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  1. #21
    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

    All y'all,

    quick update, pics to follow. 'Ohana is now parked all snuggy in our driveway. We solved the half-lowered sterndrive by unbolting the trim pistons, and strapping the unit up as high as it could go with a ratcheting cargo strap. Hooked her up to Big Tater, and backed her into the driveway with no scraping! Her trailer is now up on jackstands, so she is stabilized. Gave her a good bath, all the ugly rust stains are gone! Reconnected the lift pistons, connected a battery to her engine and tilt pump leads, and lo and behold, the tilt system works! As dusk fell, we looked at her instrument console, and woo-hoo! All the instrument lights are lit! The kids found the horn button, and yep! That worked too *chuckle* Now all I have to do is troubleshoot the running lights; they are dark. Oh yeah, the bilge pump and bilge blower need love as well, hoses are shot.

    'Ohana is slowly coming to life. Next up is the outdrive, but I'll have to engineer a removal strategy for myself, my step-daughter's strong young boyfriend has gone the way of all boyfriends (idjit doesn't know what he is missing out on *humph*)

    Baby steps, but we are feeling good about 'Ohana Nani Nui.

    Regards to all,

    Al and Bernadette
    Last edited by OldEngineer; 10-18-2016 at 08:24 PM.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Yankeetown FL West coast
    Boat
    Searay
    Details
    89 340 Sundance all Raymarine.
    Engine(s)
    Gas hogs 454X2.
    Posts
    2,400

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OldEngineer View Post
    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
    You know there are other uses for Vaseline................

  3. #23
    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

    Quick Update redux: got out my handy-dandy freebie Harbor Freight Multimeter and troubleshot the running lights: voltage is good to bow and stern lights. The bow light fixture is shot, so new one on order. The aft light pole is AWOL, so new one is also on order. After putting a full charge in the battery, and cleaning all the wire terminals, checked the bilge pump and bilge blower. Bilge blower was frozen, but as soon as I turned it by hand, it started and ran by itself! Gave it a good shot of WD-40, and it quieted down and stopped vibrating. I think I have to fill the bilge with water to check the bilge pump, since it has a float switch. (Shouldn't the console switch override the float switch? I don't know, anybody's thoughts on this one?)

    Anyhow, one more baby step towards resurrecting this sweet boat.

    Regards to all,

    Al and Bernadette

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Clearwater, FL
    Boat
    SeaRay
    Details
    1997 330 Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    7.4 Mercuruser w/ V-Drives
    Posts
    503

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

    Cprrect. The dash switch should turn on the bilge pump.


    Kevin & Melissa
    Clearwater, FL
    "About Time"

    What a long strange trip its been!

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Engine(s)
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    Posts
    735

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OldEngineer View Post
    I think I have to fill the bilge with water to check the bilge pump, since it has a float switch. (Shouldn't the console switch override the float switch? I don't know, anybody's thoughts on this one?)
    Yes to testing with water and yes to testing with dash switch.

    Previous watercraft: 2001 Yamaha WaveRunner 800XLT
    ....replaced at the 7 year itch with a 2001 Yamaha WaveRunner 1200SUV
    ....which is now the shuttlecraft!

  6. #26
    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

    Quick update: nav lights came in the mail last Friday, installed bow and stern Saturday morning, all lit up when First Mate Daisy (13-year old grand-niece) hit the console switch. Yay!

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    West Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 Sundancer 270
    Engine(s)
    7.4 liter Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    Posts
    187

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

    About time for a photo update, isn't it?

  8. #28
    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

    Many apologies to all for the long hiatus, but Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, plus family issues (happily resolved) all intervened, preventing any meaningful work done on Ohana. However, here she is, all decked out in her tactical stealth outfit, secure in our driveway. Scrungy old prop is off, prop shaft greased and covered with a baggie, test battery removed for the duration.

    So Tactical!
    WinterCover.jpg


    New bow light
    NewBowLight.jpg
    Al and Bernadette, Near-The-Edge of Sanity but happy members of the Hole In The Water Club

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    West Virginia
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1995 Sundancer 270
    Engine(s)
    7.4 liter Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    Posts
    187

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

    Here's my solution -

  10. #30
    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

    All y'all,

    it was finally warm enough this weekend to put a little effort into fixing up Ohana. Couldn't do much with the boat herself, but got her up off of the trailer, and on boat jacks, and yes, the forward tarp is new, since the old one ripped during a windstorm we had last week. Oh, and it's too small, because I didn't take the Admiral with me to Harbor Freight when I went to buy a new one. When am I gonna learn ...

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    That's the good news. The so-so news is I wasn't smart enough to get the placement of the jacks such that I could pull the trailer out from underneath her. She is up high enough to work on the trailer, so y'all can see my next item on the to-do list: getting these rollers working or replaced, as needed.

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    I may also have to replace most or all of the U-bolts holding the darn thing together, since they are all rust-toast. Fortunately, since I am a packrat, I still have my nut-cracker from many years ago, so busting those rusted nuts will be time-consuming, but easy.

    20170221_175814.jpg

    Sigh.
    All suggestions, encouragements, and commiserations gratefully received.
    Last edited by OldEngineer; 02-21-2017 at 07:32 PM.
    Al and Bernadette, Near-The-Edge of Sanity but happy members of the Hole In The Water Club

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