Got all the pink foam into place. Took 2 of the small square sheets. Next for that area is the 2part foam. Still have to order some. But I received some goodies in today. Custom jettrim mats through prowatercraft racing along with their 2” tray extension.
Hey guys, spring finally came to Jersey. Got slowed down a little to do some yard work. But I got the plugs in the hull glued in. I put in the tank n taped up the entry bc the hose isn’t on yet. I’ll put that on after paint. I put some fuel lines in along with my bilge pump n center bearing housing. Ordered some goodies the other day. Some bling parts along with some needed parts. I pulled out my steering cable and it was seized. I couldn’t get it to move and when I tried to remove the coupler it snapped off. So that is on order too. Getting close to having the engine in. Trying to get parts out of boxes.
After several years, the engine is finally back in its spot. Felt really good to get it in there. Was going to keep it out till I painted it but decided to keep the ball rolling as much as I could. Checked the alignment. I didn’t have to use any shims. Guess the new rhaas mounts are a hair taller than the stockers. Ended up pulling off the exhaust manifold just to make it easier to secure the mounts. Also had a little overspray on the starter from touching up the engin, so I wiped that off as well. Also moved the bilge pump to the other side so I could mount the siphon bilge. My box from Blowsion should be here tomorrow. See what else I can get done. There’s a few things I’m doing without right now. I’ve put this project on hold for so long I want to get it done. Don’t worry, I’m not rigging things up. Just not doing certain things right away. Once it’s up and running I’ll go back and do some things that I wanted to do.
Received some goodies today. Got rest of the exhaust bolted on. Had to do some grinding to get the new blowsion battery tray in flat. Installed the new steering cable. Things are coming together day by day. Next I’m think I’m going to do the 2 part foam. Update later when that is all done.
Science project day. Did the 2 part foam today. Took the Sheetrock knife and got it somewhat flat. Next I’ll sand it down to where the piece I cut out can lay back in the tray flat. When I poured in the mixture I prepped a trash bag to lay over to push the foam in different directions
So the advice that Roseand gave me was actually correct. I had a heck of a time getting the pump in. Mainly bc of switching to the metal pump shoe and having a new pump ring seal thingy. So today it was pouring again like the last few days have and I decided to pull the engine back out (10 mins) n the mid shaft to see if I could eliminate the reason the pump was having a hard time was bc it was getting caught up on the midshaft. WRONG. The seal was being stubborn and the pump shoe was not pulled in enough with just 5200. So I drilled holes and screwed in some stainless screws to pull the shoe closet to the hull. That definitely helped. I used a #1 Phillips screwdriver as a leveraged tool to get the bolts closet to the shoe installed. Once they were in the other 2 went good.
I flipped it over again and checked to see how the midshaft slipped onto the driveshaft. It didn’t. The pump shaft was actually resting on the shaft tube edge. So I loosened the pump bolts and stuck 2 of the smaller shims that I had on the rear bolts. This raised up the drive shaft enough to when I slid the midshaft on the bolt holes were in direct line. It was properly aligned now.
Next was to install the engine back in n check the coupler alignment. It was off now. Had some gaps on the bottom n not the top so I stuck 2 of the original engine shims I had into the rear mounts. Checked the alignment and it looked good again.
I did get the foam sanded in the tray area also. I need to start sanding the glass down to prep for some new fiberglass to seal it up.
In the engine compartment my next job is to take apart the carbs n go through them. They are a mess. Hoping they will be ok.
But before I start that I’m going to finish the hand pole bracket. It still looks the same from the earlier picture.
Hand pole bracket is done. Got it sand blasted and grinded out the other side that was pitting away. After that I painted it with black appliance epoxy paint. Ordered the fiberglass stuff from US Composits. Should be here early next week. Sanding down the top hull, hood and hand pole this week end. Also installed my intake grate. Drilled the holes and tapped in the new pump shoe. Got pushed back a little bit. Besides my day job, I still do some watercraft work for a few customers. It’s that time of year in Jersey.
Did some sanding today n decided to take a closer look at these nasty carbs. They are worse than I thought. Thought maybe they might surprise me in a good way when I opened them up. WRONG. Nope total poop. Tried taking apart as much as I could for a laugh. The kidney piece inside is stuck in both. Corrosion is so bad it became one. So looking for a set of decent used ones. I don’t mind if they need rebuilding, I have kits already. So if anyone has some laying around and needs to make some room in the garage hit me up, thanks chris
Ok got some fiberglass done on the tray. Not finished yet. I first started with cutting out the pieces of FG matting and cut a bunch of small pieces to shove in the cut out void. When I started to mix up the resin I did some with microfibers and did some without. I brushed some of the microfiber pot in around the void. Then I stuffed the void with the small pieces of mat that I cut up with the regular mixture of resin. Then rolled out to make sure everything was smooth as possible. After that I took the microfiber pot and went around again to hopefully fill in any voids. The next day I sanded everything down smooth around the void area. Then prepped it again for the next step. I mixed up more plain resin and dabbed it along the area where the layer of mat was going to go. Took my pieces I cut out and started to stick down piece by piece. Afterwards I rolled out for air bubbles and now we wait till the next day to cure. The next step I will be laying down a piece of biaxial down to cover the whole thing.
Also bought some paint today. Still have to get my clear coat. After this fiberglassing part is done, I’ll start to prime, paint then clear. Then it will be ready for the mats along with the prowatercraft tray extension and install handpole stuff
BTW, I did get a set of carbs from John “little franny”. Going through them now to get this thing started
In the last couple of days I’ve been busy working on some more skis. 2 summer peeps along with a seat cover on 1 and a stage 1+ kit on a new Yamaha GP1800. But I did get something accomplished on my SJ. It’s been 5 years since this ski has last started. Soon as the fuel filter filled up, she fired up and idled almost perfectly. Also got the hull all primed up. Clear coat is on its way also