1976 Sea Ray SRV 240 Project Boat

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  1. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    The heart of my boat is coming together nicely! Bad news is she will sit a while as I prepare the boat for her!!





    engine w intake.jpg
     
  2. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    907
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Looking good!
     
  3. RH1

    RH1 New Member

    19
    Nov 4, 2016
    Ontario
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (current project)
    Mercruiser 120/MR drive, Mercruiser(Ford) 225/TR drive
    Looking good! Although I left the engine in my smaller boat "Mercruiser black", I usually like painting engine blocks some lighter/brighter colour for practical reasons - it's easier to pick up on small oil leaks and other issues as soon as they happen!
     
  4. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    That was my thought on the Blue. One it is true to a '76 era 351.
    Also upon my first look into the Bilge i thought Black engine, black bilge paint! Impossible to see any issues. I will have a bright engine and a Bright white Bilge!
     
  5. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Have my engine back in the garage it came out great. Time to bolt on the bits and pieces. Then it is a waiting game until I can get the floor back in!
    One observation that has me thinking.

    I went with a 4 barrel carb and intake for the rebuild. Looks a little taller than the old set up and I remember the old set up just clearing the Engine cover/ seat.

    Anyone else make this change? What did you do to fix?

    I am thinking if only a bit taller I can make the engine cover taller and move the side seats up accordingly. Guess I need to wait until its in and see how it fits.
     
  6. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    907
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    That really is your only option since the engine can't be lowered. It might be easier to try and source a low profile intake.
     
  7. 1ofthesedays

    1ofthesedays New Member

    4
    Jan 18, 2012
    Bend, Oregon
    1986 Sundancer 268, original owner. Marlin 21 daycruiser, jet
    4.3 twins.455 olds
    Looking forward to next installment, truly respect the build and preservation of these classics. What exactly is 2'itis? Never heard of it.
     
  8. RH1

    RH1 New Member

    19
    Nov 4, 2016
    Ontario
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (current project)
    Mercruiser 120/MR drive, Mercruiser(Ford) 225/TR drive
    2’itis is a common malady with boat owners. No sooner do you get a new boat than you start dreaming of one that is 2 feet longer. Or more. Happens to everybody. Repeatedly. Very dangerous disease.
     
  9. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Yeah but in my case I got 18-footitis. 34' to 52'....
     
  10. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Wow you got it bad!!
    Will post some pics soon of engine reassembly. To cold to do stringer and floor work. Going to spend most of the winter refinishing panels and maybe some upholstery.
    I am try to figure out how the new moter with 4 bbl carb and intake will fit under engine cover!! Definitely going to have to do some fiddling on the reinstall to steal a little more height for clearance. WOuld like to retain functionality of sliding seats forward and dropping bolster to create a large sleeping/ sunning pad.
     
  11. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Hey all! Chomping at the bit for warm weather so I can get my stringers and floor back in the boat. Engine rebuild is complete. Rebuilt transom/ Gimble mount is complete. Been too cold to even work in the garage on some interior components that need to be cleaned up! Hoping to be able to share some progress soon.
     
  12. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    So been killing the cold weather sanding and re-oiling the teak from the deck and the Swim platform, they are looking great. Motor is ready to go back in and the Rebuilt Transom/ Gimble, mount is in hand. Will get outdrive when its time to bolt it on.

    As I am laying out and getting stringers ready to put back in I have a question. I am not sure how the floor looked originally. By that I mean that I see pictures of similar boats with what looks like teak grating from cuddy door back to the engine compartment. Mine has this in front by Cuddy as access to the hoses and sending unit on gas tank, and has another at the back as access to where the batteies were.
    My floor when I got it looked like the ssection over the tank was replaced/ added Maybe a tank replacement was done.

    So the real question, should I do the floor with access hatch for the fuel tank?? Or glass it in tight with just access to the lines up front and the line in the back??
     
  13. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    907
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    If I was replacing the fuel tank with a brand new tank, then glassing it in might be an option. If you're not replacing the tank now, how hard would it be to get it back out after glassing it in tight? What if the tank gets a leak in the near future? You definitely need to leave access to the sender and lines as you mentioned in either scenario.
     
  14. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Boater420, agreed. still assessing the current tank. It does not look too bad, I cant believe its original although I dont know that for sure, just basing on the way the floor was patched.
    I just would love to how it was originally set up. Seems every pic I find of a similar boat they look different!!
    I am leaning towards an easy to get back in approach if the tank stays as is.
    Thank you
     
  15. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    dont know why it keeps coming in upside down.
    Anyway, latest status on engine. Just needs a new/ rebuild on starter and we are waiting for boat work to be done so I can drop her in
     

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  16. dmnolan

    dmnolan Member

    41
    Apr 11, 2017
    Massachusetts/ Rhode Island
    1976 Sea Ray SRV240 Weekender
    Currently 351Windsor 233 HP
    Starting to put the new stringers together! Excited to be moving forward.
    The forward/aft stringers are pretty much the way I want them, The port to starboard on in the pic is a template (still fitting).
    Also took delivery of my new outdrives. So the engine is rebuilt as it=s the transon/ gimble mount, and new outdrives.
    Just need a floor and engine bay so I can drop it all in.
     

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