John from the Chris Craft Boat Buzz Forum posts this:http://www.chris-craft.org/discussion/v ... 5575#35575
It's been some time since I've posted, but one area I've spent a lot of time on is the 283, while restoring my 1962 28' Constellation. My engines were long gone, so I had to learn what they were from scratch.
In the process of this research (general 1962 research as well) I was able to buy a binder of 1962 correspondence and sales data for 1962.
I'm not attaching anything yet, as it could be many pages, here are a few tidbits to start:
Jan 10, 1962 announcement for the 16' Jet Boat: "...selected the Buehler Turbo drive unit powered by Chris*Craft's own 185 horsepower V8 marine engine"
March 29, 1962 28' Constellation availability (listed by engine):
Single Screw V8 engine June 1
Twin Screw 100 June 1
Twin Screw 185 Manual April 10
Twin Screw 185 Hydraulic June 1
March 29 1962, Letter to Customer:
"A recent change by Chris*Craft on the 283 engine lists the alternator as standard equipment on all engines."
(the 1962 283's I found came with generators)
April 4 1962 Letter from Cavalier Sales Manager:
"The 283 engine equipped with a 40 AMP alternator is being worked into our boat program gradually as these engines become available."
This was in response to a dealer inquiry several weeks earlier clarifying the Bulletin P93 1-15-62.
Jan 10 1962 Cavalier Sales bulletin:
Single 185 HP V8 with manual or hydraulic reduction
dual 185 HP V8 with manual or hydraulic
Dec 21 1961 Sea Skiff Sales bulletin, Accessories:
Alternator, 12V, 60A amp w/2-6V batteries - 185 HP engine, $265.00
1962 Sea Skiff Price Schedule lists both the 185 in manual and hydraulic
1962 (Jan 10 eff) Marine Engine Price Schedule:
8 283 models, direct drive, R15, R20 and R25 in manual and hydraulic versions.
Yachting 1962 ad:
"This is the Chris-Craft 185-hp V-8, Model 283. There are over twenty-two thousand of them in use throughout the world..."
undated brochure on the 283:
12-Volt 40-Amp. Alternator-Generator (std equipment)
manual transmission in dimensioned drawings
Another as above but mentions hydraulic trans.
Aug 1 1960 283 Operators Manual:
Full height intake manifold pictured, hydraulic and manual gears, generator.
Oct 1 1963 283 Operators Manual:
Low rise intake manifold pictured, hydraulic (HF-2 & HF-7) and manual gears (first reference to 283M with 2bbl vs 283 with 4bbl I've noticed), alternator and generator mentioned.
? date 283 Operators Manual (Mariners Museum copy, 1 page has 1967 drawing):
283 (4bbl), 283M (2bbl), low rise manifold, alternator & generator, manual and hydraulic gears referenced.
First time I saw reference to Carter 4bbl.
Only place I've see the opposite rotation referred to as 283L, but contradicts later page where the port engine is "formerly marked O now marked R" and the stbd engine is "formerly marked S now marked L".
From my research, although not documented:
First 4 bbl carbs were Rochester 4GC (not Q-jet!), and the Carter came later. The Q-jet replaced the 4GC some time after 1962.
My 1962 intakes are low rise aluminum.
All started with the Can Type oil filter, and at some point the spin one adapter was used, but may not have been stock (ie from car sources).