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Old 25-01-2015, 02:19   #256
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I look like a Smurf, so the engine rebuild must be past half way.

I cleaned the head and block mating surfaces with acetone again, lowered the head onto a new gasket with the dinghy blocks, torqued it down, attached the rocker and the rocker cover with a new cork gasket, then put the front cover on the engine with a new crank shaft oil seal. Hope I did the oil seal correctly, as the instructions are to fit it 6.35mm below the surface of the engine cover, and considering the effort I have had to resolve the crank shaft oil leak I would have liked something a bit simpler with less chance for me to make a mistake. If the oil leak remains after this work I will need to find something with the word Perkins written on it and smash it into small pieces.
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It was a hot day, and I spent all of it down in the engine room away from the wind. I was dripping with sweat, which caused quite a few problems, as I had to try to avoid touching anything I was working on or leaning over the engine or gaskets so sweat drops did not impact the sealant or paint adhesion. Being in a small hot room while spraying multiple cans of degreaser and paint I did have to be careful not to pass out from the heavier-than-air fumes, especially when leaning down to check paint coverage on the sump. I guess I must have breathed some of it in and painted my hose hairs, as I can still smell the paint even after a shower and change of clothes, though don't have a headache, so must have avoided the worst of it.
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I love the way they convert imperial to metric; 1/4" now becomes millimetres to two decimal places


And considering your excellent command of the written English language as evidenced by all of your posts, I suspect maybe the fumes did get the better of you today .

Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to the rest of us more lazy buggas...
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Old 26-01-2015, 02:40   #257
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Today I cleaned up the heat exchanger and fuel pump, then degreased them, painted, and mounted them on the engine along with the rest of the fuel and cooling systems. Engine is 95% done, but it seems that my oil filter mount and water pump are non-standard so the Perkins gaskets don't fit and I will need to make my own. I also need to wait for a replacement fuel line and crank shaft pulley bolts to be delivered. I very much want to test the engine after the re-assembly, but ... must ... wait

After 3 months away from home I have booked a flight and will head back for a week. Hopefully in that time my hull will be painted, I will be able to confirm a mast lift date, and some of the remaining engine parts will be delivered.
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Old 26-01-2015, 11:41   #258
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Hi Homeless--
It's surreal after coming through big seas, driving rain and lightening. Just when you're thinking you're going to grab your ditch bag and/or die, somehow, it passes through--you're still intact, the boat didn't get struck, and it moves on leaving you dazed with "Was that real? Did it really happen?"

'Would love to see your boat with my mates when I'm in Brisbane in March--we're impressed.
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Old 26-01-2015, 12:53   #259
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Homeless,

When you're not there to supervise, sometimes work simply doesn't get done, so don't be surprised if your plans for others to work on your boat in your absence don't eventuate. Even when you're there, the tradesmen sometimes don't show up.

Nonetheless, I think it's great that you are going to give yourself a break; you've been working very hard, non-stop, for quite a while.

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Old 26-01-2015, 13:28   #260
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Hi Homeless--
It's surreal after coming through big seas, driving rain and lightening. Just when you're thinking you're going to grab your ditch bag and/or die, somehow, it passes through--you're still intact, the boat didn't get struck, and it moves on leaving you dazed with "Was that real? Did it really happen?"

'Would love to see your boat with my mates when I'm in Brisbane in March--we're impressed.
I'd love to see a pic.
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Old 26-01-2015, 14:11   #261
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Enjoy your week away from the boat I think that you more than deserve it at this stage.
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Old 26-01-2015, 19:37   #262
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Picture of starboard unpainted hull with welds primed
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Old 26-01-2015, 20:14   #264
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Old 26-01-2015, 20:17   #265
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This android app is absolute junk. Keeps losing attachments and displays pictures upside down or not at all. Uninstalling now.

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I agree. What a sweet looking vessel.
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Homeless,

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading of your refit. Wow, as others have said, you are getting a lot of work done! If you haven't already thought of this, be sure to bring a couple of fans into the engine room with you. It will make life so much more comfortable.

Keep up the great work, and enjoy your much-deserved break.

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