|The continuation of the pushpit down from the poop-deck to the deck required that I bend the ends of the rails. Standard 30º connecters work on the bottom end ( vertically ) but not on the top as they become the remaining 60º when oriented that way. It's hard to believe they don't come with a 90º on one end and a 30º on the other!|
|To achieve a nice looking bend
I modified the pipe bender to be a more gentle creature. Before
yesterday, I thought the tool rental place in town would have a 1"
bender. Seems that's not a usual size. Go figure.
While running through the stores with a "what to do now??" panic on, I spotted some clothes line pulleys. I estimated that, with the bearings pulled out, they should fit the shafts on the bender. By the grace of God I was right!
Plastic clothes line pulleys work...mostly
| They are pretty
weak, but should hold up long enough to get this weekends job done. I hope
the store is going to get more in as I took the last two they had.
The ends are open for gates and I still need to modify the top rail connecter for that. The welded on mounts make it all very strong, no worries there!
|The engine was supposedly rebuilt,
but we're both old enough to know that "rebuilt" can mean anything from a
scrub brush to a complete overhaul and must proceed cautiously.
The oil leak, as it turns out, wasn't a seal or the oil pan gasket. It is just coming from the tappet cover. Easy enough to fix!
The water pump is still in question as it was run for a few minutes ( as the guy showed us that it does in fact run ) without water going through it. If he was a good mechanic, he would have greased the pump, if not, he would have burned off the impellor in the first few seconds.
We can only try it and see.
|Once again I must
mention my hatred of "fuel" engines on a sailboat. Gena is starting to
agree. It requires so much prep, hookups, pipes, etc., as you will see in
10 hours: Stanchions, engine hoist. 400 days!! Never thought it would get to here!