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no glitter posted 08-26-2002 09:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for no glitter   Send Email to no glitter  
any words of wisdom on disconnecting console? I have a few soft spots in the removable panel that I am considering repair on. Is it self explanitory once I go in or is this something better left to the professionals or don't worry about it and go fishing?
Cpt Quint posted 08-27-2002 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
Nice to finally find a local on this forum.
Im at wylie w/ 16 ft classic 63 sakonnet.

Plenty of guys here will help you take the project if you so desire but you need to give up a bit more info. What size boat and what material is the console??

Scirocco posted 08-27-2002 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scirocco  Send Email to Scirocco     
I've just started on the restoration of a 1982 Montauk (my first marine related project). I just took off the console two weeks ago with no problems. Just a little info on my boat... the console is fiberglass. It sounds like yours might not be??

Here's what I did...
First, disconnect battery!!!

Second, remove instrument panel and igntion switch from console and disconnect all wiring. Be sure to label everything beforehand.

Third, disconnect throttle and shifter linkage. The cables on my rig were attached with cotter pins. Once I removed these pins, the cables easily detached. I also had to disconnect the wiring harness for the hydraulic trim.

Fourth, disconnect steering linkage. On my rig I had to loosen two nuts that secured the steering cable to the wheel housing. After these nuts were loosened, I turned the wheel counter clock-wise to feed the cable out of the housing.

Fifth, to loosen the console from the hull I unscrewed 5 screws along the port and starboard sides of the console where it meets the deck.

Finally, I grabbed a friend and lifted the console out of the boat. Be sure to watch out for any misc. wires or cables you may have missed. Good luck

no glitter posted 08-28-2002 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for no glitter  Send Email to no glitter     
The boat is a 85 18' Outrage with the standard center console. The wiring should not be too hard to figure out, the main concern i have is with the steering cable. I have hydraulic steering and have never dealt with that before. Thanks for the help
jimh posted 08-28-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You can disconnect the hydraulic helm station from the hydraulic lines. I would then immediately cap them. Any movement of the wheel will pump fluid out. (The helm is really a bi-directional pump with check valves.)

To cap the lines, get some fittings at the hardware store. You can use a cap fitting to seal the helm, and a cap-plus-splice fitting to seal the lines.

Or, you could immediately drain all the fluid from the system, let it sit, filter out any contaminents, and reuse it.

Or buy new fluid--it is about $15/quart and you will need two or more.

In any case, you will need to refill and bleed the system when you reconnect. When you get to that point, you'll need to have the procedure from Teleflex. It is available on their website as part of a 100-page PDF file.

peteinsf posted 08-28-2002 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
The teleflex bleeding is easy, new fluid, bleeding, 20 mins max.
no glitter posted 08-29-2002 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for no glitter  Send Email to no glitter     
Thanks for the help

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