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Re: [bolger] Re: Inboard Sneakeasy

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  • Harry James
    You have any pictures of this conversion? Strikes me as similar to the drive I have seen in the Australian Cat CC29. HJ
    Message 1 of 20 , Nov 2, 2004
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      You have any pictures of this conversion? Strikes me as similar to the
      drive I have seen in the Australian Cat CC29.

      HJ

      Zack Tiger wrote:

      >Howard:
      >I repowered an old (sic 'cheap') houseboat I bought by
      >installing an engine/transaxle combo from a VW rabbit
      >diesel on a well between the two aluminum pontoons.
      >Instead of welding the gears, I had a spool fabricated
      >(also called a "locker" by the circle track boys) to
      >tie the two halfshafts together. Instead of
      >eliminating the front shaft, I kept it and ran it
      >forward to a mounting plate, running in the original
      >wheel bearing and hub. this was used to drive
      >accessories such as a gnerator, bilge pump, etc.
      >While not a lot of time was spent on this (it was
      >after all a 'cheapie' exercise, there were some
      >technical problems unresolved to my satisfaction when
      >I sold the boat:
      >1) aux shaft rpm varied with engine speed, which isnt
      >so good for generating, pumping etc. I think a torgue
      >converter/clutch off a motorcycle or snowmobile would
      >help rectify this.
      >2) the main drive shaft/support/prop drive was iffyin
      >terms of cv jointboot sealing and longevity. Also, do
      >to the fact that the strut had to be outboard of the
      >cv joint for stability, changing the boot was a pain
      >in the @$%. I tried a split boot that used small bolts
      >down the side and which could be installed without
      >ynaking the whole outboard shaft, but they were not
      >reliable.
      >3) the low position of the drive shaft in the well box
      >made for some real challenges to sealing, and early
      >attempts werenot too waterproof. A modified sterndrive
      >bellows solved this problem eventually.
      >4) on the plus side, fuel economy was incredible, and
      >to push that big fat barge with an outboard (she
      >originally had a 75hp) would have been prohibitive.
      >--- donschultz8275 <donschultz@...> wrote:
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