240 BR Rebuild

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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Big Block Power » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:27 am

I haven't had any issues. I know a few that have. The good thing is they are cheap.NOT!
If it was me I would just replace it. Towing a boat back is no fun. Plus you don't want to ruin your new engine lean. Bad things can happen. Glad your making head way on her. I have the interior of my winter project in the basement all cleaned up. Now I just have to do the sides of the interior and wet sand and buff and then she is for sale. Keep the pictures and stories coming.It's a long winter.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by jhnmdahl » Sun Dec 11, 2016 5:58 pm

I'd be really tempted to replace the fuel pump with all the other work you've done to that. The last thing you want is a blob of black paint sludge scoring your cylinder walls or clogging the fuel delivery system when you're out and about. I haven't had one apart, so I don't know to what extent any interior paint or other sludge could be cleaned, but no way I would overlook that.

Edit - here's one guy who tore one apart... http://forums.iboats.com/forum/engine-r ... cell-5-0gi and another thread on a guy who cleaned and reassembled his http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-how ... viced.html

Should be equally applicable to cobalt boats...
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Ytmsn » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:07 pm

So I ended up not replacing the fuel pump after much study and research. My mechanic completely disassembled and cleaned it. Worse case scenario is I have to replace it sometime next summer. The motor runs really good!

After the engine was reinstalled I took it to have a custom cover built. Since I'm going to put a thin red boot stripe on the side later I thought a thin red strip down the center of the cover would be good. NOT

When I went to pick it up they had had put a HUGE stripe down the center, and they didn't make the cover long enough to cover the extended swim deck. The freakin thing looks like a ride from the carnival....
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The girl at the counter messed up when she took my order, so it stays there for another week to be replaced, hopefully correctly. They wanted to scab a piece on the back but I quickly nixed that idea. I could have scabed a piece onto my old cover if that's what I wanted. I'm going with a solid blue this time with no stripe. So it's kinda worked out better.

So now I have a new motor with a 3 year warranty, and it's been reinstalled. They ran it with zinc for 30 minutes to break in the cam, then winterized it. The dash panels have been replaced and all the electrical has been checked. Everything works as it should. The interior was removed, recovered and now sets in my garage to be reinstalled when I get'er home again.

After the cover it goes to the fiberglass shop for wet-sanding and buffing. They're going to remove the cleats and hardware, and they said they'd remove the logo and letters for polishing too. Not sure about that...
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Big Block Power » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:56 pm

Sounds fun. I have a cover that goes over the platform and one that didn't. I prefer it not to cover the platform. When it sits in the water the water is always going on the cover or under it. I rather have it not cover it so you can walk on the platform. The emblems are $9 each and the wreath is $25 & the C is $25 so if they are not broke leave them alone that's my 2 cents. I like the color though. What material did they use. I like sunbrella over the sharkskin. I am having them make me a bow and separate cockpit cover. I'll just use the mooring cover fit the winter storage.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Ytmsn » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:26 am

My boat sits on a lift in the summer in a covered dock, and without the deck covered it gets pretty nasty. The spiders make a mess, not to mention the birds and other lake critters that find an uncovered swim deck a handy place to perch, eat, fight, breed and poop. Over a weekend it's not bad, but it gets quiet during the week.

This place is actually pretty good. The quality and price make it the "go to" for covers and biminis. My new bimini and cover are made with sunbrella. The bimini zips on with a 3 year warranty. If it ever tears or fades it is very easy to replace. I'll be into both for just over $1,000.

Edwardscanvas.com

Not sure if they have to have the boat though. I think they do for covers but I'm not sure about biminis. The may have templates.

The fiberglass guy says he can polish up my logos and badges, but I may just order all new.

Supposed to pick up my boat tomorrow, so I'll post a pic of the new cover.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Big Block Power » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:19 pm

Well if your going to buy new emblems I'll buy your old ones if you do. I need a few.lol
My bow and cockpit cover are about $1100
I would agree if it's on a lift then that would be the way to go. Cover her up. With the cinch system on the factory cover it's a pain. Plus it still didn't hold tight and water would pool. My boat didn't sit outside too often.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by liquid » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:32 pm

HAHAHA. I looked at the picture before I read your post and literally said to myself "Yikes!"

I love when we get these ideas and then someone has there own vision surprisingly not identical to the one in my head.

Glad you got it straightened out. You've done a ton of work, the progress has been pretty incredible. Looking forward to Spring and you getting to take her out for a dance.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Ytmsn » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:27 pm

It's been awhile since my last post. I finally got my boat back today from the fiberglass shop. The guy kept telling me it would "next week"..

Look close and you'll see the red accent stripe on the bottom of the bevel.

Now it's getting all this crap installed!
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Stereo, speakers, subwoofer and amps. And Lumitech Seablaze X LED's on the stern. Then I'll bringit home to finish it out.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by Big Block Power » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:48 am

Looks like they did a very nice job on cleaning her up. Have fun with the next step.
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Re: 240 BR Rebuild

Post by ppkaprince98 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:56 am

Looks nice, glad to brought it back to life!!

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