You get that thing back together yet?
No I am kind of peeved about that. I had a 4 day weekend off last weekend. I jumped on the fishing boat and cleaned out the tank under the deck. I installed a poly tank under the center console and cleaned the fuel system of any water. That boat is up and running now. The belt came in for the and I started putting it back together. To get to that belt, everything but the lower shaft and cog have to come off of the boat. Even the gear reduction unit housing comes off and it is the rear motor mount. So the motor is propped up with a bottle nose jack. I had to wait for some muscle to arrive. A friend came by and we went to put the eccentric gear back in ( I swear that thing is 130 pounds) and got it back in. That is when we discovered the company sent the wrong belt. I was just shaking my head. Not only that but I have to pay for shipping the new one and return of the old one. I didn't think it wise to get in a urinating contest with the company that makes the belt I need. So the belt is on the way and I will have it back together in about 4 hours after it arrives.
For those that have airboats. This was a large job but it is doable. If I had the right parts and had to start all over again, I think I could do the whole job in 5 hours or so. Here are some shortcuts I learned.
Get the rudders off and out of the way. Your are wasting time and you will eventually take them off.
Put a large tarp in the bottom of the boat to catch the blades if they fall. The rear cover plate holding the blades in will allow them to fall as you loosen the bolts.
If you own a single rotator the eccentric gear is about 70 pounds. If you own a counter rotator I think it is twice that.
After removing the blades, place 2 by 10 boards over the stringers in the bottom of the boat to make it easier to walk around.
Use zip ties to affix a large tray to the rear of the cage. There are a lot of tools involved and you have no place to keep them. I was putting the where I could but when they would fall it is unbelievable how they all manage to bounce way up under the fuel tank.
If anyone suffers a busted belt don't hesitate to call me. I can walk you through it or if you are close enough I can just come help you.