I picked up a Tigershark Monte Carlo 1000 about three weeks ago with the intentions of rebuilding it this winter. The guy I picked it up from had already removed the jugs and one of the pistons, so I checked out the crank, re-built the top end, re-built the carbs, and replaced a number of old parts. Thought everything was fine until I hooked it up to the flush kit and ran it today. After 15-20 seconds on the hose, I still didn't see water coming out of the exhaust or anything. The engine was idling perfect at this time. Fearing the worse, I shut off the water, then the ski, and saw that there was about an inch of water in the bilge (the ski had not been in the water since last year, so big Uh-Oh). After several minutes of searching I find that the freeze plug for the water gallery is missing.
I am going to pick a new one up tomorrow, but does anyone know how to get it back in the hole? I am going to try a prybar approach that I have heard of before, but the hole that it goes in is completely accessible, so I don't think the engine has to be pulled.