WANTED-Teleflex Chrome knobs 6801812

Discussion in 'General Parts Classifieds - No Boats' started by Capt.Will, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will Member

    42
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    Seeking out some new knobs if anyone has any laying around. Cannot find any decent deals online anywhere so far.

    Want to go from this...
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    To this....
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    If anyone has the knobs available for sale, I am interested. The part number is 6801812 for the Crome knobs. I am looking for 4 of them. Not a big deal if you have the plastic inserts or not. I figure I can reuse the ones that I have now. Thanks for any help. Will
     
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  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Ohh nelly....this is slick. I did not know they had chrome handles available. I've been trying to figure out how to switch mine to balls (found on 99+) since buying my 97. Maybe chrome handles would be a better/easier option.

    I found some just now for $50 +/- each. Kinda spendy indeed...
     
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  3. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will Member

    42
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards

    I also wanted the Chrome ball (type) knobs but unfortunately I don't see an option. If the prices are going to be $40 to $50 each then I will live with black knobs. Bummer.
     
  4. rumrunner

    rumrunner Member

    291
    Mar 27, 2007
    Lake St.Clair, Michigan
    1996 33 Searay Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4 MPI
    Yea that is a bummer… Been living with Black for a long time.
    Did you check with Earl the Pearl?
     
  5. 1956olds

    1956olds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 31, 2009
    michigan,saginaw bay
    1992 370 ec
    twin cummins 6bta's 300 hp
    Rl80 pathfinder radar/chartplotter,SH 2150 matrix vhf w/ais
    quicksilver 8
    Those chrome handles will get hot in the sun,but they will look really cool.I mean whats 200 bucks anyway?
     
  6. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Less than a quarter tank of gas. Why not!

    This is exactly how many of my boating decisions are made in the off-season. It's an expensive time of year...
     
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  7. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    This is boat jewelry….what's a couple of hundies?
     
  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    I have never noticed that. Why would chrome metal get hotter than than black plastic that seems to me would absorb sunlight as heat?

    MM
     
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  9. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    I have chrome handles in Florida, and never noticed that they get hot. However, The are about in the middle of the forward bimini, so they don't really get any overhead sun.
     
  10. 1956olds

    1956olds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 31, 2009
    michigan,saginaw bay
    1992 370 ec
    twin cummins 6bta's 300 hp
    Rl80 pathfinder radar/chartplotter,SH 2150 matrix vhf w/ais
    quicksilver 8
    The metal will not dissipate heat as fast as plastic which is less dense and more porous.I have the old neoprene handles and they can get pretty warm at the beach.Aluminum would be cooler in the heat.A good machinist could make a set of anodized(colored)aluminum handles.I wonder what masterfab would say about that.
     
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  11. duckhead69

    duckhead69 Member

    87
    Jun 11, 2010
    michigan lake Erie
    2006 Nova
    1989 215 sundowner
    1986 300 weekender lowrance HD-5
    350 chevy inboards velvet drives
    Just a tip guys I made mine out of aluminum then polished them find a machinist to fab them
     
  12. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers

    Will,

    I blame you for this.

    I really liked your idea and started down the road to replace them. 6801812 is out of stock everywhere and Teleflex/Seastar has no date when they will be back in stock. The best price I found was $55 and the average price was $65 a piece.

    Next I decided to have my existing ones chromed. I removed them and took them to a well respected chrome facility and they wanted $75 a piece to remove the covering and chrome them...ouch!

    At this point I decided to take another route.

    First, I removed the rubber covers:
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    Then I used a draw file to remove the casting marks.

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    Then I used a 6" buffing wheel on my bench grinder with Jeweler's Rouge compound.

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    This is part way through the buffing process. Originally, my plan was to chrome them using a kit by Caswell Plating. It is a two step DIY system that gets good reviews.

    The buffed finish is really beautiful so I decided to try to coat it as is rather than electroplating it. The product for that is ProtectaClear which is designed for clear coating polished metal. It arrives tomorrow and I will post an update by the end of this week on the finished product.

    So far....about $20 for the buffing wheel and compound and 2 hours of work. The clear coat is $24.95.
     
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  13. 1956olds

    1956olds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 31, 2009
    michigan,saginaw bay
    1992 370 ec
    twin cummins 6bta's 300 hp
    Rl80 pathfinder radar/chartplotter,SH 2150 matrix vhf w/ais
    quicksilver 8
    Looking good ,whoda thunk?
     
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  14. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Very cool. How will you deal with the holes in the tops of the handles where the "plugs" go?

    I really would have thought those buggers were solid plastic. Crazy!
     
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  15. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers

    I just started clear coating them a couple of hours ago.

    The Protectaclear product is decent but it's instructions call for submerging the metal in a baking soda solution to remove any polishing acids. This was a mistake since the baking soda actually etches the zinc based material. Back to the buffer for another hour to clean them up.

    I just went over them with 100% denatured alcohol to clean them prior to coating.

    In regards to the plugs.....that is an interesting question since the replacement plugs from Teleflex are the same part number. Presently they sit about 3/32" above the handle line. I believe with a couple of dremel passes I can get the plugs to sit level with the handle.

    Also the red plugs have to be repainted (faded) before they back on the the throttles. The black transmission plugs are fine.

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  16. Capt.Will

    Capt.Will Member

    42
    Aug 15, 2016
    Lake St. Clair
    1997 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI Mercruiser Inboards
    Wow. Great Job. Those look fantastic. Please post pictures of them mounted back on the boat.
     
  17. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    They do look fantastic and gives me some ideas. I had no idea that the handles were metal under rubber. Assuming mine are the same. Really think mine are plastic. Boat is still under shrink wrap till mid April though so will have to wait.
     
  18. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    I thought the covering was plastic. One of my handles had cracks on it and the pieces could be pried off. It was only when I removed the others with a butane torch did I realize they were rubber and once heated could be pulled off by making an incision with a razor knife under the handle.

    The metal underneath is zinc/lead formulation similar to the zinc material used to counter corrosion under the boat.

    That said if you have this setup.....I agree these look plastic.


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  19. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I have a picture of mine. Do these look the same as yours did?
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  20. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    That's what I have. I believe those are Teleflex CH4400.

    This is what they look like without the rubber covers:

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    I'm headed to the boat tomorrow to put them on and will post a few pictures.
     

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