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Re: Well I Finally Did It!
Regarding de-winterizing your engine, you can easily do this yourself. Go to Moyers website, referenced above. You want to buy Don Moyer's Atomic 4 maintenance manual. All parts you'll need are available from Moyer.
You're already ahead of the game-- you know the engine will start.
The most common mistake newbies to the A4 make is to leave the water intake valve open while cranking a non-starting engine: This will cause water to back up the exhaust and enter the engine through the manifold. Leave it shut until the engine starts, then open quickly. Anytime you are cranking a non-starting engine for more than a few seconds, the valve should be closed.
You don't need a mechanic if you have some time. You want to:
change filters (you should have a Racor primary water separating filter and a separate polishing filter)
standard tune up: new plugs, points, condenser, rotor (if points ignition and not electronic), distributor cap, possibly wires and coil
Clean carburetor: very easy on the A4. Don't be afraid of it. Parts (gaskets) available per Moyer.
Impeller- replace- need gasket, too.
You may want to acid flush the block and clean gas tank, but those can be done in the future.
Also for the future are engine timing, compression test, prop shaft alignment. Don't sweat those things now. All the above can be done in the water. Before splashing, check your cutlass bearing. That needs to be done out of the water. Grab the prop shaft just aft of the bearing and try to rock it side-to-side, up-and-down. If there isn't much movement (1/16" or less) you're good for this year. You can adjust and even repack your stuffing box in the water.
Post any engine/drivetrain questions on Moyer's site and you'll get all the answers you want.
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio
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