Over the past few weeks, we have been living out various issues, like rotten new condensers and a couple weekends ago, a rotten cut- off thingamajig. While talking to Dave VanNess, he pointed out that it’s not the Chinese condensers. One, its that the generator was over charging and thus once we started using the boat at a higher throttle, it started breaking parts. Dang! Makes perfect sense.
But Dave also pointed out, it’s just the way it was when our fathers used to go boating, and for that matter drive a car. He was dead right. I am not all that old, and I do recall being on the side of the road in a 1969 Road Runner or my pal’s Mach 1 dealing with just this sort of crap. I was not a huge boater in my teens, but I bet the good old American stuff was spontaneous crap too, and rotten ignition parts were all part of the hell. We have become so accustomed to our machines never having these issues that when it happens its all that much more amplified. I do recall dealing with timing, points and carb adjusting all the time. Hell I knew my engines better than I did school work. I needed to, no one looked cool on the side of the road. This explains my spelling by the way….
Today, to be honest I am not even sure what engine is in my car. That’s a huge leap towards reliability. So to be fair, to the entire 100 bazillion Chinese out there, I am sorry for blaming you on my problems, all your doing is what was done a long time ago, and in a way, retained the soul of my boat, faults and all. In a classic boat all original specked parts you get to live history in all its ugliness. That’s amazing. You feel it, rather than have the appearance of it. The smells, the joy of a smooth running boat, and yes, the agony of dumb stuff breaking. History has a way of glossing over the little pains, and makes a romantic painting of things. But to live it! Priceless. Yes, it comes at a cost. But it’s still cool. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel like an Amish Boater!
Stay tuned, we visited Dave’s shop yesterday and have some photos and a how to on how to adjust your Generator’s third brush!