Ahhh the lovely weather we had here in Kentucky this past weekend! Considering how nice it really was, I should have got done a lot more than I did. Getting totally hammered Friday night didnt help. Hey, all work and no play makes Jimmy a dull boy! Now that I got that out of my system and finally over the flu I look forward to some serious progress in the coming weeks. I work four days and off three so I am out of excuses!
Friday I wanted to determine what the configuration of the engine mount beds were going to look like. I already knew from removing the old motor that it was going to be a tight vertical fit at the aft mounts. So, in order to confirm and take measurements, I built a template of the new motor mounts for the Beta16. Here it is:
On Saturday I was pretty hung over but I did make an effort. I started by trying to remove the prop shaft. I wrongly thought that I could simply polish the scale off of the outboard end, oil it up and pull it through the tube from the inside. WRONG! After a lot of wasted energy I figured out it was not going to happen like that. The stuffing box was fused together solid so I had to go for the weakest link...the housing hose. The forward hose clamp was new and easy to loosen. The aft clamp was old, probably original and buried in a semi-solid goo. Not in a mood for being gentle, I cut this old clamp with a dremel. After making the cut I straightened up and kinda lost my balance. To catch myself I instinctively grabbed the prop shaft. Well now that it was basically unattached that was the wrong thing to do! Me and the prop shaft both went tumbling into the saloon backwards. Luckily I still have my front teeth! Here is the proof of the prop shaft removal. The old housing hose. This HAD to be original which makes it 43 years old.
And the prop shaft
And the shaft log
On Sunday I started by removing the old gas tank. There is talk on the A30 list of a group buy of Moeller tanks. In that discussion one gentleman mentioned that ten years ago he installed ten or twelve metal tanks that sat on the shelf in cockpit locker of those boats. Well, I think my boat was one of those that he installed the tanks in. This tank looks identical and was mounted the same way that the group is discussing. Here it is already unmounted:
It is in good shape (I think) so I might keep it for kerosene. Since five gallons of kerosene will probably last me a year, an eighteen gallon tank might be too much though.
I finished the day by removing all exterior gear that had bolts extending in to the saloon/galley. Things like cabin top winches, turning blocks, fairleads and dodger snaps. Most of the nuts came off without a second person (Ha!) outside with a screw driver despite the thick paint on the bolts. For the stubborn ones I rigged up a telescoping shower curtain rod as a stop for small vise grips on the nuts. I then climbed out and turned the bolts with a screw driver until I heard the vise grips fall off with the nut in tow. I did maybe 15 like this. No pictures of this ingenious operation.
I also removed the instruments from the aft cabin trunk. These were not sealed in any way! No gaskets, 4200, 5200...NOTHING! Not even the dreaded silicone which seems to be on everything else! What is even more amazing is that the core around the holes appears to be pristine! I dont get it. See for your self...
Three big vertical cored holes. On these I will cut my glass work teeth on. Piece of cake! lol
Oh, and I attempted (ATTEMPTED) to countersink some of the bolt holes. I found out that non-carbide countersink bits will not even countersink one hole in fiberglass, much to my chagrin. With this discovery I called it quits for the weekend.