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Old 05-18-2014, 01:50 AM   #21
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I just picked up and cleaned the boat out today. I will take some pics of it tomorrow. I will get pics of the engine and the drive.

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Old 05-18-2014, 02:24 AM   #22
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I cleaned the heck out of the boat today.

Some mice infiltrated it over the winter so I have also been in the process of exterminating them lol. Their were little nut shells and other miscellaneous crap all over it lol. Thank god the 3m vinyl mill dew and mold cleaner contained bleach. So not only does the boat look clean it is also disinfected.

I also pulled and unsuccessfully tried to charge the battery. It is shot, and it will need replaced. My girlfriend is already calling it the money pit lol. The battery will have to wait till the first of the month though. Im a disabled vet and uncle sam only pays us once a month on the first. The title, registration, and taxes took all of my extra funds for the month lol. But I still have some time before boating weather comes around up where I live.

Today I also battled the faded exterior of the hull. The maroon and black on it are getting pretty chalky and dull. I unsuccessfully tried 4 different rubbing and cleaning compounds. But there was no miraculous change to its appearance. They would go on good and then after ten min it would fade back to being chalky. Does anyone know of some secret weapon I can use against the foggy hull?

More to come in a few :-)



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Old 05-18-2014, 03:25 AM   #23
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The boat vacuum machine has been turned on. It is now firmly attached to your wallet now. It will amaze you the velocity of how fast your hard earned dollars will move in and out of your wallet and attach itself to this bottomless pit called a boat.

Be cautious but have fun.

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:54 AM   #24
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I am sorry I messed up its a 1991and not a 1992.

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I would still think it's and Alpha 1 Gen 2 and not a Gen 1.
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B.O.A.T = Break Out Another Thousand ;-)

Try using 1500 wet dry sandpaper by hand moving back and forth (no circles) on the hull, them buff and wax.

Feel you way around the side of the engine looking for cracks.

Where are you located in PA?
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B.O.A.T = Break Out Another Thousand ;-)

Try using 1500 wet dry sandpaper by hand moving back and forth (no circles) on the hull, them buff and wax.

Feel you way around the side of the engine looking for cracks.

Where are you located in PA?
I am in Cambria county. Its 1.5 hours north east of Pittsburgh. I will feel around the side of the engine today 4 cracks. I will also take and post some pics for you guys.

Thanks for the help so far, I really appreciate it. :-)

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Old 05-18-2014, 01:03 PM   #27
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I got a few pics taken this morning. I also felt around the block of t b e engine and I was unable to feel any noticeable cracks.

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Here are the first set of photos of the engine









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Some more pics









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Old 05-18-2014, 01:12 PM   #30
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Last ones.





Here's the chalky hull lol.



And here is a pic of the 23 year old interior. Cleaned up pretty good for being so old lol.



I will take some more pics of the inside of the boat later.

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Old 05-18-2014, 01:33 PM   #31
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OK Alpha 1 Gen 2.

I am a little concerned about the rust on the port side of the block as there may be a crack above.

Do you have a pair of muffs that fit around the water intake on the outdrive and connects to a hose to cool the engine? If so you may want to try using the battery from you car if not to much trouble before buying one on your budget only to discover bigger issues.
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I have some new mufs, and I also have a friend with a marine battery I may be able to borrow.

I was wondering if their is anything I should spray into the cylinders to lubricant them before trying to start it.

Another question is about the fuel that was left in the boat durring the past 2 years. The battery is shot but it still has enough juice to activate the gages, . Luckily the fuel guage shows that the tank is empty but im wondering how much fuel would be left in it. And should I drain what ever is left in the tank out of it?

And whats the easiest way to go about draining the tank?

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You don't need a marine specific battery to star the engine. The marine batteries are deep cycle used for the house battery.


I would try starting it using a portable gas can first. If the tank is empty add some Sta-Bil and a full load of fuel if the engine runs... Run on the tank for a while and then change the fuel filter.
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As Phillbo said and I think i suggest earlier use a gas can with fresh gas. Remove the small gas line at the tank end that runs to the engine and put it into the gas can with fresh gas. Remove the the spark plugs and add a small amount of engine oil to each cylinder. Remove the coil wire and crank the engine for a few seconds, then re-install the wire and try to start the engine. Don't forget to have the muffs on with the water running.

PS: one of my earlies post told you how to drain the tank.
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If cracking due to freezing you might not see them on the exterior of the block. I'd expect they fracture the water jackets and crack internally. This is why you would see the coffee with cream color, but not dump oil or water into the bilge.
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If cracking due to freezing you might not see them on the exterior of the block. I'd expect they fracture the water jackets and crack internally. This is why you would see the coffee with cream color, but not dump oil or water into the bilge.
if this were the case I would expect that by now the water would have melted and be in the oil pan and he would just see a high reading on the dip stick as the engine has not been ran since. Milkey color comes from water/oil/heat.

To my knowledge the thinest part of a block is the water jacket wall to the outside and not internal, but stranger things have happened.
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Sorry I have been so busy and I have not been able to test the engine out yet. I am hoping to get to it this weekend, that is if weather and time permits. Thanks so much for all the useful info so far. :-)

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if this were the case I would expect that by now the water would have melted and be in the oil pan and he would just see a high reading on the dip stick as the engine has not been ran since. Milkey color comes from water/oil/heat.

To my knowledge the thinest part of a block is the water jacket wall to the outside and not internal, but stranger things have happened.
You would certainly know better than me. disregard my previous statement. I'd defer to MMWJR on this one. I think I'm confusing manifold and riser failure.
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