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Chris Craft Topside Prep

It’s been well over a month since I have put any time into Virginia, but as we get into February I realized I need to kick this project into high gear!  I spent the past few days planning out how I am going to do the deck and interior, and while I wait for some materials to start that part I figured why not get started on the topsides.

The original plan was to veneer the topsides, but that was pre-Naida. Now the plan is to paint her topsides so she matches Naida, as Virginia will end up being her tender.

Virginia overall is pretty solid, but she did have an odd combination of some dry rot, and a golf ball sized hole on her starboard side just before the transom.

Back in November I glassed the corners, inside and out, and haven’t touched it since.  First step before sealing, priming, and painting the topsides was to bust out the marine filler (aka Boat Bondo) and fill, then fair over this glass repair.

First layer of marine filler is on, let it dry, sand it down, apply more to fill holes, let it dry, sand it down.... you get the idea.

A heat lamp helped speed up this process as it was fairly cold in the shop today which slows drying times.

In the mean time I started sealing the port side, I used Interlux’s Clear Wood Sealer, the primer I am using is Interlux’s Pre-kote which really exposes any imperfections in the hull, it will have to be sanded and filled in a few spots before the next coat.

First coat of Pre-Koat is on the port side, since it will have to be thourughly sanded and filled with several more coats applied on top I opted to just brush it on. Final coats will be sprayed, along with the top coats.

It felt good to make some solid visual progress on Virignia, espcially since I know once Naida arrives in Chicago she will be consuming most of my attention and time for a few weeks.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on both boats coming soon!

Johnson Engine Testing

The engine that came with the boat is a 35HP 1957 Johnson Javelin. It is a 2-Cycle engine, and it has electric start, however it does not have a generator or alternator so it does not charge the battery.

35 HP Johnson Javelin

The previous owner didn’t have much information on the engine, but it appears to be in excellent condition. To get ready to start the engine I replaced the plugs, and had to get a pressurized gas tank off of ebay. These engines don’t have fuel pumps, instead they take pressure from the tank, feed it through a secondary fuel line into the tank to pressurize the tank, which then forces fuel back up to the engine and into the carb.

The tank I bought off ebay had some some serious leaks, I had to order a new gasket set and rebuild the top half of the tank.

After some fiddling, and eventually some compressed air, I was able to get the tank to pressurize enough to fill the engine mounted fuel filter and the bowl on the carb.

I jury-rigged a start solenoid and switch, and after a few clicks it lit right up!

It ran pretty smooth considering it hasn’t been run in over 5 years, but the impeller would appear to be shot as it wasn’t passing water. I’ll have to replace that once the boat is ready to go in the water.

I love simple 2-stoke engines, they don’t take much to maintain, and they typically will outlast the boat.