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Old    Brandon Kee (trickyboarder08)      Join Date: Jul 2005       05-08-2008, 10:35 AM Reply   
Ok, I have an 1982 Ski Nautique and it will run in neutral at about 1000 rpm's, if I lower that, then the boat dies. Also if I put it in drive it will not go slow, I either have to gas it or if it is barely in drive the boat dies. What is the problem?
Old    Billy (woreout)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-08-2008, 10:40 AM Reply   
Fitser valve definitely.
Old    Brandon Kee (trickyboarder08)      Join Date: Jul 2005       05-08-2008, 10:42 AM Reply   
funny.
Old    ManFox (h20jnky)      Join Date: Mar 2003       05-08-2008, 10:46 AM Reply   
maybe adjust your idle after a good carb cleaning. also, check all fuel delivery lines/systems/filters? might need a rebuild kit for a carb that old..

(Message edited by h20jnky on May 08, 2008)
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       05-08-2008, 10:57 AM Reply   
Your timing could be off as well.

Brandon, my 87 did the same thing. If I was going slow it would run real rough and then die. I checked the timing and it was off by quite a bit. Fixed it and that solved the problem. Check your rotor and see if it is firing in the middle of the contact on the end of the rotor. If it looks like it is to scaring to one side or the other it is a good indication that your timing is off.
Old    Kevin Hoye (wakebrdr38)      Join Date: Sep 2006       05-08-2008, 1:12 PM Reply   
get a light gun and check your timing, i adjust mine about once a season
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       05-08-2008, 1:18 PM Reply   
timing is easy to check. borrow a light from Auto zone or whatever (small deposit) and give it a look. I also second the carb rebuild. Easy to do with a Holley gasket or trick kit and some carb cleaner.

here's a pretty good guide for Ford timing:
http://www.carbdford.com/viewtopic.php?t=5543
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       05-08-2008, 1:19 PM Reply   
does it die in reverse?
Old    Brandon Kee (trickyboarder08)      Join Date: Jul 2005       05-08-2008, 2:32 PM Reply   
not sure about reverse. But I would bet that it would.

I'll check and let ya'll know after I get off.
Old    Luciano Grimblat (luchog)      Join Date: Jun 2002       05-08-2008, 3:11 PM Reply   
Time to jump to Electronic Ignition
Old    882001 (882001)      Join Date: Nov 2003       05-08-2008, 5:02 PM Reply   
full tune up time. new plugs, wires, cap and rotor,and i would do the electronic ignition as well, check timing, run a good carb cleaner thru it and it will run like the day it was built.
Old    Brandon Kee (trickyboarder08)      Join Date: Jul 2005       05-09-2008, 9:08 AM Reply   
it's got electronic ignition and I changed all the plugs last week. Iill check the timing tomorrow while i'm out on the water.
Old    Byron (bkoz)      Join Date: Dec 2005       05-09-2008, 3:34 PM Reply   
Check all your vacume lines, could also be a vacume leak.
Old    Mikeski (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       05-09-2008, 4:20 PM Reply   
My guess is a carb issue, maybe a stuck float.
Old    Luciano Grimblat (luchog)      Join Date: Jun 2002       05-09-2008, 5:17 PM Reply   
If it's not the distributor then I vote for the carb too.
Old     (nbeihl)      Join Date: Mar 2004       05-09-2008, 8:32 PM Reply   
I have had the same sort of problems with my boat in the past. (87 American Skier) I have become a pseudo expert on the carb because I rebuild it every other year. I would suggest getting to know that carb and you will thank yourself later. Try to rebuild it and if you have any questions, post on this page or email me.

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