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Took it to the river -

Postby mtechmarine » Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:56 am

While we have had some cold blasts from the northlands, Northwest Florida has recovered nicely. A couple of weeks back the grandson came by and inquired "when are we going to take the P-14 out?"

"Well last time out it wouldn't fire unless you let off the key" (at Old Town Suwanee river meet) then i realized that was a year and a half ago. And all I have done is make excuses - -

So that being said he went to work and:

Installed the stern light and wiring, switch. etc.

Installed new battery.

Tore the control box apart and rewired the switches correctly (correcting my bad) icon_shh.gif

Installed electronic speedometer. While I, now somewhat motivated pulled the distributor tower and cleaned, relubed the rotational parts and installed a rectifier in place of the selenium plate setup originally equipped, routed the output directly to the bat terminal on the start solenoids.

Saturday the 22nd dawned bright, sunny and in the low 60's. by the time we were ready to go a marine layer snuck in and it got gray. Still tolerably warm (today 24th it hit about 72)

Hit the water and had a good ride. calm waters, no wakes to interrupt smooth running.  :D  :D

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YAGOTTALUVVIT!! 74 and still crazy after all thes years!


So, GET OUT THERE! Times A-wastin'
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby daveswaves » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:59 am

Nice pics Bill, that middle one would be a good calender pic, boats running nice and high. icon_thumbup.gif
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby DaytonaJohn » Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:53 pm

As I recall you had some history with this boat going way back. Please rewind that story. My mind is shot .   :lol:
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby Toby Hall » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:19 pm

These are great!   icon_thumbup.gif
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby mtechmarine » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:53 pm

A short synopsis of the P-14.

Not too long after relocating here from Hawaii to a waterfront home here in Florida -

I found this boat on eBay, no bids at 200.00, so I contacted the owners in Clearwater and made them a deal. Drove down and picked the boat up, overnighted there and the next day attended the Big winter meet at lake Shipp. On the way home stopped in the Tampa area and picked up a 1939 ELTO Fastwin. Quite a trip!

The plate sats "P-14 fiberglass boat" "Motorboat Manufacturing, Paramount California". Now there were several iterations of P-14's, the most well known one was built by Bramco / Seaswirl in Oregon, finally one of the OMC boat group, I think finally history along with the parent company. I have only heard of one other California P-14, you can tell them from the others by the molded in spray rail.

In September 2004 hurricane IVAN ended that waterfront dream with a 12 foot storm surge. The boat was in the garage, on the trailer, after smashing its way thru the overhead door it wound up out on the driveway on the end of the winch cable. Only thing that kept it from being washed away. Actually the tree down on the roof saved the entire shop, as 3 smaller outbuildings were totally destroyed.  :cry:

So after 3 more years and a move to higher ground I set to work on it. Gutted it and rebuilt the insides with Meranti marine plywood and epoxy tab method. Here's a few pics before and after.   :D  :D

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As found, note the plant growing out of the wet well drain.


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The white ribbed thing to the left of the boat is the stairway from the 1st floor deck to the 2nd floor balcony.


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I winched the remains back on the trailer.


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Removing plant food.


If you all want to see the entire rebuild, I'll post it as a discrete thread. Let me know.

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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby Michael » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:56 pm

Nice work Bill looks fantastic... I like the P14 hull aswell
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby LarryR » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:16 pm

Sweet, nice post, enjoyed the read.
Any of the three top photos would make good calendar photos icon_thumbup.gif , but my choice would be the third one as it shows the engine up better.
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby 1500J » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:25 pm

Killer story!  Thanks for sharing.  Its interesting to know what these old hull's have been though in the time they have been around.

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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby Fastjeff » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:27 pm

You are one awesome dude!

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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby rkdownes » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:28 pm

mtechmarine wrote:If you all want to see the entire rebuild, I'll post it as a discrete thread. Let me know.

I'd like to see such a thread, if you have time to write it.
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby Pondrocket » Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:07 am

Sweet Ride !!!   :D
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby Fingerlakeskid » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:30 am

Beautiful restoration! Thanks for sharing. What's the background story on the Merc?
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby mtechmarine » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:44 am

MARK 75 on the P-14
One built from a pair that came from Denver area. One had good powerhead, the other, gearcase. With little actual use all it needed it was a tune up mechanically - new crank seals, top main, and cooling system parts, i put new bearings and rotor shaft in the distributor. of course the motor needed detailing/refinishing. I had Doug Kay rework some hydraulic steering to adapt to the package, works great.

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Finished MK75 awaiting assignment.
My 40H in foreground.


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Re: Took it to the river - again!

Postby mtechmarine » Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:26 am

Last weekend (December 13-14th) the P-14 made a foray over to Moss Point Mississippi, Presleys Outing. My friend Lynn has quite a collection of boats and motors on display at the restaurant at the campground. We had finally figured out the wiring on the electronic speedometer so now we had 2 ways to determine speed - GPS function in Havens' phone and this speedo. Both gave me a reading of 40MPH. The electronic speedo has a rotating wheel spun by water that passes a sensor, feeding 12V pulses to the instrument, similar in function to an alternator tachometer.Its cool, no needle fluctuation.

This boating was on the Escatawpa river, Presleys have a great place to enjoy the water activity. Enjoy the pics.

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Ready to get on the water


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Beautiful day for a boat ride. Air temp. 70 degrees


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Cruisin'


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New water, slow and easy.


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Dusk


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End of a perfect day


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Merc by starlight


More to come - get out there!
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby Lake Racer » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:10 am

Lovely looking boat and motor.  I really like the classic runabout lines and rear steer, the center pass through makes the boat that much more user friendly.  Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby dndsam » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:46 am

The Merc by starlight photo is a great shot.  One to consider for the 2016 calender voting lineup.

The electronic speedometer you speak of sounds like what was used on inboard competiton ski boats for many years when equipt with a Perfect Pass speedomter setup.  Perfect Pass has since moved to GPS technology.  

http://www.perfectpass.com

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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby gfgarland » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:34 am

A job VERY well done, I know the amount of effort this takes. Heartbreakingly beautiful.
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby gfgarland » Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:07 pm

Bill, is the green primer correct for the powerhead for that year? I have a 1957 Mark 75 to restore and want it right
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby mtechmarine » Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:12 pm

As best I can discover, yes, (1957)s were chromated -  both the MK75 I combined were unmolested, and I have a 1957 MK55 with this same green treatment.

Ron Hill stated the "green" blocks made the best 55H replacements, we decided they were indeed, 1957.
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby 1500J » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:44 pm

Great photos and write up.
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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby squirrelboydeluxe » Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:37 pm

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Re: Took it to the river -

Postby mtechmarine » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:16 am

HAVEN PUT TOGETHER A VIDEO OF THE WEEKEND, THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY SOME "WINTER" BOATING!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvXAbi9cjbc
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