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by OldKenT
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Engine Starting Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 4156

Re: Engine Starting Problems

If the spark is good, try spraying SeaFoam directly into the carbs. Does the motor start, or cough like it is about to start? If it starts and continues to run, the problem may be the primer solenoid. If you have electric start, then try to start the motor by turning the manual valve on the primer s...
by OldKenT
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Trailer Modifications
Replies: 19
Views: 8065

Re: Trailer Modifications

Using 12-inch keel rollers on the back two cross-members has helped me greatly in loading my Newport, especially in windy conditions.
by OldKenT
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: VRO: Minimum Compression to Run the Air Pump
Replies: 2
Views: 1937

Re: VRO: Minimum Compression to Run the Air Pump

Two possibilities come to mind before changing the VRO pump: --clean and rebuild the carburetors, and focus on the high speed orifice and the pickup tube. The slightest blockage could be the cause of the fuel shortage; --remove and clean by back flushing or replace the pulse limiter. If it has any d...
by OldKenT
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

JRDIII, the parts needed for the VRO Johnson outboards are readily available and easily installed, so if you ever want to go back to the VRO pump it is very easy to do. I was simply not thorough enough in cleaning the carburetors after installing the new VRO pump. Now, this 27 year old outboard hums.
by OldKenT
Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 16-foot Hull Trailer Set-up
Replies: 8
Views: 4206

Re: 16-foot Hull Trailer Set-up

While you have the boat off the trailer, check the condition of the cross-members, axle, springs, hubs, through-bolts, u-bolts, lights, wiring, winch, strap, and safety chains, and replace anything that shows rust or looks like it will have a short life span. Pull the hubs and check the condition of...
by OldKenT
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Old Whaler at son's camp. What kind?
Replies: 4
Views: 3597

Re: Old Whaler at son's camp. What kind?

I saw one of these today on the North River which flows from Pembroke, Massachusetts through Norwell to Scituate, and empties into the Atlantic.
A very nice boat. It reminded me of the ribbed Whalers, but I don't know what it is.
by OldKenT
Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Link to Newspaper Article that Shows the Boston Whaler Rockland Plant c.1987
Replies: 4
Views: 3240

Link to Newspaper Article that Shows the Boston Whaler Rockland Plant c.1987

Here is a link to an article which was in the Patriot Ledger, a newspaper south of Boston, about two years ago. Once you get past the pop-up advertising, you will find a photo of the plant floor with many Whalers in various stages of completion, as well as an interesting story about the company. The...
by OldKenT
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Console Windshield fasteners for 17 foot Whalers
Replies: 2
Views: 1919

Re: Console Windshield fasteners for 17 foot Whalers

That is a good reference, Phil T. Thanks. If the size of the existing machine screw is not known, then the width of the hole in the console is the most important dimension to determine as it will dictate the width of the shank on the well nut which will fit, and that in turn will likely determine wh...
by OldKenT
Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Console Windshield fasteners for 17 foot Whalers
Replies: 2
Views: 1919

Console Windshield fasteners for 17 foot Whalers

The fastener used to attach the windshield to the center or side console on many 1970s - 1980s 17-foot Whalers is called a well-nut. On my 1976 Newport, the correct size is #10-32 which will fit a hole size of 3/8" in the console. The original well-nuts used by Whaler were labeled G-1032. Well-...
by OldKenT
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems - the answer

The answer or solution is that I failed properly to clean all orifices in the carburetors on my first rebuild. The lesson is that EVERY opening and passage needs to be cleaned thoroughly. After several efforts at adjusting the idle screw and the slow speed needle on the carburetor, none of which sol...
by OldKenT
Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

Hi Seahorse, I haven't heard of a spun inner timing magnet and can't find a reference to it in my service manual. What is that?
by OldKenT
Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

dg22, that makes sense and I will do that with a different mechanic to see what he says. My usual mechanic is quite skilled on Johnson / Evinrude products, and in business for many years, but he is not a dealer. So I will go to a dealer to see what he says.
by OldKenT
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Bow Rails
Replies: 3
Views: 2052

Re: Bow Rails

Instead of using rivets, which will be permanent, you can use Permatex Threadlocker to hold the screws in place. Use the Blue, not the Red, variety so that you can remove the screws if you want to do work on the railings. The Blue will prevent the screws from loosening due to vibration. You should u...
by OldKenT
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

The O-ring on the slow speed needle is replaced and the needle cleaned when the carburetor is rebuilt, so the needle adjustment has to be done again after that. I followed those instructions, Oldslowandugly, and mIne now idles best (on muffs) at 3 turns open. It stalls if set at 2 turns to 2-1/2 tur...
by OldKenT
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

Re: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

Hi Oldslowandugly, Yes, there is water and exhaust coming from that rear port - far more at the lake than on the muffs to be sure. When servicing the carbs, I removed and cleaned all parts and used air pressure to be sure all passages were clear, so I do think I have that covered, but I may do it ag...
by OldKenT
Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems
Replies: 15
Views: 8948

1989 Johnson 40 hp 2 stroke idle problems

I have a 1989 Johnson 40 hp VRO which will idle indefinitely when on muffs in my yard, but stalls between 5 and 20 seconds after I start it at the dock at a lake. It stalls whether the fast idle lever on the remote control is set in the run position (as you do before shifting into gear), or advanced...
by OldKenT
Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1983 Montauk missing Hull Identification Number
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

Re: 1983 Montauk missing Hull Identification Number

Jeff, I have one that they did in March for the person who sold me a Whaler. When I called to see if they would emboss one (the one he got was painted), I was told they stopped embossing several years ago. So I got one embossed at a local vocational school. Ken
by OldKenT
Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 1984 13-footer Bow Locker Hatch
Replies: 10
Views: 5197

Re: 1984 13-footer Bow Locker Hatch

I think that is typical. My 1988 SUPER SPORT 13 has a plywood bow locker cover. That piece is quite wide so with solid wood you would probably have to glue up boards. If you are going to replace it, marine grade plywood might be your best bet. You can stain and varnish it. Be sure to varnish the edg...
by OldKenT
Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1983 Montauk missing Hull Identification Number
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

Re: 1983 Montauk missing Hull Identification Number

Great! And good luck with your new Whaler.
by OldKenT
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 1983 Montauk missing Hull Identification Number
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

Re: 1983 Montauk missing Hull Identification Number

Call Whaler and choose the menu pic for Technical help (I think it is menu pick #3). It will get you to Chuck Bennett. Give him the Stencil number and he will give you the complete HIN. Have a new HIN tag made either by Magic Brush in Deland FL (which will be a painted tag not an embossed tag) or go...
by OldKenT
Sat May 07, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Courtesy Lighting Switch Selection
Replies: 4
Views: 3717

Re: Courtesy Lighting Switch Selection

If you search for "hella marine easy fit", you will find these available online. [Like this: http://www.hellamarine.com/en/products/courtesy-lamps/step/ --jimh] [The Hella Marine Easy Fit LED courtesy lamps] appear to be very nicely matched to your purpose. As you would normally be using t...
by OldKenT
Sat May 07, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: OMC 40/48/50 Thermostat problem
Replies: 9
Views: 3501

Re: OMC 40/48/50 Thermostat problem

Thanks for the information. Just a thought, if the spring has weakened over time and lost some of its tension, perhaps it needs to be replaced. I have had my 1989 Johnson 40hp for only two years, but so far have not had a cooling problem.
by OldKenT
Fri May 06, 2016 6:25 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: OMC 40/48/50 Thermostat problem
Replies: 9
Views: 3501

Re: OMC 40/48/50 Thermostat problem

Hello Oldslowandugly,
Have you found a difference between OEM and aftermarket seats and thermostats?
by OldKenT
Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Mercury and Yamaha Co-manufacturing of Engines
Replies: 13
Views: 7015

Re: Mercury and Yamaha Co-manufacturing of Engines

Does this topic apply to 90 hp Mercury 2 strokes manufactured in 1998?
[NO--The co-manufacturing was only on engines with the four-stroke-power-cycle design--jimh.]
by OldKenT
Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery
Replies: 22
Views: 12193

Re: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery

Butch and Jim, As you both suggest, the best course is probably to continue using group 31 AGMs. Plus, a couple of articles including the one at Panbo suggest that Firefly may have some quality control problems. So, keeping it simple is probably best. Here is a link to an article about Firefly's bat...
by OldKenT
Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery
Replies: 22
Views: 12193

Re: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery

Trolling motors take a large toll on batteries. My 24-Volt MinnKota 80-lbs thrust trolling motor will draw 56-Amperes at full speed mdash seldom used, of course. Depending on wind and current, one normally runs at maybe 20-percent to 30-percent of full speed, so the power demand is less, but over se...
by OldKenT
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery
Replies: 22
Views: 12193

Re: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery

The DEKA Intimidator Group 31 AGM can be purchased directly from East Penn, which operates regional warehouses and stores in New England, for $294.69. I called and was told each warehouse operates also as a retail store. You can find sellers for your region on the East Penn website. The Duracell Gro...
by OldKenT
Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery
Replies: 22
Views: 12193

Re: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery

jimh, Thanks for the information about the DEKA / Duracell batteries. For an AGM with those specs, $180 is indeed a great price. Thanks for the references.
Ken
by OldKenT
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery
Replies: 22
Views: 12193

Re: Recommendation needed for AGM deep cycle trolling motor batteries

Thanks, Butch. I stopped at a West Marine store today. They have an AGM with good specs (800 CCA, 200 minutes RC, 105 Ah at 20 Ah rate) priced at $309.99 which the clerk said is manufactured by East Penn. The Odyssey Extreme 31M-PC2150, which is identical to the Sears Platinum I used previously, rea...
by OldKenT
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery
Replies: 22
Views: 12193

Recommended AGM Group 31 Battery

Can anyone recommend AGM deep cycle group 31M batteries to power a 24-volt trolling motor? I need to replace my Sears Platinum batteries (which Sears no longer sells) because one is discharging very quickly. The specs for my current Sears batteries are the same as for the Odyssey Extreme Series 31M-...