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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Masochist? But it feels so good when I stop bashing my head against a stone wall ... or my aching arm and hand from pulling my wallet out so many times already ...

    Of course, a good wet-sand and compounding session is the preferred method to restore the gelcoat to a lasting shininess, and is on the rehab schedule, but for now, the Vaseline treatment is a short-term, feel-good fix that the Tribe can do right now while I'm working on the essentials (engine, drive, electronics) without them getting underfoot.

    On the number on the transom, good catch, y'all! I have never "boatel'd" a boat, so that number was a mystery to me. (Shoot! Y'all just ruined a part of the fictional story I was gonna write: "... curious, Ole OldEngineer reached out, and gently touched the number on the transom of his new purchase. As his fingers touched the hull, he heard a soft, feminine voice in his head: "Sir, did you rent me? I am so tired, and my battery is so low, I can barely talk, but I will do my best to serve you...")

    Oh by the way, the Tribe finally settled on a new name for the boat. She will be christened 'Ohana Nani Nui, which means (loosely) in Hawaiian, Big Beautiful Family.

    On a more practical note, the outdrive gets removed this Thursday evening (when my step-daughter's boyfriend is free to help), and I have 90-weight gear oil, gear oil pump, grease and an impeller rebuild kit on order hopefully to arrive that same day. I will order a replacement prop today as well. Three-blader I think, 14x19 per the prop matrix on Sea Ray's website.

    Regards to all,

    Al and Bernadette

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    PA
    Boat
    See Signature
    Details
    Various
    Engine(s)
    Various
    Posts
    11,350

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Fixing an oldie is a labor of love, to say the least. It seems like you're going into it with the right frame of mind, though!

    On the prop issue... are you sure you need a new one? What's the current pitch (usually stamped between blades, or around the hub)? It's not a great picture, but from what I can see the prop only appears to need paint? Save money where you can... things start to add up real quick.
    Dennis
    1999 260DA, 2000 215EC, 1998 210BR, 1999 190BR, 2000 180BR. And a few others...
    1982 Grady 241 Weekender/Offshore 250HP Yammie OX66 (stern drive modded to be OB)
    "Exceeding your expectations since 1936"

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Dennis,

    I am part Scot, so I hear you loud and clear when it comes to minimizing monetary outlay. The stern picture doesn't show the nasty details. The prop is chewed up pretty badly; multiple notches on the leading edges, and one blade edge bent back. I'm willing to pay a reasonable sum now, rather than much more later. I think that has been my biggest takeaway from all the restore stories I have read on this Forum.

    Regards,

    Al and Bernadette

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    PA
    Boat
    See Signature
    Details
    Various
    Engine(s)
    Various
    Posts
    11,350

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Another option, Al, is to send it out to get repaired. From what you mention it sounds like a $60 job, give or take. Just throwing an idea out there so you can make a good decision. But either way, good luck with the fix up! The best thing about this might the memories the family will have working together on it.
    Dennis
    1999 260DA, 2000 215EC, 1998 210BR, 1999 190BR, 2000 180BR. And a few others...
    1982 Grady 241 Weekender/Offshore 250HP Yammie OX66 (stern drive modded to be OB)
    "Exceeding your expectations since 1936"

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Dennis,

    again, good thought, and I considered that option. In 'Ohana's case, she has not been in the water since 2010 (so the PO told me). The prop metal may be fatigued, and when rehabbed, may fail at the worst possible time (yet another of Murphy's Laws). Besides, new prop (Michigan Wheel Vortex 3-blade) is on order (the OCD side of me likes new )

    Regards,

    Al

  6. #16
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Westbrook, CT
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    Engine(s)
    CAT 3116s - 350HP
    Posts
    318

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    my $0.02 is to suggest confirming that the transom and stringers aren't rotted before opening the purse strings on other items, like props. If it were me, I'd make a priority list of things that needed to get done. A new prop would probably be towards the bottom of that list.
    But good luck with everything. Can't wait to see the progress.
    -John



    1998 400 Sedan Bridge

    Previous boats:
    2003 Bayliner 305 || 2004 Sea Ray 220 Sundeck || 2001 Sea Ray 180 Bowrider

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    John,

    good point. Basically, I'm afraid to do any poking and probing for rot. That said, I need to "sailor up" and go find out. But what is the best way to check for rot in the transom? Drilling inspection holes? Scary! But if necessary, will do so. Thoughts, anyone? URLs to past threads on the subject of rot?

    Many thanks and regards,

    Al

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    PA
    Boat
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    Engine(s)
    Various
    Posts
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    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Al, you can knock on areas with your knuckles or even with the side of a nickel. It sounds like you've got some experience in many different DIY kind of things so I'm sure you'll be able to tell. That will give you a quick idea, but yes, the most conclusive way is to drill some 1/4" exploratory holes. You'll most likely find some soft spots and even a little rot - and that would be expected and even considered normal. The big question is how much. Don't worry about holes - you already have a bunch of them in the boat! They can all be filled back in with thickened epoxy.

    Start at the bottom and near any existing holes or other possible areas where moisture can get in.
    Dennis
    1999 260DA, 2000 215EC, 1998 210BR, 1999 190BR, 2000 180BR. And a few others...
    1982 Grady 241 Weekender/Offshore 250HP Yammie OX66 (stern drive modded to be OB)
    "Exceeding your expectations since 1936"

  9. #19
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    potomac river
    Boat
    sea ray 205 sport
    Details
    2010 sea ray 205 sport F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Posts
    1,887

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    Push down on the top of the outdrive and see if the transom flexes.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1986 Seville CC, 3L 140 Mercruiser, Alpha I Drive, lovingly towed by "Tater" (2009 GMC Sierra)
    Engine(s)
    3L 140 Mercruiser w/Alpha I Drive
    Posts
    25

    Re: The saga begins - bringing my $100 Seville CC back to life

    blaster,
    ok, we just concluded a highly-calibrated diagnostic on the transom. Admiral was stationed on the trailer tongue, and I gingerly placed my suddenly increasing 210 pounds of enormousness on the outdrive, stepping with both feet on the splash plate, then vigorously jumping up and down. Other than a few squeaks from the Admiral up forward, the transom did not flex at all! Excelsior!

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