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  1. Got an issue with my speedometer gauge that I need some advise on. After having an awesome time at Bull Shoals lake last week with the family, we meet some friends at Lake Ozark and boated there. Uncovered the boat and right away noticed the speed gauge was missing, looked under neath and found it there swinging by the speedo cable. Looked simple enough to remount, but noticed the plastic white "housing" around the flat gauge itself seemed to be cracked/broken off the black outer sleeve/ring. This black outer sleeve/ring seems to fit around the white casing of the speedo plate and has small set screws that snug it up once mounted in the dash hole where the speedo is located in the instrument cluster pod. Doesn't seems to be fixable…or maybe it is. ANY IDEAS ? Or should I get a new one from Cecil Marine ? http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/4-inch-65-mph-speedometer/?page_context=category&faceted_search=0 Saw the exact one like mine on-line. Diameter of mine measures a little shy of 4", so I guess the 4" one they sell is the correct part for me. Does the speedo cable detach from the back of the speedo gauge or does the new gauge come with a new cable back to the motor ? Thanks, BC
  2. Got an issue with my speedometer gauge that I need some advise on. After having an awesome time at Bull Shoals lake last week with the family, we meet some friends at Lake Ozark and boated there. Uncovered the boat and right away noticed the speed gauge was missing, looked under neath and found it there swinging by the speedo cable. Looked simple enough to remount, but noticed the plastic white "housing" around the flat gauge itself seemed to be cracked/broken off the black outer sleeve/ring. This black outer sleeve/ring seems to fit around the white casing of the speedo plate and has small set screws that snug it up once mounted in the dash hole where the speedo is located in the instrument cluster pod. Doesn't seems to be fixable…or maybe it is. ANY IDEAS ? Or should I get a new one from Cecil Marine ? http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/4-inch-65-mph-speedometer/?page_context=category&faceted_search=0 Saw the exact one like mine on-line. Diameter of mine measures a little shy of 4", so I guess the 4" one they sell is the correct part for me. Does the speedo cable detach from the back of the speedo gauge or does the new gauge come with a new cable back to the motor ? Thanks, BC
  3. Ha. You do !! Kudos to your Dad. Let him know thanks for all his hard work; it paved the way for the cool stuff Ford now develops. Wouldn't own anything else.
  4. Been towing our 236 SSi with our Ford Expedition. Can't go wrong with a Ford. Have 4 of them… 2 mustangs, SHO taurus(twin turbo), and Expedition(on my second Exped)…yup..I got a car problem...Ford Engine technology is far superior to GM. From the overhead cam design, to the multivalve head design, etc, etc that Ford Engineers have been designing for since that late 99 to very early 2000. This engine design offers superior throttle response, valve timing, and excellent pull out of the hole performance, all while obtaining much better gas milage that a typical GM pushrod motor…Oh, by the way...Did I mention styling….. Get the Ford, you won't be disappointed. BC
  5. Heard from many mechanics. If your motor used synthetic from birth to present…keep using it. Although, if you have a seasoned motor that has been using conventional oils for many hours/miles do not change. I have always used the mercruiser recommended oils in all my boat motors and never had a oil related failure or improper oil control. BC
  6. Yup. I agree. Fuel inj motors don't really "backfire". When you start the motors, check the port side motor fuel pressure at the schrader vale area on the fuel rail. Fuel pressure gauge is inexpensive and can yield a lot of info in terms of fuel. Then check the voltage at the Mass AIr Meter. A bad MAM/mass airflow sensor whichever term you prefer, may cause a too rich or too lean condition, erratic idle(as you've seen displayed on your tach), and poor performance. May be source of the howl you hear. Throttle Bodies can go bad as well, especially the Throttle position sensor(TPS) part of the Body. Some Throttle Bodies TPS sensors are replaceable, rather than replacing the entire Thrott Bod. These parts going bad will create the inconsistant idle, stalling under load, and perhaps problems after the port motor is run and hot and then shut down and then restarted soon after. Chaparral Tachs are notorious for having a high failure rate. Replaced mine on my 236SSi for the spiking problem as well. This was done per recommendation of the Chap dealer. Although my tach issue never affected motor performance. Mechanically sound tachs that exhibit a spiking response offer a real time display of what your idle or cruising RPM may actually be doing Just my 2 cents BC
  7. So, I finally got the NGK Iridium ITR4A-15 spark plugs for my 6.2 MX/MPI. Decided to pick up a few plug install tips at the official NGK site and read that the plugs need to be correctly gapped. Which is no big deal. Anyone know the correct gap for this plug ? I thought they were already gapped….but now I figure I better get the gap spec and check them before I install them. BC
  8. Thats good info ! Had a Chaparral Dealer on I-44 here in St Louis, but they moved towards Lake of the Ozarks. We are always down near the Bull Shoals Lake area as well as Table Rock Lake Glad to hear if I need parts or service your facility will be nearby. BC
  9. My JBL MR series radio went out last summer in my 236SSi. I called "prospect electronics" and they told me the MR 16 is no longer made and that the sound was poor because the power supply was putting out less amps that it should. Prospect Electronics is very knowledgeable of our Chaparrals and what works with all our remotes that our boats have. They also told me the MR 145 was the replacement for the MR 16 and that the 145 is already compatible with the remotes on the Chaparrals. Just plug and play. Hope that helps. BC
  10. Thanks Shepherd1 !
  11. Need to change the spark plugs on my 05 236 SSi, but the boat is not near my shop. Have to bring the parts to the boat, Anyone know which is the correct plug for this Mercruiser engine ? Its a 6.2L MX MPI engine. Not sure if its a horizon or other variation that I have picked up while on line. Any help would be greatly be appreciated BC
  12. Man thats crazy; the exact same thing happened to me 2 years ago at Bull Shoals...pulled up to the dock, twisted off the gas cap and kerplunk...right in the lake...chain broke, just like yours. The guy at the marina had a plastic screw cap, which worked, but I later found out that it was not vented properly or something, because after I filled up and left the gas dock with a full tank, the gauge did not budge off the full mark all the rest of the weekend...and trust me, we pulled a bunch of skiers, wake boarders, etc,etc to blow through a full tank. Turned out the make shift plastic cap impeded the gas fill needle from properly displaying the exact amount of fuel in the tank..probably due to venting... Had a tough time finding a stock replacement cap. Only available as a new old stock part. Eventually found some and bought 3 and tucked them away...just in case. I heard that chaparral changed the fuel filler neck from gas cap to the fuel tank itself, and the old gas cap part has been discontinued. We have a 2005 236SSi...so maybe other years are around. May have been only a 2005 thing, not sure We connected ours with a length flexible cable rather than a chain to hold the cap BC
  13. Just looking at these over the weekend. The Samson Switchblade is a great tower. Folds down very easy. IMO the only drawback is that the switchblade sunbrella top does not cover the "shaded" surface area the chaparral original top had. Samson does have other towers(Edge) that allows one to use their original chaparral sunbrella, but the switchblade's lines seem to integrate better with the 236SSi lines. Only wish that top covered more area. BC
  14. Just completed the work at Pole Star Marina in St Charles. JD and all the staff at PoleStar were amazing. They are honest and do great work. If in the St Louis and/or St Charles area, this is a good place to go. BC