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    Posted: 10/22/2011 at 9:22pm
Purchased boat with the motor out of it and in pieces. Motor was with the guy next door. He had the motor line board, new cam bearings, and bored .030 oversized and decked. Head was reserfaced and a valve job done. Found out, the motor blew a head gasket and busted a piston. Floor is in good shape, carpet is OK for now. Reassembled engine and installed the motor, Finally got motor wired and test ran....
Boat is all open, the only mounted seat is the captains chair, planning on being able to take it on the lake, so the family can go fishing, swimming, and let the girls do some cast netting....
Photo's to follow. Have manual on the OMC, still trying to wire the boat, the way it's supposed to be...Wildcat, the drawing of console wiring helped. The console does not have any gauges, planning on adding Engine temp, Oil Pressure, Voltmeter. Welcome suggestions on additional gauges.
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Welcome John. I would add a Tachometer to the gauge list. Look forward to the pics..
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Good deal, in the meantime we'll move this out of rebuild until you've met the requirements of pics Wink. I agree with Rick, Tach is VERY important. So what is it you're going to do for the rebuild?? If floor and carpet is in good shape and you got the motor going then that leaves seats and some console work? (since you mentioned wiring).

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As you can see, it's pretty much open, the picnic table is gone and so is the plastic chairs. Had the boat on the water, to see how the engine would operate, after several trips to the lake and evenings working on it, it now runs pretty darn good. the front is high when running around, have to adjust the trim manually and see what happens. Can it be possible that the engine/stern drive is too heavy on the rear? if so how can I ballance the boat with out sandbags?????
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I don't think the engine is too heavy. Without some furniture up front acting as a counterweight, it will ride bow high with the motor acting as a big fulcrum. Some type of lead or iron weight attached under the front would help out. Meanwhile you could try 5 gallon buckets of sand or water to see how much weight you need to add. Just weigh them on a scale first, put them on both sides up front and add or remove some when the boat sits and rides at a better attitude. Then you can search for a more permanent solution. Hopefully others will have some ideas on what and where to use it.
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Every toon with an I/O I have seen rides low in the rear, just due to the weight of the powerplant.  You can add ballast if you want, but I would try moving the batteries up forwards if possible (use larger cables to reduce voltage drop) or arrange your seating so folks don't congregate in the stern so much.
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Take two or three people with you.  Move them forward and aft to see the effect.   If they are honest you can get an idea of how various weights at various locations on the boat affects its operation.  Easier than adding and moving anything else for an initial check.  My 2cts.
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Ditto moving the batteries. Also cinder blocks make good temporary or permanent weights for balancing. I have seen houseboats with stacks of them placed in the bilge area for balance.
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Gotta love folks that does rewiring, just spent the night running a new set of wiring, correct color coding. now I have wires for the Oil , Water Temp, and Tach. and power for the console. I love the fact thatthere is color coded tape to designate wire. IE: Blue wire with white tape. now I have wires for the Selectrim if and when I install it. Now I can work on putting gauges in the console.
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Engine rebuilt and installed
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Recovered the seats, installed a 18 gallon fuel tank - put it under the starboard rear seat, Reworked the dash and some of the switches, found shower curtain hangers the had peace symbles on them, took the off the hooks, glued them together, drilled a hole, part way thru and attached them to the switches. fixing to install a 2nd battery under the port seat, picked up a duel battery charger at a yard sale ( still in packaging ) $5.00. 
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Here we go again.... Fixing to rework the boat. Carpet has seen it's better days... Floor is still solid, thinking of pulling carpet and putting down a different floor material. Been tinkering on it when possible ( Honey do's and daddy can you fix my car? )
Seat bases are all shot ( were made from Plywood and not sealed ) Going to remake the bases and seal all exposed wood. Can't afford plastic or fiberglass bases for now... maybe in a couple of years. 
Have wiring pretty much done, want to redo the wiring with correct colors, have too many wires that are red and black, plus get rid of the rats net I created in the console.
Relocate and add second battery for house use.
Install a Mini Fridge with inverter. ( Picked up at a yard sale )
Install a 18 Gallon fuel tank ( Another Yard sale )


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