Oh yeah. I'm screwed. But hello!

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by probablyhopeless, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Bob & Sue

    Bob & Sue Active Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Browns Point Tacoma WA
    Sold 1999 270DA Sundancer
    5.7l Mercuiser
    All great suggestions from a seasoned restorer of several boats.

    NorCal
    Could you post some pics of that 1895 Cobalt:grin:
     
  2. estoltz

    estoltz Member SILVER Sponsor

    354
    Jan 7, 2015
    Northern Virginia, USA
    2006 340 Sundancer with Generator (FOR SALE)
    2005 260DA with Kohler Generator (SOLD)
    Dual Mercruiser 8.1 Horizons
    350 Mag MPI with BIII (free with the purchase of 2005 260DA)
    Man now that has to be a classic there. 120 years old. :smt043

    Sorry I couldn't resist.
     
  3. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
    I just did the tap test, and it sounds pretty sharp throughout. I didn't notice anything notably dull, but with my untrained ears I may be missing something. I'll do the test again with my bro in law here when he arrives next time (he grew up around this kind of stuff, but is not the most reliable). When I said some of the wood was rotten, it is generally the marine plywood that seems to be after market installation for the bait tanks, and all that. The stuff that seemed to be build with the boat looks pretty good, so far.

    There is an hour meter. Prepare yourself. It reads: 1182. I'm sure that number is bigger than I was hoping for.

    I am definitely not planning to flip it for money. The only reason I'd sell it once it's working is if there is something preventing me from doing the kind of fishing I bought it for in the first place (tuna, about 30 miles out), which may be a dream to begin with.

    Photobucket account created. I promise I'll get some pics up today.
     
  4. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
    It is indeed a Mercruiser, and a V8. The distributor is on the back (if I am properly identifying the distributor) and is blue. I didn't tap the stringers yet, but I will. Thanks so much for your time so far....
     
  5. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
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  6. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
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  7. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
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  8. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
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  9. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
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    On this last picture, note that one of the bolts is removed. I accidentally took that out while trying to remove the exhaust manifolds, and water immediately started pouring out. When I squeezed the biggest hose on the front, it would spurt out faster. I am not sure if this is normal, or a certain sign of doom.
     
  10. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
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  11. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
    Ok, so that is most of the pictures I have so far. If anyone needs/wants to see anything in particular, please ask :).
     
  12. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
  13. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Wow. Great pictures, glad you got Photobucket to work for you.
    You will get a lot of suggestions / advice on how to handle the jobs you have ahead of you. You may want to start some type of punch list. I am not qualified to answer technical questions so I leave those to those that are, but I am going to make two suggestions just based off of your pictures.

    1. It appears like a water holding tank of some kind perched up on the swim step. Probably not a good idea. If they haven't already started ripping out through the boat, the screws mounting the step & handle were not intended to support that weight.

    2. This is pretty important: I saw wires spliced & taped together in one of your engine pics. This is a huge safety concern because of the risk of explosion. Never should anything not ignition protected be allowed anywhere near the engine compartment. Good news is you have the perfect opportunity now to correct it.
     
  14. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    That is a trolling battery, you need a combo starting/deep cycle most likely. I would try to get an old battery to run on a charger to figure out what works and only get one after I knew the project was going to completion. You have too many unanswered questions right now to spend on that.

    MM
     
  15. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Just my opinion but you are not ready for new battery(s) yet. Get one that will hold a charge to use while you are testing and working on the boats different systems. Wait until you are ready to get the boat in the water before buying new ones.
     
  16. Newman

    Newman New Member

    370
    Jun 20, 2013
    Ohio
    1986 Seville
    Mercruiser 170
    I will be following your progress as well. I agree with mwph about the batteries. I'd wait to buy new until you are ready to hit the water. The junkyards around here will sell their used batteries for $25, while not marine they will be enough to crank the motor and run the rest of the systems. I've gone that route when restoring a car that wasn't quite road worthy but ran.

    That's a cool boat and closer to what I wish I had bought. DO you have a goal of when you'd like to have her in the water?
     
  17. Air O'Nautical

    Air O'Nautical Active Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Stamford CT "Ponus Yacht Club"
    1995 400EC. Raymarine E80,4kw dome, Garmin 235 gps,
    2013 7.4L Mercruiser Blue water.
    Hurth straight shaft 630's,
    Westerbeke 7.0 BCG
    That's a neat looking boat and could be a fun "project boat" to keep you busy.
    Maybe, a Marine surveyor is in order to tell you what you have .... and if it's worth working on.
    I'd hate to see you waste funds...
     
  18. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
    Hey, I can save you some time the next time around. Google "Bulk Image Resizer", it runs on windows and is free.

    As far as a battery goes, I agree with others and would wait to spend any money until you are done peeling back the layers on the onion and have a full picture of what it will take to restore her to running/seaworthy condition.
     
  19. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
    Tomorrow, haha. This season was the plan, but I'm no moron, I expect absolutely nothing to go easy, and won't have a fit if it doesn't happen.
     
  20. probablyhopeless

    probablyhopeless New Member

    27
    Mar 11, 2015
    Oceanside, CA
    1976 220 Weekender
    Embarassing, but I don't know.
    That's a great idea, and a job I had no idea existed. I wonder how much it costs to have them come out?
     

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