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    • Timr71, I just sent you a PM. Yesterday, I got the spark arrestor nice and clean and got that reinstalled today. I also replaced the flexible hose that runs from the exhaust bilge pump (is that what it's called) inside the engine cover and ran it to the back exhaust port (under the Ski Centurion metal plate). Next up will be figuring out how to examine and work on the carburetor, finding and examining/cleaning fuel filters, and calling Ron about the steering cable. In looking at the steering cable, there's the red line that runs to the rear of the boat and connects to the rudder system. There's also another tube that is mounted higher on the backside of the steering wheel. It looks like it is supposed to have grease inside of it, but it looks like it's bare. Wondering what that hose is for. Any ideas? In other steering fun, I also have to work on the steering wheel tilt system. When locked into position, it still has quite a bit of flex upwards and downwards, so there's something in there that needs to be worked on. I can't wait until I get this boat running well. It's going to be so much fun on the water! Thanks again, everyone.
    • That's the same engine that's in my boat.  And, I have the manual for it in a PDF.  Let me see if I can attach it here.  If not, I'll email it to you.  The file is too big to attach to this post.  Either post an email address in this thread. Or send me a PM with your email address and I'll get it to you.  No problem.  
    • Yes, it does have a Chevy "stamp" on it, and the spark arrestor cover says Mercruiser. So it's a Chevy Mercruiser 350ci, 265 engine. I just didn't know if I'd be able to get a more specific model number so that I can look up diagrams and such online to help guide me a bit more. Thanks for the response, Timr71. Much appreciated!
    • We would need to see a picture of your engine to confirm for sure.  But, it sounds like your engine is a GM 350.  Is it a Mercruiser?  Earlier ski centurions were pretty much powered by Ford 351s, but in the 95/96 range they started going with the GM based 350.  It's not too hard to tell them apart. If the distributor is at the back of the engine, towards the transom, it's a GM, if the distributor is at the front of the engine, towards the bow, it's a Ford.   Here's a decent video of a guy taking apart a Holley 4160, but this is from a car. Your boat has a marine version of the 4160 (probably) so it should be very similar, but there are some details that specifically make it a marine carb and not an auto carb.  You must preserve these marine details for your safety.   Carb Cleaning   A couple of thoughts on your carb. 1. There's a carb guru. His name is Peter Biever and he's on Facebook. He'll do a rebuild of your carb and walk you through all of the re-installation details.  Here's his link:  Peter Biever If you prefer to tackle the carb issue yourself, I'd post your questions over on iboats.com  Navigate to the appropriate engine sub-forum and post your questions.  There's a bunch of gurus over there and many of them have taken junk and turned them back into real boats.  
    • Thank you both. I was planning on calling today, but we had some health stuff come up (not Covid-19, but pet health) come up, so it'll have to wait a bit. Random question... I can't find a stamp for the model engine anywhere on my engine. Does anyone know what the engine is in the 1995 Falcon Sport. It says it's 350ci, 265hp. Not sure if that helps. Last... and again, forgive the rookie question... any suggestions on videos that would properly help me to clean out or rebuild the carburetor that is in this engine? Thanks in advance, all.
    • Will head over there, and thank you very much for the advice.  This is my first surf boat (only rented Axis in the past, and they were pretty simple with SurfGate) so appreciate the help!
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