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Old 01-20-2014, 09:12 PM   #41
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My incident was rain water. Have a louvered hood on a Jeep, heavy rain ran in and pooled on top of air cleaner housing, followed the hold-down stud and into carb, intake manifold , and 1 open intake valve. Luckily the cylinder was full and did not allow the engine to turn much. A small amount might allow the piston to almost make it past TDC when the other cylinders fire and force it past. Usually ending poorly.

Believe or not, it's happened to this Jeep twice and it still runs fine.(no more leaving it out in the rain though)

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:03 PM   #42
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Not as Bad as I Thought.

It seems that a spring on the Velvet Drive Damper broke and the parts somehow managed to wedge itself in the flywheel. While not a cheap fix at this point, it could have been much worse. I ordered a new Damper today from a distributer in Houma, La, and I should have it tomorrow afternoon.
The mechanic will be back Friday and I should be back in business before Monday. Although this will be an expensive fix, it could have been a lot worse.
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It seems that a spring on the Velvet Drive Damper broke and the parts somehow managed to wedge itself in the flywheel. While not a cheap fix at this point, it could have been much worse. I ordered a new Damper today from a distributer in Houma, La, and I should have it tomorrow afternoon.
The mechanic will be back Friday and I should be back in business before Monday. Although this will be an expensive fix, it could have been a lot worse.
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Sorry to hear...I've always been dreading the same.

Once on my towboat we had a knockout panel on the flywheel cover break loose and ball up so it made a sound like the tranny was coming apart...fortunately it only took 3 tries over 4 hours of removing/replacing the tranny till we figured it out....fortunately we had a spare shop tranny to make us look further.

As they say on a cruise...thankfully it was just that!

Hopefully the rest will be cake!
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Tony, do you think free wheeling the prop could have caused this? Either way, glad to hear you have everything under control.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:25 AM   #45
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Thanks for the well wishing.
The free wheeling should not have been a factor. I have a factory memo about Velvet drives being OK to free wheel in neutral. See Attached.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #46
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Still waiting on parts to come through via UPS.
Parts are becoming harder to get for an older boat.
I went everywhere I could think of to find an automatic choke for my engine. NAPA and O'Reillys salesman remember them bijng pulled from the books. Luckily found it at an AutoZone through one of their suppliers. Since I need one now, I ordered 3 at only $14 each. I or someone else I know will need this in the future. taking 5 days to get a carburetor wedge plate shipped and could take up to 2 weeks to get my generator distributer cap and rotor through the mail. Took me many many phone calls to even locate someone that could even find my generator parts.

Aside from that, we decided to stay in Gulfport for a few mare weeks and if we have to, we will move to Long Beach Marina for a month or so before we make the the next lag of our trip. We scrapped the Ocean Springs idea and is now out of the picture. Everything on the web and on the phone seemed good. In reality, the slip for us would be 2 feet wider than the boat. barely room for fenders and if we leave slack for tidal change the boat would drift in and out of the slip. very small finger pier and the pilings just weren't ideal for my boat. Would be OK for a few days but not for a few months.

Gulfport Harbor is really a great place except for the 'no live-aboard' policy. Waste pump-out fixtures every so many slips. Good thing the admiral was not on the throne when I hooked it up. With the super suction, she would still be wedged in the potty seat.
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Hi Charles,

Chris here. Looks like Eileen and I might run the Last Tango through the Tenn-Tom this spring after it warms up a little. Hope you are doing well.
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Still waiting on parts to come through via UPS.
Parts are becoming harder to get for an older boat.
I went everywhere I could think of to find an automatic choke for my engine. NAPA and O'Reillys salesman remember them bijng pulled from the books. Luckily found it at an AutoZone through one of their suppliers. Since I need one now, I ordered 3 at only $14 each. I or someone else I know will need this in the future. taking 5 days to get a carburetor wedge plate shipped and could take up to 2 weeks to get my generator distributer cap and rotor through the mail. Took me many many phone calls to even locate someone that could even find my generator parts.

Aside from that, we decided to stay in Gulfport for a few mare weeks and if we have to, we will move to Long Beach Marina for a month or so before we make the the next lag of our trip. We scrapped the Ocean Springs idea and is now out of the picture. Everything on the web and on the phone seemed good. In reality, the slip for us would be 2 feet wider than the boat. barely room for fenders and if we leave slack for tidal change the boat would drift in and out of the slip. very small finger pier and the pilings just weren't ideal for my boat. Would be OK for a few days but not for a few months.

Gulfport Harbor is really a great place except for the 'no live-aboard' policy. Waste pump-out fixtures every so many slips. Good thing the admiral was not on the throne when I hooked it up. With the super suction, she would still be wedged in the potty seat.
Are you waiting on a Velvet Drive Damper plate? Did you try M&L Industries in Houma? They typically have them in stock. They have serviced my Velvet Drives for many years.
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I called Velvet Drive and they gave me the tel no. of M&L. I received the Damper Plate the very next day. Nice folks to deal with.
I'm waiting on a new carburetor Wedge Plate coming from Connecticut. it should be here on Friday.
Some generator parts will be here in about another week or so.

We are really enjoying Gulfport Small Craft Harbor in Ms. Definitely beats being stranded under the Morgan City bridge.
I will be flying back to Houston area on Fri to get my van and bring it to Ms. We will stay here until mid-March/Early April and then head up the Tenn-Tom to Ky. Lake for the rest of 2014. Then figure out where next for 2015.
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Tony, if you need a place to stay Friday night, I am in Conroe...just PM me.
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:18 PM   #51
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I have some friends in Kemah picking me up at Hobby Airport and I will be staying with them. I really do appreciate the offer though.

Let me take the time to say that between here and other forums, I have made friends for life. I have not been hurting for rides to get around and for general shopping. My only regret is that I didn't get to meet more of you face to face. I just missed you in crossing and I just missed Charles Culotta. We were, however, fortunate enough to meet Steve Willett and some members of another forum. You guys are what cruising is all about.

We met this couple on a sailboat in Houma. They rented a car and offered us rides and we became sorta friends as much as 15 minutes of face to face allows. We left Houma and they stayed behind for a few days. When we got to Harvey Lock in New Orleans we learned we could not get through because the N.O. Industrial Lock was closed for repair. I called our new found friends to let them know about this so they wouldn't get stuck in an undesirable spot like we did. They didn't get their message until they were pulling up behind us again in Harvey, La. tied up at Boomtown Casino. We were there 8 days before the Lock was fixed. We headed to the Gulf Outlet Canal while they went their own way to be near downtown New Orleans.
A few days later we were in Gulfport, Ms. Low and behold, the very next day, there they are coming into the marina. After a while you get the feeling you are being stalked. LOL. His wife was feeling pretty bad with a cold and bronchial condition. They had a baby electric heater and it was cold. We lent them our emergency propane heater and a 20 lb bottle. His wife said that it was the first time their floor was warm in a long time. Since then we have become good friends. I have rented a car on several occasions and returned the favors. Last evening, a trawler came in with a broken heater while we are expecting sub-freezing temperatures. We already had ours loaned out but one of the marina security people got one off their own personal boat. The admiral had just made a batch of our favorite sub-arctic food - CHILI!. I filled up a plastic tub and walked down the frozen pier and gave it to the new guys. So, when things are good, repay life's little favors to the universe and make someone else's day a lot better.

damn, I got way too much time on my hands.
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Eileen and I are planning to head up the Tenn Tom this spring with the Last Tango also. Departing Patterson (near Morgan City) early March. Saw your notes on the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor. Yes, they did a nice job of renovation. We spent a few days there last spring. Prior, we have stopped there numerous times on our sailboat cruising to / from the Bahamas. Nice safe stop to sit out bad weather and there are a few decent chandleries around for vessel goodies.
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Velvet Drive Damper plate?

The damper plate that will fit any engine tranny combination can be had in more than one grade.

The stock plate can be replaced with a far more robust plate at very modest cost.
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Velvet Drive Damper plate?.....The stock plate can be replaced with a far more robust plate at very modest cost.
Yes, the one I had shipped to me cost under $150 with shipping included. it is way way more robust than what came off my boat.
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I sent you a PM with my cell number. Hope to meet up with you along the way. We will be staying in Gulfport till late March/early April. If we have to leave we will only go 3 miles away to Long Beach Harbor
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I sent you a PM with my cell number. Hope to meet up with you along the way. We will be staying in Gulfport till late March/early April. If we have to leave we will only go 3 miles away to Long Beach Harbor
Hi Tony,

Where y'all at now.

We hope to get the Last Tango underway about the 26th. Have been changing out all the ports 1 left to go. There was lots of hidden rot and it kept me busy.

All is ready to go other than provisions. Will head to Mobile Bay and do a quick haul at Dog River for a bottom check and new rudder zincs.

I lost your number when I replaced my phone when I retired. Please resend.

Hope this finds y'all well!
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