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  1. Dozer

    Storm damage - Can I get some help?

    Finally got internet today -- almost 6 weeks after the storm. I had to take the boat to a Chaparral dealer, about 3hrs away, because the ones in town would not be able to accommodate my boat for 8-9 months -- to get some of the repairs done, but the insurance is being a real pain. They have agreed to repair the Arch, no one has one available...Jay Kay says they may be able to manufacture one if they can locate the molds... but insurance has decided to pay for repairs. A tree limb fell in the cockpit and punctured a couple holes on the top of the seat backs, insurance wants to repair instead of replacing. The dash panel that holds the gauges needs to be repaired or replaced, the "wood" grain vinyl peeled when exposed to the wind -- but the insurance is saying that's previous damage and not related to the storm...I had to produce a photos from a couple months earlier that luckily shows the intact dash. Also the gauges had water in them -- about an inch of water at the bottom, and lots of moisture bubbles on the inside of the glass. They dried up with a couple days in the sun, but now some of them are not functioning correctly, and again the insurance is saying it's due to old malfunctioning seals...and not related to the storm. These people don't realize that we had winds of 120mph -- some reports are starting to indicate we may have hit a CAT 5 storm. There are other scratches and nicks on the gel coat from flying debris, and the insurance is debating on if they should pay for buffing of the gel coat I'm really tired of dealing with this, specially when I have a $5k Major Storm deductible. Hopefully Monday I'll here back from the insurance to see what they will pay.
  2. Dozer

    Storm damage - Can I get some help?

    It's been a long 12 days of cleaning up. I'm exhausted, and anxiously awaiting for the power to come back. Living on generator power is OK for a few days, but it's getting old. Things are slowly returning, at least we can get gas now, grocery stores are mostly stocked and we can now use credit cards at most places. Now I have to get the boat repaired. The radar arch broke off on the starboard side, the plate broke off the arch, and it bounced during the storm and caused damage to the firberglass on both sides. Looks like the gauges are not working properly, when we got the west winds, it must have put too much pressure on them and water got into them. Bimini tops are done and some of the hardware for the Bimini's took a beating, along with a hole in one of the seat backs. Took me tow days to clean all the leaves and stays, but I keep finding leaves and twigs stuck in places I would never think of looking. Anyone have any idea what a Radar arch for a 2006 290Sig costs. I have the adjuster coming out Friday to take a look. I never filed a major storm claim, so I have no idea what to expect...if anyone has, I could use some advice to make sure I get my baby back to normal and not get taken to the cleaners. Thank you
  3. Dozer

    Storm damage - Can I get some help?

    Thank you
  4. For sure, I have a list too and it's getting longer. Ya, the previous owner really only added gas and changed the oil...he took her in the shop for a few issues, but never did much anything else from what I can tell. I got her for a good price, but right now I'm even (cost wise) with all the latest expenses.
  5. Dozer

    Storm damage - Can I get some help?

    We had just made a 10 mile test run -- no issues prior to this. Also lower unit oil was changed at the beginning of the season, so about 30hrs on it. Thanks
  6. Dozer

    Storm damage - Can I get some help?

    Ya, when it's not tugging at your wallet all the time....
  7. I have not forgotten... I think it decided to remind me today. So after testing the port engine, went to back up to one of our favorite hangouts, and the Starboard gave me issues and would not engage... see my other post, I don't want to sidetrack this one with a different issue As for the testing of the port engine, not sure if its me, but she felt like it was running a bit better overall. Top speed at WOT was 43 MPH on GPS...but because my gauges are not very reliable I couldn't tell my exact RPMS and did not stay there very long... I'll have to figure out a reliable way to test it and make sure my WOT is within the limits. Is there a way to temporarily hook up a tach gauge to compare to the ones on the boat? At first the throttle was a bit stiffer than before, but I figured it out, I forgot to back up the nut on the throttle body cable. Before this issue on the port motor, my oil pressure was always low--about 40 -- but I figured it was maybe the unreliable gauges. Well today when she hit about 3000rpm the pressure was around 60 and matched the Starboard pressure. I assume this was due to the new distributer and possible the use of Mobil 1 Synthetic and a Mobil 1 oil filter, which is twice as tall as the mercury one. So the test was a success, no leaks, no excess heat and was very responsive. Heck, it brought us back to the marina on it's own as the Starboard was only on for the power steering. I can't catch a break on this B.O.A.T..... but if you remember Star Trek, the Borg "Resistance is futile" and eventually this boat will assimilate... LOL So if you have time, take a look at my other post and see if you have any suggestions. Wingnut, if you're ever in Panama City or surrounding area, I owe you a steak diner and beer.
  8. 2006 Cap 290 sig, twin mercruiser 5.0 MPI Just finished working on port engine heads/valves. Took it out for a test ride, worked fine.
  9. W. I can't thank you enough for all the help and guidance. After about 10hrs in/out of the engine compartment, turning wrenches and carrying parts -- She started right up, no weird noises. Purred like a kitty. I surprised myself, I expected to maybe forget to connect a sensor or a plug and hear some alarm did not happen, I guess my systematic way of assembling worked (not to mention Wingnuts advice) The only issue I had was the Angle Gauge I purchased at Oreillys did not work....not sure why, but as soon as I placed the wrench on it, the clear wheels would not spend. So I went with the alternate method for tightening the head bolts, by using the 3 different torque passes. The gasket set I purchased, had these weird shaped cork pieces (see this picture, this is not the kit I purchased) so I did use those, and to make sure it all sealed at the end points, I added some RTV Distributer went in fairly easy, I was worried this would screw up the timing. One I turned the key, I let the fuel pump pressurize the system, checked for any fuel leaks. Cranked her up, and she ran WITHOUT any noises. Both exhaust manifolds showed about same temperature (using laser gun) -- Port side showed about 10 degrees hire than Starboard, but even temp all the way across. After it warmed up, I turned off/on a few times. Everytime I started it, the engine fired up a lot faster than it did before all these issues occurred. So I just wanted to make this post, as I'm getting ready to leave for the marina and take her for a spin. I was too tired to type anything last night when I finished. Will post result once we return, we may stay out for the night. Thank you for all the help, I couldn't have done it without the help from folks here, especially Wingnut.
  10. Just a quick update. Got the heads back today. The shop owner who did most of the work told me there were no cracks or warpage. All seats were good, and the only milling done on the heads was just enough to remove surface rust. They replaced 3 intake valves, two of which I was aware, and a third one from cylinder #2 that was starting to cup. #5 exhaust valve was broken as seen on previous pics. The shop did great job, at least from what I can see... I guess time will tell. The starter was rebuilt, new brushes, solenoid and bushings. They went over the entire thing, cleaned it up and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Already installed. Exhaust flappers arrived and are installed - by the way, they don't just pull straight up. You to pop the square rubber pieces outward, then you can remove the flapper. Intake manifold cleaned and painted, removed all injectors and cleaned them. Installed fuel rail, so the entire assemble is ready to attach after valve adjustment. Old distributer has been converted to oil priming tool All the parts are in; head bolts, new distributer, gasket kit, oil, filter So tomorrow, I should be able to get most of it put together and hopefully test it out on Saturday or Sunday Anything specific I should do or not do when getting the engine ready to run for the first time? I plan on running a compression test to make sure everything is assembled correctly.... should I skip this or not? Thank you all for the great help and support through this event, I sure have learned a lot about this boat.
  11. Wingnut The pleasure is all mine, you have been a tremendous help.... and I keep asking more questions. As I prepare for the assembly, I was wondering if you can explain the "Cylinder Head Bolt - Preferred Method"? I'm not sure what the Degrees mean for each the different length bolts. When you have a few minutes if you could explain. Torque Specs Merc Small Block V-8's.pdf Edit -- I think I figured it out... I'll have to get a Torque Angle gauge to attach to my breaker bar. THanks
  12. Dozer

    Overheating at high speed

    I guess I forgot to post an update here...my bad, I don't like to read a topic that leaves out how the issue was resolved. So I just ordered new Exhaust manifolds and risers with spacers. When I took off the old parts, you could see the water jacket passageways were restricted due to the rust, and being 5 years old. Also when I took the brass caps from the bottom of the manifolds, they were full of old rusty metal shavings and other very small debris that completely clogged up the passageways. It still allowed some water to flow, kind of like water slows through sand. So when we increased speed the engines would heat up, at lower speeds it was able to keep up with the cooling. The very first time I had the overheating issue, it happened to the Strd engine, after replacing impellors and thermostats, then both engines started heating up quicker than before and at the same time. I attributed this to a lot of crud that was stuck to the cooling hoses. When I changed the impellors I moved, bent and squeezed the hoses...this caused more debris to accumulate in the water jackets, which caused more water restrictions. After installing all the new parts, the Strd engine operated great, but the Port still had overheating issues. Turns out the new thermostat I initially installed, went bad. Replaced it and fixed the issue.
  13. Best thing if you can is to remove the entire Trim Tab motor from the boat. Check that the fluid is a nice bright wine color, if its a milk pink you're getting water in the system. This happened to my tabs, the cylinders were allowing water into the system, that caused the solenoids and the motor to get all rusty and stop working. If fluid is good, then swap the solenoids - you have to disconnect the wires and the solenoids will twist over, and hook it up to a 12v source. This will confirm that the solenoid is bad. Do a search for Bennett Solenoid Valve -- one has a Red wire the other Green, once you identify which one is not working than you can order it About 40deer each A few more instructions from Bennet here Good luck
  14. I'm sold, and will use your method, thanks for explaining. Guess now I have to wait for all the parts... I'll do a bit more cleaning and prep. Have a good weekend