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Dave Hallikainen
Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm having some trouble getting my Hicks to fire. Running off the battery I get a healthy spark off the lead when I brush it against the block but I haven't been able to get the igniter to spark. I have done my usual cleaning of the contacts but it doesn't seem to do any good. I tried my spare igniter and that was a no go also. I tried to manually operate the igniter holding it against the block and didn't get a spark in numerous attempts although I got one hell of a shock on one try.

I did have the engine running a couple of weeks ago and at that time everything seemed fine.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dave
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rholcomb
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 12:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

on the stationary electrode it should be inslated with formica washers,get the ole ohm meter out and chck it for conductivity,on my frisco standard the movable hammer shaft had a combination of rust and oil to insulate it,this is what grounds the points. a good wash with some cotact cleaner and buffing the shaft cured that.. bob
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mechman@nexicom.net
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 09:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Goodday. Another idea would be to take out the moveable electrode & clean it & everything else with a good wash of gaoline with a stiff brush --some times its a dirt problem (no ground contact with the moveable electrode) & others it's carbon shorting out the insulted electrode! "Good luck" Larry Healey
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mechman@nexicom.net
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 09:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Goodday again. I should have mentioned that if you get a spark on the electrode (when installed in the engine)& the internal points not closed you have a short for sure in the insulation! Larry
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Dave Hallikainen
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks. I will try the above and see if I can get her to pop.

I keep my boat on San Francisco Bay and I am trying to find a new mechanic. Any suggestions? I have been unable to locate my old mechanic, Kay Small. She was great, she fished a Hicks powered Monterey for many years and she got mine going when I first got it after had sat for 20 years. If anyone knows where Kay is these days, I would like to know.

Dave
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Dave Hallikainen
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 07:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Problem solved!!! I went down to the boat today with an ohm meter and the igniter checked out fine. I then went to the knife switch and found that it didn't conduct unless it was jiggled. Apparently when I was brushing the wire against the block I was creating just enough motion to get it to conduct. After replacing the knife switch she started up fairly rapidly. To reward myself I spent the afternoon out on a cruise.

Thanks for the help.

Dave
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rholcomb
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 08:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dave could you post or send a picture of your boat
for my curiosity and admiration,would love to see the engine installation in the monteray


bob
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Dvae Hallikainen
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll take some digital photos and try to get my wife to help me post them. I am not too good with this computer stuff.

The boat is a 1925 Seeno built monterey fishing boat. I got it about 2 1/2 years ago. We are doing a multi-year restoration. So far we have replaced the stem, several planks, rub rails, and the rudder. We are going back in the yard in March to replace the bulwarks and covering boards (as needed), more plank relacement, and a new worm shoe. We will be building a new wheel house down the road.

I am currently considering putting the boat back to work trawling for Bay and Ghost Shrimp. I have been having a hard time getting a straight answer from fish and game on a couple of regulatory issues. Hopefully that will be resolved soon.

Dave
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Bruce
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 10:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dave, Please explain the term Ghost Shrimp to a flat lander like me- thanks, Bruce
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miro
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sheeeesh - some guys have all the fun - going out for a cruise in January - we got nuttin but hard water up here in the great white north.
She's about 16 in tick, .
miro
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Dave Hallikainen
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bruce:

I meant to say Grass and Ghost Shrimp, both are common bay shrimp arround here. The Chinese used to harvest them and dry them back in Jack London's time. These days they are primarily used as bait for Stripped Bass and Sturgeon. I have also heard that the cosmetic industry uses them for something, however I don't know of any women who want to run arround smelling like a shrimp boat.

Yeah, the weather is great right now. I worked on the boat all day today and I am probably going to catch hell from my wife for coming home with a sun burn.

Dave

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