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I have a Thundercraft F14? Sprint, with a Merc 350 (35H.P.).
I've been trying to get information on-line about this boat / motor, but can't seem to find it...
I was wondering if anyone here might know some good links or leads I could follow up??
Any and all information is greatly appriciated!!
The boat was given to me, it is about 15 feet long, has 4 seets, and was born with a 50HP merc? It came with a great trailer. I have never had one on the water, so I'm desperately looking forward to it!!
I checked the compression yesterday, it is 130(top plug) 135(bottom plug). I also checked the ?gearbox? at the prop... there was a little water inside (1/4 cup, maybe), then just oil ran out.
The boat has sat for a couple of years, in someones backyard.
Any tips would be great!! I don't want to miss anything and cook it... I know about the 'water muffs' now when I start it out of water. I think that's about it...
And for goodness sake, if you live where it gets cold in the winter, do not let the motor sit outside. Water in the lower end will expand and crack the metal housing and who knows what else. Can be expensive to repair. Replace the lube just before storing it. Happy boating.
Your Motor info, Year and tech info can be found at www.maxrules.com They have an excellent tech board for help with repairs etc. It is where retired motor techs and outboard hotrodders hang out. As for the water, could be a bad prop shaft seal. This should not be too difficult to fix in your yard, if you are mechanically inclined and have a few tools.I would test it first by filling with lube and running for a short hop maybe 5 miles at varied speeds on the water.Bring the boat home tilt the motor down all the way. Place a peice of card board under the prop area, let it sit all night and see if you have any leaks the next morning. If oil can seep out. Water will get in. Goodluck,TG
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