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Messages - britinusa

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Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
« on: August 30, 2023, 02:28:21 PM »

Ok, went down to the boat, added Anti-Freeze via a funnel inserted into the Coolant fill port. The oil floated to the top and drained out of the overflow and into a capture jug. I spent about 15 minutes adding AF very slowly so that the surface of the oil could drain down the overflow tube.

When done, there was not even a consistent oil surface and it was obvious, looking at the overflow container, that about a 1/4 - 1/2 cup of oil was removed, it floated to the top of the container and measured about 1/8" inch thick. So I consider this a success.

Thanks everyone.  I'll be doing a full coolant flush in the next few weeks.


Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
« on: August 28, 2023, 06:23:28 AM »
Did not know that Ron!


Good idea Ken.


Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
« on: August 25, 2023, 10:00:56 AM »
Thanks Jim,

agreed, it's time.


Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
« on: August 24, 2023, 02:35:27 PM »
Thanks Ken.

I'll check out those options. Always value your input.


Main Message Board / Re: Oil in the coolant
« on: August 24, 2023, 01:58:05 PM »
Thanks Guys.

BTW, just being able to share this issue with the world made it a lot less stressful.

Perhaps just filling the tank and letting it overflow through the discharge port ( name??? ) on the port side of the coolant fill point.

If I put a different hose on that overflow tube and lead that into a jar, then I should be able capture 100% of the liquid and then able to see when it's running clear.


Main Message Board / Oil in the coolant
« on: August 24, 2023, 12:03:21 PM »
I screwed up. After completing an oil change I checked the belt tension and the coolant level. It was a little low so I decided to add some.

I pulled the yellow jug of what I thought was coolant - didn't check - it wasn't - it was engine oil.

As I began to pour the liquid into the funnel, I immediately realized it was not coolant  :shock: I had probably poured about a 1/4 cup of the oil into the coolant tank.


I used a paper towel to mop out the oil from the surface of the coolant.

I did not start the engine!!

So, how bad did I screw up and what suggestions for dealing with it.

BTW we've owned the boat 8 years and only had to add coolant a couple of times, once after servicing the heat exchanger, never any issues. I don't know how to drain the coolant.

I'm guessing the oil will float to the top of the coolant. Perhaps just filling the coolant reservoir with fresh coolant, the oil would float to the top and I could soak it up with paper towel.

Holding my breath.



The stove was modified for Propane before we purchased the boat.

Thanks Craig. I have a heat gun :)

Here's how the galley drawer cabinet turned out.

The cutlery drawer is next, then the slatted door.

Main Message Board / Refinishing the Hanging locker wooden door slats
« on: April 29, 2023, 02:39:11 PM »
I'm refinishing the interior of Eximius, just done the Galley Drawer Cabinet, turned out really nice.
Next project is the Door on the front of the hanging locker ( just aft of the Nav Table )

But how to refinish the slats?

The Galley Drawer Cabinet was pretty easy, just sand it down to remove 36 years of previous finishes and then apply 3 coats of Water Based Polyurethane.
But sanding those slats, that's a challenge, anyone done it or knows how?


Main Message Board / Re: Balmar Serpentine Belt Kit
« on: April 02, 2023, 10:02:21 AM »
Fixed :)

Finally got the new belt and pulleys installed.

I had an issue with the supplied belts being too long, the Alternator would protrude out of the access door in the head.

Balmar offered to replace the 42" belts with 41" belts. Instead I got them from V Belt Guys for about the same including less shipping than I would pay to return the originals to balmar and back.


Main Message Board / Re: Balmar Serpentine Belt Kit
« on: March 25, 2023, 05:57:59 AM »
The kit arrived complete.
I was able to easily remove the Coolant pump pulley.
Could not remove the Alternator pulley - took it to a shop that replaced it with the new one
Was able to remove the out pulley from the crankshaft ( not used or required ) but new pulley would not fit over the old pulley as per the design.
Removed crankshaft pulley took it to a shop and had them turn it so that it would fit.
Everything installed and found that the belt with the kit was too long ( alternator would stick out of the access door in the head)
New belts are on their way.

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar Serpentine Belt Kit
« on: February 15, 2023, 05:41:17 AM »
Rod, would you have the model # of the Alternator that I purchased from you?

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar Serpentine Belt Kit
« on: February 15, 2023, 04:26:20 AM »
Thanks Rod, Yes, both the new Crank pulley and the existing crank pulley have 3 holes.

I had to go check a pic of the engine and check the pic from Balmar.   :shock:

Main Message Board / Re: Balmar Serpentine Belt Kit
« on: February 13, 2023, 07:22:18 AM »
Will do.

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