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Fall 2010 (Issue No. 49)

1971 TROJAN F26 HARDTOP CRUISER

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1971 TROJAN F26 HARDTOP CRUISER. Fiberglass hull. Single gas 318cu Chrysler powerplant (225hp), two fuel tanks, 75 gal and 25 gal, 100 total gal storage, Paragon V31 Transmission, Teleflex steering system, Hummingbird depth finder. Complete (although small) head and galley with 2 burner alcohol stove. Upright ice box style fridge, not installed but comes with the boat. No trailer. Owner says, "I've decided to sell my boat, and I think that somewhere out there a BYB subscriber may be interested."

Owner says, "I picked up this boat for "a song" down near NYC due to it having water in the crankcase. After investigating the problem, I found that saltwater corrosion had eaten away the internal water channel in the timing chain cover. Not knowing how long it had been like that, I removed the engine and replaced it with the same size 318 out of a wrecked 1977 NYS police cruiser with 77,000 miles on it. I did replace the original intake and exhaust manifolds with the parts off the original marine motor. The original powerplant put out 225 hp, I have been told that the police cruisers back then put out around 240hp but I can't confirm this reliably. The original carb and distributor have been replaced with new Edelbrock and an MTD electronic ignition package. She starts up and runs beautifully. Everything on this boat functions with the exception of the head. I removed the tank during the engine replacement as it was full and made the bilge smell like a sewer, and have yet to reinstall it. All the plumbing is still there and the now empty tank will obviously be sent with the boat. The only running issues I had while using the boat this summer was a tendency for the Sherwood double impellar pump to draw more water than could pass through the hull fitting as there are two, one inch inlets on the pump and it was drawing through a single 1 1/4 inch through hull fitting. I solved this by adding another 1 1/4 inch through hull inlet and piping the separate pump chambers to separate inlets. The other issue was a good whack to the rudder bending the rudder shaft and the rudder shaft housing. The shaft housing was replaced with the same fitting (packings replaced) off of a 1966 Trojan that was wrecked and the rudder shaft itself is brand new. It was during that repair that I disconnected the original chain and sprocket steering system and replaced it with a Teleflex that gave me about 10 degrees more steering per side and noticeably improved control when backing up.

"After installing the engine, I changed the oil filter after about every hour of runtime for the first 5 hours just to make sure any debris and leftover sludge from the intake and exhaust manifold replacement and the "new" engine sitting unused for 30 years in a wrecked cop car. The Transmission Fluid was replaced while I had the engine out since it was much easier to do at that point. I've speed checked the boat with a GPS to 17 miles and hour top speed which is roughly what she was claimed to have run when she was new. The extra wide hydraulic trim tabs make getting up on plane easy and work well to counterbalance the differences in the fuel tank size. The head enclosure and the galley structure do not seem to be made out of the same materials that they were originally, but I have no information as to why they were changed. However they are laid out the same way and in the same position. It's possible, given that the Alcohol stove is newer than the boat, that they may have been damaged or stained by cooking on the stove. Initially I thought that a fire may have started but I've been able to find no evidence of that anywhere on the boat. I've put about 20 to 25 hours on the boat since the engine was replaced and everything has worked flawlessly. My reason for getting rid of her is simple, I just came into possesion of a 1987, 26ft Cruisers Inc that I'm doing an engine and outdrive replacement on over the winter and that will be my boat for the summer. Unfortunately, this boat doesn't have a trailer and is currently blocked up in my yard. But, if and when someone buys her, everything that is needed to get her back on a trailer is right there at the house. The price, $1000, is just to cover what I have into the boat in materials and a little to cover my time. She's a great boat at a great price. Additional pictures are available upon request.

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