New guy with first I/O.......................Galaxie Day Cruiser
I jut bought myself what I hope turns out to be an ok use of my money. It is a 1978 Galaxie day cruiser from what the title says but when I do a search online at iBoats they say it ha to be a 1979 model. Now I can't find hardley anything on Galaxie Boats of CA. Haven't found what model name I have or anything like that. The boat is going to need a complete new interior and then maybe a rebuild on the engine. I don't know about the OMC outdrive either as this is my first I/O I have had outboards on all my boats before this. It looks like everything is there on the outdrive other than the broken tilt/trim gear. I've got to finish cleaning out the boat and then I can go from there on the engine. I do need to drain the oil from the engine since it has water in it. The engine is missing the distributor so of course water and other junk has fallen down into the engine. I am wondering at this point if it might just be better to pull the engine and tear it down plus have it checked for sizing and wear. Then if needed I can install oversized pistons, or bearings plus new rings. Then slap it back together and go play. Well as long as it floats and doesn't need anything else.
So here are some shots of what I'm working with,
The good things about it are? Hull is in great shape, no holes that I have found yet. Very little damage to fiberglass on nose. The trailer is in great shape also just missing on clearance light. The engine is a 351 Marine engine from Ford so shouldn't have any issues finding parts for it or rebuilding it when and if the time comes. Here is a link to my Photobucket page with all the shots I've taken of the boat so far: IMG_1686_zps24c4dd96.jpg Photo by wildman4x4nut | Photobucket
Does anyone know of a good shop in the PNW that does boat interiors? I found West Coast Marine interiors but they are in southern CA and I am in central WA.
What should I be looking at on the OMC outdrive? I have tried to took at the exploded views to see if I am missing anything and I'm not sure right now.
How do I drain the oil in the engine?
Last edited by wildman4x4; 09-26-2014 at 02:08 PM.
How do I change the oil in the engine? When I get a new distributor for the engine how are the plug wires routed for the plugs?
What else do I need to know for this engine? How do you hook up a hose to the outdrive to test run the engine when out of water?
Any other pointers folks can give me on these OMC setups?
That is definitely a project! There's gotta be an interior shop much closer. Contact some of the sport boat shops around and get some info, or a local hot rod club. As for the oil, there is no way I'd run that motor without a full tear down and inspection. The last thing you want is to go through the whole boat then realize the motor needs attention. It's a Ford, it should be overly expensive. Winter is here, do it right so come spring you can enjoy it. Just my .02
What you have is a Omc stringer 302 ford 200 hp or 351 ford 230 hp (2barrel). The electric motor/pump is for the hydraulic engine mounts that is used to trim the boat and lift the front of the engine up or down. The Omc stringer 800,400 and electric shift drives use ball gears and can't operate in a tilted position or they will grind the ball gears up.Omc tilted the whole engine package..the engine is mounted to the stringers not the transom, you can do this cause it's uses a flexible transom boot. Need to change the engine oil? Draw the oil out of the dipstick tube using a vacuum pump....BUT you have a very very outdated power package, lots of parts are NLA, they are labor intensive & expensive if you have to hire a tech to repair the drive....or even try yourself ....let the fun begin!
Just as the previous poster said that unit is way out of date, the drive has to be serviced with special tools that are NLA and finding a shop to work on it will be a real challenge.
I am a retired OMC dealer who worked on them from 72-03. When I closed the shop I sold the inventory to a place in Washington state and threw away the special tools.
Get the transom closed and repower with a later drive system. Shop around and you may find a good used set up. Good luck