CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER FORUM ® .......A photo-intensive technical reference file and ongoing newsletter regarding the original fiberglass Chris-Craft Commander series. This is an independent not-for-profit and non-commercial web site, not affiliated with the Chris Craft Commander Club ~~ or ~~ Chris-Craft Corporation. Our mission here is to "have fun and share information" about the Commander series (and those associated fiberglass boats on the Chris-Craft family tree) for your individual personal use, and by doing so help promote the good name of Chris-Craft, and help preserve, restore, and appreciate Chris-Craft boats. The main reference feature is the ever expanding MASTER INDEX File which contains what we believe to be the world's largest collection of documentation photos and technical information on the Chris-Craft Commander line of boats, (like these original brochure scans, featuring the iconic first 38 Commander styled by Fred Hudson, and many of the great Dick Avery renditions that followed) , (a huge collection of Chris-Craft 427 tuning and specification information), and a few words about how to use the forum.

We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common ! Just start by posting a note introducing yourself to the group, that's all it takes here (we don't ask for or retain any personal information here, because our intention is to just "have fun and share information".

This forum is registered as


Marine engine troubleshooting guide

August 3 2005 at 4:05 PM

(Premier Login FEfinaticP)

The following is from the Eaton Marine Interceptor manual, which pertains to the 352, 390, and 427 Ford based marine engines.

From my Eaton Marine Interceptor Manual

IMPORTANT NOTE: you 427 Chris Craft guys will notice the valve lash setting for the Interceptor version of the Ford 427 with 300-hp is different than the Chris Craft recommended setting. I have no explanation for this, but I suspect the 300-hp 427 used the exact same camshaft for the Interceptor and Chris Craft versions of this motor. Now, since Interceptor offered a 427 with 300, 330, and 400-hp, I suspect the .030 valve lash setting is for the high performance camshaft lift, and not the 300-hp version. In any case, if you are a Chris Craft 427 owner, you would do well to follow their recommendations. Having the valve lash open that far, may be good for high lift cams and high rpm use, but it will make noise. It's better to default to "too open" than "too tight" as the latter will burn valves, and the former is just "noisy".


1966 38' Commander Express
Original 427 power

 Respond to this message   

Contact the Chris Craft Commander Forum

©2005, ©2006, ©2007, ©2008, ©2009, ©2010, ©2010, ©2011, ©2012, ©2013, ©2014, ©2015, ©2016, ©2017, ©2018, Chris-Craft Commander Forum, Inc., ®, also known as and the Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.; Information and intellectual property on this not-for-profit non-commercial site may be copied for individual personal use, but any other reproduction or use requires written approval. Any entity who mines this site for names, material, or their other commercial/financial benefit in any way is subject to copyright and intellectual property law; the integrity of this site will be aggressively protected. The material here is for individual personal use and is not to be otherwise used or reproduced. Chris Craft is a registered trademark of Chris-Craft. Neither Chris-Craft nor any subsidiaries of Chris-Craft shall bear any responsibility for the content, comments, or advertising. Chris-Craft Commander Forum, Inc., is independent from Chris-Craft Corporation, and not affiliated with the Chris-Craft Commander Club in any way; it is an independent educational-based not-for-profit entity that is intended to share free information and have fun. Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended, or implied.