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Old 12-15-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Reffiting a 1989 Monte Carlo 40'

Well, Last month I was comissioned to refit an italian boat, a 1989 Monte Carlo 40 express Cruiser. She has twin Detroit 6V92TA motors that wre in pretty rough shape. They are leaking oil all over the place and in a rusted sad state. This boat sat for 3 years being neglected since the owner had three mechanics in a row screw him over and kind of gave up on her untill he was referred to my company.



As you can see, her lines are timeless and you could take this hull and sell it today as a 2009 model given new systems and engines.

After looking her over, I told him that it was going to require a substantial investment to get her fixed up. The list was ridiculously long. We are talking tens of thousands to clean her up and catch up on the maintenance. I told him that I can not estimate a job like this and if he wants it done, I will work for time and materials charged to his credity card daily. He agreed and we started the job.

First thing I noticed was the bilge was full of black diesel oil. IT was coming from about four different places on the Detroit engines. For one, the engines did not have AirSep systems on them and the crankcase vents vented onto the flame arrestor and the condensed oil was sucked back into the turbo. This is an old design and I proceeded to order two new AirSep intakes for the engines($2200).

The other place where oil was leaking from was a mechanics mistake: The valve cover gasket was pinched and oil was pouring out from under the rocker cover. (Thanks RPM Diesel!). Spent two days cleaning the oil from the bilge. Not only oil, but 20 years worth of mechanics dropping tools and hardware into the bilge. I ended up with half a 5 gallon bucket filled with oily crap from under there.






Notice the wire harness and the silver enamel paint. Engines were rusting and peeling and I told him that I was going to paint them a different color. He said to do what I thought best.


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Old 12-15-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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Re: Reffiting a 1989 Monte Carlo 40'

Damn, gotta be nice to get a blank check like that. She is a beautiful boat, can't wait to see the updates!
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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Re: Reffiting a 1989 Monte Carlo 40'

Notice the oil leaking from the top of the engine.



More pics of the general condition











Old air intakes. Notice the crackcase vents draining oil into the foam filter. This was a cause for some of the oil in the bilges and it was dripping over the engines and tranny.

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:06 PM   #4
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Re: Reffiting a 1989 Monte Carlo 40'

One of the major issues that was on the list was the generator battery, sitting under the starboard exhaust, was loose due to wood rot. I had to remove the exhaust and cut the rot out with a chisel.







After cleaning out the rotten wood, I put a heat lamp on it overnight.



Then I mixed up some medium density two part polyurethane foam and poured it in there.


Then cut it flush, once dry...




...cut up four sheets of roving



and glassed that biotch up.


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Old 12-15-2008, 09:11 PM   #5
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Damn, gotta be nice to get a blank check like that. She is a beautiful boat, can't wait to see the updates!
I'll give ya a sneek peek!

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:14 PM   #6
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Re: Reffiting a 1989 Monte Carlo 40'

When the exhaust was off, I discovered that due to an earlier overheat, the muffler nozzle had collapsed under the pressure of the hose clamps.

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Wow!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:21 PM   #8
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I removed the exhaust riser...


...and polished it up a bit.






I love the way italians build boats...

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:27 PM   #9
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wow seems to be a big of a project were into
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:33 PM   #10
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So I had to decide on a color. I wanted something dark and metalic. I chose Phantom Grey Fleet color in a single stage polyurethane paint over an epoxy primer. The owner was skeptical and said he wanted something lighter. I told him: no he didn't.




I hate 70 lb starters and 60lb alternators...


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Old 12-15-2008, 09:37 PM   #11
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Upon cleaning and disassembly, I noticed that the fuel/coolant cooler was corroded and the fitting to the raw water hose broke off...



This was an expensive problem. A new cooler retails for $2200. This occured due to engine anodes not being replaced in three years. Tottally preventable...

New cooler, painted it while it was out...




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Old 12-15-2008, 09:59 PM   #12
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So I used a HVLP gun to spray this engine. It is the only way to paint an engine. When you are spraying with an air pressure of 12psi, there is very little overspray and very little wasted paint. The owner could not believe his eyes. Over the last ten years, I have painted over thirty engines and every time I do one, it surprises even me! The color turned out better than expected.














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Old 12-15-2008, 10:02 PM   #13
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That is one down one to go.. Bear in mind that the starboard engine was repaired and maintained. Many parts replacedthat I could write a damn book about. I skipped a LOT of details. There were about $4k in parts replaced here.

I'll keep updating this thread as I go
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Awesome work man!
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