Date: 3 November 2014. Hayes is Here (bell
practically forever (an extra two weeks -- okay, I can be dramatic
when it comes to my newest engine swap) my new bell housing and flex
plate have arrived. And yes, the celebration is ongoing. What a
wonderful way to start the holiday season. But first I had to learn
what a bell housing was -- besides expensive that is!
This is my
newly manufactured and built just for me bell housing:
housing attaches the transmission to the motor and of course finding
one "off the shelf" wasn't going to happen. It's a boat. Stuff
costs. This unit priced in at less than a *Boat Buck, so I'm pleased. It
included my new cush plate along with all the bolts required for
Buck: Long-term boaters know that BOAT often stands for Break Out
Another Thousand, and though we might smile there is a high level of
truth in it.
boat bucks a particular project costs is always of concern, even for
the "big guys" with their yachts. We are all in this together in
that regard. I'm fortunate in that I got a good price for this
A single unit made for a specific purpose, thus more expensive than
a run of a dozen might have been.
of the Hayes bell housing has a specific number of bolts and pattern
spacing varies too.
is installed in Seaweed all the pieces must be aligned. Confirming everything fits just right
is the domain of the mechanics. It's the meticulous attention to
detail that determines if a job is done correctly or slapped
together. Just Right Marine is doing the work to professional
when I had the beast (my gasoline engine) I did use backyard
jack-of-all-trades *ID-10-T's. I paid for those poor decisions in
both in time and dollars. Never again. I learn albeit sometimes I
wish the lessons were less expensive.
a billing charge found most often in the computer support-tech
industry. Put 'em together and you might just see a 12:00 flasher.
ID10T spells idiot and I've had my moments. Too dang many as a
matter of fact.
Flex Plate inside Hayes Bell
Cush Drive and Super-Mini
plate installed →
The Flex plate aka Cush
drive cushions the space between the transmission and motor.
I've heard mechanics use the terms interchangeably. I'm still
learning and frankly as long as it works, I'm not going to
break my thinking bone to figure it all out. This is something
I'll never have to deal with again and that's enough for me.
fortunate. The motor, an 18hp Kubota from Yanmar Tractor Parts
is a true blessing. And each step along the path means I'll be that
much closer to being underway again. That's a good thing. But it's
Remember all boat project estimates
should be tripled.
It'll take three times as long. With the additional
problems found during the process, the cost will at least
triple too. Because I was born and raised aboard a boat, all
delays are expected. I count on them. Ditto costs though this
time I'm more than satisfied. (That means it's cost less but
don't tell anyone!)
The transmission is bolted up to
the new Hayes bell housing.
Do you have a Kubota in your boat, and is it for
propulsion or power supply?
Any advice regarding my Super-Mini will be appreciated.
In the Bilges,
Spook-tacular circa 2014 ~
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