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Old 06 September 2002, 09:36   #1
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New Guts - Part 6

We're gettin' there. After all that cooling water stuff we started to add all the odds and sods that make different parts of the engine and leg work. Next, the hydraulic reservoir that controls the leg tilt was bolted to the platform on the starboard side of the engine box...
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Old 06 September 2002, 09:40   #2
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Then the engine gearbox oil reservoir was mounted to the right of the trim tab hydraulics. On the right of both is a small blue electrical thing that has something to do with corrosion. It's a Mercruiser anodic control unit - or something like that. I haven't had time yet to read up on it...
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Old 06 September 2002, 09:47   #3
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Then, to me, an indispensible bit of kit - my autopilot. Yes, I know that it's not what ribbin's all about, but I have a low level span of attention and get bored driving after about 5 minutes.

Fortunately, I have a wife who knows what a c**p driver I am, both in car and boat, and so she does most of it for me. But there are times when she's not there or she needs a rest. This little bute let's me wander around fiddling with other things when it's a straight flat run...
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Old 06 September 2002, 09:51   #4
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Having bought a 4 inch hole cutter I then grind out a hole in the transom to take that big fat exhaust pipe. It's going to be below water level when we are not moving but I'm told that's OK. A small tickover exhaust pipe gets mounted above it well above the water line....
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Old 06 September 2002, 09:54   #5
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Finally, the control cable mounting plate is fixed to the transome and we're ready for the engine itself...
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Old 06 September 2002, 09:58   #6
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Down she comes! I took this snap to show off the much talked-about tie bar that crosses under the crankcase and is attached to the inside of each forward engine mount. The aim of this bit of cast iron is to prevent the case from cracking if the torque of the engine twists the hull...
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Old 06 September 2002, 10:05   #7
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Neatly in and we fit the rear engine mounts to the back plate witha couple of big ol' bolts. The front mounts are not yet bolted down tight as we have to adjust the engine alignment....
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Old 06 September 2002, 10:08   #8
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It's at this stage that Corporal Jones grabs the cold steel...
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Old 06 September 2002, 10:14   #9
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"They don't like it up'em, Captain Mainwaring!"

The alignment tool slides in and is delicately twisted this way and that until it can move in and out smoothly. (I'm getting onto dodgy anological ground here, so it's time to quit. While I'm ahead.)

That's all for now, folks. Hope to fire 'er up on Saturday....
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Very exciting stuff, Mike. Bet you are going to be the most excited ribster in the world when you fire her up in the water for the first time!
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