Well it took longer to get to then I thought it would, but I finally got around to pulling the engine so I can flip the boat and check the bottom.
The Winter (maybe Spring) project for the Cal Performance includes bottom work, removing the transom adapter and building a plate so I can swap impellers easier, and cleaning up the wiring and back seat from the fire damage from last last year .
While the engines out the heads are coming off to check the margins on the Ti intakes. I almost feel I want to just leave it alone, the leakdowns at tear down are 4 cylinders at 100%, 2 leaking less than 1% and two leaking 2%. And the cranking compression numbers are all high, as high as they've been in two years and higher than they were when it came off the dyno. On the Ti intakes I hope nothing is wrong with any of them because the last I checked about 4 months ago 2.4" Ti intakes were running about $ 110 ea. and that was a "good price" to me. EEEEKKKKKKK.
I also plan on having the intake coated. Bottom for heat and the top coated like Jet Hot or another type. Anyone have the hook-up on coatings in So-Cal? I know there was someone on the Hotboat site that offered deals to fellow boaters but I cant remember who it was. Anyone know, I would appreciate it ?
I think I'm getting a new oil pan ( long story, two guys know about it ) Got a new carb for Christmas to put on 1,200 cfm Pro-Systems. It should help it from pulling 1.4" of vac through the 1,050 at 7,000 rpms.
If all goes well when the heads go back on I just might put it on the dyno again to see how much over 960 it can make. The last dyno shop closed and moved to Reno, JBA just installed a new DTS dyno here in San Diego ( I don't like the air flow through the dyno room) so unless they've fixed it I might be driving North. But that's a big ? ( question mark) I might be out of money ( the construction industry is getting it's ass kicked right now)
I think that's about all I'm doing between now and Memorial Day if it gets done a month before great if not it might be getting bolted back together the Friday night before the Memorial day weekend and that's fine too.
My friend Cliff dropped by while I was getting ready to pull the engine. His first words were " That's a damn interesting way to use a back-hoe". It was easier pulling it with his help, I've pulled it twice before with it by my-self.
It will be damn interesting how the bottom will look after 20 years. From under the trailer a 4-5ft straight edge is pretty damn close the largest gap anywhere you can get a nickel under the straight edge most places maybe a dime. So we'll see.
The project begins........... better late then never
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