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Old October 14th, 2008, 07:57 AM   #41
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holy shit, don't let that OMC outdrive get wet, even with rainwater. From what I understand here, the boat will catch fire, kill you and your family, make gas prices rise above $4/gal again, anally rape kittens, make all children orphans AND will make your surviving relative search near and far for repair while going broke paying for replacement parts.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 08:08 AM   #42
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holy shit, don't let that OMC outdrive get wet, even with rainwater. From what I understand here, the boat will catch fire, kill you and your family, make gas prices rise above $4/gal again, anally rape kittens, make all children orphans AND will make your surviving relative search near and far for repair while going broke paying for replacement parts.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 08:30 AM   #43
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holy shit, don't let that OMC outdrive get wet, even with rainwater. From what I understand here, the boat will catch fire, kill you and your family, make gas prices rise above $4/gal again, anally rape kittens, make all children orphans AND will make your surviving relative search near and far for repair while going broke paying for replacement parts.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 02:08 PM   #44
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I never said all that but you do need to know the right guy, and at least it is a king cobra they are big clunky and heavy but can take a beating coming from that engine.. hell back in high school rebuilt an older 26 with twin 460's going to KC's... we personally beat the shit out of that thing for two years, so did the owner, he sold it to some used car dealer in benton harbor he and his white trash family beat the shit out of it for a few more years, last I saw it was up in saugatuck, my paint job was holding up nicely.. (entire boat in red with black and grey stickers...) anyways that was 10 years after we had rebuilt it, talked to the owner said it had like 500+ hours on it and the drives were still fine.. so they stand up to a beating you just need to make sure you know an OMC guy and it sounds like you do.. so congrats
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Old October 14th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #45
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I never said all that but you do need to know the right guy, and at least it is a king cobra they are big clunky and heavy but can take a beating coming from that engine.. hell back in high school rebuilt an older 26 with twin 460's going to KC's... we personally beat the shit out of that thing for two years, so did the owner, he sold it to some used car dealer in benton harbor he and his white trash family beat the shit out of it for a few more years, last I saw it was up in saugatuck, my paint job was holding up nicely.. (entire boat in red with black and grey stickers...) anyways that was 10 years after we had rebuilt it, talked to the owner said it had like 500+ hours on it and the drives were still fine.. so they stand up to a beating you just need to make sure you know an OMC guy and it sounds like you do.. so congrats
Good to know... Since I wont beat it, I should be ok...lol

I know that the drive was replaced by a four winns dealer just last year with the cone clutch KC drive, so I should be good to go for a while...
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Old October 14th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #46
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I had very good luck with the Volvo/OMC Cobra drive, and wouldn't hesitate to have another one.

While the original OMC drive was a Class A PITA, and the old Volvo Penta drives (without trim) were clunky and made of platinum (judging by parts prices) the newer Cobras were just as reliable as, and quieter than a Merc Alpha drive.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #47
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so what did you end up getting her for if you dont mind me asking? sounds like a steal with a new outdrive and shows pretty well... hell outdrive might still have a warrenty left on it
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so what did you end up getting her for if you dont mind me asking? sounds like a steal with a new outdrive and shows pretty well... hell outdrive might still have a warrenty left on it
$9,000... I think that is reasonable, judging by the condition of the boat and the care I know the owner took in it. plus, a new outdrive, which IS still under warranty. Plus, I got a great loan rate from credit union one too!

It has been a very exciting week, too much for me to handle. (I always get excited, like a kid on Christmas when i get something I really want)
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Old October 17th, 2008, 10:32 AM   #49
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Update: I found a great dealer that is reasonably close to home that services OMC and has for years. I also purchased a brand new OMC factory service manual off of ebay from 1992 for king cobra engines and drives.

We are going to take the maiden voyage tomorrow from Selfridge to Algonac and back, then she gets winterized and tucked away in the barn until April.

Pics to come...
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How was the maiden voyage?
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Old October 20th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #51
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Good, I think the bellows need to be replaced because she took on a bit of water from our trip, but other than that good. We put in at Selfridge and went to Algonac and back, we also took a ride up near New Baltimore and we only used 11 gallons of fuel, I though that was pretty good.

Only thing that bothered me was that the OMC brochure that I found buried in the boat states that the normal operating range for this motor is 4600-5000rpm, but I could only get it to top out at 4400rpm and 56mph. After we got back in, I noticed that the prop is not the original. I think they came with a viper from the factory and this one said SST. I have a feeling that the size and pitch must be different than the original. I am debating purchasing a stock prop, or at least a prop with the stock size and pitch.

Here are a few pics. She needs a wax but I will wheel it myself in the spring.
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she does look pretty clean. and the numbers for your RPM sound about right from the brochure... are the numbers still on the prop? IIRC ou should get around 58-60mph stock.. at least when they were new thats what we got out of them... sucks about the bellows, they should be new if the outdrive was just repelaced.. maybe they dry rotted? was the drive stored in the up position?
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she does look pretty clean. and the numbers for your RPM sound about right from the brochure... are the numbers still on the prop? IIRC ou should get around 58-60mph stock.. at least when they were new thats what we got out of them... sucks about the bellows, they should be new if the outdrive was just replaced.. maybe they dry rotted? was the drive stored in the up position?
From what I understand, the drive was stored in the up position.

The numbers on the prop are still there, and I can't remember what they are right now. I want to say 14 3/4 X 17 or 19. I know the stock prop is 14 1/2 X 19. (I think)

Any recommendations for another prop? I would sacrifice a little top end to have great hole shot and cruising...
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What about sending the prop out to be labbed? Would that help with RPM and hole shot?
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:46 PM   #55
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That OMC outdrive kill your family yet?
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #56
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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:02 AM   #57
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Only went for one ride and no one died! Yay!
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Old November 13th, 2008, 07:05 AM   #58
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Good to know!

What can I do to optimize the efficiency of this old girl. She already had a tune up and I guess it has "spit fire" ignition so the timing can not be advanced at all because it it computer controlled.

I was told that premium unleaded from the auto gas stations does not have ethanol, is this true? Should I be running premium when I fill up on land for this reason? The boat was stored away with a full tank of premium from BP and the correct amount of stabilizer.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 08:32 AM   #59
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Unless something has changed, in Michigan they used to be required to have stickers on the pumps proclaiming if they had any alcohol in the fuel.
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Unless something has changed, in Michigan they used to be required to have stickers on the pumps proclaiming if they had any alcohol in the fuel.
I know that was the case years ago, but who knows now a days. I figured I would ask as a refresher. I know I have read that ethanol is bad for boats, especially older ones....
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