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Old 13 May 2004, 17:01   #1
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Engine transit support revisited

OK here is my engine support for transit with the engine down on the hydraulics and supported should they fail. It leaves the prop clear of the ground and the engine travels more upright.
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Old 14 May 2004, 06:25   #2
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Mark,

So you have gone with a rubber 'block of wood' approach then?

I have not been able to find that spare roller (must tidy that garage soon), so I'll buy one next time I'm at the chandlers, the I'll let you know how the 'clip on' experiment goes....

I'm wanting another weekend at NEB soon - but they have changed my car on me, I've now got a Volvo (which does not have a towbar) but apparently this car is temporary, so I'll wait and see what happens - just wish things would hurry up - the sea is calling!

C'ya later

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Old 14 May 2004, 06:33   #3
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Nice one Red Fox!

Just goes to show that the simplest ideas are usually the best.

Hope you don't mind if I steal it for my own rig?

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Old 14 May 2004, 07:48   #4
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Red Fox

I'm thinking of making something like this for mine, from looking at the excellent pic you attached i can see your using a bungee cord to keep the chock in place, would it not be better to attach some form of clip to each end and a lenght of rope thus tieing the contraption in place, this way if the whole assembly bounces up and down you wont loose the entire lot, just an observation and i'll let you know how i get on with my attempt this weekend.

Of course any advise you can give would be most appreciated !

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Old 14 May 2004, 12:27   #5
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Nip the bungee up tight and use the nut to keep it on with a locking nut to keep that on. Good idea.
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Old 14 May 2004, 16:11   #6
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I tried to buy a roller tonight at my loacl chandlers, all they had was the coned shape ones at 12 a shot ouch !! and they didnt look as though it would be long enought to reach across both sides of the engine support.

Where did you get yours and what sort of roller is your ?

Had one other idea looking at yours, i could buy one and cut it in two, then bolt each piece at the correct points along the shaft to marry up to the supports as the engine is lowered down.... would this work, alternative is two rollers bolted back to back on the shaft !! but this is gona cost more and still might not work out right

what do you suggest

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Old 14 May 2004, 16:36   #7
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Boat side roller 8" cost 4.95. As you say, it was a bit short so I cut it in half, put a bit of 2" foam pipe insulation between them, threaded the lot onto a treaded bar, nuts on either end and voila! To cut the roller I used a hacksaw and just kept rotating the roller to give me a straight line to cut on...easy.
And here's one I took apart earlier!
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Cheers

Ok i might give it a go tomorrow, i've trepidations about cutting a 12 roller in half but i suppose if it works then its the answer, solution would be to find an old roller from somwhere or even swap one of my old one's of my trailer and put the new one on the trailer and cut up the old one, then if it all goes Pete Tong i wont feel so bad i'll let you know how it went and take a few photos as the project progresses

Thanks for your help though.
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Old 18 May 2004, 04:39   #9
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At Last.......

OK guys, as promised....... here are some pics to show how my version of a 'trailering support device' worked out.

First off, a couple of pics to show how the manufacturer's (Force) device works...
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Old 18 May 2004, 04:43   #10
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As you can seefrom above, there is still a lot of piston shaft showing, with the result that the skeg is too low when lowered onto the device.

So - I took a standard keel roller, cut to length to fit the piston shaft, and cut a 'V' slot in it so it would clip round the shaft....
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