• By Mark Paul

With A Little Help

From my friends. This project on the boat has really taken on a life of its own. I have spent many hours online searching for the correct parts to make modifications work. Moving the sea water pump was hard enough. First I had to come up with an idea for how to make it possible. This has been done over in Bayshore, at Dickson’s Marine West. Rick, Steve, and Clarence have been great. Rick had suggested a way to mount a pedestal type pump and gave me the name of a supplier down in Florida. Steve and Clarence have loaned me some tools and given me support from the start.

The pedestal pump is the same type that is used on a Cat 3208 and is readily available at a reasonable price. Typically it is driven by an 8 or 9 inch diameter pulley and the pulley on the crankshaft. After looking at that and making numerous drawings I realized that would not work. The pulley would be too large, and the pulleys from each engine would actually interfere with each other in the engine room. I was looking online at other ways and saw a crankshaft adapter that would turn a cogged belt. I started researching that and found that a 3 1/4 inch diameter cog mounted on the water pump shaft and driven by a 2 1/2 inch diameter cog mounted on the crankshaft would turn the sea water pump at the correct speed with the right amount of seawater flowing through the engine. All I needed before ordering all the cogs, belts and raw steel for brackets was a solid design and an adapter to bolt onto the crankshaft. Luckily for me, I have the blueprints of the engine with measurements, and I was able to find them for the water pump also. Many hours were spent drawing up plans and revising them. I tried very hard to find an adapter I could use but struck out. I did find a shop out in the mid-west and was told by an employee that they could make what I needed. I was all set to give them a credit card number when they suddenly fell off the planet. Never heard from them again so it was back to square one. I was looking for a machine shop that could turn down a piece of steel on a lathe, another hard thing to find.


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