Granddads Truck

Lizzy and I have been working on granddads C10.


It is very fun to climb around on.

We have accomplished quite a bit since August.

we have the new 350, manifold, clutch and transmission all back in the truck.


New head lamps and LED parking lights.

I have given the wiring a bit of attention. All bulbs but the headlights are being converted to LED arrays.

Removed the bed to rehab the rear end.


There she sits.





New coil springs, shocks, fluids, stainless brake lines and POR-15 rust coating.

I also moved a frame cross member and installed a 31 gallon Blazer fuel tank and plumbed in a fuel line.


Rough fit, the tank actually ended up 3″ further aft.

The interior has been worked on, cleaned up.

New seat belts, new seat cover, all new gauges in a new dash insert, horn  circuit rebuilt.

Here are some teaser before pictures.

Whats Left?

The front disk brake conversion and brake bleeding needs to be done. After that we put the bed back on and plumb the fuel fill hose.  The truck then drives to a local shop for a new exhaust system and windshield install.  After that we find a body shop and spend some money.

Pulling of teeth.


I have been  spending some quality togetherness time with the C10.


I endeavored to pull the motor, and to make it easier I have pushed her up closer to the garage and put up the awning we use at the beach to keep the sun off the work area.  A good setup if I say so myself, coupled with a nice fan it is almost comfortable even in the peak of the afternoon heat.


I had to disconnect everything from the engine and transmission. The drive shaft, all wiring, fuel, exhaust, gauges.   It all adds up to a lot of bolts and small parts in plastic bags.  PB Blaster is your friend, along with a pneumatic ratchet and impact gun.


Disconnecting the drive shaft

I did document a lot of what we had with photos, this should really help when hooking up the wire harness.


We had purchased a lift on Craigslist and put it to work after we had pulled the fan and radiator to protect them from a swinging motor.


Then came the lifting.


We took our time pulling it out, no one wants to be rash when swinging 500 lbs around.

After we got the old engine out I pulled the transmission an bell housing off.


Followed by the clutch basket, pressure plate and clutch.  I then cleaned up the flywheel and measured it for run out.


Run out was less than 2 thousandths if an inch, good.

After finding the flywheel to be in good shape I took it to a machine shop to be resurfaced.

Now we move to the new 350 we purchased to replace the 283 we pulled.

The first part has been added to it,  an Edelbrock 7101 intake manifold. A part the Larry had purchased, I think he was planning to upgrade and it never happened.


The 7101 now waits for the 1406 4 barrel carb.

I hope to get the Harmonic balancer and carb on the engine this week.  I hope to get the flywheel back from the Machine shop and install the new clutch and put the transmission back on.  Hopefully next weekend we can drop the new engine into the truck.


No Engine!

Oh, and we replaced that broken garage door.


This post was sponsored by a 3 year old girl with access to a camera, eating seafood Louisiana style.


Here are some clearer photos.




And Now for something completely Different…..

Since we have this blog just sitting here and a big project ongoing I thought why not.  The boat is still going to happen but is on hold at the moment due to the entire work a lot thing.    I will be back at it hopefully sooner than my countdown timer over in the margins would suggest.


Last year Lori’s dad Larry passed on.   For the past month we have been busy working on his truck.  It is a 1962 Chevrolet C10 Custom with a 283 and 3 on the tree.

It had been sitting under his carport since sometime in the early 90’s.  We went and picked it up and brought it home.


The first order of business was attempting to install the new windshield with the gasket and glass Larry had already purchased.  Turns out that rubber shrinks over time and the gasket would not go around the glass, it was just to small.   We had to order a new gasket and hope to get the glass in soon.

After the glass attempt I removed the carb and rebuilt it,  once reinstall and hooked to a temporary gas tank the truck would still not fire.

I then replaced the distributor and coil with a new HEI unit from summit racing. At this point she fired right up.


Stock 283 with Rochester 2 barrel carb and new HEI distributor.

I could not get the engine to idle at lower rpm.  My guess was timing as I had only eyeballed the distributor when I installed it. I bought a timing gun and rotation tool to get it sorted.

Once the rotation tool arrived and I could move the crank I discovered the timing chain is pretty much toast. I was getting 4.5 to 5 degrees of slop between the crank and the distributor.  No point in timing it before replacing the chain.  Also I had found that it is now blowing oil out both ends of the crank seals.  The motor needs to be pulled and rebuilt.    So taking from my experience rebuilding the A4 for the Bell we did the wise thing, we ordered a new GM factory 350 motor.   Crazy thing is it will probably cost us less in the long run than rebuilding the 283.  Plans are to keep the 283 and I will probably rebuild it myself sometime after I retire.

So now we have an engine hoist, engine stand and bunches of parts waiting on the engine to be delivered this afternoon.  Looking forward to seeing the new plant.

Other things we are going to work on with the truck, well, everything.   Mechanically it will all be upgraded or replaced.   Electrically it is in decent shape.  We will be adding reverse lights an seat belts.

After the wrench turning is done we send it to the body shop.  Any suggestions on a local shop?

Last weekend, cooling it..

WP_20170325_17_49_24_ProLast weekend out at the boat started like many now do.  We drove out to the park and played with Elizabeth and the pups for a few hours.

We spent the night aboard and awoke to a light breakfast and a beautiful morning.


Fixing leaks

The first task for the day was fixing a leak that have always been there but on the back burner and one of the cleats that is loose and suffered a bit of hurricane damage.

First was to replace some bolts on the loose base the stern rail.  Involved the joy of climbing down into the sail locker with an angle grinder to cut off the bolt.


A tight fit getting in but surprisingly roomy once below.

I did not really consider the heat grinding two stainless bolts off would generate. I did have safety glasses and a cotton shirt but bits of metal went flying everyplace.


Here be bolts.

On piece  of metal bounced off the bulkhead onto my arm, burning through my shirt and leaving a blister.  Fun.


My old Bellsouth work shirt, crispy.

Once done I was able to move the stern rail out of the way and check things out.



You can not tell in the above photo but there were actually two extra holes in the deck under the base, with no bolts, that allowed excess water ingress.

I also removed the port aft cleat and made up a backing plate of G10 as it has become loose over time.

With everything removed I then filled all the holes with Marine Epoxy and since we had to wait for it to set up (six hours) will have to finish this project on the next visit.


We also took the opportunity to fill a large number of small holes that had been drilled in the companionway hatch over the years..

Engine Woes!

As I had finished working in the cockpit and needed to work on the motor below we suited up Lizzy in her vest and let her roam about topside.


“This is cool dad”


She was loving it.



And we were visited by pelicans.



Soooo cute.

As the ladies enjoyed the open air I pulled replaced the cooling pump on the heat exchanger and discovered that the water jacket on out rebuild A4 has basically collapsed.    I will have to remove the head and clean everything out to get her running again.  Financially, not a big deal, time wise, costly.

I discuss it in the following thread with some experts on the matter.

Moyer Marine Thread about our bad cooling.


This weekend is the Lipton Cup Regatta sponsored by the New Smyrna Yacht Club.

We are not members but it looks fun.

Lipton Cup Regatta

Our goal for next year would be to enter the regatta and sail the route.  Finishing.

This will require a some trips out to train on the course,  but it would be a good annual activity to do as a family.



Cushions, Baby, Fish Sandwich and Storms.

Interior Cushions

A few weeks ago I picked up a set of interior cushions through the Catalina 30 Owners Facebook group.

As they needed to be mailed the seller removed the foam and just sent the outer shells.   We had to order new 3″ foam online.  This turned out to be a good thing as we were able to source a very firm 16+ year foam for a fraction of the local price from

It came vacuum packed (free shipping) and as soon as we opened it expanded 300%.  Sorry, forgot to photograph this.

I then placed the cushions for the Salon on the foam (inside out to keep from leaving sharpie marks) to plan our cuts.

One full sheet of foam pretty well did all the cushions for the salon.  I imagine it would take  1 sheet to do the vberth and another for the quarter birth.  At $125 a sheet the improvement on 30 year old foam is not to bad.  We will probably redo the vberth next.

We used a Electric kitchen knife with Pam on the blade to do the cuts,  very easy, like butter.

Here they are packed into the back of the Escape along with the new fender boards.




After running by the polling place and casting our votes we drove out to the marina and had dinner at Boondocks.

I really enjoyed their fish Rueben.


After dinner we dropped off the cushions at the Lori Bell and worked on getting her ready for the possibly approaching tropical storm.  The sun had just set.


After sunset from the cockpit.

We took the time in the dark to remove the main sail and stow it below.   I then wrapped the furling jib with the spare halyard to protect it from high winds.   We added some dock lines and also added a proper fender board where the boat touches the dock piling.

It was a late night but a least we are prepared for the coming storm.

We have a pretty large hole here….

Today Lori and Elizabeth attended a ladies banquette that I could not attend.  I had a few unsupervised hours so decide to take a quick spin out to the boat and see how much damage I could do.


I drove Lori’s sled out, last time I did this I found the boat had been hit by lightning. Had my fingers crossed this trip.

I decided to install the Garmin chart plotter into the bulkhead.  It is one of the last big electrical jobs to do and a bit messy.


Template supplied with the Garmin flush mount kit for our plotter.

The kit comes 2 decals.  Nice that you really only need one and it allows a fudge factor.  Here it is with the corners already drilled.


Inside of the location were the Garmin is going. These instruments were pitched a few years back as they were full of water and basically trash. I put plastic caps over the holes.

After the corners were drilled I went after it with a jig saw.  Of note is I cut inside the line and not on it across the top. A mistake as it seems the top rubber gasket is not seating well. I will have to go the edge with a grinder to get the 1/16″ I think I need for a better seal.


Here is the plotter installed with dust/weather cover.

I then was able to dress up the wiring inside to be less of a rats nest.


Garmin inside bows that keep the mount and unit attached to the boat.



Some kit in this shot. RAM Mic, wistles, bathroom key, Boat US card, flood light.

Well, that is it for this week,  Happy Mothers day.


Brought to you by babies first selfie…

It is a “Sail Boat” after all.

Last weekend we had 4 days off due to holidays and such.    As it was on the first day we took it easy packing up and not getting out to Lori Bell until later in the afternoon.


The weather was fairly nice but cool and with winds out of the NNE at about 10 knots.

I spent the morning fiddling with electronics and watching baby girl.   I think she enjoys our time at the boat due to the close proximity of puppies and mom and dad.  All pretty much within reach.

Lori ventured off to take a shower at the marina wash room, a routine operation that turned into a event in itself.   She got to talking to some of the other boat folks when one of the ladies had a medical emergency, Lori and others assisted.   When she got back from the shower she asked me “Did you not worry I was gone for two hours?”  My response is I thought she was probably talking to someone and I was enjoying playtime with Lizzy.

After her return and lunch I went up on deck and fiddled with the rigging tension and pinned the backstay turnbuckle. Completing the rigging adjustment.  I then installed the Genoa and sheets on the furler.


By the time I had finished my little chore it was getting close to 3pm and the wind was picking up.  Our slip at D129 was getting pretty rough as the wind was at the perfect direction and the waves traveled pretty much unimpeded from the Indian River.  Lori Bell was rolling.

Lori and I went to the office and got a list of available empty slips and walked the docks, deciding on a new location to move that would be smoother.

After deciding to give A dock a try again we got the boat going and headed out for what would be our first sail in her.   Leaving the marina the chop and wind picked up and looking at the clock it was almost 4pm.  Sunset was 5:36pm so feeling a bit less adventurous I turned the boat around and brought her into A-30,  our new slip and the only one left vacant on A dock.

A-30 just happens to be kitty corner to A-6, the slip the Clew was in that is now vacant.

Securing the boat in the slip I spent some time moving the dock lines and such from the old slip and moving gas cans and odd stuff from the dock box.

Heading to the shower before Chef Larry’s for prime rib I realized we had spent another day on the boat and not sailing.  Oh well, at least we moved the boat and ran the motor.


As we slept Saturday night snug under our quilt with 2 puppies keeping us warm we could here rain on the overhead and hatches and the wind in the rigging.

The morning proved more of the same, wind, rain and cold.  We spent the morning drinking coffee, eating oatmeal and pretty much relaxing.  As lunch approached we decided it would be a good time to head over to the KSC and us our passes will expire at the end of the month.  IMAX was calling us.

We bundle baby girl up and off we went.


My first trip to NASA.


Orion Capsule.


Lori and Elizabeth with Mars in the background.

We were able to see a presentation by Astronaut Marcos Pontes.  He was great and had some good questions and answers after.  I really liked his answer to the question of if he believed in god.   Very impressed.

Here is a lnk to his bio.

We were able to get a photo with him and Elizabeth.


By Monday morning the rain had moved off.  It was a perfect day.

First thing I did was mount the main sail.


Our new main.


After putting the main on I took some measurements to allow the ordering of a new sail cover and then we went out sailing.

We motored out of the marina to the ICW channel.  Unfurling the jib we sailed without the motor for a few hours heading south.  Lori Bell was making a good 4 knots with the sail partially furled and she was staying very flat and comfortable.

I decide not to use the main or more headsail since we were going to have to motor back against the wind.  May as well take it easy.

This was the first time Elizabeth has ever sailed and all of us having our first trip on Lori Bell.

I wonder how many years it really has been since our C-30 has sailed? The rig was is such horrible shape and the boat was just being used as an apartment when we bought her I imagine it has been many years.


And Two Months Later.

Saturday afternoon we finally got out to the Lori Bell after a long absence.

She looks good except a little mildew on her decks from lack of use.

We have  a diver who keeps her bottom and prop clean and checks the zinc on the shaft for us. He gave us a call and said all was well when he had checked things just that morning.

Once there we unloaded all our stuff and then proceeded to Chef Larry’s for dinner.  Unfortunately for us there was the Titusville Christmas parade and it bared our way from Larry’s.

Atomic 4 work and Electronics work

First thing Sunday morning I installed the new fuel pump and fuel pressure gauge.  She started right up with the new pump in place.  It is good to diagnose a problem correctly.

As she ran I checked the voltage on the batteries,  unfortunately there was no charging coming from the alternator.  Another casualty to the lightning strike.

I then spent the remainder of the day installing the VHF radio and AIS, unfortunately we are using the AIS antenna for the VHF as the mast top whip was destroyed in the strike.

Monday morning I replaced the alternator with the spare and also replaced the sender for the fuel gauge.

Pup Takes a Swim

After working on the boat Sunday we wanted to take baby girl to check out the lights at the park here in Titusville.   Unfortunately as we were putting the dogs leashes a squall rolled in. We had to delay for a bit.  By the time things had cleared it was after 9pm.   The park had closed for the night an no lights for Elizabeth to ooggle at.

After picking up a snack and returning to the marina we were making our way to the boat.   Lori had Elizabeth in her life vest and myself with the two dogs.

Abby, being a bit of a free spirit decided to make the jump from the dock to the boat before being told.   As she had run ahead she did not have enough slack I let go of her leash to allow her to make the jump.  Her front paws made it but her rears did not and down into the water she plunged.

As far as I know was is her first ever swim.  She paddled around a bit until I went down the diver ladder at the end of the dock.  She noticed me and swam on over and I fished her out.  Only getting wet from the waist down myself.

Suffice it to say Lori was a bit excited.

Sea Trials

After Lunch today (Monday) we took the Lori Bell out for a second sea trial on the new motor.

After the first sea trial I had to tighten some bolts on the prop shaft, replace the fuel pump and adjust the reverse band in the transmission.

This 1.5 hour trip was much smoother, with no rattle or knocks and the motor running smooth up to about 1700 rpm and 5.3 knots.  There appears some tuning issues as we should be able to get about 2100 rpm and 6.5 knots with the screw we have.     I will have to do some research into what steps to take to optimize thing but we are definitely on the way.  At idle of 900 rpm she moves at 3.3 knots and evens makes 2.3 knots into the wind.


And now some baby photos.

As we were out motoring back and forth we saw a few dolphins about.     They were a few 100 feet away so no good photo opps were had.  On returning to the marina we saw another dolphin swimming closer to the boat hunting fish.

At one point it came mostly out of the water with a fish in its mouth, pretty neat.    If you look you may see a fin in one of these photos.

In Closing

It was a very productive long weekend.  We are to the point were we are starting to discuss our first overnight trip.

Plans are to get the sails up on day one and sort some loose ends on the run.

Lori Bell under power from an inboard is much more manageable than the Knot was with her outboard.   Although not the best in reverse she easy to control in the marina even with a 10 to 15 knot cross wind.

Also the Bell is a lot more stable a platform than our old Catalina 27, the additional ballast and beam make her much more pleasant.

What is Next.

What will the next week bring?  Will be participate in the Christmas Boat parade?  Will we take a trip to St Augustine, New Smyrna, Melbourne, Cocoa?  We have yet to decide.

Mid Week Update- List and a tidbit.

So now for a short mid week update.

I received a call from our new Dock master,  we need to replace our dock lines.   We noticed this weekend that the cheap Chinese rope had not stood up well to the Florida sun.   As we had not been moving the rot had gone unnoticed.

New lines are on order.

Also on order:

  • exhaust hose
  • muffler
  • Forward motor mounts
  • Chart plotter flush mount kit
  • Manual oil pressure gauge

Things I have yet to install that are on hand:

  • VHF radio
  • RAM mic for VHF
  • AIS transceiver
  • New secondary halyard for topping lift
  • Hold down straps for gear in cabin

The kicker is we were not planning to go out this weekend and I had a feeling we are not going to be working on her for at least a month or two as the baby is really close, but the dock masters call has pretty much made a visit go on the schedule.

We also need to contact a diver to clean her bottom and I have to tune the rig with my new Loos gauge and we need to measure and order a mainsail cover.    Mehhhh….

I think we will just go out Friday and eat at Chef Larrys after we put on the new lines and then come home.  I have a lot of work to do around the house to prepare for our little girls arrival.


Last night (Monday) Lori and I took a tour of Winnie Palmer hospital since we plan on delivering there.  A very nice hospital.

Lori and the view from the 10th floor.

Lori and baby girl with the view from the 7th floor.

After the tour ended around 9 pm we were sitting in the waiting room of the Triage area filling out Lori’s preregistration paperwork.  As she filled in the blanks a lady came to the admissions counter and stated she thought the baby was coming. This got our attention and we both looked up just as her water broke.   Wow, never seen that happen before and it kinda brings it all home…..

God bless…..

I ache all over.

Oh, were to start.

First let me say thank you to my brother Dana for coming out to help us today.   We could not have got things done with out his patient assistance.

Whats up.

Day 1

Saturday started bright and early with me getting up at my normal hour and running to the store for vittles, gasoline and ice.

I got home after 8am and Lori was ready to go.   We loaded the Escape with the goodies and the pups as well not a small number of boat parts.

Loaded, gas, cooler with watermellon, 5 gallons of Ice water.

Loaded, gas, cooler with watermelon, 5 gallons of Ice water.

We headed out,  not to Titusville but to Daytona. The reason, to visit a prospective new marina.    After 55 minutes we arrived, a nice marina only 2 blocks from the beach and close to Ponce Inlet so we can do some ocean sailing as well as being only 10 minutes further from the house than Titusville.  Sweet.  The downside, no room,  we are on a waiting list now and it may take a year to get a slip.

After checking out the nice marina we were off to Westland in Titusville to get to work.

Cobbled Together.

The last few weeks I had run into some roadblocks with parts but now we had everything or so we thought.

First we had to do the fuel system.

New deck fitting to go with the new  filler hose below deck.

New deck fitting to go with the new filler hose below deck.

I installed the Carborator I had just cleaned, as well as a new inline filter between it and the fuel pump.

12 o'clock- carburetor center- fuel filter 3 o'clock- fuel pump

12 o’clock- carburetor
center- fuel filter
3 o’clock- fuel pump

From the fuel pump I ran a hose back to the primary fuel filter and water separator.

Big filter

Big filter

Then from there a line back to the new fuel valve installed in the galley near the fuel tank.

Perfect fit, this was taken before I labeled the valve up all nicely.

Perfect fit, this was taken before I labeled the valve up all nicely.

From the valve I ran the final piece of fuel line back to the tank.  All fuel line being 1A Marine rated.

New fuel tank with new filler hose in place.

New fuel tank with new filler hose in place.

After finishing the install of the entire fuel system I then installed the water lift muffler I bought online. It fit like a glove.  Easy.

Then finally went in the raw water strainer and anti siphon loop for the cooling system.  The motor was ready to go.

I put 5 gallons of gasoline in the tank using my trusty shaky siphon, I bought a new shaky as I had left the old on the Clew when we sold her.

I then bypassed the safety switch on the fuel pump until I saw fuel in the glass filter near the carb,  I did this as I did not want to have the engine crank as the pumps filled up the primary filter and fuel lines.  It took about 15 seconds or so it seemed.

Then she was ready to start.

I only ran her for a few short minutes (the hobbs said 5) at idle, then I shut her down for the night.  It was time for dinner.

After dinner we got back to the boat and I reinstalled the galley, drawers and all.  We then made out the bed from the Salon table,  a first for us sleeping in the salon as Lori is having trouble with the entry and exit from the Vberth at this point in her pregnancy.

Day 2

Sunday morning we woke after a good nights sleep looking up at the brightening sky thru the bomar hatch in salon overhead.

I got up and enjoyed making a nice cup of coffee and breakfast for us both.

I turned on the pressurized water as I had hooked it up the night before but because we use the foot pump I did not test.  Sure enough I hear the pump kick on for a minute and then cut off.  I turned the tap, water.  Yay..  Closed the tap as the pressure dropped and the pumped kicked in again and then hear a “snap, hissssss” that emanated from someplace under the cabin sole.  Turned the knob, no water… Uggg, we now have a broken water line.  No real bother since the foot pump works fine but I will need to fix it eventually.

As I was still enjoying my coffee I took the time to clean up a bit, it is amazing the amount of stuff you accumulate on a boat.  Tools, hardware old and new, more hardware, sealers, hardware, drill bits, hardware..  I sorted and cleaned up enough of it to at least give us use of the navigation station again.

After fiddling with the Nav station I sorted out the shift linkage that was loose under the companionway ladder. Adding a washer and tightening everything down allowed us to properly work transmission.

We decided to try out the shifting and test the reverse in tied in the slip.  We were hoping to get everything sorted and have Dana come out and help us as Lori can’t work deck at the moment. However we needed to ensure the transmission functioned properly before he drove out as we would hate to have him waste the trip.

To test the transmission we needed to start the motor, I took this as a good time to teach Lori how to do it.

As I walked her thru it she ended up sitting in the cockpit and hitting the start and the motor fired to life.  She ran like a champ.  We let her idle a bit and then Lori put her in Forward, clunk, the motor jumped a bit but the shaft started to turn, odd that jump wiggle, it appeared to be at the front of the motor.

Lori then pushed the shifter into reverse,  nothing, I would need to adjust the reverse settings in the transmission.  Not the end of the world as this is something that pretty much always needs adjusting after a rebuild.

As we discussed this with Lori in the cockpit and me looking down at the transmission linkage with the motor running I head an alarm. “Beep Beep Beep….Warning Carbon Monoxide Detected”.  It was the CO alarm we installed over a year ago, it works and  Oh my, we have and exhaust leek.

After shutting off the motor, tossing the dogs out into the cockpit and setting up the fans to blow fresh air into the boat as the bilge blower sucked old air out the alarm went out.

I looked about and it appears we have a hose and muffler failure.

This is the exhaust hose and a couple/ flapper as it runs to the transom you can see water leaking from the failed hose.

This is the exhaust hose and a couple/ flapper as it runs to the transom you can see water leaking from the failed hose.

I order 25 feet of new exhaust hose.  At this point I don’t want to risk any old hose on the boat.

We also had a small water leak at the base of our new to us  but used stainless water lift muffler.  I will be calling some local shops and see if it can be repaired.  A new stainless muffler cost more than $350 and a fiberglass replacement $175.   Hopefully we can fix it.

Following this revelation I went ahead and adjusted the reverse on the transmission and Lori and I went next door to Titusville City marina.   After talking to those folk we decided to move over there and save $2 a foot in slip fees,  we would just have to ride in the cockpit and not go below. We called Dana and requested he come out to help.

Dana arrived and we cast off the lines and crept out of our slip.

At idle speed the Bell hardly moved and she had a loud knocking as we added turns.   Ugg..

I believe the forward motor mounts are shot.  These came with the boat and I reused them in a fit of economy. I think the moment we put her in gear the torque on the motor was too much and we lost alignment.  Uggg..  New motor mounts are needed.

We limped into our new slip about 5 fairways away, a new marina under our own power.

New marina

New marina

Here she sits.

Here she sits.

Funny enough no CO alarm but the exhaust did leak a bunch of water.