View Full Version : Old Crhis Starter / Water Pump on 283

06-25-2003, 09:20 AM
I have an Old Chris Craft 283 that has somekind of weird starter and water pump combination.

I am wondering if there is a retrofit that would allow two seperate units, or if this old combo unit is a good thing to rebuild. I have no experience with this kind of starter, so any info is appreciated.


06-25-2003, 09:34 AM
Not sure on that one ... didn't know they were ever combined.


06-25-2003, 11:19 AM

Maybe. Take a look. That is the water pump on the back of (I believe) the starter. - Not sure how it's driven when the starter isn't engaged.

[ 06-25-2003, 12:25 PM: Message edited by: nedL ]

06-25-2003, 09:08 PM
Dan, I think that is a water cooled generator you are looking at. The starter is on the other side of the engine. There is a parts break-down in the manual you show. It was made by Auto-Lite. I doubt if you can get parts, but you never know. It might be easier to get the mounting hardware for an alternator and mount a new one. Then drive your water pump through the inop gen. if it still spins OK, or just take it off and find a mount and pulley for it. Gleenwood Marine might have some of what you need. CM

06-26-2003, 12:16 AM
You are right, it is a generator with the water pump in-line. The alternator was on the other side and I found it after I got the old rotton hull cut away. (It was partially on its side)

I have been told it is really easy to rebuild an old generator. I hate that term. When I think Generator, I think Onan 6Kw. not an alternator.

06-27-2003, 08:45 AM
You can download (free) a complete parts manual for the CC 283 at

<a href="http://ccmanuals.crosswinds.net" target="_blank">http://ccmanuals.crosswinds.net


[ 06-27-2003, 09:46 AM: Message edited by: ccmanuals ]

06-30-2003, 12:19 PM
Wow, great link!! Thanks!