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bigcol

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bigcol last won the day on March 28 2013

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About bigcol

  • Birthday 07/06/1960

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    Milton Keynes
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    getting our boat to steer in a straight line.
    Now achieved!!! I'm going places now!!

    Practice!!

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    Retired
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    Wildest dream
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    Grand union canal Bucks

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  1. havent been in engine bay yet due to a new knee op but everytime t get a visitor, I send then down there to take photo. soninlaw went down again yesterday, freed of the drive shelf pulling the shaft more into the boat the prop did look as tho it was too close to rudder. ist thing took photos of all four of mountings, and all seam to have spacer nuts on the mountings themselves are 5.5 mm high. looking there are mountings that are only 41cm high but was distinguishes one mounting to another. engine is 425kg in total there seem to be so many? if current mountings are 5.5mm height plus 25mm in spacers and nuts and if the 4.1 mounting can be used that’s 4cm reduction in height! just with new mountings. The drive shaft has a water lubricated, it has Strong on it, is this the name as I can’t find this on google. Re the engine just got to find out if this is workable. With help from yourselves. im desperate to have a look my self, but the body says no col
  2. Hi Tony it seems as tho it can come down about 2/3 inches plus the engine bottom will just fit in between, but soninlaws coming back over at the weekend just to check on your comment. thanks very much on the mounting shown, there’s a big nut and smaller nut, just thinking what if I take out the thicker nut. theres still locking nuts there ? Lol
  3. One last pop at this engine with my new knee op last week, I’m relying on others to look at the situation my son-in-law came over and had a look, and took the 2 photos it shows that the sump tank is not on the floor but nearly touching a cross member so if this was cut down 3 inches eg and the beams where mountings would go get cut down just to lower where the mountings will go 1) if the gearbox flange married up to the prophaft flange, would that be it,? nothing has to go in the space in photo, ? ideal world engine just slid up to meet prop-shaft flange. 2) looking at engine mountings, the current height is 5.9 cm but looking arround at other mounting sites there’s low profile ones available is there a reason I can’t use these instead? i looked at these again I so Thankyou all for your help and post http://www.randdmarine.co.uk/enginemres.asp or http://www.randdmarine.co.uk/enginemres.asp
  4. Hi Sam it was too much, and after all that problem with the oil sump, yes please feel free to have a pee lol regards to the gear box, I’m not sure what we’re on about here lol col
  5. It’s too much im going to place the engine up for sale today. its a pity but it’s not going to fit our boat. so if anyone wants a gentleman’s deal this is going to be nice engine to buy. its a green line 90hp was originally a keel cooled, but had over a £1000 kit supplied by beta to make it raw water cooled so easily converted back invoices are here to view. the engine is 8 years old, and has only done 400 hrs, it has all the loom and luxury panel i will look and wait for the engine that it was currently made for ive given up
  6. I’m thinking of purchasing compressed engine mountings with this combined with the flexible coupling I think we could be there. fingers crossed what is the most degrees that these couplings work to anybody.? many thanks for your tips and advice. Ps I do have a water stern gland. its been suggested I should have a anti thrust bearing as well, as I have the engine being measured up to fit this installation. This afternoon thanks col
  7. I see what you mean, I unable to get down their, so relying on mates etc. but if the thread inside the mounts can be reduced I think that could get me in the right direction! Still might not come to that fingers crossed but another good idea! theres a good 4 inches below oil pan and bottom of boat
  8. I will have a look tomorrow, all I know its8 years old but only done 440hrs, bought through a member of this forum. Got a large 4 bladed prop
  9. I see what you mean, I unable to get down their, so relying on mates etc. but if the thread inside the mounts can be reduced I think that could get me in the right direction! Still might not come to that fingers crossed but another good idea! theres a good 4 inches below oil pan and bottom of boat
  10. Yes your right engine was just dropped in. it hasn’t been centralised. the mounts are quite tall There is some more pics, but will try and make them smaller and yes I agree that the easiest way would be to drop the engine down, but talking to welders it will always be a job and a half lol i can’t see it be a major properly, but wish someone would do it while I’m laid up. i hate it when all you hear is problems, solutions is what we wasn’t to hear
  11. Please see photo im relying on others at the moment, as just had a knee replacement last week, and if you had one you know what I’m going through. Pain and more pain. whilst I was away the engine beta 90 which came to me via the forum was placed in position as you can see it fits, but too high to conect to driveshaft. somone says you can buy a flexible coupling, is this wishful thinking. i hope I can find somthing if not the engines got to come out again any sugestions, or is it engine out and lower mountings, slimline mountings?
  12. Brillient and learning post thankyou col
  13. I imagine that my 12v lead of didn’t help, but certainly the sellers were no help, and 4 battery’s going down causing problems with their voltages also the lack of help from the seller, I gave up on them. would I buy closed cell battery’s again. NO would I buy the Hankooks again again NO COL
  14. Defiantly not, lol went down the step down converter, it’s been great ever since. bought 2 x new Varta batteries, open cell. no problems since col
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