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    Alright this is gonna be my thread to follow the complete restoration of my 1977 Hallett 19' Mini with a 460 Ford.

    I saw an ad on craigslist for this boat and couldn't say no.

    Brought the boat home and its already been completely stripped all that is left inside is a horribly made particle-board floor and the jet pump. The pump is loose but doesn't turn all the way, thats gonna be the first thing to take apart and see what its getting stuck on. Hopefully just a stick or something simple like that

    The Block, crank, rods, pistons, and cam have all been put together again, its a stock bore but has all new parts. An edelbrock cam is the only nonstock part. I have all of the parts to the boat and am slowly gonna build it up. Have a lot to do such as the motor as well as redoing the whole interior. Stringers and gel coat are in great shape and the paint just needs a good waxing and polishing and buffing. I did a small piece and it looks great already!

    Wish me luck!

    i'll put pics up soon because my computer is being stupid

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    Excellent. With the gel and stringers in good shape you've got a good start. Post those pics.
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    You done got my kentucky ass all confused!!!

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    My pump was moving left and right about 1/16 of a turn and not more so today i cleaned it out real nice and suprisingly it actually loosened up and now spins freely! hoping to get the engine gaskets this week and be able to work on it again toward the end of the week (surgery tuesday on my leg)
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    Might want to change those freeze plugs over to brass


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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Mohican View Post
    Might want to change those freeze plugs over to brass
    Is that because of rust? or why do you say that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neattouch648 View Post
    Is that because of rust? or why do you say that?
    Exactly. With an open cooling system and no antifreeze to prevent corrosion, those steel freeze plugs will rust out eventually. Probably sooner than you expect.

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    Alright i will do that. Thanks!!
    I appreciate all of the advice i get on here! its great!

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    No problem. Should be a nice ride when you get done.

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    I finally got around to cleaning my heads today, they look like they're in pretty good shape....waiting for the new valve stem seals and head gaskets and all that to get in hopefully soon. Got the new oil pump put on and go figure it didn't come with a pickup so now i gotta go out searching for a pickup. Almost ready to put this motor back together!!1
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    Got the new timing chain today! Wahoo but of course it was the wrong one haha, took it back and getting the new one in tomorrow....

    When setting the cam timing how do you line them up? the cam gear has a little arrow and the crank gear has a little circle too, should they line up perfectly or how?

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    If it is stock chain and gear with only one mark on the gears (not a chain with 3 key ways for timing the cam)

    Mark on crank gear at 12 o'clock
    Mark on cam gear at 6 o'clock or 12 o'clock. (Easier to line up if they are at 6 and 12. In this position you are on 6 firing, 1 overlap. Turning the crank once puts you at 1 firing with the dots at 12 & 12)

    EDIT: Just remembered you have a Ford. May not be the same. You still want to line the marks up just not sure if the cam should be at 6 or 12 on a Ford. Either way one rotation of the crank will put you at the proper TDC on #1

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    paint isn't done yet but heres the motor mostly together
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    FINALLY! got almost the whole motor together....got new brass freeze plugs, got a distributor thanks to bobby!! don't know what i'd do without all of you guys here! fuel pump, and everything is now installed, the motor is ALMOST ready to be fired for the first time. I'm waiting on my oil pump pickup tube which won't be here until saturday but on Saturday i'll put the oil pump on and the oil pan on and then see if it fires.

    Does anybody have a diagram of how to route hoses for the cooling system?
    I have hardman marine exhaust manifold and all that

    Thanks!
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    damn.....you work fast. Here's a diagram that I pulled from this site for the plumbing. also posted an electrical one too.....helped me ALOT when I was putting my last boat together.
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