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Ray
I think that is something from my “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” DVD series…….although I have been watching a bunch of “Mission Impossible” on demand reruns. They just run in the background as white noise. Every once in a while, I take a break, and watch Napoleon Solo judo chop some Thrush guys in the neck and they fall down. Or maybe he puts the moves on some female. Noise. After I finish mission impossible, I’ll probably switch to Battlestar Galactica. Or maybe finish off “The 100”.
 
More on the shaft alignment……my telescoping brass tube arrived. I took the 12 inch long 1/4 “ tube and used it to line up the 5/16 drive shaft, and then put the stuffing tube over that. That long drive shaft lets me get a good look at the alignment of the drive line. I think this is probably the most important step in getting a boat to run quickly. Time spent on this step will be rewarded many times over IMO.
 

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2 thoughts….
1). My driver looks like Arnold……maybe bigger…..I always assumed he was a Gi Joe, but looking closely, I can see that his joints are different, and he is way bigger all around, than Gi Joe…..so, I fired my driver tonight! On the lookout for another driver!
2). I wasn’t happy with my driveline setup and I needed more assurances that it was straight. After messing around with string and weights and a bunch of crap that didn’t work, I got out a laser setup that my wife bought me for my last birthday. Simple thing… but shoots a nice red light. Ah yes, there we go! Lines up from the engine plug all the way to the strut and down to the drive line. Now that’s better!
 

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I like one of the old hard driveshafts from when a universal joint was used. Put it in a collet, check out the runout, and go from there.
Looks like you need to pay a little more attention to your help! He/She isn't skin and bones... Just BONES!!!!!

Ken
 
Ken
Oh yeah, that is Skully, my assistant. He just let’s me know when I screw up (so he is busy). I have another helper,who, by the way, is named Bones. She is on the other side of the table. Her primary job is changing the channels on the TV.
 
Big day today. Time to set the stuffing box and glue it in.
But first, let me introduce the newest member of the Keep Poundin’ Racing Team…..the Malibu Mamba, the Prince of Propellors, the Duke of Earl, and the Mighty Quinn himself, ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the one and only………..Max Deeds! Yes sir, that’s right, Max has joined this team after successful seasons with The Bachelor, Survivor, Naked and Afraid, and the movie “She twisted my prop so I yanked on her flotation devices!”.
You’ll learn more about max in the future…….
Now to the stuffing box…..
 

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I took all of my telescoping brass tubes apart, and sanded the outside of the stuff tube. Then I assembled it all back together, and turned on the laser to line it all up. After about 15 minutes of tweaking,I mixed up some G flex epoxy, with some colloidal silica and got it nice and thick. Then I put tape all over the underside of the hull where the shaft cam thru the hull. Then I laid the epoxy on thick until it was well covered. I checked the laser, then I backed away,shut off the TV, and went upstairs for the night. I have a rule…..once I do a major glue job, I leave the area, so there is no chance of me bumping it, rethinking it, whatever. Just let it sit. See ya tomorrow….
 
Today was a day to check the epoxy job on the stuffing box. It looked ok from the inside, but pretty shy on epoxy from the bottom. So I mixed up another small batch and filled in the bottom. Looks better now.
I also took Max Deeds and shaved a little of him off, and then epoxied him on a 1/8 inch piece of plywood as a base. Tomorrow I’ll dremel the base to blend in with him, and use 2 screws to mount him into the cowling cockpit.
By accident, I discovered that I can put round magnets on either side of the fiberglass and create and “ instrument panel “ of sorts. Maybe a touch of superglue on the backside magnets and it may work. Epoxy setting, gotta walk away tonight…..
 

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Today was a day to check the epoxy job on the stuffing box. It looked ok from the inside, but pretty shy on epoxy from the bottom. So I mixed up another small batch and filled in the bottom. Looks better now.
I also took Max Deeds and shaved a little of him off, and then epoxied him on a 1/8 inch piece of plywood as a base. Tomorrow I’ll dremel the base to blend in with him, and use 2 screws to mount him into the cowling cockpit.
By accident, I discovered that I can put round magnets on either side of the fiberglass and create and “ instrument panel “ of sorts. Maybe a touch of superglue on the backside magnets and it may work. Epoxy setting, gotta walk away tonight…..
That panel doesn’t look bad at all. Cool idea. The stuffing box looks fine. When it dries run some 60-80 grit over it and it’ll shape up nicely.
 
Rich.
I can ask momma to use the Cri cut machine to make some vinyl stickers to put on the magnets to make them look even better…… might even make some green, yellow , red dials for interest. Think I’ll put some epoxy on the backside magnets tomorrow.
Found an old-style orange life jacket and it will be here in a couple of days. No helmet yet.
 
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Rich.
I can ask momma to use the Cri cut machine to make some vinyl stickers to put on the magnets to make them look even better…… might even make some green, yellow , red dials for interest. Think I’ll put some epoxy on the backside magnets tomorrow.
Found an old-style orange life jacket and it will be here in a couple of days. No helmet yet.
I actually have one of those and have done some stuff for my boats. I’ll need to look into doing more stuff like printed vinyl ( like she’ll be doing for you) and doing two colors on lettering. I’d actually like a 3D printer too but I have no CAD skills so I’d need to learn something like Fusion 360 or something. Good luck on sourcing out your driver helmet.
 
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