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#568081 - 06/09/17 04:18 PM Craigslist score!
Dave R Offline
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I routinely scan craigslist for deals and really scored today. I got a fully-functional but corroded and ugly 2.0:1 Bravo 3 drive and trim cylinders for 350 bucks. The upper gear case housing took the brunt of the corrosion, but I happen to have a near perfect upper gearcase housing that is missing the guts. I plan to swap the guts from my CL find into my old housing, sandblast, repair, re-paint and re-seal the lower gear housing, and mate them up to make an excellent spare for my boat.
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#568084 - 06/09/17 05:28 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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#568085 - 06/09/17 06:10 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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Wow great find.
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#568089 - 06/10/17 07:16 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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Nice find, Dave.

I got a bunch of outdrive tools if you need any.
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#568091 - 06/10/17 01:45 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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wanna couple of fully functional but corroded Gen1 Alpha's?
Not a thing wrong with them, they were perfectly fine when the Skip got pulled, no water in either drive after 4 years submerged..

But SEI's brand new 3 year no-fault warranty bolt-on Alpha-clone drives for $1300 out the door are sure looking good.

Depends on what having the entire 700 sq. foot bottom sandblasted will cost me... If halfway reasonable, I may just get the new ones and sell these...

Meanwhile, keeping my eye out for 4 good used trim cylinders... however, most people want $100 each for old ones and I can get new ones for $120...

I haven't checked Craigslist lately, I probably should...:)
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#568092 - 06/10/17 07:39 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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I love Craigslist. I'm usually on there every day scouting for something that I just can't live without.

My latest search is for an old gas can with the old style spout. The new ones are a major PITA. I don't care what the can looks like as long as it has a spout that's in good condition.
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#568094 - 06/10/17 08:24 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: GoFirstClass]
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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass
I love Craigslist. I'm usually on there every day scouting for something that I just can't live without.

My latest search is for an old gas can with the old style spout. The new ones are a major PITA. I don't care what the can looks like as long as it has a spout that's in good condition.


If you don't find one on CL, racing fuel jugs don't have the ridiculous nozzle newer gas cans come with - they just have a flexible clear vinyl hose with a plastic fitting at the end a cap screws onto. I picked up a couple from Amazon for boat gas since I have a dock at my house now and would rather pay gas station prices than marina prices for gas.
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#568102 - 06/11/17 04:49 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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Buy any gas can you want--then drill a 1/4" hole in the end opposite the spout, and find some of these plugs in nitrile rubber (gas resistant) to plug the hole you drilled. Voila- no more piddlefartin around with 2 gallon per day flow rates, pull the plug and gas will actually come OUT! FAST! grin
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#568103 - 06/11/17 08:11 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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"Meanwhile, keeping my eye out for 4 good used trim cylinders..."

Why does a houseboat need trim, or even full raising?

"But SEI's brand new 3 year no-fault warranty bolt-on Alpha-clone drives for $1300 out the door are sure looking good."

Does SEI need the parts from your old ones? Might give you trim cylinders in exchange or even better, a discount along with them.
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#568105 - 06/11/17 09:24 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: etyppo]
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Originally Posted By: etyppo
If you don't find one on CL, racing fuel jugs don't have the ridiculous nozzle newer gas cans come with - they just have a flexible clear vinyl hose with a plastic fitting at the end a cap screws onto. I picked up a couple from Amazon for boat gas since I have a dock at my house now and would rather pay gas station prices than marina prices for gas.


And they are a much more useful shape than the ones in big box stores!
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#568108 - 06/12/17 12:41 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Jack T]
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Originally Posted By: Jack T
"Meanwhile, keeping my eye out for 4 good used trim cylinders..."

Why does a houseboat need trim, or even full raising?
For the most part I never lift the drives. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever raised the drives except at the dock to clean the props. But this lake has several nice 'party places' where the ground is hard, but these places are very shallow. This boat drafts less than most bowriders, and will happily float in 14" of water--as long as the drives are up! But even in 30" of water I can still fit my feet under the skegs smile I could just put struts on and be good to go! But about the time I did that I'd probably wished I didn't! wink

"But SEI's brand new 3 year no-fault warranty bolt-on Alpha-clone drives for $1300 out the door are sure looking good."

Does SEI need the parts from your old ones? Might give you trim cylinders in exchange or even better, a discount along with them.
One other thing I looked into was parts for my cylinders, adn just new end caps are like $90. As for SEI, as far as I know they just build and sell new stuff, so they probably have no use for my used parts. There's a brand new SEI lower unit attached to the Party Cruiser, I was very impressed with it. I might be more impressed if I could ever find time to take it out for a break-in run! So far I've just dunked it and ran it to make sure is shifted okay and pumped water.
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#568111 - 06/12/17 07:26 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: tpenfield]
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Originally Posted By: tpenfield
Nice find, Dave.

I got a bunch of outdrive tools if you need any.



I was making plans to borrow them while on my way to pick up the drive...
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#568112 - 06/12/17 07:31 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Frantically Relaxing]
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Originally Posted By: Frantically Relaxing

Buy any gas can you want--then drill a 1/4" hole in the end opposite the spout, and find some of these plugs in nitrile rubber (gas resistant) to plug the hole you drilled. Voila- no more piddlefartin around with 2 gallon per day flow rates, pull the plug and gas will actually come OUT! FAST! grin


If you drill a 1/2" hole, you can install a tubeless tire valve stem. Remove the core and use the cap to seal it. The only hassle is that you have to install the valve stem from the inside, a piece of coat hanger wire makes this fairly simple.
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#568158 - 06/14/17 09:25 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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After reading this post I have been checking craigslist every day looking for other scores.
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#568160 - 06/14/17 10:15 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: captkevin]
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Originally Posted By: captkevin
After reading this post I have been checking craigslist every day looking for other scores.


in 2010 the upper gear case on my Bravo 3 shredded. I spent some time searching CL for a replacement and ended up getting a completely rebuilt Bravo upper gear case for just $500. It's been operating flawlessly for 7 years. There are some deals out there.
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#568162 - 06/14/17 10:39 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: captkevin]
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Originally Posted By: captkevin
After reading this post I have been checking craigslist every day looking for other scores.


Me too.

I found an 88 jeep I wanted and a Sea Doo scam. Nothing else yet.

I do check from time to time normally. Not as regular as I should.


Edited by Silverbullet (06/14/17 10:49 AM)
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#568164 - 06/14/17 03:51 PM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: Dave R]
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Originally Posted By: Dave R
Originally Posted By: tpenfield
Nice find, Dave.

I got a bunch of outdrive tools if you need any.



I was making plans to borrow them while on my way to pick up the drive...


I have the tools at my Cape house, so I can gather them next weekend . . . just let me know what you may need.
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#568175 - 06/15/17 10:31 AM Re: Craigslist score! [Re: tpenfield]
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Originally Posted By: tpenfield
Originally Posted By: Dave R
Originally Posted By: tpenfield
Nice find, Dave.

I got a bunch of outdrive tools if you need any.



I was making plans to borrow them while on my way to pick up the drive...


I have the tools at my Cape house, so I can gather them next weekend . . . just let me know what you may need.


I plan to move the upper gear case parts from the corroded CL find to my spare (but empty) pristine upper gear case. I also plan to pull the lower gear case completely apart, do a bit of welding to fix some corrosion and rock damage, and then re-seal the drive. I don't have any of the special tools for doing this and hoping you do...


Edited by Dave R (06/15/17 10:31 AM)
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