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  • Birthday 12/02/1945

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  1. Boatman609

    Yet another winterize question

    I also have the same basic set up. I do initially drain the block and manifolds to remove any sand or grit. If there is a measurable amount I use the flushing connection (motor off) to get all of it out. I then set the 5 gallon bucket of anti freeze with a Y connection. Run the motor on the ears on the hose until it reaches temperature then just swap two valves and suck the anti freeze into the motor making sure I see a complete change of color coming out where it should.
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    I need new batteries

    I went from a group 24 to a group 27 battery for my starting battery. Simply cut the forward end of the battery tray. Still clamps down like the original.
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    Fuel pump not pumping

    With an electric fuel pump it should run (if the fuel pressure is low) as soon as you turn the key to on. You shouldn't have to crank the engine to see if it is pumping with the hose disconnected from the carburetor. So it sounds as though there is no 12 volt feed getting to the fuel pump. You should be able to supply it with a temporary feed to see if it operates. If it does trace back to find the interruption in the feed.
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    Prop ventilation ?

    If it was just ventilation you wouldn't have to back to neutral and start again.
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    Prop ventilation ?

    If you have another prop try it to see if you get the same results. It is possible that you have a (partially) spun hub on the prop and under certain load conditions the prop slips until you back off of it. I had that same problem on a small outboard motor so to test it, I put three small dabs of epoxy to see if it made a difference. It cleared up the problem. I got a new prop and kept the old one as a spare.
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    Engine hours - What is considered high

    It makes a huge difference if it is a fresh water or salt water boat. The salt really shortens the life of things like manifolds. Closed and open cooling systems also make a difference. I personally look for something with less hours on it and fresh water use.
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    Signature 270 overheat?

    Curt that was a great way to trouble shoot the cooling system. I also pull the drain plugs on the block to make sure no sand or debris is blocking the passageways.
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    290 Repower with 5.0 GL-E Engines

    Can the original engine be rebuilt?
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    Boat will not go over 20mph

    Try using a spray bottle with gas in it and spray it into the carb when you reach 20 mph and see if it makes any difference. You can also try bypassing the booster pump to see if that gives you the rpms back.
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    Boat will not go over 20mph

    What was the top speed and rpms last year when it was running well. What is your rpm reading now that it is only doing 20 mph
  11. Boatman609

    Sea Ray vs Chapparal

    With the Volvo it is just a learning curve. No complaints.
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    Sea Ray vs Chapparal

    I've owned 4 Sea Rays in the past. Never complained about quality. I thought they were well built. The 21 footer I had for 25 years. Kept in fresh water 6-7 months a year. Never bottom painted. No blisters or concerns. Now have a 235 ssi. Happy with the quality. It is heavy for it's size but rides nicely because of the weight. It is the first Volvo I have owned which has some good features and some not so good features. I like both brands.
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    Set timing question. 350 mag mpi

    If you are in the boat facing aft looking at the crankshaft pulley and it turns clockwise with the engine running markings to the left of the indicator will be (BTDC) before top dead center. If it rotates counter-clockwise the marking to the right will be (BTDC) before top dead center. So if you have two engines and they are counter rotating to each other, the marks will be on opposite sides of the indicator. I hope this helps.
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    My anchor light socket broke.

    Removing the chrome socket is usually the easiest way. I used a metal coat hanger straightened with a small ball of duct tape (sticky side out) and got lucky on the second try. Tied it up to hold it place until I got a replacement. It was straight forward from there. Good luck.
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    SO..... I'm being told a need a transom assembly....

    I had the same problem and made a temporary (2 year) fix by shimming the steering pin. I then did the kit which is doable but takes some careful measurements with the provided templates. Careful drilling and tapping for the plugs and some determination to get the nut off the drive pin. I would say this is not for the amateur. Some experience eases the job. Good luck with what you find.