Any updates on this? This has been a cool build to follow.
Yessir thank you for following. This year we have had a beating from all sides. The saga began last year when the lower went out on the explorer. I am not sure if everyone else has this problem, but when I take a boat to the shop it is gone for 6 weeks. So the lower went out, took it in for a new one plus both props, gone 6 weeks. Got it back and had to abandon the first trip to the island for over heat problem. Took the boat back as they should have shaved the water pump housing but didn't, boat was gone 5 weeks. In the meantime I put the motor and center console on the barge. Towing the barge with 4000 lbs of materials is the least efficient process possible. So I Frankensteined the barge. I replaced the deck, bought a console in Pierre Part, La. and a leaning post in Montgomery, Texas. A friend did a motor exchange and was trashing a 1986 Evinrude 140 HP. I rebuilt the lower and started working on any upper problem I could locate.
The first trip out we hit a wake/wave (Remember this wave thingy) and I could feel the motor wanted to die. We got in the bay and hit another wake and it died for good. A bud came and towed us right back in. Found a wirre came loose from the harness and was rubbing the underside of the flywheel. It grounded out and killed the power. it was the power feed for the power pack. Got it taped and secured. Then the tides left for the winter. We were unable to get a payload to the island as the tide was gone for the winter.
Then the winds came. My cut off for a trip in 15 mph winds when I have a payload to take out. I swear it has either rained or the wind has been blowing and killing every opportunity I have had. So 2 weeks ago. I have had 3000 bucks worth of lumber on the boat ready to go out for a month. We got a window so off we went. The exact same scenario although this time my bride was with me. We hit a wake in the intercoastal and motor tried to die. One more wake nd again tried to die. I know how that story plays out. We abandoned that mission and turned around. To say the least I was perplexed.
Backed the boat into the barn and started pondering WTH is happening here. i need to add this tidbit. When the boat was running, it was like pushing a pig through the water. Every now and again the motor would surge and really go like it should then go back in pig mode near immediately. You would think that boat would really haul butt with a 140 on it. I kwhatept thinking it was a fuel issue. So we got it home and I pulled the carbs. Love the carbs on OMC. If I had the kit laying there I could take off, rebuild and replace each carb in 30 minutes. Somebody had already bet me to it. Apparently they had the same issue and rebuilt the carbs, obviously they were fooled by the same symptoms. So it was not the carbs.
Call it luck or whatnot.... I was going through the electrical and decided to put new relays in the tilt trim as one was trying to stick. I went to the store, gave them the old one and off I went. I replaced the relays and hooked up the battery. The wiring on the motor instantly smoked and caught on fire. SMGDH!!!!!!! The guy gave me the wrong relays which sent power straight to ground. @#$%^^&&* I spent the next 5 hours rebuilding the wire harness. I don't crimp my connectors to the wire, I solder everything. In doing so I saw the original problem wire. When opening up the wire harness I found the wire that grounded out the first time. I also saw it was a bad attempt to jump the power wire around the power pack harness plug. The power wire in one side of the harness plug was broken off inside the plug. You can't fix that, you have to replace. So their fix was to run a jumper wire bypassing the harness plug. Well the wire was barely twisted together and black taped. Thats why when we hit the waves it would shake the already bad connection and act like it was to die.
So I still needed to find why this thing was acting like a pig and only getting 1 mpg. I changed my suspicions from fuel to electrical. I tried to keep this short but failed miserably. So there were many curse words over a long period of time. The whole time its been two bad coils. I checked them but every time they were in working mode. I finally caught them when they weren't working. Ordered new and that fixed that problem. I went to replace the the entire ignition system. I am like that. If I have a problem, I I go ape poop and will replace everything. So I pulled the plugs and wires only to discover the old owner used some king of thread fixer on the piton head #4. I tried to tap it to put a sleeve in it but that was a failure. I have a new head on the way. It should be a 30 minute swap out and off to the races.
I am headed out today to the island but I have no payload for this trip. It will happen but obviously not on my time. In my spare time I have collected enough cedar fence pickets to complete the entire interior. The procedure once I obtain the fence panels and get them home is as follows. Remove the crossmember piece and stack for duck blind material. Then remove the nails, cut the ends off of the picket, hit with a wire brush then paint or stain them. I stack these on pallets that I made and then stacked the pallets in the little barn. 1240 pickets is what I need for the interior. 280 more to go for a finish. The idea is when we get dried in, I can have 2 guys with finish nail guns and people handing them the boards. We can probably put complete the entire interior in a long day. All of the finish work has been done here. I have used cedar pickets before. You don't have to cut them to length to land on a 16 inch center. If the end of the picket lands off of the wall stud, just put scrap behind it, marry the ends together by nailing them to the scrap and keep on trucking.
For some reason I can't add pics right now. When i do you will see the boat and trailer with the wood. That trailer was not galvanized. It is carbon steel and the saltwater was going to eat it. I didn't like the axles anyway. So I took the boat off, stripped the trailer with a cutting torch and sent the frame to be blasted, hot dipped galvanized, new axles, tires, hubs and all. I like it now!
The lumber on the boat is part of the front and rear porches. I figured instead of building a scaffold and tearing it down, we would just do the porches and be done with it. More to follow.