard tank but cutting a panel out o...
by Imaginethat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Started cutting out fuel tanks.

Next I'll use an angle grinder to nip the outboard welds on the baffles to remove them, then sawsall or grind out a section in the inboard and forward and top corners of the tank to start the nibbler. I figure I can nibble the top in half, inboard-to-outboard between the floor timbers, then sawsall ...
by Imaginethat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Started cutting out fuel tanks.

I drilled a hole in the center of each of the (3) fore-aft baffles to start the nibbler, then cut diagonally to each corner where there was just enough room to exit the nibbler (it was less smooth than I'm making it sound here... got the nibbler stuck a number of times). Once quartered, I was able t...
by Imaginethat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Started cutting out fuel tanks.

Next was cleaning up the 1/2 inch or so of schmutz on the bottom of the tank. A 6" putty knife and a 5 gal bucket with a garbage bag liner made it not too bad. Soaked up the remaining fuel and water with bilge soaks and paper towels, then got to work cutting out the baffles.
by Imaginethat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Started cutting out fuel tanks.

I thought I'd try a Bosch 10ga nibbler rather than sawsall and grinder like most people have used. Gotta say it was definitely the way to go! No mess, no fire, and really fast (relative to the other two methods). A bit tricky to get past the baffles. Fortunately their notched corners made it possibl...
by Imaginethat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: Started cutting out fuel tanks.

Getting ready
by Imaginethat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Started cutting out fuel tanks.
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Started cutting out fuel tanks.

Port tank developed a leak if filled with more than 7" of fuel :cry: I knew I'd need to replace the tanks when I bought the boat a year and a half ago, so no big surprise, just hard to find the time and motivation to get started... but today was the day! Actually, I started preparation last wee...
by Imaginethat
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: New Exhaust
Replies: 7
Views: 1677

Re: New Exhaust

I hate to be the one to say it... but it would have been better if you'd made your 104 degree angle out of two 52 degree angles with a couple inches between them to provide a bit of a sweep around the bend. The hard 90 will cause a lot of backpressure. You also only need 2-3" of pipe-in-the-hos...
by Imaginethat
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Matching gel coat color
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Matching gel coat color

Great timing, thanks! I was just at the store a few weeks ago looking at color chips trying to figure out which colors to try to match my '74 GB63 for a flybridge paint job in the spring (original gel or subsequent coating is all cracked). I'll use high build epoxy primer to fill and smooth, them pr...
by Imaginethat
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Re-power GB32 with a John Deere 6414?
Replies: 4
Views: 886

Re: Re-power GB32 with a John Deere 6414?

I put a Perkins 4-236 in my 39,000 lb 44' sailboat and loved it. I'd bought a pair that were taken out of a trawler after one threw a rod so had lots of spare parts, and new parts were easily available throught the local marine diesel shop. I didn't have a single problem with in in 2 years cruising ...
by Imaginethat
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Photos - Repairs & Outfitting Projects
Topic: Teak deck removed!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

Re: Teak deck removed!!!

That looks fantastic! I'm about to start the same on my 1974 36CL. Previous owners liked sanding, so the deck is down to 1/8 to 1/4" in some areas and long overdo for removal. How hard was it to scrape/clean the old bedding and prep for paint? What did you use? Did you put down a layer of fiber...
by Imaginethat
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Transmission cable? or Bigger Problem!
Replies: 4
Views: 1479

Re: Transmission cable? or Bigger Problem!

Velvet drives are pretty bulletproof and would rarely fail in a way that makes any grinding noises. It's remotely possible the planetary reverse or reduction gears have broken, but extremely rare. The shifting of these transmissions is acomplished with hydraulic clutches ( the shift lever controls a...
by Imaginethat
Sun May 26, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: captains chair
Replies: 7
Views: 2312

Re: captains chair

I've been on the hunt for something sturdier than the standard sideways collapsible directors chairs to use as a helm seat on my 36 classic. The Totally Bamboo model linked above looks perfect! While poking around for more information, I found they have another model that is similar but has some cur...
by Imaginethat
Wed May 15, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Ammarine 6404 injectors
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Ammarine 6404 injectors

And don't overtighten the fuel lines!
by Imaginethat
Wed May 15, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Repair Questions
Topic: Ammarine 6404 injectors
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Ammarine 6404 injectors

There are not difficult to remove... unless they're stuck. There are pullers available (try searching for pencil injector puller, John Deere 4020 if you need to narrow it down). Definitely get new return line connection boots. The injection shop should have them, and can recommend whether the inject...