I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I would really appreciate some help. Our 2007 VX Cruiser is leaking, so we are attempting the repair discussed above. We took it to a mechanic, who lifted the engine and put 5200 on top of the old stuff instead of taking the plate off, cleaning it, and completely resealing it. Needless to say, the ski is still leaking. So we figured we would need to redo that fix so that it is done right. It also appears that the ski is leaking at the seam below that one as well (where that black piece joins the fiberglass). Here is where we are at so far:
So that brings us to my questions.
1) Does anyone have any tips for removing 5200? We are using a heat gun and trying to scrape it off but if someone has a better idea we would love to hear it since this method isnít exactly quick. And there is a lot of 5200 to removeÖ.Iím pretty sure the mechanic used a whole tube. Some of it has already been removed in the picture.
2) How can we reseal that lower seam (where the black plastic piece joins the fiberglass)? I canít tell if it is possible to take that apart so we can clean and reseal it. If it canít be taken apart, should we just clean it as best we can and put 5200 over it?
3) After we got the ski back from the mechanic, we ran it and after we took it back out of the water we found an engine shim blocking the siphon (the siphon didnít appear to be working so we looked). We asked the mechanic about it, and he said he dropped it but couldnít find it so he just replaced it with a new one. Well, when we lifted the engine, there were no shims at all. Once we started to clean the hull out, we found two more shims, some broken/old bolts and a quarter (pictured below). I know we didnít drop any shimsÖdo we need to be concerned about the alignment of the shaft once we put it back together? How can we figure out the correct alignment? We had planned on just keeping track of where the shims were, but obviously that wonít work now.
Here's the stuff we found in the hull:
Thanks in advance for the help, and thanks for reading all that.