I've been restoring this old Gulfstar
#3) that I bought. We were able to take it out for a family
sail this last weekend and all went well until the return the next day.
The river is running over flood stage and I thought to power it up to gett off the dock
only to hear the starter to clunk. Try the key a few times to be sure and then head
below to see about what was up and perhaps jumping the house battery
to the starting circuit.
Open the engine
room door and SMOKE. Not really a fire but full of smoke. To make the long story short the starter would not turn (more on that later) and the starter ground to starter battery
wire was undersized and over heated as it dissipated the full stall current
of the starter.
I had planned on replacing that wire and had the replacement on hand and was able to put it in place.
The first thought was that the starter was shot. Off it came (must weigh 30 pounds) and with a little creativity I was able to test it. It ran fine.
Digging around the flywheel ring gear
with a finger produced a piece of metal that was jammed between the ring gear
and the flywheel housing thus causing the failure to turn. Sadly, I knocked this back into the housing were it waits for a future day.... Not sure what it is, Any thoughts?
I'll be pulling the velvet drive transmission
off this coming winter for a rebuild
. This is to fix an oil leak
out the front seal that ends up in the bell housing and drips out and into the oil
catchment pan that I installed. This will be the chance to find out what is loose in there.