Stinky’s Engine Gets A Beauty Makeover From Dave VanNess!

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1937 H Engine with Aluminum head

Over the winter we drove Stinky’s Engine up to Dave VanNess for him to look it over and figure out why she wouldn’t go over 2,000 rpm. Well, as it turns out it wasn’t just one thing of course. It was several, including needing a valve job, rebuilt distributor and an upgraded carb.

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That is one handsome engine!

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Who’s a handsome engine? Who? You ARE!

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The head was pulled and milled and repaired, and all her seals were replaced, freeze plugs and general go though. She was not in need of a rebuild, since it appears she is a low hour engine,but a definite clean up and go through. As Dave says now. She is a very strong and smooth running engine. Which we could not be more excited about. maybe this summer we will be able to now get some fun Stinky time on the water.Stinky HA

You can visit VanNess Engineerings website HERE

10 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    A fresh engine is a beautiful thing to behold. I need to do a little research on the “H” version of the K. I am not familiar with that variation.

  2. Andrew Schrader
    Andrew Schrader says:

    Does anybody know if there is a clutch adjustment on a 56 Century resorted because mine seems to cavitate

  3. Jon
    Jon says:

    Most 16 ft. CC Special Race Boats had the 121 hp KB race engine instead of the 95hp K engine. The KB has three downdraft carbs, a racing cam, and a smaller flywheel. My Special Race Boat has the KB. I had problems with the original head which had been previously planed. Had several blown head gaskets and extreme engine knocking at high speeds. Replaced the head with one from a post war 131 hp KBL engine which solved the problems I had.

  4. Mike U
    Mike U says:

    Hopefully, the following story line won’t be in the future?
    “Condenser, Points? Or Fuel? A Classic Boat Conundrum.”

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    That’s real purdy, but no ubiquitous vintage braided cloth oak orange with black strip spark plug wire???
    Wish I had a picture of my friends B model CC motor which he disassembled, ground and filled the rough block, head and intake castings smooth, primed and painted, then polished all bronze, brass fittings – then did a 5200 bottom, false scored the inner plywood to simulate the herringbone inner layer and reinstalled those small bronze inner plank screws after polishing each one. That was just a sample of the restoration detail he went to. I never saw the boat in the water and has since moved away. It was a late 50’s model 17′ CC utility that may now be his coffee table in the living room.

  6. Bob Wheeler
    Bob Wheeler says:

    I see a glass bowl on the fuel pump. As I understand it, the Coast Guard does not allow these for safety reasons (they can break). My 1948 17 Deluxe CC has a K from about 1951 which has a chromed (now rechromed) metal bowl. I have a spare if anyone is interested.

  7. Joe Morrison
    Joe Morrison says:

    The following may save you some time in researching the Model H series engine.
    The Model H and HR were rated at 75hp, while the HA was
    rated at 85hp with it’s aluminum cylinder head.
    It shows in the CC engine model chart that they were based
    on a Hercules model QXB5RM.
    According to the CC Engine Master Record, there were a total of 445 H series engines built with the majority being installed in 1936 model year boats, and only 9 being installed in boats designated as 1937 models.

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