Wow, this post has really gotten contentious in a hurry, maybe I can add to it by differing with nitrousbird on what constitues a "ski boat". Depends on what time frame you're looking at, back in the 30's the Chris Craft inboards were the go to boat. After that outboards with their much better power to weight ratio were preferred, moving on to the late 70's and early 80's the "ski boat" to have was a 455 powered Olds flat bottomed jet boat. I've seen skiers behind inboards, outboards, in-board outboards, and jets. To say that only an inboard qualifies as a ski boat makes as much sense as saying only a Prius qualifies as a car.
Many moons ago when I was a young pup I worked for a farmer and a hi-lift jack was in his tool arsenal. He had a rather unique name for this type of jack tho, he called them coffin jacks because if you weren't careful with them that's where they would put you.
I'm sure you know that you meant volts, not amps, but that aside, you need in the neighborhood of at least 12 volts cranking for the electronics to fire the engine. Given that the instrument panel gauges can be notoriously off by a fair bit, I would have your battery load tested, a full charge on an old battery can be misleading. How old is your battery by the way? After you get this sorted out, at the very least invest in a voltmeter, that will give you at least a starting point, resting voltage should be at a minimum of 12.4V, 12.6V more better.
OP, not trying to call you out, but you said the transmission was a Muncie roughly 2 years old? Muncies were 60's and 70's 4 speed transmissions that GM used in their performance cars of that era. I suppose a previous owner could have put in a rebuilt Muncie a couple of years ago, if so was it a M-20, M-21, or the M-22?
People that come to this forum and others and ask for advice when all they're looking for is affirmation on what they're already planning on doing are wasting their time as well as ours. Not our fault that he or they grabbed a corncob instead of TP.
Here in the low country of SC at least 2 convenience stores selling Shell branded gasoline had enough water in their gas to cause engine no-start, and/or flashing CEL's in many vehicles this week. One of those belonged to a co-worker of my wife and she had to have her beloved 2017 Tahoe towed to the dealer. One would assume since more than one station was involved it wasn't an issue of ground water seeping into a tank, but the contaminated fuel came from the jobber. The local station I use happens to be Top Tier, but that doesn't make me sleep any easier at night, we all pretty much know that fuel jobbers supply many different branded gasoline stations, when is the last time anyone has seen a tanker truck emblazoned with Exxon or Shell on the side of it? I guess my point is if your not using top-tiered gasoline, don't feel guilty, just throw a bottle of Techron at your rig every once in awhile. One other thing, my wife is afraid to use her debit card because of skimming devices, so she uses a gas card. However by using a credit card you're limited in liability for fraudulent charges and have a receipt as proof of purchase for recourse against the gas station in case you should be ever so unfortunate to purchase contaminated fuel.
Debate the tires all you want, to me winter traction depends more on the vehicle, case in point, a light ass Mustang V-6 will break the tires loose on dry pavement with only moderate acceleration. Back in the day when I lived in eastern Wa. state my late father had 2 of the best snow rigs I've ever driven, a 75 GMC AWD (gas hog) that had mud and snow tires, and my favorite, his 78 Tornado with 403ci, longitudinal FWD that he ran with studded snow tires during the winter. Either one would cruise at 60mph + on compact snow and of course the GMC would go thru deeper drifts, but the Toro had the steering and braking confidence that the GMC p/u couldn't match.
garagerog replied to ThomCannell's topic in The GarageI was talking about the cowl to radiator support area, not fender to fender. The use of all that useless plastic looks like a GM camouflage attempt to hide the fact that there is not really a real truck engine hiding underneath.
garagerog replied to ThomCannell's topic in The GarageWhat strikes me is how that turbo 4-banger fills up the engine compartment, must because of the turbo plumbing, intercooler, etc. I'll bet you that engine will be a nightmare to work on (read more billable labor hours for the dealership). My old 05 K1500 with a 5.3 has wayyy more room under the hood.
I second that, many years ago a lady acquaintance told me about the newspaper trick, didn't believe her at first, but sure enough it works, just make sure and use newspaper with black print and not colored.
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