by Jason N
(Hendersonville TN)

I have a few questions concerning a old century I have.

First, the motor in the boat is a Chrysler marine flat 6 M46.

I was wanting to convert the motor from 6volt over to 12.

What certain components would need to be changed outside the obvious of old wiring and distributor?

Is this something worth doing?

I have done internet searches but have found that information on that particular motor is not easy to come by.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Apr 13, 2016
Thank you
by: Jason

Thank you for your help and knowledge, the only reason that i would like to change is for easability when out on the water.

The boat has been in my family for over 50 years. everything on the boat is original and may be better to keep it that way.

I have personally had the boat for 3 years and stripped it completely to stain and varnish.

Everything is in great shape as it has been stored inside for all its life.

Its a great project and an awesome example of 50's craftsman ship.

Thanks again for all the help!

Great website for wooden boat enthusiasts. I'm sure I'll have plenty more questions as the build continues!

Apr 12, 2016
1956 century resorter
by: J Jarvis

Hello Jason there still seems to be a few of that model out there.

To start do a compression check, look at the oil plug for baring damage.

If this boats new to you then do the basics that may have not had time to do when you acquired it.

Then because its gas and enclosed you need a marine alternator, this has a flash suppressor for the gas fumes that accumulate in the hull and can go blame, they’re not cheap and you can save a few bucks on a core charge if you can find a piece of junk.

Don’t think you will get much for the generator unless there’s someone looking for retro.

Hi velum fans also have flash suppressor gauges like oil temp gas gauge you can get a kit their cheap engine complete over haul or rebuild, 2 grand in and out, so if you add it all up your getting close to a nice new lighter motor, more speed and longer life.


Apr 12, 2016
6-12 volt
by: Randy

You would need to get a twelve volt starter and generator.

And a six to twelve volt reducer for your points.

Not sure what type of gauges you have but I'm sure they would all have to be 12 volt, as well as all the light bulbs.

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