Thread: On a positive note
10-26-2009, 08:12 PM #1
- Join Date
- Apr 2009
On a positive note
Hi Folks, just thought i would post a positive story here for a change.
I was in the market for a beater boat 26-30ft and me and a bud were pokin
around on craigslist and came upon a 92 waverunner111 /w tailer for 250$
that said it needed a starter(and included the new one)
. Sounds too good to be true? Well we had a few beers in us so i said
lets go have a look. When we got there the ski
had been in a bad crash into a dock and was all fiber glass repaired with
no paint. The starter problem was that the bottom bolt broke off in the
block and the owner said i would have to pull the engine because he couldnt
get a drill that far down in the hull to drill it out (he even included the
new starter with it). He said it ran great untill the starter went.
Well i was buzzed and believed him even though i couldnt even see
the bolt he was talking about. I thought i could pull it off. I offered him
230$ and he bit. Pulled it home and bought an angle attachement for my dremel
and some diamond bits and for 4 weekends drilled that bugger out. I damaged
the threads a little bit so i inserted a new stainless bolt reversed and
put a nut w/lock washer on the end. In between drilling i did finally do a
compression test (you should do this before buying)and it showed i think 135lbs
both cylinders. Not bad. I replaced the fuel filter and all the dry rotted lines
and turned it over and the dang thing started. It idled but would not rev up.
Anyhow to try to shorten this up I did make some wrong turns after that.
I rebuilt the carb/first time doing this, no rev. Pulled the intake to look at the reeds.
Looked brand new. Then unfortunately bought a new carb. Still no rev. I then jumped on
this forum which led me to the temp sensor. Replaced that and this son of a gun runs
like a brand new ski.The only issue i have had was i went airborne on some
chop and blew out all 4 motor mounts. This completely disengaged the rubber
coupler and didnt even do any damage. Replaced them and am still going strong.
I know this is just a 650 but i am 47 years old and am ok with the 45mph.
I am amazed at the sturdiness of these old yamis. If i didnt replace the carb
i would have been on the water for under 600$, i guess thats cool though
I have a spare carb now. This thing starts everytime and i have about 40hrs. on it
now. To rent here in south fla. is about 100$ an hour so i am way ahead of the
game. Side note i still have not painted the fiberglass repair the prev owner
did so i get pulled over by the marine patrol every time i go out but i figure
since it is registered i will get to know the whole force eventually. I think
they just want to see what the hell this is. Also I did find my beater boat 26ft.
1983 Tiara w/twin 470's (they are hated by most boaters)for 2500$.
Good compression also 142-146lbs. I am having so much fun with this ski i havent
had time to work on the boat. This down economy does have some bennies. Ski on old
10-27-2009, 05:47 PM #2
- Join Date
- Sep 2008
- Clarksburg, WV
Nice. Welcome to the board. Pics?
10-28-2009, 12:14 PM #3
Now that is a nice little read,, have fun,,,
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