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1 spook on Fri 01 Mar 2013, 12:37 pm

happy birthday bob.. hope you got lots of new boat presents.. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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2 Re: spook on Tue 02 Apr 2013, 12:27 pm

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Hi folks

Just wanted to update everyone on the latest news regarding my boat.

Blew the engine on startup, easter saturday. Put a rod out of the side of the sump, only had it at about 2500 rpm so I'm completely baffled. The oil pressure was good and came up instantly upon start. It lasted about thirty seconds.


Damn and blast

Spook

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3 Re: spook on Wed 03 Apr 2013, 4:06 am

The Spook wrote:Hi folks

Just wanted to update everyone on the latest news regarding my boat.

Blew the engine on startup, easter saturday. Put a rod out of the side of the sump, only had it at about 2500 rpm so I'm completely baffled. The oil pressure was good and came up instantly upon start. It lasted about thirty seconds.


Damn and blast

Spook
better get the a frame up again.. im a bit suss on the bearings bob it might have grabbed the crank i didnt like the look of them on number one.cheers.

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4 Re: spook on Wed 03 Apr 2013, 7:52 pm

The Spook

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Gary

I'm not too concerned about what caused it although it will be interesting to have a good look at it as it comes apart.

My main concern is whether the block is ok and can be used again.

Bob

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5 Re: spook on Thu 18 Apr 2013, 1:49 pm

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Hi Bob,

Sorry to hear that you chucked a leg out of bed at startup. Sounds a bit suss. Have you found the cause yet?

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6 Re: spook on Thu 18 Apr 2013, 6:28 pm

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Bob

I've only just started to strip all the cables, hoses and stuff off it and its still in the boat.

I was pretty down about it all for a couple of weeks and have only just started to talking to "precious" again. My wife nicknamed the boat precious because she reckons I give it more attention than her.

Spook

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7 Re: spook on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 5:13 am

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Yep, sometimes you just have to walk away and close the door for a couple of weeks. Hope you get it sorted without too much drama. Otherwise "Precious" might become "Murphy"
Bob

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8 Re: spook on Mon 06 May 2013, 1:48 pm

The Spook

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OK

I have the engine out and the sump off. It appears that the conrod cap cam off the conrod of cylinder 2. One conrod bolt is broken and the other one is gone completely, no sign of it. Still a bit of a mystery as to what actually happened. The main part of the conrod is still in one piece and still attached to the piston which appears to be OK. The conrod cap is also in one piece although it is fairly banged up.

It appears that the block is OK, we will know for sure when I have it completely stripped.

The crankshaft appears to be OK too.

Bob

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9 Re: spook on Tue 07 May 2013, 10:58 am

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I have stripped more of the motor and found the missing conrod bolt. It is in one piece but bent severely. It would appear that one snapped and then the conrod cap opened up and bent the second one before pulling it out of the rod.

It would appear that two new rods and a set of conrod bolts will fix it up.

Bob

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10 Re: spook on Thu 09 Jan 2014, 9:32 am

The Spook

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Hi all

I have just this afternoon successfully run the engine in The Spook. Ran for twenty minutes to run in rings and camshaft etc.

Its now 357 cubic inches, 11.5 to one comp and sounds very crisp indeed.

Spook

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11 Re: spook on Thu 09 Jan 2014, 11:26 am

well done bob time to get it wet now..

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12 Re: spook on Fri 10 Jan 2014, 11:45 pm

The Spook

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That's the plan. However I have a few things to do with the engine before we run it again.

General health check stuff. Oil and filter change, re-tension the heads, fix the oil leak from under the inlet manifold and check all the rocker clearances. When that's done another start to make sure that its still good, then I need to build a jack-shaft between the engine and the gearbox.

Then comes boat coding and registration.

After that, we go to the water. Now that I'm looking forward to.

Sounds simple doesn't it.

Spook

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13 Re: spook on Sat 11 Jan 2014, 6:26 am

better tell the cowl builder to get his finger out..cause you need them in 2 weeks.. Very Happy 

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14 Re: spook on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 4:48 am

The Spook

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Ok. We have progress.

Removed the inlet manifold, exhaust system and the two end rocker sets on each bank of cylinders. That allows me to re-tension the heads, then the rockers back on and reset the rocker clearances on all cylinders. Rocker covers back on and then the inlet manifold and carburetor back on as well as the exhaust system.

Refill with coolant and a new oil filter and ten liters of oil. Yes its a 10 liter sump.

I've just come back from starting the engine for the second time. My mate Bill and I ran it up to full operating temp (it has a fully enclosed cooling system with heat exchanger) and checked the maximum timing and adjusted the idle. It idles nicely at 1000 rpm.

Next job; build a jack-shaft from the engine to the gearbox.

Spook

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15 Re: spook on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 1:48 am

The Spook

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Ok

The drive train in The Spook is now complete. I installed the jack-shaft from the engine to the gearbox this morning.

Next thing to do is get it boat coded. Yeeeeehaaaaa.

Spook

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16 Re: spook on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 1:28 pm

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do it quick bob now the waterways have closed and you have to go to the very nice helpful people  Shocked  at rms the old rta it takes 6 to 8 weeks for a new rego to be valid as it has to be sent to parks then sent back got to love the way they stream line things

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17 Re: spook on Mon 17 Mar 2014, 10:17 am

The Spook

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Ok

Boat is now boat coded and registered. Hoping to get it wet this Saturday.

Spook

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18 Re: spook on Fri 21 Mar 2014, 5:14 am

The Spook

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Well

It's passed its first test before tomorrow and it started in the garage.

Now for tomorrow at 10.30 Tomago boat ramp.

Bob

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19 Re: spook on Sat 22 Mar 2014, 6:48 am

The Spook

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Its been in the water and it floated and ran felt good and appears to handle ok. The gearbox has to come out as it has water in the oil.

Spook

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20 Re: spook on Tue 08 Apr 2014, 2:33 am

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Hi all

At this stage its looking good for The Spook to be at Toukley on Sunday the 13th.

Bob

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