Empty Engine Compartment

Used to be an engine in there

Used to be an engine in there

It wasn’t as hard as I anticipated.  Having enlarged the access made for an easy procedure.  Here’s how  my friend Steve and I did it:

Lifting:  I rigged the boom vang from the tang at the midway point and led the tackle down to the engine.  We fastened a line to the lifting point on the engine clipped the vang on to loops in the line.  Steve gradually took up the line on the vang, and I slide the engine forward on the beds bit by bit.  We lifted it over the forward bed member and set it down on the engine mounts resting on heavy 8″x8″ timbers.

Sliding:  Before moving the engine, I placed the timbers on a piece of carpet.  Once the engine was on the timbers, we slide the timbers forward on the carpet to the front of the cabin.

Out of the way

Out of the way

Now the really hard part – cleaning the compartment and bilge.  What a filthy mess.  Does it really look like it’s been 7 years since it was last cleaned?  Actually, it looks like it’s never been cleaned, but it was spic and span when I had the new engine installed.  I didn’t paint, though.  That’s partly why it looks awful now.

You just gotta love photos like this

You just gotta love photos like this

Starboard side

Starboard side close-up of engine bed.  See the excavated after portion at the top?

Port side

Port side

There's a little of the original paint left in there.

There’s a little of the original paint left in there.

First I need to scrub the compartment with a degreaser and get it as clean and dry as possible.  Then I will go over all the glass with an angle grinder and flap-disk sander.  That should be fun . . . After all the surfaces are prepared to accept fresh resin, I can start the excavation of the beds.  This part goes relatively fast – I cut the inside face off the beds; peel off the existing glass to form a window; use the vibrating multi tool to dig out the rotten wood.

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6 comments
  1. Anonymous said:

    reccomend pulling the tank and cleaning it while you are at it?

  2. “The constant dripping of sweat wears away the task.”
    Michael Egnatz

  3. CH(COL) Larry USA ret. said:

    These amazing pics are very encourging. My turn at the task is not far away. Thank you for the encouragement to tackle the event.

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