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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 21 Apr 2007 20:20 #1

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Update - I've posted some new photos of the big block Volvos in our 3888. The 8.1L VPs fit really well. Getting them in required removal of the exhaust manifolds. The boat was not cut. Both engines went in the main engine room door in the saloon aft bulkhead.

A few new pics up at http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/gallery/Repowering_3888_Perfect_Balance?page=1

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Very very nice Mike
I bet you cant wait!!

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 24 Apr 2007 18:29 #3

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Mike, I've been hoping for some photos of your project! Excellent!

This is when we grown men turn into little boys waiting for Christmas morning, isn't it? I too bet you can't wait!

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 24 Apr 2007 19:40 #4

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2850Bounty;18427 wrote: Mike, I've been hoping for some photos of your project! Excellent!

This is when we grown men turn into little boys little waiting for Christmas morning, isn't it? I too bet you can't wait!

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Excited doesn't begin to describe it!

You know what's nice about new engines? You don't get dirty when you snuggle up with them cuddled in your arms.

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You'd have to be one big guy to cuddle one of those babies up on your arms, Mike.

Tell me.... are they both boys? :kidding

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Big boys.
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whiskywizard;18451 wrote: Excited doesn't begin to describe it!

You know what's nice about new engines? You don't get dirty when you snuggle up with them cuddled in your arms.



I know. Only too well.

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Its cool to love your engine....just don't *love* your engine. Port matching can only do so much you know.

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 25 Apr 2007 10:32 #8

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2850Bounty;18704 wrote: You'd have to be one big guy to cuddle one of those babies up on your arms, Mike.

Tell me.... are they both boys? :kidding

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dmcb;18715 wrote: Big boys.
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Hard to say. Big enough to be boys. But too pretty and expensive to be boys. Must be girls. I'll go back and count shoes so I can be sure.

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Must be girls. I'll go back and count shoes so I can be sure.

Now there's an idea I hadn't thought of.

Wasn't it Winnie Mandela (wife of Nelson Mandela) who had the thousands of shoes in her collection while the people in her country were going hungry?

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 25 Apr 2007 16:07 #10

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I think that was Imelda Marcos of the philipeans with the shoe problem. :)

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 26 Apr 2007 00:31 #11

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Well I want to see the numbers the first time you try wot.
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Imelda Marcos! That's who it was! Thanks. Couldn't for the life of me remember that.

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 08 May 2007 02:29 #13

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The guys at Harbour marine launched Perfect Balance today - all went well. the new Volvos fired right up and idled immediately. Still have a few minor loose ends but .... WE'RE BACK IN THE WATER!!!!

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Yahoooooooo (notice the Volvo Red)
Congrats to the both of you.

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 08 May 2007 11:01 #15

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Yeah - we're pretty excited Mike.

This job has taken us the entire winter. I know it would have taken you about 30 minutes before dinner one evening, but it's been a lot of thinking and worrying and fiddling for all of us.

Putting in the big blocks was definitely not an engine swap. The guys at Harbour Marine in Port Dalhousie helped us re-engineer the boat. Modified stringers, new bed ways, and the new thrust bearings with thrust plates are a big jump up in smoothing the drive line but took a lot of figuring to get right. They worked with the guy who designed the drive train on the Niagara River jet boats.

What really amazed me was they got them in without cutting the boat.

There's no way I could have done this myself, and I'm really glad to have found them when I did.

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Very impressive, especially to a "little" boat guy. :arr

What I would like to know though, is jut how much Whisky did you have to consume to get up the nerve to take on that project.
WOW! Must have been a hogshead!!!:D

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Syzygyone;24172 wrote: Very impressive, espeically to a "little" boat guy. :arr

What I would like to know though, is jut how much Whisky did you have to consume to get up the nerve to take on that project.
WOW! Must have been a hogshead!!!:D


Yeah - I'll bet a few folks made a decision under the influence and lived to regret it. The problem now is how much whisky I have to give up while I pay for it.

This has been carefully considered for a while. When we bought the boat we knew the 351s had a finite lifespan - it was just a matter of when and what we would replace with. One of the guys in St. Catharines said they "purr like kittens". I know what he meant - they are very smooth - but they're the biggest kind of kitten and they sound just a little bit meaner than the standard kitten. ;)

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 22 May 2007 02:57 #18

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I think I can officially call this project complete.
http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/gallery/Repowering_3888_Perfect_Balance?page=1

Today we finished a shakedown cruise and tried everything but a full power reversal. Performance of the big blocks is very good. When compared to the small block Fords at the same speed, fuel economy is improved slightly. Or, we can run faster at the same fuel burn rates.

Starting is the biggest difference. With the old Fords, you had to pump the throttles just right, and then immediately throttle back when the engines fired. Not hard once you got the hang of it, but hard for anybody who wasn't used to the boat.


The guys at Harbour Marine Services did a great job.

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3888 - Repower of Perfect Balance 22 May 2007 10:37 #19

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Mike congrats on the FINISHED project. Now come give me a hand :kidding

By the way, your missing a photo of you and I removing those Ford beasts from the trailer. Now that was a huge job.
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fordm;29477 wrote: Mike congrats on the FINISHED project. Now come give me a hand :kidding

By the way, your missing a photo of you and I removing those Ford beasts from the trailer. Now that was a huge job.
Cheers
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I hate to admit it Mike but those beasts are still sitting in my garage. I've been too busy (or too lazy) to finish up. There are a couple of guys here who are paitently waiting for me to ship them parts for their 3888 w/351s.

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awesome job WW....glad your back in the water and ready for summer!!...congrats..:arr arr

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