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Old 07-28-2015, 05:42 PM
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yup thats what i meant.. finger dyslexia struck again lol..

wouldnt bolt up even if it was an inline ford??
Nope. Chebby and Ford bolt pattern different.
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Nope. Chebby and Ford bolt pattern different.
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:28 AM
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Mercruiser never used Ford engines, except for the 7.3l d-tronic. I had a straight 6 years ago and a guy at an auto parts store found me a carb gasket kit from a IH tractor that fit it. Cost $8 compared to the $110 at the marina.
There's a a few differences in the marine block and the auto block, that help with reducing corrosion like freeze plugs, pump impellers and most of the gaskets. Also CG approved spark arresting distributor, starter and alternator.
And of course , air breather.

The dryer vents are for a blower to remove gas fumes that can accumulate in the bottom of the bilge, and the other would be hooked to an air scoop on deck to force air in the bilge while moving.

I had to watch a lot of YouTube to learn how to do the fiberglass and resin. Lots of videos that help tremendously. The theory is that fiberglass is not water proof but the resin is. If the glass is sealed with extra resin after the glass is laid , it should be dry. There's also 2 types of resin to consider, epoxy and polyester. Epoxy is better but way more expensive.
Gelcoat is basically that waterproofing coat. A lot of manufacturers are gelcoating the inside so water dosnt get into the wood now. Theres also a pour-able compound for doing transoms instead of replacing the old wood with new. "seacast" is one of them. There's also several types of marine plywood that can be used .
I've been reading up on this because my transoms damp and one stringer is got rot and it wont be long till it'll need replacing.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:25 AM
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A lot of guys around here are using Trex deck boards as stringers under the decks now
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...anuyQ_C9NtYK4Q
They do not rot, and hold up well. this and marine grade plywood under the fiberglass deck hold up well
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:44 PM
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The 1" marine grade plywood is put in there for support and to strengthen the hull.
Trex has no strength. Just my opinion.
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Josh also needs to know, and just in case he doesn't all ready, that the air filter needs to meet USCG requirements and that the one in an earlier pics does so appear to do that. Common sense item, backfire in a boat, no fire need ignite.
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Yep, I did notice that this one is stamped USCG approved. That's a good tip.

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What is trex? I was considering that synthetic lumber that people build decks out of that lasts forever. Is that the same stuff?

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Trex is a composite (plastic) plank material used on residential decks. The benefit is that it doesn't rot or need to be forever refinished like wood. I'm not sure if it is equally strong as wood.

Marine grade plywood is always an option. As would be using more trex for strength. I looked at the pic of that plywood on the lower side of the boat; I don't know exactly how to fix that one if the plywood is embedded into the hull.
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It isn't embedded, it was put in and then given a light fiberglass coating. I think I will be able to strip down to bare hull.

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