Going to look at a 1975 DSII

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Re: Going to look at a 1975 DSII

Postby jsbowman6 » Sun May 29, 2016 3:21 pm

Well, I answered my own question with the help of Roger. In a effort to give back, since I found little on the web with pictures, here it goes.
This is a picture of the bailing plug, mine was rust colored when I started, but found it was aluminum (remember mine is a 1975, you mileage may vary), with the aid of channel locks, I twisted and pulled and it finally came out:
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Note the holes in the side of the plug to allow water into the below housing:
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Next is the plug pulled out and cleaned up, the best I could figure, there feels like an O-ring or something inside the hole, so the plug when pushed down seals and when pulled up stays. Not certain of that. There is a groove cut in the bottom of the plug, but I could not tell it had a rubber seal, so I wire brushed it clean. The inside of the plug has a bevel for the ball to float up to and act as a check valve in the case of the seal back leaking.......I guess.
I put my pinky finger into the venturi outlet hole underneath, or as it's called the bulb and pushed the ball up:
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At least I'm not as scared of it. I'm going to find a 3/4" expanding plug
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Re: Going to look at a 1975 DSII

Postby Woreign » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:47 pm

The bailer on my boat is complete and looks to be functional except that I'm missing the ball. Can the balls be purchased separately, or am I expected to replace the entire unit with a newer plastic one? Certainly someone has found something with a ball the same size that floats as an alternate source?
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Re: Going to look at a 1975 DSII

Postby jsbowman6 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:08 pm

Most likely there is a better solution, but here's one idea:

Frankly I keep mine closed until I load it on the trailer. Not a big fan of the moving parts to keep me dry.
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Re: Going to look at a 1975 DSII

Postby andycayman » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:37 am

Mine was totally shot, so I picked one of these up from D&R. I haven't fitted it yet but it looks solid and no metal parts apart from the two pins that keep the ball in place. Looks like a super easy install too.

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