Re: [MessaboutW] The Gray Lives!

Sandy Thoms <thoms@...>

that sounds great about the one-lunger. Oh, this is Bryn at home, I doubt
my wife would spend this much time writing about boats, she thinks I'm a
nut. You'll have to get a messabout together just to show off your launch.

I finished reading the one-lunger book, "Old Marine Engines" by Stan
Grayson, It's a very interseting read, a bit long-winded when it comes to
specific histories of each company, and a bit thin on the actual mechanics
of the engine, but nonetheless, a very interesting treatise on the

I have the firecracker plans, somewhere, if anyone is really interested in
her. She's a pretty small boat, but quite handy and fast for a short boat.
I'll try ti get photo of me scanned an uploaded. I have a pretty good one
on the McKenzie at Hayden Bridge on the inaugural voyage, wearing my
Springfield camo pants.

Yeah, Pat - I really think that we met years ago at Oak's Park at one of the
early riverswest boat shows. I was probably only 18 or 19 but for some
reason when we met at Depoe Bay you looked really familiar.

A quick note on wood - I found some short (<4 feet) 1 by 3 clear fir at
Bring recycling (Eugene) the other day. Not quite 15 rings per inch but
pretty dense. I snagged a bunch and may use it some day for frames for a
hard-chined skiff. It came from some interior thing possibly from the Serbu
house demo project, I try to keep track of certain demo jobs that Bring
does, that's how to get in on some of the wood before it's gobbled up.
Anyway, there's more there, including some cedar siding (8 to 12', that
might work for planking, maybe with a few extra butt blocks. If only I had
more room to store more stuff. Don't we all wish we had more storage space.
Can you imagine a shop with all the wood and fasteners just waiting to be
used, no lines at Jerry's, no driving here and there. Ok so I dream.

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From: []
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 8:07 PM
Subject: [MessaboutW] The Gray Lives!

Well I got my old Gray one-lunger running a while ago, it sounds great! It
took me a long time to figure out just what it wanted as far as spark
advance, throttle, priming, etc. but finally it went-- then just when it
was settling down to running smooth the mickey-mouse arrangement I had to
tilt the gas can it was running off of gave out and it ran out of gas. :o(
When I rigged up a siphon instead the rubber gas line slipped off the
fitting on the carburettor and gas went everywhere. Enough for tonite!
Tomorrow I rinse out the proper gas tank and try again.

Starting those old-timers is interesting, instead of trying to crank the
engine over in the direction you want it to go, you turn the flywheel
_backwards_, up against compression. With luck the engine fires before it
goes over top dead center and bounces back in the direction you want to go
vigorously enough to push it through the next compression cycle, firing
again and away you go! It was easy to get the engine to fire and bounce
back, but the "vigorously" bit was a problem. It's going to take a lot of
practice before I get the thing figured out. Fortunately bouncing the
flywheel isn't too hard of work, you don't have to do it very hard-- in
fact if you do it too vigorously the engine might go over top dead center
and start running backwards!

This is going top be fun. <g>

Now I hope the boat doesn't sink too fast...

John <>
I Can't take a well-tanned person seriously. <Cleveland Amory>

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