Re: [bolger] Re: Inboard Sneakeasy
- You have any pictures of this conversion? Strikes me as similar to the
drive I have seen in the Australian Cat CC29.
Zack Tiger wrote:
>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
>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: