Dress Rehearsal

4 Oct

Today was a big day. Today we had a dress rehearsal for the engine installation.

Remember how Boyd has spent hours/days/weeks getting Bushranger ready for the new (actually, slightly used) engine? He analyzed the angle of the prop shaft to determine if the engine was capable of sitting in our engine room, and discovered that the stringers (remember, stringers are the backbone of the boat) needed to be cut. He calculated the angle, cut the stringers, then placed the holding rails (the metal foundation for the engine) on the newly cut stringers, and discovered that the rails had to be modified to fit Bushranger’s stringers (Molly Brown, the donor boat, had stringers that were closer together) so he employed the Prop Shop gents to redrill the rails.

So, after all this, we decided that we should make sure the engine would actually fit on those rails (that would be sitting on those cut stringers) before Boyd fiberglassed the newly cut stringers and permanently secured the rails to the fiberglass.

So, we get to the events of the day. It’s a BIG engine (it weighs 750 lbs without the gearbox), and a not-so-big boat (especially the entrance). This is what happened:

They had to break out the ‘big boys toys’ for this… and that is one BIG forklift!

…the boys examined the engine and determined that they needed the extension on the forklift (otherwise they couldn’t get the silly thing through the door)

Boyd and Wes secure the engine to the forklift arm.

….have you ever taken an engine for a walk?,,,,

…they chained the engine to the forklift extension and slipped the engine through the door (that makes it sound easier than it was….trust me, it was a bit nail-biting)

That’s Wes guiding the engine that is dangling on the arm of the forklift.

…it’s even harder getting it through the door…

…they temporarily placed it on some boards while they added a winch to the forklift setup

…see the two boards that Boyd placed over the engine room access (also known as the big hole in the floor)…

…and winched the engine down into the engine room

…that’s Jason winching the engine down into the engine room….

…they manipulated the engine while it was dangling from the winch, by pushing, pulling, nudging, standing on, etc, to get the angle right to slip it on to the waiting gearbox (which was previously attached to the prop shaft).  It took some doing (disconnecting the gear box, messing with the supports, nudging her, pushing here and there) but we did it!

….it’s a very tight fit….

…the moment of truth – would the engine supports align with the rail holes, and would the angle be right for the prop shaft and gearbox?

YES! Success!

Yay!!!!!!! Look at that! The mounts fit on the rails that sit beauuuuutifully on the stringers! Oh boy, are we good or what!?!

Of course, then we had to take the engine back out of Bushranger.  Boyd will have to fiberglass the stringers, secure the rails to the stringers and of course, reinstall the fuel tank when it arrives, before we can actually install the engine for good. All of that will happen in the future.  But, today’s dress rehearsal will be categorized as “a win”!

12 Responses to “Dress Rehearsal”

  1. Garth October 4, 2012 at 12:13 #

    You have to love it when a plan comes together. Getting it right the first time is amazing. Well done!!!

    • Mrs Bushranger October 4, 2012 at 12:22 #

      Hey, Garth, where are you guys? Are you going to Joe Wheeler Park for the loopers’ thing?

  2. Bill Martin October 4, 2012 at 12:16 #

    Great rundown of the engine retro-fit. Looks like you guys are having fun. Boyd, I got your call recently. Let’s touch base soon. Looks like you are both well. Your ICAF Tiger mate, Bill

    • Mrs Bushranger October 4, 2012 at 12:23 #

      Hi Bill. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well with you and Dumi. I’ll give Boyd your message.

  3. Howard October 4, 2012 at 14:40 #

    I didn’t know how privileged I was to know a real live mechanic. Hope you haven’t drawn any sea going allowance yet!!

  4. Matt October 4, 2012 at 17:16 #

    Woo hoo!

  5. jdepodwin October 6, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Really glad the dress rehearsal went well!

    • Mrs Bushranger October 6, 2012 at 22:07 #

      Sometimes you get lucky….and sometimes, your husband does a really great job….I think this falls into both categories.

      • jdepodwin October 6, 2012 at 22:09 #

        are you still up? want to chat?

      • Mrs Bushranger October 6, 2012 at 22:24 #

        Looks like I missed you. I’ll call tomorrow.

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