Thunda Babe

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WoodRay
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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 19 Mar 2020, 19:49

For those not on facebook, a little more info surfaced today thanks to Terry Looney for posting.

On my birthday 52 years ago (1968) Ron Looney in Thunda Babe took the course record at Silverwater for the 155 ci class. Also earlier in 68 he took the Stan Davies Dav-Eek memorial trophy at Deepwater. Thanks Terry Looney for sharing. Another piece to the story of this little boat.

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 20 Mar 2020, 09:33

Managed another great run on Glenmaggie the other day. Glass and ripple. Stunning day for a cruise. Boat is running well albeit the lack of horsepower. Whilst cruising I noticed water that looked to be coming in from the connecting hose at the gland log. I felt around and could find any spray underneath or around it. Touching the gland it feels to be vibrating substantially which is whats throwing the water around in the hull in that area. The vibration isn't felt in the boat at all and I would have known otherwise unless I touched the gland/hose. Ross and I have noticed some rubbing on the shaft at the exit point in the keel but it is a fair distance from the timber (at least 1/4"). We are thinking propshaft whip which is a concern to me if I'm going to push this thing harder later on. I'm interested in peoples thoughts on this i.e shaft material, skeg bush wear, drive coupling wear, hull movement, etc

Thanks.

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 20 Mar 2020, 19:50

Well a few more myths have been busted. Thanks again Terry Looney. Anyone got a spare Peugeot motor?

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 01 Apr 2020, 08:26

Some progress this week. Pushrod relief on dummy block done getting ready for further work on the new head.
Got these plate type heat exchangers for bugger all compared to shell and tube units. They're also very light and adjustable as far as the amount of plates that can be fitted. Parts are still available as well. The experimentation continues.

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby RightyO » 01 Apr 2020, 12:06

The beautiful Seacraft is looking a bit neglected in the corner .

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 01 Apr 2020, 13:30

In the next few days Ken, I promise...........
How's your latest one going? Got those Webers sorted yet?

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 02 Apr 2020, 19:44

One exchanger done and hopefully get tested tomorrow.

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby DaveD » 02 Apr 2020, 22:05

What's the flow through the plate heat exchanger like?

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby WoodRay » 02 Apr 2020, 22:12

With this amount of plates 500LPH Min depending on fluid viscosity.

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Re: Thunda Babe

Postby RightyO » 03 Apr 2020, 15:59

Craig I came home from Boort with the idea of getting B.Pee ready for Goolwa but my plans had to change .I have been fitting a Jabsco pump ,catch can and the oil cooler and fitted a baffle in the rocker cover . I would be starting to get the van ready for the winter migration but it won’t be happening this year so I may have to find a new project .
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