Hello I have a 64 38' commander first generation fiberglass born with 431 Lincoln engines and I need to locate a exhaust manifold for my port engine? Anyone know where I could find parts n the manifold? Thanks Jamie
Dick Morland, what happened to the engines that came out of BOB? I know the owner was not proud of the 431s but were they put in the "give to some other poor guys pile" or relegated to the bin?
www.harpursmarine.com shows some parts for the 430/431 but not manifolds. It might be worth calling and talk to Tom Harpur, he might have a suggestion where to look.
Try these 2 places:
Marine Sales and Equipment - http://www.marine-sales.com/
Earl Stilson (Earl the Pearl) has new and used marine engines, parts, equipment for all kinds of Chris Craft boats. The website does not do the place justice. Rare and obsolete is their specialty. Best to call or e-mail them.
Robert Henkel, Sales - http://www.chris-craft-parts.com/
We have a great collection of antique Chris-Craft marine engines, hardware, instruments and other old-boat items.We specialize in hard-to-find marine engines and parts, and often we can help you locate that particular exhaust elbow or running light or complete ENGINE to keep your antique wooden motorboat in top condition. We have served the old Chris-Craft community for over 30 years.
Earl the Pearl probably has what you want, and he'll want what you have---A load of long green !! He will not pay anything for 431 engines or parts but if you deliver them to him he will take them and resell what he can. Not exactly a fast moving item. On the pair in Detroit's Craigslist I would offer the guy $500 for the whole package. I'll bet he takes it. His options are to wait perhaps years till another person needs something from a 431 or to deliver to Earl the Pearl, and that's going to cost him money & time.
Tim, as to the two 431's we took out of "BOB", we actually planned on putting them on a trailer, trucking them 250 miles to Scott Anderson's house and drop one on each side of his driveway at the street end, you know, a normal driveway marker, just the thing for Grosse Isle :-) The logistics of the 250 mile trip and cost of hiring a wrecker in the middle of the night to unload them brought us to our senses, so we just gave them to a guy who had an elderly Roamer with these mighty engines :-)
I like Chris's advice. Originality does not add value in boats as it does in cars. What's important in boats is reliability and safety. Of course, with two motors, you can hope to limp back to safe harbor on one motor. Bottom line, if you can't find the manifold you need, the decision is pretty much made for you ;)