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Well the time has come, after 37 years of good service, to overhaul the port engine in Bonaventure. Late in the season, the last day around Nov. 2nd to be exact, I noticed my port engine running a little rough. After extensive troubleshooting I took the manifold and heads off and found a mark on the wall of #3 cyl. It looks like maybe the wrist pin clip failed and the pin has slid out a bit rubbing the wall.
So, with the boat shrinkwrapped and in a winter slip, bound by bubblers and nowhere near a crane, I had to get creative to get the engine out and in a truck. I found a nice I beam and the yard had some vertical supports. I added some extra wood supports under the deck here and under the aft deck
Once out and on the aft deck, we turned the rig so one support was on the dock and the other in the boat. I had to cut some shrink wrap but taped back up with no problem.
Slid out the 200lb Paragon first to test the system. All went well. I am going to have the tranny checked out while it's out.
And up the dock. Not too bad.
Waiting for the towmotor
Once in the truck, I made some shipping crates and put the engine back together for shipping.
Notice the new Edlebrock 1409 I just bought for this engine
I did some searching for the right machine shop and have decided to send the engine to George Anderson at Gessford Machine. I feel by spending a bit more, I will get the engine back properly rebuilt while protecting the value of my boat with his reputation. He should be receiving the engine tomorrow.
I can only hope the starbord engine holds out a few more years until I'm down to 1 in college.
Thats all for now
This message has been edited by FEfinaticP on Feb 28, 2012 2:52 PM
Well with the temps here in NY around 50 I can't think of a better way to spent 2/3rds of a holiday weekend than cleaning 46 years of grime out of the engine bed of Bonaventure-not. Some Gunk, a garden sprayer with warm fresh water (water on dock is turned off)and a wire brush on a big drill, and an old shop vac.
Paul, George and All:
George, I continually to be pleasantly amazed at your ability to set things up and prep for the job at hand. I fail in that catagory and often have to do more after I finish the primary job than if I took my time to do it right in the first place. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work.
What kind of paper did you put down on the deck so as not to mar the topside? It looks good.
They call the paper around here Red Building paper. (Home Depot) I'm not even sure what it's used for other than once I saw it installed under a hardwood floor. On Bonaventure, I put that down on the deck and then a layer of cardboard followed by the paper again. You may remember the aft deck was freshly painted a few years back with Awlgrip and I need to protect it from all the heavy machinery in and out.
Well a bunch of scrubbing, wire brushing, grinding, epoxy/glass repairs,and a washdown with Dawn and a scrub brush, the bilge is ready for paint. Hopfully this week. Transmission is back on the boat from getting overhauled. Engine is apart and being evaluated at the shop. No big issues to report.
Oh, and University at Buffalo Lacrosse is on a Spring Break road trip through the south. 2-0 beating Georgia Tech, and Clemson with a game at Florida State on Wed. Couldn't resist- here is Spencer
I think the last time you all saw Spencer was here in the red suit
Thanks for checking. The rebuild is going slow. The shop is very busy. George said 3 months but that is going to come and go. My engine fell in line behind the farm engines this spring. Crank was magnafluxed and blacklighted and they found some small heat cracks. Most likely not going to use it. George has a few cranks there that are good so, not a show stopper. Just extra $$. Pistons were ordered and due next week. I'm glad the engine is where it is and frankly I am pretty busy right now with work. Elizabeth's High School girls lacrosse and catching a few of pencer's games where The University at Buffalo Llacrosse team played at UConn, Boston College and Northeastern. They are on their way to Greenville SC now for the MCLA National Championships.
I have had the boat for a long time and while I am anxious to get it back I can't stress over it. Life is too short and I know it's in good hands. I still have my whaler to patrol around in.
Well it has been a long time since my last update. Spent the summer so far confined to my 17' whaler. The engine overhaul took a couple months longer than I would have liked. Original estimate was 3 months, but it took a little longer than 5 months. That is the price to you pay for a good, busy shop I guess. That being said, I have no regrets sending the engine to Gessford Machine. I know the job was done right. When the other engine needs an overhaul (I hope when the kids are done with college)I will send it to Gessford's again, but in late October instead of late February. Back in the water for the last 2 1/2 months of the short New England boating season. Sorry the pic quality is poor; old phone.
Friday Aug 10 1700 arrival at the boat yard
Saturday morning up on deck
Saturday after lunch
Sunday morning alignment (took almost 4 hours but I got it to .002")
Lol. Thanks for thinking of me. The season has been good. Not as much cruising as I would like, but we had fun. Work has been crazy busy, Spencer in 3rd year at college, college searching for Elizabeth and now I need to concentrate on getting Bonaventure put to bed for the winter. I am a bit hobbled by a tendon issue in my ankle and need to have some major surgery in November that will put me on the couch for a month.
Here are a few shots from Newport RI this summer. The new rebuilt engine is doing well with about 69 hrs on it now. The other one better hold out until college is over.
And your fearless Capt. taking some of my Engineers out for the day/night
Hey George there's always next year.
You're going to have to work on the Celeb thing.
We see Keith and Nicole buzzing around Nashville, Emmylou was in MidTown Cafe a couple days ago,
and then there are a lot of mid-range celebs we actually hang out with here.
Good people, tough business, but lots of fun to know.
I am VERY PLEASED with the way my converted distributors work.
Those engines have not missed a beat since I installed them, and this includes slow and wide open running.
Electric fuel pumps are nice as well.
So TRADITION is just that more suitable for hanging with celebs !!
Good to know the rebuilt engine is working for you, it should essentially be a "new" 427 in every way coming out of that shop.
Not inexpensive, I know, but they do a good job.