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wakesetterDD

1999 Malibu Sunsetter VLX Restoration

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Eagleboy99
4 minutes ago, wakesetterDD said:

My boat seat riser broke over the weekend.  Two pieces of lumber I had screwed together just completely ripped apart from each other.

Fixed it by getting the right size of lumber (2x12) so it's supported as wide as the track.  It's very solid now.

 

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Ya know, aluminum tube will do the same thing.  ;)

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Michigan boarder
7 hours ago, Eagleboy99 said:

Ya know, aluminum tube will do the same thing.  ;)

I used 3" galvanized pipe nipples for mine.  Painted them black prior to installing.

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Michigan boarder

I have to say I like all the stuff you've been doing but each time you add a wood block to something in your boat i cringe!  Your boat was made with no wood, so try to find materials to keep it wood free.  Since it will eventually mold, rot, etc.

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wakesetterDD

Left my stereo on (no sound playing, just switch left on).  Batteries drained.  

Charged engine start battery.  Connected my engine start battery only to the engine leads.  Ignition circuit breaker popped time and time again once I turned the key to the on position after 5 seconds.  It would start in the first 5 seconds but after 5 seconds it would pop.  So I researched that to no avail.  After charging my second battery I connected the two batteries in parallel as per the usual setup along with all the other wires (stereo, other controls... yet everything- lights, blower, heater, ballast pumps, etc.works when only the engine battery is connected- except for the CD deck).  No breaker issue and engine starts and runs fine (on fake-a-lake on my driveway).  Weird!  It seems like there is some odd wiring causing a ground fault if the rest of the control and stereo cables aren't connected to my second battery (while batteries are paralleled).  So weird!

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wakesetterDD

Boat winterized.  Pulled plugs, hoses, impellers.  Forced compressed air through openings/hoses including heater core.  Ran fuel stabilizer thru engine while on lake a week or so.

Now working on whether or not to replace hot water shower.  It wasn't working this past year; I did find a small piece of metal in the plug that screws into the engine that supplies hot water.  I blew out all the hot water shower lines and air is moving just fine.  The shower is always pretty hot and so given how the cold water side of the shower is T'd I would believe it doesn't get great flow.  So basically I think the shower is dead.  Maybe I will order a plug for the engine to install if the hot water shower doesn't work again next year.

Found a Plastics shop that cut me some puck board that I can cut to my ski locker cover shape with a jig saw.  Only cost me $25.  Hoping to get to that next week.  Will cover it in sea deck. 

Got some black outdoor fabric to mend the nose of my cover.

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Bozboat
On 8/20/2020 at 1:41 PM, wakesetterDD said:

Left my stereo on (no sound playing, just switch left on).  Batteries drained.  

Charged engine start battery.  Connected my engine start battery only to the engine leads.  Ignition circuit breaker popped time and time again once I turned the key to the on position after 5 seconds.  It would start in the first 5 seconds but after 5 seconds it would pop.  So I researched that to no avail.  After charging my second battery I connected the two batteries in parallel as per the usual setup along with all the other wires (stereo, other controls... yet everything- lights, blower, heater, ballast pumps, etc.works when only the engine battery is connected- except for the CD deck).  No breaker issue and engine starts and runs fine (on fake-a-lake on my driveway).  Weird!  It seems like there is some odd wiring causing a ground fault if the rest of the control and stereo cables aren't connected to my second battery (while batteries are paralleled).  So weird!

Something is not hooked up correctly,   Sketch out where the positives and grounds run and post your findings

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Got 1/4" NPT brass fittings- a plug and a hose barb, to replace the hose barb for my hot water shower (fed from the starboard side engine drain).  You can find these at distributors (Red-L or Gregg in Canada).  Neither thread on very far but the original fitting has damaged threads so maybe the engine block threads are rough too; I didn't have any leaks with the original though so I think it will be ok.  I will test in spring; hopefully they thread on enough.  I bought a "plug" and a new "hose barb" fitting because if the shower doesn't work with the new hose barb fitting (old one had a piece of metal stuck in it) then I will remove the shower and just plug the holes.  Also bought 1/2" plastic fittings to plug the T that feeds the cold water side of the hot water shower system.  FYI this "T" is just after the raw water pump, and before the transmission cooler, which then goes into the engine to heat up. 

Today or next week I will work on my ski locker cover and splicing the oil pressure sensor switch wire to add a little length so it doesn't have to stretch to reach the sensor.

 

Just ordered TRD Conversion kit to replace my Medallion computer- looking forward to new working gauges.  www.Skiboatpartsonline.com 

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Ski locker cover done.  3/8" puck board cut to size/shape with jig saw.  Seadek on top.

Spliced oil pressor sensor switch wire and replaced the end because as the wire was bending it was breaking off the o-ring terminator thing.

Added TheMalibuCrew decal to port side window  (no photo).

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Malibu sticker added.

Nose of boat cover patched up.

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Put compressed air thru v-drive openings just to be sure water was out- heard no sloshing and no water came out.  Air seems to move through well.

Tightened all trailer bunk nuts (replaced one missing but).  Tightened all brake line nuts.  No issues.

Cover is on with pipe and wood supports for pending snow fall... 

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ahopkinsVTX

How much snow do you typically get? Personally I wouldn’t risk damage to my cover and would pay to have the boat shrink wrapped if I needed to keep it outside. 

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Eagleboy99
3 hours ago, ahopkinsVTX said:

How much snow do you typically get? Personally I wouldn’t risk damage to my cover and would pay to have the boat shrink wrapped if I needed to keep it outside. 

Edmonton?  LMAO... snow central.  Youare right though - that thing should have a cover over it.  A lot of folks shrink wrap, but many keep their canvas cover on and build an A-frame that they tarp.  A poor man's  Shelterlogic if you will.

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wakesetterDD
On 10/6/2020 at 3:51 AM, ahopkinsVTX said:

How much snow do you typically get? Personally I wouldn’t risk damage to my cover and would pay to have the boat shrink wrapped if I needed to keep it outside. 

About 40-50 inches of snow per year.  Cover does fine; I pull the snow off as it falls for the most part.

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solorex
On 10/3/2020 at 6:48 PM, wakesetterDD said:

Ski locker cover done.  3/8" puck board cut to size/shape with jig saw.  Seadek on top.

Spliced oil pressor sensor switch wire and replaced the end because as the wire was bending it was breaking off the o-ring terminator thing.

Added TheMalibuCrew decal to port side window  (no photo).

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Just a suggestion.  You should really spend a little extra $ and use the higher quality ring terminals (with heat shrink boots), also your tape job on your splice is not a long term solution, make a proper crimp, use a high quality butt splice and if you need to tape, use at least Scotch Super 33 or better super 88 (PVC tape), or even better Scotch self annealing tape; wrap tight (i.e. stretch the tape when you wrap).  Or you can heat shrink over your crimp connection.  Your repair shown is not a long term fix, you will have issues down the road.

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