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  1. Hello guys! I am now the proud owner of a PRISTINE Chaparral 1995 2130ss in the teal and gold color scheme. It is a gorgeous color combo and this boat is especially beautiful! I am the second owner and the boat has sat in indoor storage for the past 11 years. The boat only has 180 original hours and has no blemsihes, dings, fading, etc. The upholstery looks factory as does the gelcoat. The motor is a 5.7l GM block with a yamaha outdrive. All the electrical works (lights, blower, bilge, trim, etc.), the throttle shifts smooth as butter, and the steering is silky smooth as well. The motor does have a crack in the riser and may have other damage as well. This is no big deal as I have a 5.7l Mercruiser and alpha one outdrive that are in great, working condition with only 400 hours. The Mercruiser came off of a 1996 Regal donor junk boat. I will try to get the Yamaha working if I can, but if not, I will just swap the Merc in. If I do get it working, then I will have a decision to make as I have seen some Yamaha sterndrive parts for sale around the internet, and also I have read about people having sucess using Mercruiser parts (gimble bearing, exhaust manifolds, bellows, etc.) Apparently Yamaha got sued for being too similar to either Volvo or Merc, but they still make their outdrives overseas. Anyways, this will be my first real boat once I get everything squared away. I am a 20 y/o college kid who works and uses extra scholarship money to fund his passion! I've always loved Chaparral's because my dad a 1989 2100sx when I was a kid, so that led me to wanting a Chap. I got a great deal on this boat. Unfortunately the previous owner had health issues and recently passed away. That is why the boat sat for 11 years in dry storage. The boat even came with the Yamaha service manual, Chaparral manual, and maintenance/ cruise logs. I will post pictures once the boat is delivered to South Florida from Fort Walton Beach. A few questions: 1) If I swap the yamaha motor and drive with the Merc, I want to use the throttle currently on the 2130ss because the Mercruiser one is stiff and faded. This should work fine, except the Yamaha has the trailer trim button on the outdrive, where as the Merc has the button on the throttle. So my options are: 1) bypass the trim limit? 2) Use the boat without trailer trim. I have a dual axle trailer, so I really need trailer trim anyways? 3) Install another switch somewhere near the transom? Thanks, Drew
  2. Hi all, I have a 2005 Volvo 5.7L GI-E (3869258) that started having some electrical problems and I was hoping for some advise. 4th of July I killed one of the two batteries while out on the water, switched to "All" to fire her back up and kept her running until we got back to the dock. The following day, same thing happened even though we had run around a bit. I went and bought a battery boost box https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B015TKUPIC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Highly recommended... before this weekends trip. Boat started fine first time, but after sitting for awhile listening to the radio at a modest volume, no start. Thankfully the boost box cranked over that 5.7L I sat for awhile longer at high idle trying to charge, shut down, no start. Not sure how old the batteries are so wasn't sure if they both went bad or if I have an alternator problem. Parked at the marina and borrowed a meter from a tech there. Motor off, both batteries show week or replace. I started the motor and let it idle, was only showing around 12v, was hoping to see 14-14.5V. So I figured my alternator went bad. As I was searching for information on how to replace it (I don't want to pull it out of the water) I read someone saying some alternators don't start pushing out 14.5V until it idle's up. Anyone know if this is true for the Volvo? Thinking it could be my batteries since they're probably older.... Also, looks like this alternator only has 2 bolts, has anyone changed one of these? Couldn't find any instructions....
  3. If you want to get up to date, catch up on my thread in my signature. But anyways, last week the 5.7l Chevy (Yamaha) ran after sitting for over 5 years. It fired right up and we ran it for 10 minutes. The engine was in bad shape (see pictures) so I changed manifolds/risers, spark plugs, fuel/water separator, oil change, oil filter, thermostat (and housing), and fuel lines. I also added fresh fuel and sea foam. And a treatment to the oil. So, my mechanic buddy and I tried to run the motor for an hour or so yesterday. It would fire up if he poured gas in the carb, but would not stay running for more than 10 seconds. We have verified that fuel is getting to the carb because we disconnected the fuel line at the carb and turned the key. As expected, fuel gushed out so it can't be the fuel pump. We also tested for vacuum leaks and the rpms didn't change. At this point he says it can't be a compression problem because he said it was "firing on all cylinders" last week and it didn't misfire when it ran yesterday (briefly). He also said there has to be spark because it did fire up a couple of times for a few seconds. At this point he says it has to be the carburetor which is a 4 bbl Rochester Quadrajet. His boss will rebuild it for me for just the price of the kit, but is this necessary? Is this a carb issue? What do you guys think? It should also be noted that the carb did backfire multiple times yesterday.
  4. Hey guys I just picked up a 1995 Chaparral 2130ss. See this thread for details: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?showtopic=26634 I was wondering about how I could convert my Manifolds/risers to a mercruiser set up. I have a Mercruiser thermostat housing that I can use if needed. I would like to know if anyone has done this since it is the same gm block? If anyone has, pictures would be super helpful. I don't want to scrap an engine and drive if they are in good shape, but I need new manifolds and risers since I'm a saltwater boater. Thanks, Drew
  5. I am taking a survey to see how many people own this engine: 1998 Mercruiser 5.7L TBI with EFI GEN-1 ECM. Who owns one of these beasts and what typs of engine problems have you had? I have had one for 5 years now, and every year there is a new mysteryous problem that comes up after spring commissioning. 1998 was the first year that Mercrusier used a TBI on the 5.7L engine. If you look in the parts books, 1998 is always off by itself. One Mechanic I had working on it said "that engine is poison". He suggested ripping out the TBI, ECM, distributer, and replace everything with a Thunderbolt ignition and a carburator. Anyway, If you have this exact engine configuration, please share your experiences on how it runs (ran) and what problems and fixes you have had to contend with. To start, see my posts "Engine trouble", "1998 5.7L TBI - PPoor running engine- Please help", and "intermitant engine alarm".
  6. I think it's finally time to replace the rotor on my 1997 1930SS / 5.7L w/ Thunderbolt V inginition system. Apparently, the rotor and sensor wheel are mounted to the distributor shaft with Loctite. The service manual installation proceedure says: Squeeze two drops of Loctite 271 onto the locating key in the rotor and then squeeze two more drops into the keyway on the upper edge of the distributor shaft and then immediately install the rotor assembly onto the shaft. Ensure that the key is positioned fully in the keyway and then press the assembly completely down with the palm of your hand until it seats fully. Let the Loctite cure overnight before operating the engine. It is a good idea to allow it to cure with the distributor upside down so no sealant can run into the housing bushing. Yes, this means you should remove the distributor. Is this really necessary? Where exactly is the rotor going to go inside the distributer cap? The only problem I could see is that the rotor could lift up and the senor wheel would not be seen by the sensor. Seems like a lot of work to remove the distributer and have to deal with posibly getting it a "tooth off" when reinstalling it just because I'm replacing the rotor. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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