Just jumped into the "jet world" an bought my first and I will need your help form time to time.
I am going through the boat and fixing things and here are the first couple of items I need a little advice.
Running a 454 BBC, bored 30 over.
Appears to be a nice setup, but the previous owner of 12 years may not have been too sharp.
He took out the thermostat and controls the water flow with a manual valve on the water inlet. He told me he opens and closes the valve to get the temp running 160-175. I believe I need to replace the thermostat and open the valve.
Correct? and What thermostat would you recommend?
He also needed to replace the alternator and could not find the "Motorola" brand that was in it and replaced it with whatever he could find in his small town on a saturday afternoon. At this time I do not know what brand and type he replaced it with. After replacing it , he said the gauges have gone screwy and jump all over. He also said then engine would not turn off until "at someones suggestion", he put a diode in the line. This tells me his new alternator did not have voltage reg in it. Is my assumption correct? What alternator would you BBC owners recommend, or is this not my problem ?
and any additional suggestions and comments are welcome!