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Old 15-04-2005, 19:03
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MDF...would have been more flexible.

It was an acrylic 2ply. Bottom white and the top layer a satin black. You cant get it any more which is a shame as you could engrave and backlight it.

The new one is not a donzi part. Yes its ally.

What with the paint mishtt and the wine my typing is improving.
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Old 15-04-2005, 21:44
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could you not have got a plastic's company to make up something similar?

The is 1 near home that can make bespoke items
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Old 15-04-2005, 21:52
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Its the thickness of the black laminated top bit.


The dont make this sheet anymore and to be honest it would only crack up again.
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Old 15-04-2005, 21:55
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ok was only a thought,

trying to think of ideas to keep it as close to original as poss with out going to vast expense. But yes the Ali will last a lot longer and now you being out and about more will be subject to the weather & sun more so needs to last
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Old 22-04-2005, 16:33
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I'm pretty sure you can still get traffolite, or very similar.
Speak to Captain Chaos on boatmad, he has a mate who specialises in laminate engraving
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Old 22-04-2005, 20:36
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Thanks Matt, for the information on the laminates.

But I have just picked up the last panel in Ally today (Pic 1).
Along with some Vetus skin fittings I had thinned down and polished up (pic 2).

Managed to Spend the day at the boat again

Bolted down the new carbs. Ran them up, fine, when they were warm.

I forgot how useless choke butterflies are without a fast idle and how much room they take up in the carb air stream.

So once again out comes the choke system.

The carbs are a little taller than the Holley's but they push the big K & N filter/ Arrestors very close to the top of the hatch now.

The new carbs are a 25% increase in air flow (600/750 cfm) so I have installed those prior to the cylinder heads hoping to identify the difference in performance from these on their own.

I also replaced the fuel sender today with a solid state one. Be interesting to see how that
behaves.

I spent the rest of the day extending the dash to accomodate the extra four gauges.

Two additional water pressure gauges, and the trim gauges reloctated up here too. There original locations being taken up with oil temp gauges.
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Old 01-05-2005, 00:05
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After feeling obliged to go to work for nearly a week, and a mad-cap idea to bid and win a bike in aberystwyth that in a along with a one day return trip of 550 miles turned out to be not as good an idea as first portayed. I finally managed to get down to me boat, today, to retrieve the switch panel.

Bcak at home a mate of mine then parted with some much needed professional knowledge and advice on how to paint 'things' the right way.

It was more like a chemistry set than a pointing workshop

Activators, hardners, ratios, mixing sticks, filters, what had I let myself in for?.
So

Without further...drivvel here's all of the plates AGAIN! this time being etch primered and then hi - build primered.

Further Drivvel..

Just after painting, Noddy bigears and the technicolour fairies all came and sat on the end of the bench and we hade a really good session on politics and lost social ideals.

What comes of not using a mask and keeping the windows shut.
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Old 04-05-2005, 22:46
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Steve,
Being as you have been playing with the set up I think it only right that the following warning is displayed in your boat for the safety of female passengers


could not work out how to change Car to boat. Robbie will leave that to you
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Old 05-05-2005, 20:56
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Wrinkly Richard as he cals himslef has the best one on his dash...

Get in
Sit down
Shut up
Hold on tight
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Old 05-05-2005, 21:19
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seen that 1 but forgotten about it.
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Thumbs up New fuseboard arrives.

Well it arrived about a month back from the states but supplied with the wrong additional breakers.

The replacement breakers arrived day before yeterday, but managed to get it loosely assembled last night.
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Old 06-08-2005, 21:20
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So!

Hey I might just get out on the water tomorow.

I finally found the horn switch that had been evading instalation for a month. I only wanted it to fill the hole in the dash, the horn itself is like the switch, awaiting install.

Seems like everything is " awaiting install" these days.

I got down there today and calibrated the new , no moving parts, replacement fuel sender in its empty state. I thought there was something wrong with it at first. When you first switch the gauge on it reads full for 1 second then returns to the actual level of the tank.

Numbnuts here now relises that this is exercising the gauge. I nice feature not mentiond in the blurb anywhere.

Tthe rest of the dash worked OK as did the engines.

ALL I have to do now is fill the tank (ouch) and calibrate the guage in the full state. Before sneaking out for an hour or two or three or... :


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So is it callibrated to gallons and litres. Or pounds and Dollars?
I'm thinking of fitting a new digital fuel gauge. It will read - 'YOUR OVERDRAUGHT HAS INCREASED BY--'
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Wouldnt it be easier if we could just bank with shell?

In the dash reshuffle the fool guage, ended up as far away as it could from anyone elses view.
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Old 11-09-2005, 19:28
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I took the fuseboard down to the boat today to size up the location. The VHF and the Radio casette will have to move on.

So the location is good, but the install looks like hards graft.

As you will see from the Pics there is very little material between the edge of the fuse board and the components mounted in it. The whole that needs to be cut in the boat will have to be as accurate as possible in order to provide maximum support for the plate to fix onto.

To add to this, as ususal in a boat there isnt a straight edge up at ceiling hieght to measure off from, to get the fuse board level.


A mate said make a template of the fixing face and pin it up on the inside until you get it looking right then just cut out the middle.

It just sounded all so easy.

WRONG!

First of a ll I had to cut up strips of paper and tape them together to include the areas around the edge of the board that could be used to add strength in the mounting. Then I had to transfer this onto some thick corriagated cardboard to get a template strong enought to remain accurate when copied onto a piece of ply. From which I would jig saw out the mounting template that will finally get offered up inside the boat.

Shot 1

Teasing the fuseboards into the ply

Shot 2

Insertion viewed from the rear.

Shot 3
Ply trimmed down to the same width and height as fuseboard.
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