followed by some heavy duty cleaning…
soaking, cleaning, and, for some areas, sandblasting, (other parts included)…
followed by new seals, bearings, and very careful reassembly, and a few coats of primer…
and finally a nice coat or three of classic Ford red…
No more rusty, oily, leaky tranny. The transmission is all set to go back into the engine room, along with new motor mounts, hoses, lines, belts, filters, and more. More leaks banished, and best of all, the engine room will SPARKLE!
Engine room must sparkle! (Click on the text for a very funny comic. The entire piece is brilliant, but scroll down to the sixth panel for the reference here.)
For those of you who may be wondering, there’s a reason behind those cryptic and occasionally changing pictures I’ve been posting of my very dirty engine. Online photos aid in conversations with very nice and extremely helpful folks over at American Diesel Corp. For anyone with a Lehman, these are good people to know. And I’ll admit, at present the engine is not a pretty sight. But there are brighter days ahead! Parts are coming off, the bad stuff is being replaced and the good will be cleaned and repainted. When it all goes back together, everything is going to be shiny, in oh so many ways. Missing from the picture below but on the way, cans of white bilge-coat.
above, alarm sending for temp
Gauge sending unit for temp…
My kind of entertainment!
Shall We Dance?.
but three layers of biaxial fiberglass/mat cloth, laid up with epoxy resin, is truly a thing of beauty.
Everything is level and smooth, flush and even. Next step, one more layer of biaxial, covering the entire bridge from end to end. Yes, it might fall along the range of overkill, but once I’m done this deck should be reasonably resistant to leaks, as well as missiles and/or the zombie apocolypse. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
As for those hole running along the sides of the bridge, I’ve cut access so I could pour in epoxy, filling the gap between the inner and outer walls of the bridge where it meets the deck — which was probably already completely sealed in previous steps, but then again, if you’re going to go with the overkill approach, you might as well go all out. It was an interesting process involving a funnel and section of hose, but sorry, no pics. Whe I’ve saved the cutouts, which will be glassed back in place and faired out when all is done.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the boat, the new rudder bearing is securely in place. Progress moves forward.
I know I haven’t been posting much these days. I’ve been a bit busy, between hurricane damage to the house, the marina where the boat is, and the marina where I’m working. But rest assured, work aboard the boat still continues, and I still continue to write. Something has to give, and these days it seems it’s my online time….along with my sanity. But that’s another topic.
Posted in Annabel Lee, boat, delamination, fiberglass, Steering
Tagged Annabel Lee, boat work, bridge, bridge deck, delamination, fiberglass, leaks, steering
The weather was bright and sunny, though the thermometer read 23 degrees. A bit brisk, to say the least.
A closer look (below) and you can see some smaller bits of ice on the river. All in all, a great day for a motorcycle ride.
Not too many other bikes on the road… at least not until we got down to the river. (And yes, I’m following in the ‘support’ vehicle, with warm clothes and dry towels.)
On one end of town, other motorcycles were gathering…
(photo by Dana BatGirl Carroll)
…while down at the river the crowd enjoyed all sorts of entertainment.
I didn’t catch the name of the band, and I hope the drummer, sporting only a pair of swim trunks, didn’t catch a cold, but I suspect he was just acclimating himself for an upcoming dunk. The four-footed audience, though, didn’t seem to mind the cold.
Plenty of emergency vehicles on hand, though no emergencies arose.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… are they native to the Hudson?
And then it was Plunge time! Unfortunately I can’t seem to upload my own video (0r embed this one on Youtube) but someone else had a better angle and caught the excitement of the main event.
I like the guy at the end, with the souvenier block of river ice.
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And here’s some more pics…