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Andrew Menkart
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Username: andrew

Post Number: 670
Registered: 11-2001


Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 04:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The following came in by email:

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Thought this may be of interest.

I've lived here some 40 years. I've been to this location to work for at least 15 years off and on.

Behind a barn I found an old steel boat that I had not noticed in all that time that had been there all along. Specs:
Mfg by Welis Davit and Boat Corp.
Date 12-27-42
Beam 24'
Depth 7.75'
SR 360 Cu Ft
Cap 66
Perth Amboy, NJ
# B12362

The inboard engine is a gasoline 4 cylinder Gray Marine with a forward and reverse only transmission to which is attached a prop shaft.

One thing of interest was that the boat looked topheavy and would appear unstable to someone like me who knows nothing of boats. The inside of the hull from stem to stern, at the lowest part, directly on the inside steel appears to be covered with cemented brick to act as ballast.

The (I think) starter and generator seem to be the one unit connected by a shaft as some of the very old automotive engines. Both the starter and generator are the same unit.
Reminds me of an old (I think it was) Dodge Brothers set up from the early 1900s.

The distributor (maybe magneto) was about 2 inches in diameter, mounted vertically, on the rear right side of the block.
It is rusted solid as the cap is off so probably has leaked water into the crank case.

I plan to see if I can liberate the old engine to see if I can make it perk again.

Anyway, thought this may be of interest to someone.

Thank you for the interesting reading and God Bless.

eddie
eddieleon@austin.rr.com


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Kenneth Guest
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Username: ken_guest

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a gray sea scout 4 engine from an old sail boat,I have the carborator ,it is a Zenith carb but the number of the carb is missing,does anyone know of a replacement or what book or catalog with pictures can I purchase to identify this carb,the interier of the carb was a full of rust ,I cleaned all the ports and the float is operational possibly this carb can be used any suggestions
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Antiquemarine
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Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006 - 07:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If the high speed jet is at the back of the carb and on a 45 degree angle, it's a 8817. Same as the kermath sea cub and buchanan midget. Some also had 7976's which had the high speed jet straight out the bottom.
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Robert
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Username: robert

Post Number: 129
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 06:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is your chance to join the select group of old lifeboat owners...Gray marines - how many would you like? ;-)

I take it the "24' beam" was actually the length?

If you don't have the flotation tanks still in place I'd be leery of concrete ballast, in fact I'd be leery of the whole idea. Steel boats with iron engines sink like anchors when full of water.

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