Thanks to all of the commander members who have connected with me regarding my search for a 27 Commander. I plan to enjoy my new purchase in salt water on Eastern Long Island NY.

Can anyone weigh in on their experience with modifying original small block engines from raw water cooled to a closed FWC system incorporating a heat exchanger?

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Lee Dahlen and I converted two RWC 427s to FWC just last year. It’s really not all that much more complicated than sourcing the parts (HEX, reservoir, thermostat, etc) and knowing how the plumbing should go. Can’t imagine it’s all that much different on an SBC.

there's this kit for $990 but it does not cool the manifolds with fresh water. I would not want salt water in my manifolds unless they were cheap and easy to replace every five years

https://www.perfprotech.com/high-performance-fwc-system-chevy-small...

It may be hard or even impossible to find a plug and play FWC system for a Chris Craft oem motor.     

Thanks for the replies. I haven’t found a 27 Commander that I’m interested in making a deal on yet but undoubdtedly will want to have a FWC system.

Yeah what Lee said. Will cost a bit for each motor. If the 27 you are looking at has a Q with raw water cooling, then the heat exchangers for that model will be quite pricey and then there are some specific parts you would have to source used from other Q owners.

does that mean my boat is out of the running? 

Jim


Lou Curcio said:

Thanks for the replies. I haven’t found a 27 Commander that I’m interested in making a deal on yet but undoubdtedly will want to have a FWC system.

That must mean I am too.. haha

Jim Frens said:

does that mean my boat is out of the running? 

Jim


Lou Curcio said:

Thanks for the replies. I haven’t found a 27 Commander that I’m interested in making a deal on yet but undoubdtedly will want to have a FWC system.

Jim,

waiting on the additional pictures you committed to send me....

steve,

Im not in a position to make a move on a work in progress. Thanks for the connection and details of your 27

Steve said:

That must mean I am too.. haha

Jim Frens said:

does that mean my boat is out of the running? 

Jim


Lou Curcio said:

Thanks for the replies. I haven’t found a 27 Commander that I’m interested in making a deal on yet but undoubdtedly will want to have a FWC system.

Another load of snow on Sunday has set me back a bit.....

No problem Jim. Understand and appreciate your effort.

I know where a 27 with twin 350's is. Dave

I’m all ears?

My son-in-law has been talking about selling it but not sure of present situation. It's in South Jersey just a couple of hours away by car. I will ask and get back to you. Dave

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