Anyone have a source for the gasket set required to completely rebuild a 327QA?
I recently acquired a 1970 XK-19 with only 305 hours on it. Unfortunately, it had been sitting outside, uncovered since 2005 and the entire interior and floor was completely rotten. I have since removed and will be rebuilding the interior.
At the time I took possession, I asked the previous owner why the 8 spark plugs had been removed and were sitting on the floor of the engine compartment. I was informed that in 2012, he had removed them, and sprayed Marvel Mystery Oil into each cylinder with the intent of trying to get it started again. He never turned it over, and never replaced the spark plugs. Although I live in relatively dry Northern California, it does rain here, and we get occasional fog; I stuck an endoscope into each spark plug hole, and discovered 2 suspicious cylinders.
Over the weekend, I pulled the motor and started tearing everything down. Once I removed the heads, I confirmed that the #2 cylinder had rust on the walls that looked like stalactites. I'm currently evaluating options that include having a local engine rebuilder look into as little as honing the cylinders, all the way to sourcing a new/rebuilt long-block GM marine 327. But regardless, I'm going to need gaskets for all of the peripherals for the 327QA: exhaust and intake manifolds, oil pan, fuel pump block-off plate, remote fuel pump, and all of the various water pumps, manifolds and fitting; and finally the gaskets for the exhaust and water jacket to the tail-pipes.
Any help would be appreciated.
The best source for parts and engine work in your area is www.harpursmarine.com . They are located in the LA area .
I bought all of the Q specific gaskets here when I rebuilt my 350Q. https://www.seawaymarine.com/collections/chris-craft
I admire your ambition!! So sad that the boat was neglected to that degree, and needlessly so. Good luck with the project!
Thanks for the leads! Harpurs Marine didn’t answer my call or return my voicemail today, but Sea-way answered and confirmed that the gasket set they have listed for the 305Q and 350Q is also the same for the 327Q.
I’m putting together a list of other things like hoses, fuel pump, water pump and carburetor rebuild kits I’m going to need so I can source as many things from the fewest number of suppliers.
I have restored a 1955 Cadillac, I helped my son restore a 1965 Beetle, and I am also the caretaker of a 1955 Jaguar XK-140. We’ve had a Four Winn’s bow-rider for 18 years that I do all the maintenance, and I always wanted to restore an old Chris Craft; it seemed like the intersection of 2 of my hobbies. I was thinking of something wooden, when my neighbor asked if I knew anyone who would want their boat. I asked what they wanted for it, and the wife said: “just get it out of our driveway.” How could I pass up such a beautiful project? And the XK-19 is the same color as my Jaguar XK; it was meant to be!
Congrats on your XK purchase! You have a lot of work ahead. I’ve fully restored one, gutted and deck removed, back to original condition. Between myself and Chad Durren we can provide you with information that may save you time, headaches and frustration. The 1970 XK was a transition year away from the 69’ Commander that was only made for one year. Pretty much the same other than a few things. Looking at what you have to do it would be a shame to not take it back to original. Just reach out if you want. Mike