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Hello all, Last summer I bought a 1997 1930 SS with the GM 5.7, 2 bbl with non vortex heads (I believe), and alpha one drive, 1.62 gear ratio, 19p SS prop. After only 3 trips out, totaling 6 hours total use, the drive began popping. The dealer called and said the drive was toast, and recommended a SEI unit. I will be swapping the units myself as the bellows and gimble bearing were replaced when I bought it, thus the repair should be fairly straight forward. What drive ratio is best suited for this boat/engine configuration. I have read multiple posts and cannot determine if the 1.62 or 1.47 would be best. I have read that the 1.62 is best suited for the V6's and that the added power of the V8's can lead to increased wear and problems down the road. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I went fishing today, and after I loaded my boat on to the trailer I noticed some blue fluid on the ground. I checked the drive fluid reservoir in the boat, and as you can see by the pictures below it did not appear to be too low. This leak just started today because I've never noticed it before. I called my local marina to determine what the problem could be; however, due to the holiday weekend coming up they cannot look at my boat until after the holiday. So I did some poking around and took some pictures for you all. Initial leak seems to be due to a cracked or dry rotted line: Nothing leaking from the grey plastic elbow that connects the O/D to the bellows (i ran my finger all the way up the elbow and it was dry): However, as you can see below the leak is coming from the hose that connects to the O/D: Fluid level of the reservoir after I found the leak: It's not an extremely fast leak, but the more I examine that line it is definitely dry rotted pretty bad (much like the exhaust bellows). Since my local marina cannot fix this issue until after the holidays I just wanted to get some input from the community. Thank you. Jake