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by Rob

ACBS Toronto Winter Workshop was a “roaring” success.

March 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Some sixty enthusiasts attended the session at Parry Automotive.

Carburetor basics were explored. Most point gaps, for example, are 16 to 18 thousands of an inch!

Hats off to Jeff Titshall and the other staff at Parry Automotive in Orillia, Ontario,  who graciously hosted a well attended workshop on marine engines.
Included in the session was information on distributors (hands on), carburetors, oils, transmissions, pistons, blocks and the effects of ethanol in gasoline.
Rony Haylock, of Ronny’s Marine, was also on hand with a beautifully restored “fibre-glassic”. The morning’s acitivites were much appreciated by attendees, as was the generous gift package handed out to all.  Many thanks to Parry Automotive and Toronto Chapter ACBS for hosting this very successful event.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

Cylinder compression should not vary more than 5 pounds per sqaure inch through all cylinders.

Ronny Haylock uses a high lustre paint topsides on his “fibreglassics” ( rather than a gelcoat, which will fade.)

Removing the top plate allows viewers to see how the forward and reverse gear works in an marine transmission.

by Rob

Further restorative work undertaken on 20′ Greavette sedan

March 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been informed by the owner that the rare Shepherd hardtop offered for sale on our website, has had a new bottom installed in 2016. This will certainly give the Shepherd a “new lease on life” and will no doubt add years of seaworthiness to the vessel. Please see details and photos below.
Notes from the owner:
“Rare 1951 Greavette Sedan Canadian made. Mahogany plank on oak frame. Powered by 6cyl Buchanan inboard. Many upgrades, stainless steel fuel tank, electric fuel pump, electronic ignition. Bilge refinished in 2012, bottom paint 2013. Professionally refinished by Miller Potter’s in Manotick. Always stored indoors. Complete with custom bunk trailer (2008).”
Note: A new bottom was installed on the Greavette at Miller Potters in the fall of 2015 at the end of the boating season.
Price $18,500 For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb594

by Rob

We know they’re not wooden boats, but…..

March 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

1935 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster with Dietrich body

The Toronto Intenational Auto Show,  held within the past several weeks, displayed some of the most beautiful and rare vintage automobiles in the world. These “Concour’s D’Elegance”  vehicles are icons of style, grace and extravangance for their time periods.
Enjoy the photos and video below.

The Roadster is powered by a 473 cubic inch, 175 hp. V 12 engine

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton

The owner has stated that although it cruises best at 60-70 mph, its factory-claimed 90 mph in second gear is not an exxageration!

The Duesenberg was first owned by ‘Roxy” Rothafel of Roxy Theatre and Music Hall fame.

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe. The chassis was modified by “Dutch” Darrin, a renowned coach builder, known for his “Dutch” dip (in the doors).

1949 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Prototype. This custom hardtop was owned by the president of G.M, who gave it to his secretary when he became Secretary of Defence under Eisenhower.

1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible. The car features a 352 c.i. engine, Ultramatic transmisison, power brakes, steering, windows and seats, and dual heaters!

by Rob

New price on beautifully restored Shepherd utility

February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this professionally restored (17 ft. 1947) Shepherd utility from $35,000 to $30,000. See additional photos, text and contact information below.
Notes from the owner
“This beautiful boat has undergone a “top to bottom” restoration by Clarion Boats in Campbellford, Ontario including:
– New bottom
– New mahogany bow and stern decks
– New transom
– New gas tank and fuel line
– New wiring
– New windshield glass
– New mahogany ceilings
– New linoleum floor
– Rechromed hardware
New leather interior done by Linrich Upholstery Rebuilt engine converted to 12 volt. Period correct foot throttle. Custom mooring cover. Trailer customized to fit.”
Original Price: $35,000. New price: (Feb 2017) $30,000. For additional photos and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb647

by Rob

Dramatic price reduction on Jafco Sea Master: 17.6 ft, 1953

February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Originally priced at $17,500,  the Jafco has been re-priced at $10,000 WOW!. Details and photos below.

Jafco Seamaster, 17′ 8″ ft, 1956
This charming,versatile Jafco Seamaster is powered by a 6 cyl, 100 hp. Gray Marine engine. The Seamaster features solid mahogany planking in a lapstrake design. This attractive craft is powered by a 100 hp Gray Marine engine, with a new transmission installed in 2013.(The Jafco was built in Sheffield, Pennsylvania. Some original paper work is available.) The body has been refinished and a chine area plank has also been replaced. The owner has a total of $22,000 invested in the Seamaster. The Jafco comes complete with a single axle bunk trailer, bilge pump, 2 paddles, new lines, 6 bumpers, cushions and upholstery.
“Eleanor” is a beautiful boat and will bring years of pleasure to her new owners.
Original price: $17,500.  New price Feb 2017  $10,000 WOW! .
For contact information,  please click on the link. Ad number pb622