Showing posts from July, 2017

New Instrument Gauges - Installing

Over the last week, I've been busy fitting the new Faria instrument gauges that we purchased from ASAP Supplies earlier this month. The dials themselves were very easy to fit as all the wiring from the factory-fit Volvo Penta gauges were all colour coded and cable tied neatly behind the dashboard. This meant that all we had to do was remove the ring terminal crimp connectors from the Volvo dials and refit them straight back onto the new Faria gauges. A couple of the crimp connectors were in need of replacing but we've got a huge box of them so this wasn't much of an issue.

The new gauges went in quickly and easily and each one works with the existing sensors/senders that are fitted to the boat. The only things we need to replace are the fuel sender units in the tanks as we want to be sure the senders provide an accurate reading. Other than that, each gauge is now in and working. It's a huge improvement to the dashboard - not only practically but aesthetically. The gaug…

New Instrument Gauges - Delivery

Today we received a box from ASAP Supplies containing most of the new Faria dials for the Bandit's dashboard. The instruments we currently have are the original Volvo Penta ones which were fitted 25 years ago when the boat was built. They all seem to work perfectly fine but they are really showing their age and we felt it was time for a bit of an upgrade. We chose to go with the black face Faria gauges with a stainless steel bezel which would look far nicer on the dash compared to the black Volvo dials.

We've had every dial delivered apart from the two oil pressure gauges which are on back order and will be with us shortly. We've gone for two tachometers with a digital engine hour meter built in which means no further holes need to be cut in the dashboard to accommodate two separate engine hour gauges. We've also got two temperature gauges and two fuel gauges. We are doing away with the two volt gauges and instead will put a single volt gauge in (with a switch over roc…

Port Engine Distributor Overhaul

We've just received the port engine distributor back in the mail after it's refurbishment. The whole distributor has been sandblasted, the electronic module and internal parts have been replaced and the whole unit has been trialled and tested on another 4.3l V6 engine. The unit now works perfectly and the ignition advances smoothly and as it should.

The company that overhauled the distributor said that the electronic module had completely failed and no spark was being made, hence why the port engine failed to start. We've also concluded that me leaving the engine ignition switched on for a long amount of time (due to lifting the outdrive up to check the propellers and then getting in a couple hour conversation with a friend in the marina before switching it back off again) is very likely to have blown the electronic ignition within the distributor. Lesson learnt is all I can say.

We also asked the company to supply us with a new ignition coil for that engine as the one we&…


We've taken a month to forget about Bandit's refurbishment and decided to make the most of the nice weather we've had recently in order to use the boat more. We've now been looking further into Bandit's refurbishment and have made choices and purchased bits and pieces.

We have run into an issue with the port engine where the electronic ignition within the distributor had blown so the distributor is now with a refurbishment company where they will completely overhaul it and send it back to us after testing. We don't know what caused the module to fail but we suspect I left the ignition switched on after raising the port outdrive and forgetting to turn it back off again. No matter, the distributor was due an overhaul like we had previously had done with the one from the starboard engine.

So, what have we done, decided on or purchased recently?
1 - We've decided to go ahead with the helm dashboard upgrade and are going to order a new set of dials from Faria Gau…