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The No Wake Zone / Re: My Mom....
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:29:14 pm »
Sorry to hear that Brad. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Lower River / Re: Blythe this weekend
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:36:41 pm »

Lower River / Re: LIVE FROM BLYTHE!
« on: June 10, 2012, 11:04:29 am »
I live 3 miles from I-10 bridge.  8)

Lower River / Re: Trailer at KOA Blythe
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:32:07 pm »
I live in Blythe. 2 miles from kOA. It's a controlled place, fenced in. Good place shouldn't have any problems. :thumbup:

Events / Re: SCJB @ The Avi -- May 11-13, 2012
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:31:56 pm »
Was just at the laughlin run last week. For 91 octane in needles was $5.09 a gallon.  :o

lucky I only needed to put fuel in the harley!!!!

Events / Re: 2012 SCJB Season Kick Off @ Bluewater March 23-25
« on: February 26, 2012, 04:03:06 pm »
Starting to work on the front carb got fuel coming out the top. Shouldn't be no biggy.  :screwy:

My main problem this summer is going to be trying to afford gas.  :banghead:

Blythe-91=$4.63 a gallon.   :o

Boat Showcase / Re: 73 KONA Resto done
« on: September 02, 2011, 09:35:40 pm »
nice job

Project Boats For Sale / Re: Rogers bonniville
« on: September 02, 2011, 09:23:56 pm »

Trailers / Re: new tires and wheels
« on: August 31, 2011, 07:34:40 pm »
Nice wheels Gord. :thumbup:

Good luck with the farming season and the 4-h club calfs. It was a pleasure meeting you see you next year. :thumbup:

Lower River / Re: blythe
« on: August 28, 2011, 08:02:31 pm »
I live in blythe. Might be out saturday. Don't know for sure yet because me and the wife leave for another carnival cruise for a week on sunday, but we are always out there. We are always up river from the I-10 freeway bridge. Hope to see you out there before or after labor day weekend.   :thumbup:

The No Wake Zone / Re: Tell me what you think...
« on: August 28, 2011, 05:46:25 pm »
I was gonna say, why's Kermit even on there? Don't see no green? I wouldn't worry about gelcoat cracks. IF it was perfect, you'd never sit on it, walk the deck, beach it and would spend countless hours shining, cleaning it instead of enjoying it.  :thumbup:

I have a brand new set of seats just like those, but those look perfectly fine!


Ray's right enjoy before the seasons over. 8)

Boat Showcase / Re: So I finally got a boat
« on: August 28, 2011, 11:03:56 am »
Nice......   ;D

Projects / Re: My carlson cvx-20
« on: August 28, 2011, 11:01:34 am »
never seen anything like that.  8)


Like the monster trucks too. :thumbup:

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: need help with carb tuning...
« on: August 27, 2011, 05:56:39 pm »
NOTE: If the base ring has a full turn of color with some spots of heavy dry soot, then jetting is too rich, REGARDLESS, if the porcelain is "BONE-WHITE", jetting is still TOO RICH !!!
NOTE: Do not look at the porcelain to read jetting !!!

I don't know if I'm wrong but what I read shows me that your number seven plug might be right on or even rich.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: need help with carb tuning...
« on: August 27, 2011, 05:45:47 pm »
Reading Spark Plugs

Thanks to Larry Meaux of Meaux Racing for providing this information and pictures.
This is only valid if you shut-off the engine after the finish line then tow the car back to the pits where you remove the plugs for reading !!
Or if you are on the dyno
VALID ONLY for full load acceleration or steady state dyno tests

Plugs are best viewed with a 10x power illuminated magnifying glass.

The "Ground Strap" = Heat Range
The "Plug's Base Ring" = Jetting
The "Porcelain" = signs of preignition/detonation


Heat Range:


Heat Range = Ground Strap, the ground strap indicates the heat-range of the spark plug. If the "color" of the ground strap "changes" too close to the ground strap's end, (which is above the center electrode), then the heat-range is "too cold" , meaning that the strap is loosing heat too quickly to the base ring, and is not able to burn off deposits until near its end. If the "color" of the strap changes near where it is welded/attached to the base ring (last thread ring), then it means that the plug heat-range is "too hot", because heat is not being tranferred/cooled from the strap to the base ring quickly enough !!!! The strap might begin to act like a "glow-plug", eventually causing preignition and/or detonation later on. Proper heat-range is when the "color" is at the half-way point on the strap, neither too cold or too hot.


(Color= meaning the evidence of heat/or lack of heat by the appearance dark vs lightened color of metal)




Jetting = the air/fuel mixture ratio shows up on the base ring (the last thread ring, it has the strap welded to it). You want a full turn of light soot color on the base ring!!! If you want to tune for max. power, then you want 3/4 to 7/8ths of a full turn of light soot color to show up on the base ring, but this is on ragged-edge of being too lean, but will make the most HP on most engines. To be safe, leave it at a full turn of light soot color. If the base ring has a full turn of color, but there are "spots" of heavy build-up of "dry soot" on top of color, then jetting is too rich .


NOTE: If the base ring has a full turn of color with some spots of heavy dry soot, then jetting is too rich, REGARDLESS, if the porcelain is "BONE-WHITE", jetting is still TOO RICH !!!
NOTE: Do not look at the porcelain to read jetting !!!



Porcelain = the porcelain shows up preignition/detonation, it will not accurately reveal jetting/air/fuel ratios. To look for the first/beginning signs of detonation, search the white porcelain for tiny black specks or shiny specks of aluminum that have fused to the porcelain. When detonation occurs, part of the air/fuel mixture explodes instead of burning, the explosion is heard as a "metallic knock", this audible knock is the result of a sound shock-wave, this shock wave travels back and forth across the clearance volume "disrupting" the cooler boundary layer gases that cover the entire clearance volume area. This disruption allows "more" heat to be transferred into parts, especially, domes/piston tops,...along with the very rapid rise in pressure like a hammer blow, pistons can get torched with melted sides and holes !!! With the early signs of detonation, the shock-wave will also rattle rings causing the tiny amounts of oil that now gets by rings, to be fused to the white porcelain as tiny black specks, also fused as specks are soot that was clinging to clearance volume surfaces in the relatively "still-air" of the boundary layer. One step beyond the black specks, will be tiny specks/balls of aluminum coming off the pistons that will be fused to white porcelin,....the next step to be reached is occasional pieces of the porcelain being broken-off as detonation gets worse, ETC. Soon after that are holes, blown head gaskets, broken connecting rods, ETC.

NOTE: additional signs of beginning detonation are piston rings. By comparing ring's "free-diameter" to "out-of-box" free-diameters of new unused rings will reveals beginnings of detonation before much harm is caused !!! This is a result of the above previous explanation about heat being transferred more readily because the of the relatively insulating/cooler boundary layer being disrupted by the shock-wave. A piston ring is a simple spring, when a spring is over-heated it will loose tension.

Center Electrode = the very tiny sharply defined porcelain - "ditch" that encircles the center electrode, will also show up early signs of preignition/detonation and the wrong heat-range. Look for signs of the ditch beginning to be filled up with melted porcelain, you will need a 5x or 10x magnifying glass.
tried to get the pics with it to but didn't work.

The No Wake Zone / Re: Nordie Beach
« on: August 27, 2011, 01:30:20 pm »

Thinking of that country song now life is good.  :-\

I think that's the song.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: Water Injected Headers
« on: August 25, 2011, 05:53:52 pm »
no water should be coming out under 2000 rpms.

Events / Re: Big River/Towning's 21st/Gord's Trip South PICS THREAD
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:37:32 pm »
nice  :thumbup:

The No Wake Zone / Re: Splash Guard??
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:12:06 pm »
We live 3 to 4 miles from the launch to the river.  ;)

That probably wasn't any help.  ;D

Events / Re: Big River/Towning's 21st/Gord's Trip South PICS THREAD
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:44:56 pm »
Nice pics guys. I like the monster colors 19ftdana.  8)

The No Wake Zone / Re: Maiden Voyage!
« on: August 21, 2011, 07:56:13 pm »
I think the next one is at the AVI in Oct. Their is a thread on it, in the events forum. Talk to Skip.

Nice boat. I have a simular hull. Welcome.

 Gord needs to move on down here.


Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: Seized olds
« on: August 21, 2011, 02:01:16 pm »
Sorry to hear that.

Me and the wife had an awsome time this weekend. it was our first but, I'm sorry we had to leave so quick without letting any of you guys know saturday, something came up with my parents and we had to go get the kids. It was nice to meet all you guys, including Brad the leader. Now I can put a face too who I'm talking too on the boards. You too Pat, and Gord. Thanks for introducing me to the guys. Can't wait for the next gathering. Isn't that at the AVI in oct.

Can't wait to see some pics and video

Be there tomorrow arounnd 12 or 1

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