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PostPosted: 11 Jul 2016, 12:41 

Joined: 24 Jun 2013, 09:37
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Hi

I have been lurking here for a while and finally picked up a 16' Alumacraft fishing / duck hunting boat which came with a 70HP 2 cycle Evinrude motor.

While the boat needs work the price was right.

The trailer is rusty, the lights don't work and most of the rubber rollers are worn out.

The floors are soft and need to be replaced.

The transom needs it's wood replaced.

Some things are hoping to get done over the next few weeks in priority are:

1. Replace the trailer tires and bearings.
2. Replace the trailer wiring.
3. Redo the boat wiring.
4. Use the existing floor as a template and cut out 3/8 aluminum replacement floors. I'm debating marine plywood over aluminum.
5. I'm debating switching from 2 by 4 to 2 by 5" bunks. In the second picture the gap between the tire fender and the boat is less than 1".

In the first picture there is a circular recess next to the trailer light. Any idea what it is for?

If anyone has a similar boat I'd love to hear what you did with it.

thanks

Alex


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PostPosted: 11 Jul 2016, 21:04 

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A little jealous of the size......should be a fun build.


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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2016, 05:23 

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Nice boat to start with. That circle near the light makes me think it may have had trailer guides if there is the same thing on the other side of the trailer?


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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2016, 10:10 

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Location: Algonquin Il
Does the boat hit the fenders when launching or retrieving?
If the boat never touches the fenders 2x4 bunks are fine. The higher the boat is the farther you have to back in to the water to launch and retrieve.



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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2016, 12:08 

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There is the same circle on the other side so I guess it could have been used for trailer guides. which is convenient because I was going to add them.

Last night I changed the trailers bearings. It wasn't too hard but there's a cap over the castle nut I'm not familiar with. It has a rubber plug that comes out.

Am I supposed to put axel grease behind the plug?

Next is to get the trailer wiring working. At least I will be able to move the trailer at that point. I'll take it to the local marina to see how easy it is to launch and if the bunks are in the way.

Thanks for the help,

Alex


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PostPosted: 18 Jul 2016, 10:11 

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Hi,

looks like I have a 1980 Alumacraft Lunker Classic.

I'm having a transom wood replaced and then I will be starting the rewiring.

There doesn't look to be breakers for any of the circuits, it looks like everything is wired directly to the battery.


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PostPosted: 18 Jul 2016, 10:24 
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I have that axle bearing setup you are lucky you have it

you pull that plug and clean off the grease, you will see a zerk fitting in the center or the axle shaft.

To grease the bearings, all you do is pump grease in the zerk.

There is a hole in the shaft that exits at the inner bearing and it forces all the old grease out through the outer bearing

If you want to change the grease out without taking everything apart all you do is remove that plug and start pumping grease until you see clean grease in the cup.

I take the cup off to make it neater and easier.

After you flush the old grease out and you see clean grease coming out of the outer bearing, you are done

it works really well. I have the setup on a few trailers.

If you overload the grease in the cup it can start to ooze out past the rubber plug when it heats up, another reason to remove the cup and just wipe the old grease out of there and replace it after its all cleaned up

if you do not see the zerk fitting either it broke off or something happened to it, or someone just put those caps on there. But thats what they are for



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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2016, 08:56 

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Behind the plug all I see is a castle nut holding the washer against the bearing.

No Zerk fitting.

Am I missing something?

Thanks

Alex


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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2016, 09:17 

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Is the end of the spindle drilled and tapped? If not you could replace the dust cap with standard ones.



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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2016, 10:45 

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It is not drilled or tapped just a solid spindle.

So the dust covers I have are superfluous and I can just use the basic push on covers?


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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2016, 11:06 

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acolic wrote:
It is not drilled or tapped just a solid spindle.

So the dust covers I have are superfluous and I can just use the basic push on covers?

You could put on a set of Bearing Buddies.



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PostPosted: 31 Jul 2016, 22:12 

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Hi

I was checking out the instrument panel and out of steering gearbox is a plastic tube. It doesn't seem to be connected to anything.

Any ideas on what it is?


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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2016, 10:55 

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It is for the steering cable when you make a turn. I forget what way - left or right. It does look like it has been cut off a bit though. Turn the wheel both directions and you should be able to see what I mean! :)


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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2016, 12:10 
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^^ yeah - it's a shroud for the cable that needs to move freely under your dash & keeps the cable from catching on your wiring & other what-not. Also, the cable is greased, so the track keeps you from coming in contact w/ the grease by accident.



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PostPosted: 04 Aug 2016, 13:32 

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Not sure I understand.

There's another black cable under the dash hooked up to the steering wheel and it runs all the way back to the engine. When I turn the wheel it freely moves left/right and so does the motor.

The one I'm referring is cut and just hanging there?

Any idea what it's purpose could have been?


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