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Title: 16' Bass Attacker Restore ( Pic Heavy)
Post by: Bigwrench on March 28, 2014, 09:26:03 PM
Ok I recently took possession of this boat from my neighbor , we have been working on a sale price for awhile now and finally agreed on a trade .... 5 oil changes on her SUV so that's what I have in it so far just to give everyone an idea on total cost when done .
Expense Tally
5 oil Changes
Transom Wood
Bunk Boards Wood
Hull Paint
3M 5200
Transom U Bolts
Goop Sealant
Aluminum Sheets
Spray Paint
Chemicals for Wood Preservation
Retractable Transom Tie Downs
Trailer Strip and Paint Fee
3 Tires and Wheels
Trailer Jack
Trailer Fenders
Bow Strap
Bow Roller

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  It's a 1984 model , with a Nissan 55hp 2 Stroke ,
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 It's on a Tennessee Brand Trailer which is also going to be fully gone over.
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 Last fall I got it running for her teenage boys , the carbs were gummed up and the gas had basically turned to sludge from sitting so long. Pulled them , drained and cleaned the floats, jets and bowls . New plugs , Flushed the lines and some new gas/oil with some stabil added . It hasn't moved since they took it back over to their yard so should be ok.
40# 12V MG Trolling Motor which appears to be fairly new,
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An older Eagle Fishfinder
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   It's been pretty neglected for a few years and actually had about 18" of standing water and leaves etc in the boat when I hooked it up to my truck.
   First order of business was drying it out and with plenty of mountain roads I quickly got rid of the water on a steep incline :)
  Pulled it in my garage and continued to let it drain in a bucket for the last few days.
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  Tonight I got down to business with taking off yhe windshield, Trolling motor ,bow light plug and removing the rotted out decking and carpet and just getting it all down to the aluminum hull.
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  Started out by using an air powered SawZall and sliding the blade in between the aluminum runners and the plywood and cutting the rusted out screws off flush. This worked ok for the most part but several were practically impossible to remove using this method , so brute force and redneck ingenuity were required :).
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That's all for tonight :). My Buddy Princeton_Man is gonna come by tomorrow and see what we can tear up between the two of us :)
 Open to any and all suggestions , info, recommendations or ideas as well.
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Post by: Lee Smith on March 29, 2014, 02:28:22 AM
Can't wait to see how good it looks when you get done Rick!  ~c~

Hell of a buy to Sir!  ;)
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 29, 2014, 03:31:58 AM

Can't wait to see how good it looks when you get done Rick!  ~c~

Hell of a buy to Sir!  ;)
  Thank you Lee ! Schlich wasn't too happy with another boat but when her Daddy came by he was as excited as I am lol. Took the wind outta her sails for sure :)
 
 
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Post by: Bassinkorea on March 29, 2014, 06:49:22 AM
Sounds like you got it for a great deal. Will be following this rebuild for sure  ~shade
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on March 29, 2014, 07:55:14 AM
Get that ol girl done so I can buy it lol.
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Post by: Deadeye on March 29, 2014, 08:18:21 AM
You got a good start on it already.
Title: 16' Bass Attacker Restore ( Pic Heavy)
Post by: Bigwrench on March 29, 2014, 08:28:00 AM
I was surprised that the wiring for the bow light and trolling motor was just laid on top of the stringers underneath the decking. With an aluminum boat I would think this could be potentially disastrous ! I will be re routing the wiring through PVC somehow and also using larger gauge TM wiring and adding some power and ground circuits at the bow panel as well.
    The flotation foam in the front seems lacking and wondered if I should add more ?
  Once I get the entire deck stripped out it is going outside for a heavy degrease and maybe some acid & pressure wash to really clean it up good
  Also wondering about having the TM mounted diagonally across the bow deck like that , should I mount it like my Ranger is off to the left side and build up the rear area for mounting it that way to open up that area more ?
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Post by: LarryMc on March 29, 2014, 09:49:20 AM
I would definitely move the TM over to the left to get it out of the way. Shouldn't be too hard to figure out a way to mount it.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 29, 2014, 02:08:29 PM
Time for round 2 !!
  Today I attacked the rear deck, livewell and the console area.
Started by removing the seats , which are mounted on top of the livewell.
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4 screws on each side into the floor, 3 hose connection and it came out
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And everything is gone here
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I then started on the back deck areas , I tried in all instances to remove the panels intact so as to later use them as patterns possibly ,
More of the same process with the Sawzall , hammer and flat crow bar
Center storage and battery compartment
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I also tried to unscrew all the screws when possible but most were beyond any help. Here I am removing the seat post mount bases,  using a 1/8" cut off grinding disc I ground the heads off flush and drove the bolt body through with a punch and ball peen hammer. The nuts on the bottom were completely gone and was a waste of time trying to contort my big hind end upside down with vice grips so they were disposed of lol I will address the seat base issue at a later date as I may not even use the same bases
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All gone
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Removed the last of the rear deck panels and did a little vacuuming of the loose debris on each side
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On to the console (which has to be removed since it is bolted to the main floor decking)
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At this point I need help from you guys. The top right section of the console is pop riveted through the outside hull with 5 rivets here is inside
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And outside
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 My thought process here is I can grind away the 5 rivets from the inside and drive the rivet body out with a punch. Any residual grind marks will be on the inside and will look cleaner from the outside area. Or I could try and drill all 5 out perfectly centered which might be less of a mess.
  So what ya'll think ?
Also just laid the steering wheel and dash panel down on the floor until I can research how the steering cable system comes apart.  It is a Teleflex and says Safety Steer around the wheel base bezel looks like this
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on March 29, 2014, 03:47:27 PM
Everything is looking great.  I would drill the rivets . You might have to center punch first but no biggie. Looks like a good boat. It still baffles me why people let boats go as expensive as they are.
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Post by: eddie234 on March 29, 2014, 04:08:33 PM
I'm sure it will look like new when its done.
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Post by: bass1cpr on March 29, 2014, 05:17:50 PM
   Bigwrench From the pic's it looks like the front wall of the helm is separate from the top of the helm. Am I correct on that? If that's the case then I would only remove the front wall. That should give you enough flex that the rest of the console could be lifted and put under tension with some rope or ratchet straps to keep it up and out of the way without removing the rivets through the side of the boat. I'd only remove the outside rivets only if you have access to a bucking tool. I've replaced a couple of rivets by grinding off the inside flange and driving them out and replaced with new rivets with a hammer and sledge  before but a bucking tool is much better.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 29, 2014, 06:06:21 PM
I see what you mean now yes it is pretty flexible , I do have a "Big Daddy" rivet gun (That's what I was gonna use to reattach it ) but that makes more sense I'll just pull it up and hook it to the rafters in the garage with a couple bungees or a ratchet straps. I'm not entirely sure how the main deck is attached it looks like the rear area is a separate piece from the one under the dash area . I'll try and figure it out tomorrow . Really happy with the progress so far , it is unbelievably nasty and moldy lol   I'm gonna pressure wash it all out and bleach it too to kill the mold and most likely acid wash the. Floor .
  Any ideas on how to remove the steering cable would be helpful.
  I'm considering going back with diamond plate aluminum for the dash plate and maybe adding a couple Gauges like a tach and water pressure   Thought about just going back with all smooth aluminum plate , 3/16-1/4" instead of  wood but the cost might negate that. Still up in the air on floor material . I don't think I want carpet in this boat but open to any and all ideas.  Definitely gonna mount the TM to the left   Thanks everyone for all the advice and help.
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Post by: Donald Garner on March 29, 2014, 07:09:39 PM
Rick,

Your project is look great tks for sharing the pics with us.  That was a heck of a price you paid for that boat.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 29, 2014, 07:22:25 PM
Thank you Donald ! Yes It was a good deal and I was surprised. I was gonna offer $600
Or maybe $700
But when she said that I was like YES !  More room $$ wise to put into getting it restored now too
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Post by: bass1cpr on March 29, 2014, 07:43:37 PM
   Bigwrench that was a good deal for the boat! I just sold my 2002 Tracker 175xt with a 25 horse Mercury Big foot four stroke. Need to buy another car for my wife. Back to being boat less bank trash! For the time being.

   The two nuts on the steering cable are a clamp that keeps the cable in place. Mark the splines and the front of the steering helm housing so you have a reference when you re assemble.
   Loosen those two nuts and turn the shaft and the cable will push itself out of the housing. Good luck with your project it looks like making good progress with it.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 30, 2014, 09:57:17 AM
Rick, I would pull all the flotation, must likely it's soaked and ruined, you cab replace it with blue insulation from HD or Lowes which is closed cell foam, won't suck up water. You don't need over .125 plate and may go with thinner. There is a lot of potential  in the boat. Nice find.
Rodney
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Post by: Deadeye on March 31, 2014, 08:59:26 AM
A friend of mine decided to make a deck for on his jon boat. He found some Marine Grade Board that was a fiberglass type board that had a roughen texture to one side. Placing it with the roughen side up it made a great non-skid deck. I don't know where he got it but it came just like a sheet of plywood.

I agree with removing the old foam. Since you've decided to go this far you might as well go all the way. Personally I think I would use Aluminum and raise the deck height and create storage and/or rod box area. Fill the complete underside with foam (you could use the expanding foam that comes in a can to fill in cracks & crevices) and Re-Deck with a life-long fiberboard.

Really depends on what YOU want and what you intend to use the boat for.

No matter what you decide to do we can help you find ways to spend more money, just ask us!
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 31, 2014, 05:54:44 PM
I agree with removing the old foam. Since you've decided to go this far you might as well go all the way.

No matter what you decide to do we can help you find ways to spend more money, just ask us!
Lol yeah I've sorta come to the conclusion that if I'm down this far I might as well do it right and the best I possibly can.
 And LOL I don't need any help spending money , just ask Schlich :)
 On a side note a guy offered me $20k for my boat (Ranger) the way it sits today and I've been "Thinking on it "  :) Schlichs already mad and all I did was mention it lol.
  Anyways on to the build ....
  Tonight after work I decided to finish the deck removal and it wasn't too awful bad.  I had to cut the heads off about 6 screws and since the wood was so punky they pulled right out. So now I'm down to the metal floor,  from front to back :)


2 set backs tonight , 1 IMO is minor . I had to go ahead and remove the console and get it out of the way to get to some screws and when I tried to bend it up out of the way it started to crack lol. But easily fixed.
 The 2nd thing is a little more involved lol , the transom board is rotted at the outside ends. I thought it was good visually but stuck my finger through the wood on  the port side corner. I'm not even gonna fool with trying to patch it . I'm gonna remove the motor and set it off to the side and put an entire new transom board setup in

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Post by: Bigwrench on March 31, 2014, 06:02:19 PM
Those last 3 pictures uploaded funny so if y'all cant see them I'll redo them on the laptop tomorrow or this evening.
Here's 4 pictures of the Transom area

My idea here is to cut through the welds in the aluminum corner "gussets?"  It looks like there is one weld on each side and then the Splash pan area is all rivets and then get that rotted board out and make a new solid one. Sound good so far ?
 Shoulda knew something was up with the transom with they angle iron bolted on there.
Edit;
  After looking at it closer I may be able to remove the screws holding both side corner pieces and leave the welds intact and lift it all straight up with the C channel piece  they are welded to , that covers the top of the transom wood . But definitely have to remove the motor so will know more once it's off the boat.

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Post by: Bigwrench on March 31, 2014, 07:04:28 PM
Tomorrow my plan is to remove the motor , pull all the remaining foam out (it is all soggy)
The motor has 1 main power cable that has a quick disconnect right inside the cowling,  2 shift cables which I sm gonna mark their location with paint and they are connected with a cotter pin and a clamp holds them in the cowl. Those 2 things are easy enough to me but as far as the one steering cable attachment here
How do I detach this from the motor ?

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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 01, 2014, 08:03:56 AM
Without looking it over I can't tell you how to remove the steering cable, you'll figure it out I'm sure. You can use Tough Coat for a floor covering, it's non-skid, light weight, and easy to clean. I definitely would go with aluminum, you may be able to find what you need in a scrap yard, worth a try. For the transom plywood with several heavy coats of spar varnish, epoxy or resin, marine plywood would be the best is very expensive  and can be hard to find. It'll look much better after you can pressure wash it.
If you hangout on tinboats enough you'll run all new electric, paint it, rebuild the trailer, name the rig Schlich and sell it for a tidy profit, you may be hooked.
Rodney
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Post by: Deadeye on April 01, 2014, 08:11:52 AM
There should be an arm on the opposite side that the motor attaches to the cable to allow it to steer. Remove that arm. That BIG NUT will unscrew and the entire cable will pull out of the tilt tube.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 01, 2014, 08:16:25 AM
There should be an arm on the opposite side that the motor attaches to the cable to allow it to steer. Remove that arm. That BIG NUT will unscrew and the entire cable will pull out of the tilt tube.
Ok I think I understand now , yeah there is a bar on the left side with a nut and bolt attaching it. So that straight bar is attached to the cable and pulls through the tube once you remove the big locking nut on the right ? I'll give that a try tonight   Thank you Deadeye !
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Post by: Deadeye on April 01, 2014, 11:54:01 AM
Thats it. The Nut, Cable and the Part that you see sticking out through the other side are All One Unit.

The Nut is part of the housing and the "bar" is attached to the end of the cable permanently.

Unscrew the Nut and the whole assembly will pull back through the Tilt Tube.
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Post by: bass1cpr on April 02, 2014, 09:58:29 AM
   Deadeye is right on about the removal just make sure the tilt tube itself does not turn when your loosening the big nut on the cable. Make sure the nuts that hold the tilt tube in place are snug first.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 02, 2014, 11:19:45 AM
   Deadeye is right on about the removal just make sure the tilt tube itself does not turn when your loosening the big nut on the cable. Make sure the nuts that hold the tilt tube in place are snug first.
  You guys are awesome ! I didn't get a chance to mess with it last night, Soccer Practice, homework, showers and supper we didn't even get done with all that till like 10pm so hopefully I can get on it soon . Im making a Bucking bar setup today at work just in case :) Lord Knows I got more tools than one person should have lol so thought Id utilize what I have and make a Bucker  once I figured out what it actually was :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 05, 2014, 06:55:45 AM
Ok cleaning out the foam now and down to one last large section. It's been a tedious process but not as bad as I thought once I came up with a few tool modifications to make it easier to cut up in chunks and remove.
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  3 things I have kicking around upstairs ..
 1) I'm considering media blasting the entire inside of the boat to get it completely clean and ready for the primer and sealer/coating I will be using inside. Has anyone used this method on aluminum before ? Sand,glass or walnut shells ?
2) I'm considering moving the console and redesigning it to be a center console   I like my buddy Larry's setup on his but will have to route the steering cables and wiring through the floor , since I'm going to be replacing the steering cables I'm sure I can order them longer if needed but how would you route them ? Maybe a PVC pipe curved on starboard side where it comes out of the motor ,  down under the deck back to centerline and then up through the floor ?
3) getting ready to remove the motor and thinking about a way to store it while working on the boat .
 Should I build some sort of wooden stand to hang the motor on for ease of working on it upright and should I make it moveable with wheels ?
  Need to plan that out I guess
Anyways it's coming along nicely but gonna take my time and not rush it.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 05, 2014, 02:29:00 PM
1. I would just clean it with a high pressure washer then paint it. I'm lazy and don't like doing any more than needed.
2. I think you are on the right track if you go with a center console, in the back of my ancient mind I think I saw it at TB.
3. Good idea, several at TB.
Many at tinboats seal the inside of the hull with gluvit before painting.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 07, 2014, 06:51:08 PM
Ok I'm stuck , sorta lol. I got everything disconnected at the motor that needs to come off with it but that danged steering cable , first thing I did was remove the nut off the solid bar that is bolted to the front center of the motor and goes over to the steering rod on the port side here (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/08/yranyge9.jpg)
Moved that rod out if the way and went over to the starboard side and loosened the big nut on the cable side here
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On the port side there is another big nut that is around that solid bar here
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Does that nut also have to be loosened to slide the cable/rod assembly out to the starboard side ?
That's probably the tilt tube nut you guys talked about earlier ? Maybe the rod is  just stuck lol , tap it with a rubber dead blow ?
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Post by: Deadeye on April 07, 2014, 08:28:30 PM
The Tilt Tube is a ALL THREADED Tube that goes though the motor bracket. It allows the motor to Tilt up and down. It has a Nut that locks it into place on each end. That is what you are showing in your last picture.

Before you removed the Big Nut on the steering cable were you able to move the motor with the steering? If so then that "rod" which is actually part of the steering cable should be able to pull out. If it sat as long as you said it might be rusty and tight and you may need to tap it.

I did not have to when I removed mine to replace the steering cable, mine just pulled right back through.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 07, 2014, 08:31:30 PM
The motor was very hard to turn , especially with the motor trimmed down straight. Seemed to be worse than up so thought the cables were bad , bet that's it ! I'll lube it up and see if I can tap it through.
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Post by: Deadeye on April 07, 2014, 08:35:17 PM
That is what I'd try. My cables were from the original install back in 1996. They were getting stiff and it was getting harder to steer. After I replaced the cable it's been all good.
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Post by: West6550 on April 08, 2014, 12:44:46 AM
Awesome so far bud!  I can't wait to see this rig done, and I know you'll do it right.


Talk about a good deal my coworker just bought a 2004 Nitro NX750 with a Mercury 115 on the back for what the guy owed.. $3000.  Its his neighbor for the last 10 years.  Neighbor walked over and asked him if wanted it for what he owed.  Then the next morning my bud walked out and the keys were on his door step with a note saying pay him when he can lol The crazy part is the boat was bought new.  Taken out twice.. guy got hurt and it has sat under a cover.  We assume less than 10 hours after talking with the guy.  Heck all his gear was still on the boat! Lolol. My bud pulled the cowling off and no lie it's not even dusty lol heck the starter teeth still have the gold paint on them lol. All the stickers and everything... I seriously had to fight myself not to buy it from him instantly lol

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Post by: bass1cpr on April 08, 2014, 12:50:23 AM
   Do you see a zerk fitting for lubing the cable rod? I agree the rod is probably dry from lack of maintenance and dry from sitting so long.
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Post by: Deadeye on April 08, 2014, 07:11:19 AM
   Do you see a zerk fitting for lubing the cable rod? I agree the rod is probably dry from lack of maintenance and dry from sitting so long.

BW I didn't even think of this. There should be a grease fitting on each end of the Tilt Tube on the Motor Bracket itself. Screw the nut back on and put some new grease in, run the cable back and forth a couple of times to lube it well and it might just come right out.

Good Catch Bass1cpr.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 08, 2014, 11:45:19 AM
Thanks guys ! I'll look this evening , gotta get the tires back on the Ranger after putting new valve stems in the wheels. And a Toyota needs brake work but gotta move the Ranger to make room for the Yota. Calgon take me away ! I do remember a couple zerks up there though.
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Post by: bass1cpr on April 08, 2014, 11:43:20 PM
   Site was down earlier today when I was going to post earlier.

   Put the big nut back on and see if you can move the rod in the tube. You may just want to move it one way or the other the most you can. More than likely use some spray penetrant in the tube and then have to drive it out when you remove the nut again.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 17, 2014, 06:18:09 AM
Well I finally found the time to work on the old tin rig again . Lemme tell ya that steering cable was stuck good ! I finally had to use a 4lb sledge and knock it in till it was flush with the tube and then a pneumatic air hammer and punch combo drove it halfway through the tube and finally a very long punch and hammer finished the job !
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The entire rod was rusted bad !
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Got it out and got most of the old foam out , have about 1' deep by 4' long section left to remove . I also got the motor just hanging on the transom , everything is disconnected . Started building a stand to sit the motor on out of 2X4's and ran out of screws !!
  The easiest way I have come up with to remove the foam is my air powered sawzall and a 6" blade , cuts through it like butter and just have to keep taking sections out at a time. The bottom portion of the foam is very water soaked and heavy. I now have a pressurized sandblasting setup and a industrial pressure washer so almost time to start cleaning it out . I will be running a bore cleaning brush through the torque tube and getting all that old stuff out before replacing the steering cables.
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Post by: Deadeye on April 17, 2014, 07:35:51 AM
Good Job, Keep it up!
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Post by: bass1cpr on April 17, 2014, 11:02:55 AM
   Boat restoration is easy, piece of cake. This myth has now been laid to rest!   lo 
Good job it feels good to GitRdun! Now for the rest of the boat.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 17, 2014, 02:21:28 PM
I did notice one zerk on the tilt tube was broken off flush so I'm sure it hadn't been greased in a long time !
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 19, 2014, 10:53:50 AM
Finished up all of the flotation removal last night
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 There were a total of 5 of these industrial size lawn and leaf bags full of flotation material. And a few of them it took all I could do to lift them into the bed of the truck !
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/20/y4ege7y6.jpg)
Probably removed 400-600 lbs of wet foam from the boat !
Got a good vacuum job done on the entire boat (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/19/ty3apuba.jpg)
And started on the motor removal this morning which was tricky by myself , so here's what I did ....
I had this roll around cart (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/19/equde7e6.jpg)
I screwed the stand I built onto it
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/19/y9u8egyh.jpg)
Once I got the motor on the stand I had to play around with the placement due to it being top heavy and offset for safety reasons with the kids I couldn't have it tipping over
  I used the ratchet straps I haul my big tool boxes with and lifted it off the boat using a 2X4 screwed into the ceiling  in the garage
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/19/u7y4e5u5.jpg)
Using the motor lift ring that is on the power head.
Rolled it back against the wall and added a safety chain around another 2X4 screwed to the rafters so no chance of it falling or flipping , again this thing is heavy !
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/20/7e6aha8a.jpg)
 Now on to the rotted out transom removal .
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/20/8yve8ege.jpg)
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Post by: bass1cpr on April 19, 2014, 11:35:55 PM
   good job! I've done it before and the pictures make me tired. Your making good hed way with this project.
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Post by: West6550 on April 21, 2014, 05:57:21 AM
Looking awesome man!
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 22, 2014, 09:19:30 AM
Looking good BW, a lot of work but worth it. Have you decide on a wood or aluminum deck yet?
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 22, 2014, 11:06:43 AM
Looking good BW, a lot of work but worth it. Have you decide on a wood or aluminum deck yet?
Rodney
  I'd really like aluminum coated with a tough coat type material . Trying to find a great source locally so shipping wont be a factor. Have a few leads just haven't had time to get in contact with them yet.
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Post by: Deadeye on April 23, 2014, 06:47:24 AM
I have a friend that did the deck on his jon boat with a plastic/fiberglass board that comes in 4x8 sheets and has a non slid type surface on one side. Worked out great and it is a once and done deal. I believe he said he got it at a marine supplies shop.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 23, 2014, 06:53:22 AM

I have a friend that did the deck on his jon boat with a plastic/fiberglass board that comes in 4x8 sheets and has a non slid type surface on one side. Worked out great and it is a once and done deal. I believe he said he got it at a marine supplies shop.
That might even be better and easier to work with
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on May 06, 2014, 08:22:26 AM
BW, anything new on the boat?
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on May 06, 2014, 12:04:28 PM
BW, anything new on the boat?
Rodney
Hopefully if nothing comes up,  tonight I will roll it out in the driveway and start pressure washing it . I have a couple big outdoor rugs that Schlich wants pressure washed too lol so gonna do it all at the same time.
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Post by: Lee Smith on May 06, 2014, 12:20:06 PM
Lookin' good brother  ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on May 06, 2014, 08:04:55 PM
Started out with intentions of pressure washing it tonight and got to looking at that rotted transom wood and decided to take it out first. So removed all the bolts I could and cut off the ones that were too far gone and punched them through. With a little help from a 4' pry bar the good portion of the transom slid right out the top . The rotted portion just disintegrated and piled up so gonna clean that out tomorrow with the shop vac. I did try out the pressure washer on the front area and it barely did anything for the aluminum so I am pretty sure my best bet is going to be a media blast on the entire inside , which will also help whatever paint/sealer I use adhere good too.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/07/2etupedy.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/07/merere3u.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/07/e9a5uvyj.jpg)
That was the final piece of the tear down process ! From here on out its clean up, repair, design and rebuild time ! Getting excited !
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Post by: Lee Smith on May 07, 2014, 05:11:30 AM
Yep, the no fun part is over  ~c~  Can't wait to see how it goes from here.  I'm sure it will be a beaut and will really enjoy watching.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on May 07, 2014, 07:19:17 AM
 ~c~ Great work Rick! Wish I'd gotten down to help with some of it but it doesn't look like you've needed any help. -Jim
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on May 07, 2014, 08:35:11 AM
Looking good BW, now for the "measure twice, check again then cut ounce after the cardboard templates times.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on May 07, 2014, 06:24:41 PM
I tried out some muriatic acid I had and it really cleaned up a lot of the crud but it also was rough on the nose when the wind shifted lol. Also went over everything and flush cut all the screw pieces that were still in it from the old deck and used a Wurth Quick Cut 36 grit sanding disc and smoothed out every dimple or rough spot where a screw or hole was. . My pressure washer connection broke off :( so I just rinsed all the old dirt out of it and gonna let it dry. Now I need to start the design process and need to come up with a computer program like Paint, sketch up or something similar that is redneck friendly :)  enough to draw out the boat layout and play around with hatch locations and stuff like that. Any ideas ?
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Post by: jlh42581 on May 14, 2014, 07:56:56 PM
try a free program you can download called gimp, its like photoshop. plenty of help documents out there
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Post by: Bigwrench on May 14, 2014, 08:11:58 PM

try a free program you can download called gimp, its like photoshop. plenty of help documents out there
Thank you very much , I will get that program and try it out.
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Post by: bass1cpr on May 14, 2014, 10:26:34 PM
   Bigwrench  look up a product called Starboard. It's a plastic composite type product and comes in different thickness' it's used in marine applications and comes in sheets. There's another product like it but I can't remember the name of it now but I will check what it's called tomorrow and post the name tomorrow night.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 18, 2015, 11:52:50 AM
Ok getting back on track with this project finally !  Started Sandblasting the inside of the hull last night and removed the wheels and tires from the trailer more pictures to follow
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Post by: Kris on March 18, 2015, 12:26:27 PM
Man, I know you have done a lot of work on that boat.  It's just starting to warm up here where I can get started on my project boat in the yard.  I have a garage under the house but I don't think I can get the boat and trailer in there.  My motorcycle and LOTS of other stuff live there but i can't put a car in it either.  Getting as much stuff as I can afford to put in/on the boat and trailer. Sale of my other boat will probably cover the rest. 
Good job and good luck on getting her done.  I hope to have good documentation on a couple of forums like you did.  Hopefully plenty of pictures.  Kris
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 31, 2015, 07:40:16 PM
Ok so I've been kicking around Aluminum or wood decking and of course several different layout/design plans and I haven't decided on that so I decided to start on the trailer , which is where my skills shine so here's some trailer progress.
  Started out by removing the old tires and wheels, sandblasted the two matching rims to get an idea on how bad they were and decided they weren't worth the trouble
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/ad0273a375c3a02f1c940e648b8df3f3.jpg)
The Ugly old fenders came next
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/716752e206442b29671b8ae14d299942.jpg)
I had to grind the heads off a few bolts to remove them suckers
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/e06d6fd5ccbcfbb49afc7cd8e93b90ea.jpg)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/85eafb1a37b42306f27b04fb07c34851.jpg)
Tool of choice
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/bf479258b85eb5a89e79b9442d692a53.jpg)
And they are all gone :)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/d5aeffbf9a782b1bbb8972b4bcecea81.jpg)
Decided some new shoes would be a great addition
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/11dc547443faf8be3c4ca6e7d76fffc2.jpg)
Radial Force Variation Balancing , overkill for a trailer maybe but I absolutely cannot stand a vibration in a vehicle lol not even a little bit :) so since it's FREE why not ?
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/5f658709f78ecc06524b77d3e4728c82.jpg)
And now she is ready to haul down the road
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/6a65e61339240e0dda2154a3ce79b26b.jpg)

to a media blasting company which will strip the trailer and give it a sweet powder coat job, much faster and better job than I can do with my small sandblasting outfit at a very reasonable price.
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Post by: Pferox on March 31, 2015, 07:45:36 PM
Wow, good luck there Rick.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 31, 2015, 07:57:07 PM

Wow, good luck there Rick.
Thanks Jim ! I've got some sweet ideas for the trailer too but right now I just want to get the rolling chassis to the blaster and then it's game on ! Stay tuned for more fun filled updates !
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 31, 2015, 08:33:08 PM
A couple more points and planned upgrades on the trailer rebuild
The leaf springs -
    are a slipper spring design (Which I'm not too crazy about) that looks like this
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/c168236da85daaa99246f3d6e2ab00e0.jpg)
One side of the trailer has wooden wedges driven in between the slipper end and the frame
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/5ccb55bd1913fe0d148900af6637a5a2.jpg)
It's hard to see in the pictures but there is a metal retaining strap that is in place to keep the free end of the spring from moving laterally which in turn will cause your tire symmetry to be out of align and of course cause tire wear.
The starboard strap is completely gone and the spring has worn/beaten an indention into the frame surface.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/31/80597691d5884874eccb6194cb0c804f.jpg)
I'm assuming that's what the wooden wedges were for on the Port side lol
I will be repairing this section and the springs will be replaced with new , if I decide to use the slipper type again I am thinking that a sacrificial 1/4" plate welded/bolted between the spring and frame will help this and of course lubricating the contact surfaces. A good laser alignment to help get everything straight. The springs will also be a little beefier , I'm thinking 3 leaf 1000lb capacity but may go up to a 1500lb leaf pack
Here's a couple better pictures I took this morning.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/01/c34249916f66a30af2cbeabf55d0c5bf.jpg)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/01/c6d4458c687164e51f8eb6f97a2728c7.jpg)
One bearing is in need of replacement  and I will be getting a spare hub and mounting it on the trailer to hold the spare wheel  need design/location ideas for this.
LED lighting all the way around as well as new heavy gauge wiring.
A new jack !!
New bow strap and winch
A bolted on step at the front
Retractable , bolt on tie downs
New fenders , the old ones were ugly in my opinion but the square style if heavy enough would also serve as a step so not sure on Round or square yet
Am I forgetting anything ? :)
Any suggestions and recommendations are welcome :)
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Post by: Dark3 on March 31, 2015, 09:51:56 PM
Really coming along!!
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 01, 2015, 12:28:17 PM
Whatever you decide on one spring do it to both. Sacrificial plate sounds good. You might try building a step all the way to the back like your Ranger Trail has, maybe toward the front of the trailer also. I would replace both sets of bearings.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 02, 2015, 09:36:42 PM
Some great ideas Rodney , yes I'm going to do both as a set and definitely new bearings. Thanks buddy !
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 02, 2015, 09:42:51 PM
Ok this is what I have to work with ! Schlich thought I was crazy removed the lower half of the bedroom window in the kids room to get this overhead shot lol
So let's design this sucker.
Left sides gonna have a rod locker type area and for now I have room for 7'6"-7'8" . There are 3 holes through the bulkhead of the front deck with rubber grommets around them I'm gonna either add 2 or 3 more but have to come up with a rear Rack to hold the rod butts , much like the one in my Ranger but on a smaller scale.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/02/f898b8873a42a13fdc21b43f3d6fde0c.jpg)
Feel free to use this photo for design ideas you wanna share lol.
I'm going to use Skitch and try and add measurements for scale too :)
Let the fun begin !!
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Post by: Kris on April 03, 2015, 05:28:33 AM
WOW!  Cool picture, certainly cleaned up well.  Now comes the fun part, design and reassembly.  Good luck on the build.  Kris
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Post by: Pferox on April 03, 2015, 07:07:39 AM
Hey Rick, are you filling the bow with foam? And where are you putting the recessed trolling motor foot pedal, because depending on that, you can put an anchor locker right in the front with a door, then fill around it with foam to help keep it afloat.   :-*
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Post by: Lee Smith on April 03, 2015, 07:18:23 AM
I'm saying fill it up with foam and stick a 150 on the back of it  ;D  Don't forget a few Oh CHIT handles  ~roflmao

Boat is looking great Rick!  ~c~  Can't wait to see the end product, so, , , HURRY UP!  Tell the wife to be, wedding's gonna have to wait  ~roflmao  ~roflmao

Then send me some pics of that knot on top of your head  ;D  lo  ;)  ~shade
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 03, 2015, 08:15:54 AM
Are you able to extend the front deck and add more storage? I would go with #6 welding cable for the trolling motor unless you plan on mounting the batteries in the bow, #6 welding cable has a thicker rubber coating to withstand abuse and the copper strands are finer than even battery cable so the power loss from stern to bow is less, worth the price. Are you using carpet or vinyl for the decking? What is your deck going to made of? Questions, questions, questions.
Rodney 
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 03, 2015, 11:58:14 AM
Lol that's a ton of questions :) I have to make a few more phone calls to verify price and availability of local aluminum plate and a good welder.  Been so dang busy at work it's kinda hard to take time out most days to even make a personal call lol.
Here's a rough idea of what I came up with.   I really suck at this design stuff so hope you guys can make sense of it.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/af8ad48507eac381102ce6d4ac553d60.jpg)
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 04, 2015, 06:41:21 AM
Looks interesting BW, the 2 "yellow" areas in the rear, are they storage or flotation? How long is the rod box? are you running a tubes for your wiring? Neat looking layout.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 04, 2015, 06:54:05 AM

Looks interesting BW, the 2 "yellow" areas in the rear, are they storage or flotation? How long is the rod box? are you running a tubes for your wiring? Neat looking layout.
Rodney
The 2 yellow side areas were originally completely filled with flotation , my plan is to use the upper half for storage lockers and the lower half will be flotation foam. That left Rod box could possibly hold 7'10" rods iirc. I took a ton of measurements last night and if I open up one more panel to the front I think it was 7'10 I'll double check that and let you know.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/04/caca836bfcfa8f804084e87fe4ca3002.jpg)
Here's a view of the 3 original holes for rods and the first panel is opened up for the rod tips, I think if I open the next panel in the same manner that should work.
My plan is to run tubes either up through the chines or through tubes on either side not sure yet which will be easier. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 04, 2015, 06:59:31 AM
The two center yellow ones in the rear,  in front of the seat I'm not sure about. That is a very deep area so not sure if I should make small storage lockers and keep the space below open or not ? Also need to decide if I want to put a permanent gas tank in or keep the portable type that was originally in it.
If I go with a permanent gas tank , I probably need to move it forward some and also thought about tm batteries in the very front trying to distribute weight a little because the motor is pretty heavy I think but not sure which way is best but there originally was a livewell below the seats at the helm , just an aluminum box.
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on April 04, 2015, 07:32:42 AM
If you decide to go with batteries in the back let me know. I have some nice welding lead I will send you.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 04, 2015, 09:54:16 AM

If you decide to go with batteries in the back let me know. I have some nice welding lead I will send you.
Thanks buddy ! I may just do that.
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Post by: TWilson on April 04, 2015, 09:58:08 PM
May I vote for a rubberized aluminum floor and stainless hardware all around?
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 04, 2015, 10:24:04 PM
Hey Rick, are you filling the bow with foam? And where are you putting the recessed trolling motor foot pedal, because depending on that, you can put an anchor locker right in the front with a door, then fill around it with foam to help keep it afloat.   :-*
Yep gonna be a lot of foam ! I definitely like the idea of a storage for a anchor
TM recessed pedal will be in front of that seat mount where it is now.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 05, 2015, 12:17:53 PM
Looking good BW, good ideas. I might think about opening the 3 holes up to allow more rods in storage. As much storage as you can put in is never enough(go figure) but it helps. I might rethink where the live wells go and use the boxes under the seats for storage but that's based on problems with wells under the seats on my last boat, not sure how your's are set up. Wiring run through pipes is a good idea, and spare cords for pulling through extra helps if you want to add other accessories later.
Rodney
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Post by: Pferox on April 05, 2015, 12:28:28 PM
Here's a view of the 3 original holes for rods and the first panel is opened up for the rod tips, I think if I open the next panel in the same manner that should work.

I would just cut the panel in a similar shape as the middle one on all three, build a box inside of that ... kind of as a means of adding reinforcement and run it all the way to the bow as far as you could, would allow you much more length that way.

What that would allow you to box off the whole area there, and fill with foam around the box, extra flotation but not seeing it in the locker.  Also a great place to run a conduit on the bottom corner along the boat, helps keep junk buildup in the corners, and an alternate place to run wires.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 05, 2015, 01:11:44 PM
Yep kinda what I was thinking guys. . Well today I got a few things done while we were all outside enjoying the beautiful day.
We flipped the boat off in the yard
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/05/6ebdbda10db5c8c929e99aec0b5a89ec.jpg)
So I can work on the bottom half. Thanks to Mother Nature the last week I intentionally put the drain plug in and let her fill with rain water to do my leak check free of charge :) I had a few rivets that are leaking and will address them while treating the bottom of the boat.
Now I can finish up on the trailer
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/05/10c0310ada6ab4f329799c00dcd13ca7.jpg)
Removed the bunks and detachable brackets
And a real good view of the damaged area from the springs
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/05/823aad99233cf41381d5eea759065b8a.jpg)
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/05/ce4ec2f48be0e2a4d98a8c801837b960.jpg)
Just glad to be making progress :)
Gonna fix the current lights and slap a tag on it to make it legal to transport this week.
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Post by: Took on April 05, 2015, 01:15:35 PM
Looks AWESOME!
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 05, 2015, 04:19:50 PM

Looks AWESOME!
Thanks Took , it's been fun so far but got a ways to go yet. Can't wait to get it sealed and painted and start the decking process.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 06, 2015, 06:55:49 AM
That's a nasty crack, is there enough metal left to fish plate it? There are a lot of possibilities stripped that far down, go back to original, set it up for very shallow water, add storage, choices.
Rodney
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Post by: West6550 on April 13, 2015, 08:14:46 AM
Coming along nicely for sure!  v~
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 12, 2015, 09:44:24 PM
Well it's been a couple months now but here's a little update .
  I removed that round pipe someone had welded to the rear of the trailer. Had to cut through the welds and grind em down. I also fixed the broken area of the frame where the slipper spring came through
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/12/7ef0e97eba589b9d80aac3f74670b6d9.jpg)
I totally suck at welding lol, don't do it enough to get good at it but it will hold for now.
Also using the tow motor at work made it easy to lift the rear up to a comfortable working height .
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/12/03cafe075fd3a0fa907386642d0b1f8a.jpg)
  While I had it up and the springs back in place I wanted to check the tire wear so I painted the tread of both tires before dropping it to the ground and let it dry
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/12/6750f0ccb0002cdbfbb34c8bc50848ea.jpg)
Drove it 18 miles home and checked my wear pattern on both
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/12/8cdb60dcfe9d3826dfaaedfb698564a6.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/12/80d261f49cd548a1e69ed92d99097ff9.jpg)
 This is exactly what I am looking for with a slight camber out and perfect toe pattern and I will rerun this test again with a fully loaded trailer, which should bring my camber in some and hopefully with the springs retainer back in place and a solid frame surface my toe will remain real close to center tread.
 Today I had to go take some certification tests for work so I finished up early and dropped the trailer off at the Sandblasters shop and we went over everything I needed welded and picked out the color and type of coating I wanted. 2 weeks or so it should be ready to start going back together.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on June 13, 2015, 06:20:50 AM
Doin' it up right! Awesome!
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Post by: Pferox on June 13, 2015, 10:45:29 AM
Looking good Rick.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on June 14, 2015, 04:55:20 PM
Progress is always good. I'm thinking about mooring the ship at the fish and game club and going through my trailer. It needs new bunks, thinking about composite 2x4s, welding on on fender, paint and new bearing covers.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 26, 2015, 07:29:43 PM
Got the call that the Old Girl was ready Wednesday morning but since I had to work late that night , Tammy and I went and picked it up last night. He had rehung my tail light assemblies but all the wiring and side markers had been removed . We went on to our camper and I rewired the rear lights with a brand new complete wiring harness . Took it in to work today and installed my LED side Marker lights and slapped a new State Inspection sticker on it !
I was not only happy with the way it turned out I was Floored ! It looks brand spanking new ! Along with the sandblasting and paint he repaired the cracked frame , made retaining straps for the slipper springs and welded in frame supports so the frame cannot buckle there again . Here's a few photos in no particular order
 (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/26/d6d769872827335ca23439121883a0cb.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/26/cdfef03b3ecd134ff6f18e8532b4cba7.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/26/e38b82ba07e845744e270c6d9dac62b9.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/26/106fdf088d387ed924372348a2bf69db.jpg)
I am going to tear the trailer jack apart and see about restoring it , if not then it's getting a new one . Bunk boards, fenders and a bow strap is gonna be worked on this weekend and coming week. Thanks again everyone for all the suggestions and following along with this lengthy but fun project :) now go in the classifieds and buy some of my stuff so I can place some orders LOL
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Post by: Lipripper on June 26, 2015, 08:54:43 PM
Looking good  ~c~ ~c~ Now as far as all them reels your selling they look like nice reels. Hope you can sell some of them to help out with this project.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on June 28, 2015, 07:28:17 PM
Looks good BW, looks good.
Rodney
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Post by: ryan1995 on June 29, 2015, 08:59:29 PM
Trailer turned out real nice. I like your attention to detail.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on June 30, 2015, 07:40:33 AM
This is BS! Need MORE PICTURES! Love the build
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 30, 2015, 08:04:55 AM
Trailer turned out real nice. I like your attention to detail.
This is BS! Need MORE PICTURES! Love the build
Thanks so much ! I thought I was going to get some more done this week but had forgot that I had to take some Tests for work yesterday and drive to Charlotte NC today for some training and wont be back till Wednesday night late.
 Hopefully I can get started back on it soon Its really coming together now. My plan is to get the boat hanging from the rafters in the garage and getting my Bunks set properly and then starting on the boat hull. I saw a aluminum this weekend that was a factory camo pattern and looked sweet so not sure on the color of the hull yet but ill probably change my mind 10 times lol ! Either way I need to prep it for paint so that has to be done next !
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Post by: Pferox on June 30, 2015, 08:50:06 AM
The trailer looks great great Rick.  I thought you were going to put some runners under the frame before the axle to protect all of that if it drops off of a ramp or something like that.

I've tried to camo a couple of projects, even made some templates one time and I could never seem to get it "just right".  Everybody else that looked at the finished projects thought it was great, but it never was for me, so I just stopped doing that kind of stuff.



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Post by: Bigwrench on June 30, 2015, 09:11:10 AM

The trailer looks great great Rick.  I thought you were going to put some runners under the frame before the axle to protect all of that if it drops off of a ramp or something like that.

I've tried to camo a couple of projects, even made some templates one time and I could never seem to get it "just right".  Everybody else that looked at the finished projects thought it was great, but it never was for me, so I just stopped doing that kind of stuff.
I think the runners before the axle was in someone else's thread , I remember reading it and it's a slick idea for sure but didn't even occur to me to do that or didn't think about it early enough I guess.
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Post by: lovefishing on July 13, 2015, 07:40:49 PM
What is happening with restore ? Haven't seen any post lately, or am I looking in the wrong place?
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 14, 2015, 10:22:03 AM
What is happening with restore ? Haven't seen any post lately, or am I looking in the wrong place?
   Not much to report really , $$$$ is pretty tight at the moment so still concentrating on the trailer until I can sell some stuff to come up with funds to finish the boat. Rebuilding the Jack assembly and Bow winch right now. Ill try to get some pictures uploaded of that process this evening if I can. Thanks for following along
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Post by: Kris on July 14, 2015, 03:33:40 PM
   Not much to report really , $$$$ is pretty tight at the moment so still concentrating on the trailer until I can sell some stuff to come up with funds to finish the boat. Rebuilding the Jack assembly and Bow winch right now. Ill try to get some pictures uploaded of that process this evening if I can. Thanks for following along
I agree with you Rick.  IT always happens that I either have the money or have the time.  Always seems to be a miracle when I have both at the same time.  Presently I am thinking seriously of selling my present reservoir rig so I can finish this one.  I think I want to hold on to it until I get the transom replaced, flotation/insulation for the floor and the aluminum sheet to cover it.  Then, my "Puddle Jumper" will go on the List to sell.  Good luck with yours.
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 14, 2015, 03:47:04 PM
I agree with you Rick.  IT always happens that I either have the money or have the time.  Always seems to be a miracle when I have both at the same time.  Presently I am thinking seriously of selling my present reservoir rig so I can finish this one.  I think I want to hold on to it until I get the transom replaced, flotation/insulation for the floor and the aluminum sheet to cover it.  Then, my "Puddle Jumper" will go on the List to sell.  Good luck with yours.
I have actually considered selling the 518 to finish this one :) briefly but true LOL 
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Post by: MommaWrench on July 20, 2015, 09:28:51 AM
But mommawrench doesn't want to sell the bass boat!   
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 20, 2015, 10:03:40 AM
But mommawrench doesn't want to sell the bass boat!
LOL well I guess that settles that :) but bear with me, eventually we will get straight and get some real progress done
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 20, 2015, 11:48:07 AM
Oh almost forgot the jack pictures.
I disassembled the Jack to try and figure out where the problem with it was . It would come up off the ground about 5" and get extremely tough to turn the handle. It isn't the flip down type so it has to be screwed all the way up to gain clearance while driving.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/20/c68fd932a5a77ac1cf90ec9d45af10a8.jpg)
Got it all laid out and cleaned everything up and noticed the pipe that the rack teeth are welded to was " swelled up" . It appears to be rusting from the inside and swelling the pipe up so basically I either cut the rack off and weld it to a new pipe of the correct diameter and also weld the wheel foot on it or just get a new jack.
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You can't really see the damage from the pictures but I'll have to make a decision on this soon. The good news is these jacks aren't too expensive really.
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Post by: Lipripper on July 20, 2015, 03:52:49 PM
But mommawrench doesn't want to sell the bass boat!
  lo lo

LOL well I guess that settles that :) but bear with me, eventually we will get straight and get some real progress done

 ~roflmao ~roflmao
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 21, 2015, 06:19:29 AM
But mommawrench doesn't want to sell the bass boat!
The Boss has spoke!
Rodney
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 21, 2015, 06:21:01 AM
You can buy a jack that swivels for that rig pretty cheaply, not a lot of weight to deal with.
Rodney
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Post by: ryan1995 on July 23, 2015, 08:54:56 PM
You can buy a jack that swivels for that rig pretty cheaply, not a lot of weight to deal with.
Rodney

I just got one for my utility trailer with a 1500lb rating for $24.99. With that boat, you are no where near 1k in weight on the tongue
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on September 30, 2015, 08:06:55 AM
BW, what be happening with the boat? Are you still in love with it or have you had a divorce?
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 07, 2015, 06:40:12 PM

BW, what be happening with the boat? Are you still in love with it or have you had a divorce?
Rodney
Lol sorry took me so long to reply Rodney . The rallies and some other stuff here at the compound have depleted my play money lol.
The media blasting of the inside and outside of the hull is gonna run me about $350 , tonight tammy and I discussed just doing it with what we have available which is a couple hundred grand worth of tools lol if I can't figure out a way to rough up the surface with what I have I might as well sell everything and move to Guntersville lol. So tomorrow evening the garage is getting cleaned and stripped bare and the hull is getting put on saw horses and most likely ill wire brush the outside at least. More to come soon. 
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on October 07, 2015, 08:09:05 PM
Gotta love the cost of snap on

Just paid my bill off. 5200.00 it hurt but feels good to have it paid.
Nice to own enough tools to fix anything lol
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 08, 2015, 06:33:06 PM
Ok the saw horse deal just didn't work because of the sheer size of the boat so I used the next best thing ..... The newly painted trailer lol !
I laid some old blankets and rugs over the trailer frame and we set the boat upside down on top of it.
Started working one section at a time with a wire brush
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Started out on the ground until I got some help when everyone got home 

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Last step tonight was stripping one whole side down with a razor removing the emblems cause the wire wheel is noisy and neighbors think I'm nuts lol
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I know we have discussed this in other threads but here is what happens when you use treated lumber anywhere it will contact aluminum
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Post by: Lipripper on October 08, 2015, 07:11:21 PM
Lot of hard work but looking good  ~c~ ~c~ What do you mean think. ~roflmao ~roflmao
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 08, 2015, 07:35:51 PM

Lot of hard work but looking good  ~c~ ~c~ What do you mean think. ~roflmao ~roflmao
You got me there lol
I try not to be too noisy after 8pm and if I have to work on a car(or anything)  after that I use hand tools
The brush I am using is a very aggressive one and I'm going to look for a less aggressive bristle this weekend . This one has a tendency to hop around a lot and I think a less aggressive one will do just as good but be easier to control.
My plan is to rough up the entire outside of the hull with the brush , take it all down to clean aluminum and then acid wash the outside and then start the sealing process . The priming and painting and finishing of the outside will be done in one of our paint booths at work so I can get it baked on good and probably 4-5 coats thick. The outside will be a desert type camo pattern.

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Post by: Lipripper on October 08, 2015, 07:38:19 PM
You got me there lol
I try not to be too noisy after 8pm and if I have to work on a car(or anything)  after that I use hand tools
The brush I am using is a very aggressive one and I'm going to look for a less aggressive bristle this weekend . This one has a tendency to hop around a lot and I think a less aggressive one will do just as good but be easier to control.
My plan is to rough up the entire outside of the hull with the brush , take it all down to clean aluminum and then acid wash the outside and then start the sealing process . The priming and painting and finishing of the outside will be done in one of our paint booths at work so I can get it baked on good and probably 4-5 coats thick. The outside will be a desert type camo pattern.
I know it will look great when it's all done. ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on October 08, 2015, 08:00:38 PM
Have you found a paint that's good for aluminum yet?
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 09, 2015, 06:51:36 AM
Have you found a paint that's good for aluminum yet?
There are several different brand names out there that I'm looking at specifically for marine aluminum applications. I'm going to order a 8lb Gluvit Kit for the sealing process today.
  I need to make a decision quick on the paint though , weathers changing fast and the colder it gets the more time it's going to take me prep wise. I also want to use a product that can be sprayed in our paint booth rather than rolled on with a roller. The one product everyone talks about the most appears to be applied with a roller so not sure what to do yet.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on October 09, 2015, 07:45:54 AM
Hey BW, it's coming along. A lot of the guys at Tinboats use Rustoleum Etching primer and their regular paint over the primer with very good results. Some roll it on and some spray.
Rodney
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on October 09, 2015, 08:35:23 AM
My good friend owns a body shop I can make a call if you like.
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 09, 2015, 08:58:35 AM
My good friend owns a body shop I can make a call if you like.
We have a body shop here , just haven't had time to get up there in the booth and explore options lol
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Post by: Brocksdad1 on October 09, 2015, 08:59:21 AM
Ok just thought I'd help if I could
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 13, 2015, 08:44:04 PM
Ok I am ready to seal and paint this outside hull !! Been a lot of work but can definitely see some progress.
 The entire outside hull has been stripped and roughed up, Degreased and washed.
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Tammy and I rebucked all 170 rivets on the front section where I saw some drips earlier in a leak test
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We are going to try a Duralux brand marine paint that can be purchased at local hardware stores with the entire boat , inside and out being this base color
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The camo patterns/design we will do with spray cans that we can get at the local store also
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Tons of options there and the main surface paint is gonna be the most critical.
Gluvit will be used to seal all the seams and rivets inside and outside before paint and either a 3m 5200 or this which can also be picked up locally at the depot , which appears to be essentially the same thing ?
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/13/2e7d5f9489d3a623658cedcbb9ec013a.jpg)
The plan is to get the outside hull sealed in with the base paint.
Flip it , (put new bunks on the trailer first of course) back it into the garage for winter and start fabricating the interior hatches and all the wiring and foam . Should keep me busy through the winter and then final paint and camo design pattern next spring !!! Stay tuned , gonna make a sweet rig outta this thing yet !
  I also have to add Tammy did one heck of a job using an air hammer for the first time tonight ! Redneck Chicks rock !!

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Post by: Lipripper on October 13, 2015, 09:05:36 PM
Now that's what I call great team work ~c~ ~c~ Looking great come spring it won't look like the same boat. ~shade ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on October 14, 2015, 06:43:48 AM
When you're done I'll bring mine down. :-* :-*
Coming alone smartly BW!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 28, 2015, 06:13:12 PM
Paint and Hull sealer are on order ! Maybe another week or two and this thing will be seam sealed and have a solid basecoat of Marine Paint On the outside hull !
Stay Tuned !
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Post by: Lipripper on October 28, 2015, 06:27:59 PM
Paint and Hull sealer are on order ! Maybe another week or two and this thing will be seam sealed and have a solid basecoat of Marine Paint On the outside hull !
Stay Tuned !
Thanks for the up date and you going to be able to work on it during the winter?
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Post by: hughesjasonk on October 28, 2015, 07:04:08 PM
Pics or it didn't happen!
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 28, 2015, 07:52:05 PM

Thanks for the up date and you going to be able to work on it during the winter?
Yes sir ! We have a body shop at the dealership so I can definitely work on it through the winter , getting the paint booth when it's empty all weekend will be my only challenge but the plan is to put it in the booth Friday night clean it and seal the hull ,then spray the etching primer Saturday morning , final prep and paint work Saturday and then bake overnight and bring it home Sunday.
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Post by: Bigwrench on October 28, 2015, 07:52:51 PM

Pics or it didn't happen!
You can bet I'll take a lot more photos :) of each stage.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on October 28, 2015, 07:54:21 PM
You can bet I'll take a lot more photos :) of each stage.
I'll hold you to it lol
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Post by: Lipripper on October 28, 2015, 07:54:32 PM
You can bet I'll take a lot more photos :) of each stage.
We love  ;PHO) ;PHO) ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 08, 2015, 02:14:10 PM
Ok so as I mentioned earlier in another thread , I cleaned out the garage most of the day yesterday and moved the project indoors for sealing.
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Got all of the supplies I ordered .
Going to use Duralux "duck boat drab" as a base coat
Amazing Goop for the sealing of the seams
3M 5200 for all through hull bolts and fittings
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Placed a space heater under the hull this morning to help warm the aluminum and heat the garage to a balmy 85 :)
Laid everything out on my little tool box and got to work
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First thing I did was wipe all the areas I wanted to seal with acetone and then I mixed my Goop
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You have to work pretty fast due to a 30 minute working time so I got straight to it
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Dabbed it on thick with a disposable brush and then worked it in a couple directions
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I would actually scrape my brush on the edge so it would build up in the seams.
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Laying it on thick in more critical areas and smoothing it out later (30 minutes goes fast)
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It turns out I had just enough to do every seamed area of the boat from the bow to the transom
I used a 2lb kit
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Any drips I cleaned up with acetone and now there's a 10-12 hour cure time before I could either apply another coat or sand prime and paint it
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I'll let it dry overnight with at least a 70 degree temperature and it should be ready to paint as soon as I get a booth open at work.
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I will repeat this process on the inside seams at a later date before painting the inside.
Thanks for following along.
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Post by: Lipripper on November 08, 2015, 02:16:16 PM
Looks ready to be sealed.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 08, 2015, 03:27:11 PM
A post note to the sealing process is to go back and check it every 30 mins to an hour . After sitting it will run some and since I wanted as smooth a surface as possible with minimal sanding I had to go back and run the brush over the lower areas where the runs occurred. Just mashing them flat with the brush and smoothing out (feathering) the edges.
After the 3rd trip , 90 minutes or so it was set hard enough so this no longer was an issue.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 08, 2015, 03:31:26 PM
I have decided to cut the front bow area some to have a "lip" area here's what I have now
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and here's similar to what I want to do
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A Ranger Aluminum for reference

  Found 60"X80" sheets of aluminum local as well and will be getting several (4-5) sheets to do the decking and the insides of the lockers with.
Repurposed an old Tool cart into a dual battery tray for the TM which will be up front eventually
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Post by: hughesjasonk on November 08, 2015, 03:46:00 PM
Looks really good so far
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on November 09, 2015, 12:42:30 PM
BW, are using a 12 or 24 volt TM? I'd go with 24. I want to put a Terrova on my boat and want a 24 for wind, aluminum boats tend to be kites in the wind. It's coming along nicely.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 09, 2015, 01:36:52 PM
BW, are using a 12 or 24 volt TM? I'd go with 24. I want to put a Terrova on my boat and want a 24 for wind, aluminum boats tend to be kites in the wind. It's coming along nicely.
Rodney
24 volt , going to try and fix my old MG 767V if I can find parts if not ill get another Fortrex 80 or put a 101 on my Ranger lol and put the 80 on this one
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Post by: Pferox on November 09, 2015, 02:22:12 PM
Are you sure you want to put that steel from the tool cart into an aluminium boat?  Especially with battery acid and fumes so close?  I would suspect it will corrode very quickly in that kind of environment  not to mention the galvanic reaction (or whatever the call it) with the aluminum hull, even if painted.

Looks really good so far, you are so talented.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 09, 2015, 03:18:16 PM
Are you sure you want to put that steel from the tool cart into an aluminium boat?  Especially with battery acid and fumes so close?  I would suspect it will corrode very quickly in that kind of environment  not to mention the galvanic reaction (or whatever the call it) with the aluminum hull, even if painted.

Looks really good so far, you are so talented.
I have actually thought of that as well and probably wont be using it but it was a cool idea lol
  I wondered about that when I started fooling around with the cart trying to figure out what I could make out of it , it's going to be painted like the boat . Thought about installing rubber mats glued to the inside and then isolation washers like a trolling motor uses for mounting so I dunno I'm still a long way from the Trolling motor stuff yet and something else might come to mind. 
With this thing I've found that I started it with one or two cool ideas and it seems like the more I play with it the more I want to do to it if that makes sense.
Ripped apart a faulty 3rd Brake light unit today and stole the LED strips off the circuit board and thought about using them somewhere on the boat :)
Got contact switches off a Pontiac convertible top I wanna mount to the hatches either for lighting the hatch when you open it ,  a wireless remote alarm or both :).
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 09, 2015, 05:19:44 PM
Going over it with a 3M scotchbrite pad
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and a DA on the heavy spots
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just to take the sheen off and scuff it up to give the etching primer a little more bite and basically to smooth out any high spots
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/09/8a33ed7289eabf45540d2a567c68a176.jpg)
A final wipe down with acetone and a microfiber cloth will clean it up. I'll probably degrease and wash Friday night before putting it in our paint booth (if I can get the booth)
If not I may have to make a homemade booth in the front yard ;)
This stuff is like a marine Bondo !
Highly recommended it !
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Post by: Pferox on November 09, 2015, 05:26:21 PM
You can use the same switches for both usually, as long as you remember to turn off the alarm when you open them up.  If you plan on keeping them hot, you might be able to get away with a current drain sensor at the battery to set an alarm off.  If those are still available, not sure been a long time.

If you are so gung ho on the format of that red box, you could bend one out of aluminum and use that torch heated welding stick on them to seal them.  I used that to repair a couple of aluminum polling platforms in FL, and the stuff works pretty good.

http://www.alumiweld.com/ 

Might have even used it to seal the rivets before the sealer, now that I think about it.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 09, 2015, 05:40:02 PM
Yes sir ! I may be using the Alumiweld soon ;) GMTA lol just  didn't think about it for the battery tray. Neat Idea !
If I can get our Race Shop manager (Former Kodak #4 car, we still have the shop and use it for just about everything) mostly just storing and restoring the old hot rods and classics the owners have. There's a museum in there and they still work on Eric McClures car some there too
If I can get him to Tig these holes up for me I won't need it but if not I will be using the Alumiweld this week to fill a hole in the side from a livewell hose
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 09, 2015, 05:50:16 PM
Ok so even though this ain't no Vette and its gonna be camouflage or at least Duck Boat Drab I'm going over it and smoothing some areas out
A neat trick for runs if you guys ever encounter them is just use a brand new razor blade and use it like a wood worker uses a cabinet scraper
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/09/0e9bdbc2e1f2cf9c114cf74ec845a3df.jpg)
A one edged blade
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/09/3a556c62bdd4324824312f985ba1cb3d.jpg)
Work it down to a manageable amount with the blade and then sand it smooth
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I want to stay away from the seams and the rivet shoulders as much as possible or I'm just defeating the purpose of the sealer.
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Around the rivets I will just scuff lightly with the Scotch pad to remove the sheen.
Yeah no one will ever see it on the bottom of the hull ...... But I know it's there lol
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Post by: Pferox on November 09, 2015, 07:55:52 PM
So that stuff dried hard like body filler?  If that is the case, it must be very easy to work with.  Looking very nice there, Rick.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 09, 2015, 08:10:19 PM

So that stuff dried hard like body filler?  If that is the case, it must be very easy to work with.  Looking very nice there, Rick.
It appears to be similar , maybe gums up the paper more so I switched out often but smooths out nicely I actually went rough with the paper using 100 grit "gold" sticky backed on the DA and the hand work I just did with the 3M pad. Don't want it too smooth but the etching primer I will be using should grab onto just about anything but since this is my first rodeo with the Coat It product I wanna try and get good adhesion using old school methods since it is epoxy based. 
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Post by: Pferox on November 10, 2015, 08:38:51 AM
Man, this is getting interesting, I never worked with Epoxy based paints, most I worked with were enamels back in the day.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 13, 2015, 07:49:03 PM
Been a long , long time  coming but this babies looking good

The patient waiting on the Doctor
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A whole lot of prep work !!
Big eraser
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Lots of wiping down and scuffing
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Paper, paper and more paper .... Gotta protect that new trailer !
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More to come :) hope you guys don't get tired of pictures !
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 13, 2015, 08:11:30 PM
Pretty scientific setup going on here with the Etching primer
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/13/3b349c7f200b0f754d24fe4b1b62d51f.jpg)
Catalyst
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Weighing it out from a computer program directions
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The recipe for success
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The boss stopped in while waiting on her new ride to get detailed
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Dr Slim working his magic
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Shake Rattle and Roll
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The tools a 1.4 spray nozzle to start
All primed up
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Post by: caddyjoe77 on November 13, 2015, 09:37:50 PM
lookin good Rick!!
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Post by: Princeton_Man on November 14, 2015, 06:07:23 AM
Fish attractant paint right?
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Post by: Pferox on November 14, 2015, 08:45:22 AM
Looks great, wow you need a computer to mix the paint.  I guess it sets up pretty quickly?

When I worked for the county, one of our mosquito techs was also our body and paint guy in the off season, he did magic with our gear, seeing that bench reminded me of those times.

Have you talked the wife into the paint scheme so the new hot rod matches the boat?   ~roflmao
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 14, 2015, 02:15:16 PM
The computer was just for mixing the catalyst and etching primer to get it just right. The paint is pour and paint and they don't recommend thinning.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 14, 2015, 02:19:59 PM
Ok so back to the paint and then I gotta get a nap or I'm gonna be grouchy lol

Notice the color (lightness) after shaking
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A neat tool to pour out the exact amount without making a mess
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A first pass with full PPE on using a 1.4 nozzle
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Turns out a 1.4 worked great but had to crank up the pressure , I painted this back section just to say I did something lol.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/14/440952ab43ac327b51a0dbdcfa42708a.jpg)
3 coats with 10-15 minute "flash" time at 79 degrees in between coats
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And low and behold the final product after cooking all night at 75 degrees
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I'm so excited , it really looks great and can't wait to get started on the inside. Hope you have enjoyed this detailed post and feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer or find the answer
I realize not everyone has access to a paint booth but wanted to document step by step in case you decide to go that route.
  The one change he wants to make before we paint and apply the non skid media to the inside is a different cap that goes on top of the plastic paint cup . This is some thick stuff and it is not recommended to thin it so he had to turn the pressure up on his gun he said "way high" to get the spray pattern and coverage he wanted.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on November 14, 2015, 02:37:44 PM
Looking really good
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Post by: Pferox on November 14, 2015, 03:16:40 PM
That came out fantastic!!!  The first thing that came to mind when you mentioned that it wasn't thinned was if it was thick or not.  And you answered it in the end.  I would suppose that he needs a higher pressure rated cap?  I can see on a gravity gun where high pressure can be a PIA.

I bet the non skid is probably thicker to boot.

Are you concerned about affecting the paint with welding inside?  I would be concerned about heating up the metal now that it has the paint on.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 14, 2015, 03:36:47 PM
The lids of those cups have a screen built into them , he said we need bigger mesh screen caps to paint with less pressure.

I don't have to do any welding to the inside floor area , maybe some on top of floor joists or something but mostly everything will be riveted I think . I'd like to make the floor panels removable with something like rivnuts and stainless flathead pan screws.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on November 15, 2015, 05:27:49 PM
It's looking good BW! Looking good and coming along nicely!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 22, 2015, 01:29:34 PM
Got it flipped on the trailer today and back in the garage. 
My plan is to lift the boat using ratchet straps and 2x4's bolted to the ceiling of my garage . I'll get it up high enough to place my bunks on the trailer and lower the boat down onto them once I determine my ride height on the trailer.
Making out my Christmas list for the kids :) which is going to mostly consist of things to finish this build with.
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Post by: bassindude on November 22, 2015, 01:44:42 PM
Awesome job Rick!!!!

Jim
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Post by: Lipripper on November 22, 2015, 03:27:17 PM
Looks Great Rick ~c~ ~c~ Hope Santa brings you everything on your list lo lo
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 22, 2015, 05:04:59 PM
Thanks guys it's been a labor of love lol.  Now the real fun part starts.  I've got so many design ideas in my head but I think unless I keep it simple I'll get frustrated . The things I know I want for sure are a permanent gas tank ,  hot foot, some lockable storage spaces , adjustable drivers seat base and rod storage.  The rest I'll have to add along as I figure it out. I can always add some of that stuff after I get it back on the water. Since I'm making my Christmas list I have to make some of these decisions now like- Stainless screws, hinges, locking hatch handles, steering wheel, cleats, tackle organization etc.
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Post by: Pferox on November 23, 2015, 09:23:08 AM
Looks Great Rick!   ~c~

If you are like me, you really don't know what you need in a build until after you finish it.  So fishing with it in "unfinished condition" is the best way to get everything just right.  Anything is redoable until the flooring is covered, then you are kind of committed then.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on November 23, 2015, 12:43:48 PM
I would spend some time looking at boats the same size and how they are laid out, you can get some great ideas that way, let someone else do the thinking, you do the building. lo
Rodney
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Post by: cojab on November 29, 2015, 08:14:49 PM
Looking good Bigwrench, I love these tin boat refurb threads.
One stupid question. What exactly does the hotfoot do for you? Is it just a foot throttle? Does it lock in place? What benefits does it offer?

edit:
Never mind on the hot foot questions. Did a little google search and found the answers.
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Post by: Bigwrench on November 29, 2015, 10:04:17 PM

Looking good Bigwrench, I love these tin boat refurb threads.
One stupid question. What exactly does the hotfoot do for you? Is it just a foot throttle? Does it lock in place? What benefits does it offer?

edit:
Never mind on the hot foot questions. Did a little google search and found the answers.
Thanks ! Im really enjoying the build , the aluminum sheeting is supposed to be delivered one night this week . Maybe I can get some panels cut and laid in place soon.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on November 30, 2015, 01:42:21 PM
Progress, we see progress, always a good thing.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 13, 2015, 04:11:09 PM
Aluminum never showed and still not sure what the deal is with that but to keep moving towards splash day I started working on the transom and bunk boards for the trailer.  I decided (I think) to use 2x6's for the two bottom bunks and then the same size as before (2x4's) for the side bunks. Leftover Cabelas black carpet to cover them with and I'm going to treat all the lumber with the secret formula :)  (mineral spirits, linseed oil and spar urethane) before covering
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/13/98b5871e57e7784d5c152a8d087e0a89.jpg)
Made me a template out of cardboard and when I was happy with the fit I laid the pattern out on my plywood.
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Post by: Kris on December 13, 2015, 04:59:24 PM
Coming along really nice there Rick.  I am sure splash day will be in the Spring sometime?

My Ouachita is back on the almost finished trailer.  Still have to finish hooking up taillights, clearance lights and ground wires.  Ground wires necessary because I am using the PVC boat guides and the lights need to have a ground.  Most of the work is on the Ranger at the moment trying to get it ready for Spring tidal fishing.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 13, 2015, 04:59:57 PM
The red plastic pipe will be run up through the chines to used for routing wires from front to back.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 13, 2015, 05:01:19 PM
Coming along really nice there Rick.  I am sure splash day will be in the Spring sometime?
Yes Sir , I am hoping for at least a May maiden voyage. Crossing fingers lol
My daughter and son in law have a lot of my woodworking tools at their house where they/we were/are building decks and she is running my skill saw and squares by tomorrow evening so I can get 2 pieces cut and start gluing the transom together. These plywood sheets are .710" thick and I need 1.500" to fill the slot in the aluminum. So if my math is right I'll be 0.080" thinner so I may slap a piece of laminate in the middle to make up some difference.  I also purchased 2 stainless u bolts to replace the ones on the transom that are used to tie the boat to the trailer.
I have a set of smaller retractable transom tie downs on my Christmas list so hopefully Santa will be good to me this year.
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Post by: cojab on December 14, 2015, 12:41:20 PM
Love seeing your updates Bigwrench. Keep em coming!
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 14, 2015, 01:00:57 PM
Love seeing your updates Bigwrench. Keep em coming!
Thanks Brother I really appreciate the support from Ya'll cause I'm in pretty much unchartered territory for me . I had a little setback over the weekend with a Staph infection in my leg and gonna take the rest of the afternoon off and try to get healed up a little, but I got plenty of parts to keep me busy for a week or two as soon as I get back on my feet literally lol 
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Post by: Kris on December 14, 2015, 05:36:59 PM
Yes Sir , I am hoping for at least a May maiden voyage. Crossing fingers lol
My daughter and son in law have a lot of my woodworking tools at their house where they/we were/are building decks and she is running my skill saw and squares by tomorrow evening so I can get 2 pieces cut and start gluing the transom together. These plywood sheets are .710" thick and I need 1.500" to fill the slot in the aluminum. So if my math is right I'll be 0.080" thinner so I may slap a piece of laminate in the middle to make up some difference.  I also purchased 2 stainless u bolts to replace the ones on the transom that are used to tie the boat to the trailer.
I have a set of smaller retractable transom tie downs on my Christmas list so hopefully Santa will be good to me this year.

My Christmas list is three things this year.  A 51" seat for the Ranger from Bass Boat Seats, 10' of Navy Blue carpet and one of those inflatable life jackets for me. 
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Post by: Pferox on December 14, 2015, 09:27:00 PM
Looks great, Rick.  Gotta watch out loaning tools to the kids, that is how I got most of my Dad's tools at the time.   ~roflmao

BTW, what is your recipe for that preservative?  I have some outdoor furniture I want to make and treat.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 15, 2015, 01:09:14 PM
Looking good BW, progress is always good, kids borrowing tools, hmmmmm.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 15, 2015, 07:07:25 PM
Cut two panels to laminate together tonight 
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while not a perfect cut they will work.
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What I'm going to do now is screw them together, pull them out together and then trim up the edges a little to make them more even with my jointer .
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/15/299e1906e2ddbfe146d68e446a8fb762.jpg)
I forgot to figure in the angle of the transom in my cuts which saves me some trouble because now I can really smooth them out at the right angle with the jointer and have plenty of meat to cut off. (Phew)
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   I'll unscrew them long enough to glue up and then screw and clamp them back together to set up
I had actually forgot I owned a jointer lol. From my banjo building days and thought I had sold all that stuff but glad I didn't now :)
Coulda used a belt sander (kids have that too lol) but the jointer can be set at the right angle and make a perfect flush surface for both pieces.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 15, 2015, 07:20:34 PM
Looks great, Rick.  Gotta watch out loaning tools to the kids, that is how I got most of my Dad's tools at the time.   ~roflmao

BTW, what is your recipe for that preservative?  I have some outdoor furniture I want to make and treat.

Jim I'll get that recipe up this evening , it's not mine but it is pretty popular on a couple boat building sites and before I repeat it here I want to make sure I tell you right :)

Ok so here's the formula I plan to use , it is not my formula so don't shoot the messenger lol. I haven't tried it yet but have seen plenty of boat restores/builds that have so I'm gonna give it a shot. It's relatively inexpensive and pretty straight forward . Everything can be purchased at your local hardware or even Walmart.

It's simple to mix up and goes like this. 1 part Boiled linseed oil, 1 part spar urethane and 2 parts mineral spirits. It is applied very liberally, until it starts to pool and extra heavy on all edges and holes. Then it is allowed to cure for 48 hrs., 72 hrs. is better. then it is either coated with 2 or 3 coats of spar urethane or it can be painted.

Something that a lot of people overlook (me included at times) is safety when using Chemicals so Make sure to work in a well ventilated area and wear gloves and eye protection just in case :)
From the man that recommended it originally with his permission to share.
"Bigwrench, from the size I see of that transom I would guess that 12oz. of that formula is going to be enough unless that wood is really dry.

Just remember to dispose of whatever rags you might get this on because the rags can self combust once it is mixed just like any solvent can. I store whatever leftover material in as small a glass jar with a screw on lid as possible. 2 reasons, it reduces the chance for combustion and reduces the amount of air and having the liquid start to skim over.

I have yet to have a problem with wet rags but thought I'd throw it out there as a precaution "
Hope this helps and makes sense :)
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 16, 2015, 07:05:22 AM
Jim I'll get that recipe up this evening , it's not mine but it is pretty popular on a couple boat building sites and before I repeat it here I want to make sure I tell you right :)

Ok so here's the formula I plan to use , it is not my formula so don't shoot the messenger lol. I haven't tried it yet but have seen plenty of boat restores/builds that have so I'm gonna give it a shot. It's relatively inexpensive and pretty straight forward . Everything can be purchased at your local hardware or even Walmart.

It's simple to mix up and goes like this. 1 part Boiled linseed oil, 1 part spar urethane and 2 parts mineral spirits. It is applied very liberally, until it starts to pool and extra heavy on all edges and holes. Then it is allowed to cure for 48 hrs., 72 hrs. is better. then it is either coated with 2 or 3 coats of spar urethane or it can be painted.

Something that a lot of people overlook (me included at times) is safety when using Chemicals so Make sure to work in a well ventilated area and wear gloves and eye protection just in case :)
From the man that recommended it originally with his permission to share.
"Bigwrench, from the size I see of that transom I would guess that 12oz. of that formula is going to be enough unless that wood is really dry.

Just remember to dispose of whatever rags you might get this on because the rags can self combust once it is mixed just like any solvent can. I store whatever leftover material in as small a glass jar with a screw on lid as possible. 2 reasons, it reduces the chance for combustion and reduces the amount of air and having the liquid start to skim over.

I have yet to have a problem with wet rags but thought I'd throw it out there as a precaution "
Hope this helps and makes sense :)
The best thing to do with wet rags if you don't have an all metal container for them is to hang over something with room for air to move around them until dry, then you can toss them. over a saw horse in an out of the way corner is good. Coming alone BW, looking good.
Rodney
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Post by: cojab on December 16, 2015, 10:26:52 AM
Just had a big fire where the home owner was redoing the urethane on the interior of his beautiful log home. Some of the rags ignited and that house was gone in a very short time.

This might not be for everybody but I take those rags that I have used on any oil based  urethanes etc. and I find a safe spot and burn them. I'd rather burn them in a controlled manner that take the chance of coming home to no home.

I think this and careless disposal of fireplace ashes are two of the most common causes of accidental (non mechanical such as electrical or appliances) fires I have seen.
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Post by: Pferox on December 16, 2015, 01:04:32 PM
The best thing to do with wet rags if you don't have an all metal container for them is to hang over something with room for air to move around them until dry, then you can toss them. over a saw horse in an out of the way corner is good. Coming alone BW, looking good.
Rodney

I do this outside, also make sure they don't end up in the garbage can with sawdust, bad medicine there.  I would burn them, but don't have a place to do that right now.

Geese, almost forgot, thanks Rick, I have some outdoor stuff I want to treat instead of using treated lumber.  Most rub on finishing products are a 72 hour cure time.

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Post by: Bigwrench on December 26, 2015, 08:36:57 PM
Still no aluminum but the show must go on , so I just went ahead and glued up my transom board .
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I ended up using a 4oz bottle of the waterproof gorilla glue. 
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Spread it out with a inexpensive squeegee
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Used 5 clamps and 8 screws , had great squeeze out all around and this is the expanding type so it was easy cleanup with a damp cloth and a razor knife once dried. 
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(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/26/af45e90ccdb30c66775c0a9332ed668f.jpg)
I set my transom angle on the jointer and it came out fantastic!
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/26/1cded2015fe036cce3b7a8c83c563b8d.jpg)

In the morning will start the sealing process and hopefully by the end of the week it will be in place permanently. I will also be sealing the bunk boards at the same time.

A couple Christmas gifts related to the build
Transom Tie Downs
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/26/66c9c314e5e9a284d43e9e8c3b46f5b4.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/26/f32b5a3cd90f65b8e6ff072fbcb83e61.jpg)
More sealer for finishing up the inside seams.
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Post by: Pferox on December 27, 2015, 10:05:11 AM
Looking great, Rick.  A jointer is on my wish list, there are times they are worth their weight in gold.  Probably a planer first though, planing by hand gets old quick.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 27, 2015, 03:44:53 PM
Nice having those tools when you need them.
Rodney
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 27, 2015, 06:01:59 PM
I suppose you have to work tomorrow? Was thinking about driving down and helping.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 27, 2015, 06:19:22 PM
Yep gotta work :(
And then another one supposed to be here waiting on me when I get home ! No rest for the wicked lol
 I've got to order mounting hardware for the bunk boards still so I can't actually mount them unless I reuse the old stuff (Rusted bad).
Got to clean the inside real good and seal the seams. Not much I can do though until I get the decking here, I may start cutting that front deck up to drop it down this week. 
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Post by: cojab on December 27, 2015, 06:46:38 PM
I suppose you have to work tomorrow? Was thinking about driving down and helping.

Nice to have friends like that!!!!!!!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2016, 10:20:09 AM
I have been swamped at work this week with back to back 12 hour days but have some progress to report :)
I got all the bunk boards and transom sealed up with the secret formula last week while it was warm. 
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/867fba029818810d8bf0127feb26e171.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/e07549544e1837bc3b6538dadb3f9dcd.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/35fc2e832dcb9efe5bc2ffe8924da683.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/07db1904cff42c23f204970167f71f8d.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/a24ebd248807d5005174dd38f0d18893.jpg)


And I took possession this morning of what will become my decking and boxes :)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/7d958ee97dbd81e1d9c83343bffddd00.jpg)
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 07, 2016, 10:40:51 AM
Awesome Rick! You finally got the aluminum sheets?

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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2016, 10:59:23 AM
Awesome Rick! You finally got the aluminum sheets?
Yes Sir ! 5 Sheets 60x80 exactly .125 thick and plastic protected on both sides ! My boss finally called that guys boss and said "Look do you wanna sell my guy this aluminum or not ? We have cash, we have a company check, we have a guy ready to come get it and we have a Truck he can bring"
 lol
The guy said heck that was 7-8 weeks ago I done forgot and gave him a total and we sent a parts runner after it yesterday afternoon
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 07, 2016, 11:18:53 AM
Yes Sir ! 5 Sheets 60x80 exactly .125 thick and plastic protected on both sides ! My boss finally called that guys boss and said "Look do you wanna sell my guy this aluminum or not ? We have cash, we have a company check, we have a guy ready to come get it and we have a Truck he can bring"
 lol
The guy said heck that was 7-8 weeks ago I done forgot and gave him a total and we sent a parts runner after it yesterday afternoon

Pays to have friends (and bosses) in the right places.  ~roflmao
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Post by: cojab on January 07, 2016, 11:23:42 AM
Sweet, the build will continue!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2016, 06:23:45 PM
Ok so now that I have some metal I'm getting itchy to get on to fabrication
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/79f15c39d0593418beb891dc246c050a.jpg)
On the very front section I have decided to drop it to the same level as the lower front deck , which is a drop of 7"
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/738f17948f38365cd377b8393e2aed35.jpg)

I'm just going to remove the rivets holding it down tonight to get an idea how it looks and also will give me access to all the seams in that compartment so I can seal it up watertight .
  This way it will come out as one piece and I can always put it back if I'm not happy with it but will give me a better perspective on what's under there .
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/3cf1e313e63fc1bbf38643b47fe5b2f0.jpg)

I'll have a 7" drop from front to back to start with and then I can work out my front now panel and TM mounting bracket.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2016, 06:43:40 PM
Grinding off each rivet head with a cut off disc then punching the shank through with a small pin punch.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/a3f308819af06cbd5cf7ba1a6af068b9.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/e417378851bc628d04d6d2dec5f34c8c.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/2217dcc0a6f714cc3e2e5dd5ee428359.jpg)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2016, 07:12:37 PM
And viola ! It's off
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/c427a99ccc2f3206f79e3c41e0d888b8.jpg)

Lots of space up here that wasn't used before
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/0e890ebfaecf1c315f528b76615d4990.jpg)
so need to figure out what to do here.
   I definitely want a bow panel in the front and I'll probably end up cutting this panel off flush with the deck stringers
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/07/4a23796aaff16347b414562d4249218d.jpg)
Stay tuned :) and recommendations or suggestions are always welcome !
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Post by: cojab on January 07, 2016, 09:24:25 PM
When you mentioned dropping that front deck, the first thing I thought of was your trolling motor.
Sounds like you have a plan for that though.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 08, 2016, 08:01:43 AM

When you mentioned dropping that front deck, the first thing I thought of was your trolling motor.
Sounds like you have a plan for that though.
Yep a TM mount is my biggest challenge up here. I want open access on the starboard side for getting on and off the boat at the dock. The TM may be mounted all the way to the left or I may angle it so the motor is directly over the center of the bow. Not sure yet on that but will have to make a raised mounting platform . I really need to decide where to put the recessed pedal and 2 batteries which will probably give me an idea which way to mount the TM.
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Post by: Pferox on January 08, 2016, 08:11:48 AM
I know that it isn't much, but most of the raised mounts I have seen seem to be a waste of space.  You would think that after enclosing the mounting area that you could build a door or access hatch of some kind on it.  Depending on the footprint you might actually be able to put your batteries under there, although that might not be a good place balance wise.  It would be a great place to store extra baits close to you on the front deck.



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Post by: Bigwrench on January 08, 2016, 11:40:54 AM
Here's what I would like to do with the front. This is off a RT188
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/08/3f80900d90551f650de7a714fe168744.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/08/1541af5b0f52fbb01e43c95fdd10316f.jpg)

I'm going to be spending some time this weekend mocking it up with some of the extra trolling motors I have and see how it turns out. I'll have to get someone to weld some flat plate on top of the round tube there to square off the area on the front
I'll have more of a drop to the deck than these appear to be which will give me a wider panel to mount switches and maybe even flush mount a graph or hydrowave in there
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 08, 2016, 01:32:28 PM
I agree with Jim, battery storage and if there is enough room, anchor storage also.
Making good progress Rick.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 08, 2016, 01:36:18 PM
If I use the existing floor framing there are rivets sticking up that my aluminum sheets will sit on top of. Basically holding the entire sheet up about 1/8" off the stringers. I'm thinking this would cause a lot of rattle noises . Do you guys have a suggestion for an "underlayment" before I lay the aluminum decking down ? Or should I just take whatever's in there out and put flat angle or tubing in for framing ?
 I thought about some sort of liquid nails lol but that might be a dumb idea, and would defeat me wanting the deck to be removable. Maybe a thin rubber mat ?
 Hopefully I can get a lot more done this weekend since we won't be lake bound due to weather :(
 And yes there will be an anchor locker somewhere lol I once went out on Douglas Lake up in the river with my ranger, white bass fishing without an anchor and that was a mess !
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Post by: Kris on January 08, 2016, 01:53:00 PM
Hi Rick,  On my Grumman I have all the supports under the floor made from "Plastic wood."  My neighbor is a carpenter and he got me the scraps from the job he was working on.  I believe it is about 3/4 inch think though unless you have someone with a planer. lol.  Shaved down to about 3/8 it would probably make a no maintenance spacer.  Just a thought.
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Post by: Pferox on January 08, 2016, 02:03:48 PM
RTV or silicone sealer.   

What I would do since I would be installing some kind of slip resistant coating on it.

Dimple the floor with the rivets, lift floor and run a bead of RTV, oil the bottom of the flooring where the rivets are and reinstall.  That should keep the RTV from sticking to the floor and creating a small amount of cushion between the floor and rivets.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 09, 2016, 10:52:20 AM
Pick up a thin mat for standing on when you are on concrete and cut it to shape and use that, inexpensive and easy. The other way would be to re-frame it with tubing or angle but it's more work and more expensive.
Rodney
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Post by: AceBoonKoon21 on January 09, 2016, 11:32:12 AM
Looks good man!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 09, 2016, 11:53:55 AM
Thanks everyone ! Today me and Holston_Slayer are cleaning the inside hull. Grinding any imperfections off on the deck stringers and had to remove the old hatch hinges (they were sticking up too high because they were made for the thick plywood floor)
Here's little man punching the rivet shanks out that I ground off
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/3819e574cb6117e63c706f3cf80d6865.jpg)
I decided since I had 3/4 of a gallon of fiberglass resin left over from my old fiberglass jon boat that I would coat the aluminum on the transom with it , lay in a sheet of glass and then coat my treated transom also and slide it in place.  Basically I glassed the transom in permanently. The reason for this is that someone used treated lumber and it caused a reaction (galvanic ? ) and there was some pretty bad places and I didn't have the time or skills to replace that entire transom sheet
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/14cf6f5aa34b18174e114614eea6ee6b.jpg)
Here we are taping the holes in the transom so the resin won't run out on the painted side
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/782bee56a52209217031fc9ad7cdd668.jpg)
Mixed up 24oz of the resin and poured it in a tray and applied it heavily with a roller.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/5bdf8cc30e43c408b49c0ffd1bab9bf4.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/e5b58706ffa67d33657d54be5cf9fe72.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/df62aeb03bcacf0b85a57c67088efa37.jpg)
I should also point out that we hand sanded and cleaned the surfaces inside with acetone
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/5bfd6b97b8b0f3b81ce6bbca79680f10.jpg)
We then coated the entire transom and dropped it in place making sure it was perfectly square and then clamping it in.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/cae5fe0fb8116716490e1d131a233d67.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/d987979dfacc0fcaf115f2e8f2d89f88.jpg)
So far so good. Thank God for good weather today and my little buddy wanting to learn.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 09, 2016, 11:59:35 AM
Now while that's curing up we decided to come up with a plan for the front deck and specifically the TM placement.  I'm almost tempted to leave that front section the way it is
Here we mocked up the TM locations with the piece back on
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/6d1199e6fa526de8fe941a4451e07175.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/ff8eb2878248c1df9390e957dffef0ee.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/0de018927b127b14d8fefb9b2d55494d.jpg)
I think this is where I want the TM so that would leave the section on the starboard side for a hatch to drop an anchor in
Still unsure. I'd really like the RT188 style front but not sure it's something I can do alone.  To make it easier it might just be better to leave the decks at the same height and just lay new metal and decide on hatches.
Either way the inside has to be cleaned and sealed up so on to that !
We also ran that one red tube up through the chine from the transom Starting battery location all the way to the bow for wiring to be routed for the front controls and lights.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/fd6d0ee90e0bbf7e9f850287c5283ef4.jpg)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 09, 2016, 01:50:09 PM
Wire brushed the inner seams,vacuumed and cleaned with acetone.

I then mixed up another 2lb kit of Goop Coat it and sealed the inside seams. This was laid on thick and it didn't have to be pretty just had to seal and it really flowed down into the seams and if I take on water now I probably have a hull  breach lol (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/d9da7f7ef05e88a1e90bd9245488983d.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/52d097201dbc1d71ad70b9e2d219018d.jpg)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/09/6ee9c40f3d3434ffedfd1da868b2bb4f.jpg)
Took the entire kit to finish the inside seams but I'm pretty confident we won't have any leaks unless we make a hole lol
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 09, 2016, 03:44:23 PM
Looking good Rick, nice to see your "helper" getting invested in it! Nice job on the transom, you could have used JB Weld but it would have been more work and what you did will work, the holes you don't use should be sealed on the outside. Great idea running the tube as a wire chase,makes it easy to mount a panel with fuses for what's up there. You might want to run one for your TM wires.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 10, 2016, 11:47:54 AM
The more I look at this front bow area the more determined I am to make it like I want lol
So the first thing I did today was check on my Goop sealant and it was hard as a rock ! That Kevlar is some tough stuff. And while I was checking that I started mocking up some designs , using the thin piece I took off the bow as a template. I took it and clamped to to a new sheet of the 1/8 and scribed it out so I would have something to fall back on once I cut and bend this piece.
I wish I could use a CAD drawing program it would probably be easier to show y'all my plan but anyways here's what I have come up with.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/10/becef808656272362ef30e19c3833590.jpg)
The blue sharpie lines are bend lines , my idea is to build up the area under there
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/10/ce315afaf700b734df5e385f3df09347.jpg)
Using that original support and bringing the edge of the 1/8 aluminum up flush with the top of that tube like this
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/10/32653e0db7d8bf69a99043d0629b5036.jpg)
Having someone tack weld all that in (1/8" new piece not this exact one)
That way I will have that squared off top I'm wanting
The center once bent down will hold a flush mount graph (Used an HDS5 one I had extra)
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/10/c8ce0e54a411a3387085d6739af2fe2b.jpg)
So all 5 bend lines will be bent down to blend in with the original deck height which is 7" down.
Top center will be a NAV light socket
Right bent panel will be switches
Left bent panel may be a flush mount Hydrowave ( Not sure yet because there will be a TM mounted in that area also.
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Post by: Kris on January 10, 2016, 12:09:53 PM
Looking Great Rick!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 10, 2016, 12:12:48 PM
Looking Great Rick!
Thank you !
Here's a crappy drawing I did by hand so maybe give a better idea what I want
Once I get all the details worked out with that original sheet I will have one made out of the 1/8" or maybe 1/4" would be better ?
Hope to make it one big piece and drop it in and have it welded I place.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/01/10/fb5a5cfc54a91e92ec5e02ce650ab0bf.jpg)
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Post by: Kris on January 10, 2016, 01:16:55 PM
I like to keep my TM close to the center of the bow.  Offset is the way you want it, it still works the same.  Only thing I would make sure is that all four bolts for the TM are used.  That will keep from twisting the mount on the deck.  On my aluminum boats I use a 1/8 inch aluminum plate above and below the deck for strength.  If you are using 1/8 aluminum then I would go with what you need to clear any obstruction and stainless fender washers underneath to spread out any pull there might be.  I am not a fan of the rubber mountings because I have had too many fail.  I do use rubber washers under the fender washers.  Believe me, I am the guy that used to build beds in the back of my vans that Ringling Brothers could use.  I am overkill but they don't fail.
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Post by: cojab on January 10, 2016, 01:45:16 PM
Glad to hear you are keeping the design you wanted. I'm sure you can get it done and the results will be great.
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Post by: Pferox on January 10, 2016, 06:53:14 PM
Looks great Rick, glad you decided to abate the front.  I like the 1/4 inch idea for the area supporting the trolling motor, there is a lot of torque and stress there, and it isn't that heavier as small of a piece you are looking at.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 11, 2016, 08:29:01 AM

Looks great Rick, glad you decided to abate the front.  I like the 1/4 inch idea for the area supporting the trolling motor, there is a lot of torque and stress there, and it isn't that heavier as small of a piece you are looking at.
Thanks buddy !
Today I brought the panel to work and I am going to finalize the design and then make my relief cuts ! I am looking for an Elite 9 cut template though . Want to make sure the front panel has enough room to flush mount a 9 " Lowrance or HB unit before I make my cuts.
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Post by: Pferox on January 11, 2016, 09:09:31 AM
Thanks buddy !
Today I brought the panel to work and I am going to finalize the design and then make my relief cuts ! I am looking for an Elite 9 cut template though . Want to make sure the front panel has enough room to flush mount a 9 " Lowrance or HB unit before I make my cuts.

When you do the sizing, make sure you have some to spare, just in case you upgrade and it is a bigge model.  This is going to look and fish fantastically.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 11, 2016, 07:02:31 PM
Ok never got time to cut the metal template but I did do 2 things , I redesigned a little bit and made a template out of cardboard .
I also got ahold of some plastic vinyl posters off the wall at work that I can use to cut templates for the main floor. Will be easy to cut and they are stiff enough to hold their shape.
So here's the mock up in cardboard .

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160112/64dceea6c841e87ec7008d62876a5233.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160112/f22226aab36177fdd0efe5ae734fc190.jpg)
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160112/0acbc4bbefc9b61e9a5d84ca942c01fe.jpg)
If I get time tomorrow I will cut that front panel out and bring the deck forward to get my angles right on the vertical pieces
I was trying to figure out a way to make the cuts so there would be little to no gap (so they would overlap ) but heck if I know how lol. But I am very happy with the top cap area so far and looks like I could flush mount a 12" in there if I wanted to.
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Post by: Pferox on January 11, 2016, 07:12:23 PM
That looks Fantastic, Rick.  I like the lines it makes, now that metal crossmember with the hole in it is being shortened, right?  Just asking to make sure I am looking at what I am thinking I am looking at or something like that.   ~roflmao

To make the faces, you will probably have to cut them at an angle (kind of pie shaped, but not exactly) adding enough to break a flange on them to connect.

Only other way I can think of is to cut an oversized piece, and bend at each spot, then either weld or rivet to the top piece and bottom.

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Post by: Bigwrench on January 11, 2016, 07:25:39 PM

That looks Fantastic, Rick.  I like the lines it makes, now that metal crossmember with the hole in it is being shortened, right?  Just asking to make sure I am looking at what I am thinking I am looking at or something like that.   ~roflmao

To make the faces, you will probably have to cut them at an angle (kind of pie shaped, but not exactly) adding enough to break a flange on them to connect.

Only other way I can think of is to cut an oversized piece, and bend at each spot, then either weld or rivet to the top piece and bottom.
Yes I'm going to cut that off flush with the deck stringers and leave the bottom attached as it is now for strength.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 12, 2016, 07:03:28 AM
Man! You are just too talented Rick! You could be the John DeLorean of bass boats buddy!

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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2016, 07:31:42 AM
Man! You are just too talented Rick! You could be the John DeLorean of bass boats buddy!

 I am thinking about buying a tig welder now and just practice
Im going to do it all in cardboard and tape and then paint it up and sit on the deck and see how it looks
I know I could do it in fiberglass but wouldn't be as strong as the aluminum so Ill have to get it all welded together somehow
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 12, 2016, 08:17:22 AM
With the Ford F150 being aluminum now, your boss' Ford dealership should have a TIG welder in the shop.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 12, 2016, 08:19:08 AM
I sold my wire flux thinking I would buy a MIG. Haven't yet.
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Post by: cojab on January 12, 2016, 01:06:46 PM

 I am thinking about buying a tig welder now and just practice


Do you have a MIG welder? If so how about an aluminum spool gun?

Just a thought. I haven't welded aluminum with mine yet but could be a cheaper option if you have a MIG already instead of buying a complete TIG set up.

The design is looking really good and functional.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 12, 2016, 05:22:11 PM


Do you have a MIG welder? If so how about an aluminum spool gun?

Just a thought. I haven't welded aluminum with mine yet but could be a cheaper option if you have a MIG already instead of buying a complete TIG set up.

The design is looking really good and functional.

I wouldn't MIG that. TIG is the way to go. For how thin that aluminum is you can control your heat alot better than with MIG. That way you penetrate without burning through
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2016, 05:52:13 PM
We have about 4 MIGs I reckon between us and the body shop but I have to be honest I SUCK at welding lol
Now if one of you can weld and wanna hang out and eat some good food , tell some lies and share some Apple Pie come on over :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2016, 05:57:11 PM
Ok so tonight's progress , so far !
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160112/06b98894a3b0f05a4bd752e4c9b92d71.jpg)
We will now have one open deck !
If my redneck math is equating properly I have a little over 35 square feet of front deck space !
7'6" X 5' !
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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 12, 2016, 06:06:58 PM
We have about 4 MIGs I reckon between us and the body shop but I have to be honest I SUCK at welding lol
Now if one of you can weld and wanna hang out and eat some good food , tell some lies and share some Apple Pie come on over :)
When are you looking at doing it? I might be able to bring down my tig while visiting my sister. I will have to get consumables while down there though.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2016, 06:10:45 PM
When are you looking at doing it? I might be able to bring down my tig while visiting my sister. I will have to get consumables while down there though.
Any weekend would work for me :)
I'm like Doc Holiday in Tombstone, "Say When" :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2016, 06:13:22 PM
Removed those side flaps to get my front deck mocked up so I could get the right angle for the graph mount and I'll have to do those sides separately because I want to make the seams perfect at the corners
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2016, 07:54:17 PM
Ok some more pictures of the mock up process.
A lot of crazy angles and I had to reach down deep in my smarts to pull it off lol
Like Johnny Cash I just did "One piece at a Time"
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Crazy math lol
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And BAM ! I like it !
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Each piece is marked for location and direction and all sizes recorded on the back.
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Post by: cojab on January 12, 2016, 10:52:52 PM

I wouldn't MIG that. TIG is the way to go. For how thin that aluminum is you can control your heat alot better than with MIG. That way you penetrate without burning through

I didn't know about the thickness concern. Thanks. Is there a thickness or gauge that MIG is OK on aluminum? I know TIG would be better but at what thickness could MIG be acceptable?

And to stay on track, Bigwrench that mock up looks great!
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Post by: caddyjoe77 on January 12, 2016, 10:55:24 PM
Rick

that looks awesome!!
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Post by: Pferox on January 13, 2016, 07:26:44 AM
Wow, man that looks fantastic Rick.  I probably wouldn't have painted it, but I'm lazy that way.  ~shhh  ~roflmao

I am no help with the welding gun stuff, I welded everything with a stick.  Don't even remember what stick I used for aluminium.  The little junk machine I had welded thin stuff better than thick, it was pretty weak.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 13, 2016, 08:32:52 AM
You could mig that but you'll get a better job and neater with tig, just grind the mating edges in a v and the only gas you'll need is argon. That is looking awesome Rick!! ~c~ ~c~
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2016, 09:10:30 AM
Wow, man that looks fantastic Rick.  I probably wouldn't have painted it, but I'm lazy that way.  ~shhh  ~roflmao

I was just bored and thought Id see how it looked painted , although Tammy didn't like me painting it in the garage......under the house LOL Heat pump sucked the fumes up into the house and she was raising cain !
I figure I can handle the main deck areas myself and my idea for getting the sides of the hull to meet up with the deck cleanly is to use a protractor type tool and drag it along the sides while marking the floor decking, hopefully that will work because to be honest cutting all that crazy stuff on the right and left sides against the hull was a PITA and still turned out crappy even with Cardboard lol
Theres a lot of crazy angles at the front floor area there !
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Post by: scbassfanatic on January 13, 2016, 01:59:14 PM
How much for you to do this to my tracker? LOL. I would love that set up on mine.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2016, 02:26:09 PM
How much for you to do this to my tracker? LOL. I would love that set up on mine.
LOl I could do it in cardboard for a  ~beer~ :) In aluminum I dunno if I can :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2016, 03:49:02 PM
Here's my idea , what y'all think ?
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on January 13, 2016, 04:00:03 PM
Here's my idea , what y'all think ?
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That looks great.  ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: caddyjoe77 on January 13, 2016, 04:34:33 PM
I think that looks awesome!! Great job.  I cannot think of anything else that would go up there.  The glove boxes are great!
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Post by: Pferox on January 13, 2016, 04:50:52 PM
That looks pretty good, I even like the colors.   ~roflmao

Those glove boxes would make great lockers for the baits of the day.   :-*
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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 13, 2016, 05:07:10 PM
I didn't know about the thickness concern. Thanks. Is there a thickness or gauge that MIG is OK on aluminum? I know TIG would be better but at what thickness could MIG be acceptable?

And to stay on track, Bigwrench that mock up looks great!
Technically you can mig any thickness if you're skilled enough. Generally 1/8 inch or more you can mig is what I follow
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Post by: scbassfanatic on January 14, 2016, 08:49:50 AM
LOl I could do it in cardboard for a  ~beer~ :) In aluminum I dunno if I can :)

 lo LOL. I hear ya. Not sure how well that card board will hold though.
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Post by: scbassfanatic on January 14, 2016, 08:52:47 AM
Here's my idea , what y'all think ?
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160113/67dd987a8ce785aa7db3b5016c6604bf.jpg)

That is awesome. You got me thinking now. That ain't good LOL.
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Post by: Pferox on January 14, 2016, 03:41:49 PM
lo LOL. I hear ya. Not sure how well that card board will hold though.

A few layers of fiberglass and gellcoat and you are good to go.    ~roflmao
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 14, 2016, 03:42:48 PM

That is awesome. You got me thinking now. That ain't good LOL.
That's all that's been on my mind last couple months it seems (Working on and designing this)
I was going to put an anchor locker up front somewhere , haven't figured that out yet . I also plan on having the 2 31 series AGM batteries up front , I'm thinking one on each side of the trolling motor pedal tray. But ill have to have hatches to access them there also. Since the front was turned into deck space the front seat base will have to be moved forward closer to the TM tray , it's a long ways back now it seems, on my Ranger I personally think it's (front seat base) is too far forward so I need to do some research as to how far to drop the pedal in in front of the seat. Gonna have to hit some guys up here on the site to measure from their front seat post to the back edge of their TM pedal tray to get an idea what is a good distance.
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Post by: Pferox on January 14, 2016, 04:03:23 PM
ON your setup I would want the anchor locker back anyways, probably putting the seat between the locker and the fish finder.  Any closer and one slip and you would have an anchor eating a piece of electronics.

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Post by: Kris on January 15, 2016, 09:35:10 AM
" I also plan on having the 2 31 series AGM batteries up front , I'm thinking one on each side of the trolling motor pedal tray. But ill have to have hatches to access them there also. "

I am running four overweight Group 29 batteries in the Grumman "Puddle Jumper" reservoir rig I have.  On many ramps, not too angled, I have problems getting the bow up on the front roller.  It has destroyed the roller over the last three seasons.
This boat has two seats toward the stern and one seat closer to the bow.  There is just enough room for me to stand in front of the front seat and use the TM pedal.  The batteries are positioned in front of the second seat in the largest open area.  The two batteries on each side are in parallel to run the transom mount and bow mount motors.  I believe that the battery position is the cause of the hard to reload on the trailer and destroying the roller.
In the Spring I am going to move the most forward battery on each side back to behind the rear most seat to relieve some weight up there.  You might want to test out how it floats and how it trailers with those two Group 31s up there permanently.
Just a suggestion Rick.  Kris
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 15, 2016, 12:20:04 PM
That's all that's been on my mind last couple months it seems (Working on and designing this)
I was going to put an anchor locker up front somewhere , haven't figured that out yet . I also plan on having the 2 31 series AGM batteries up front , I'm thinking one on each side of the trolling motor pedal tray. But ill have to have hatches to access them there also. Since the front was turned into deck space the front seat base will have to be moved forward closer to the TM tray , it's a long ways back now it seems, on my Ranger I personally think it's (front seat base) is too far forward so I need to do some research as to how far to drop the pedal in in front of the seat. Gonna have to hit some guys up here on the site to measure from their front seat post to the back edge of their TM pedal tray to get an idea what is a good distance.

Are you're going to use a butt seat or a regular full seat up front? They make off-set seat posts that might be the ticket if you're going with a standard seat. It would allow you to pivot the seat over the TM pedal or off to one side to give you more open deck when you want to stand. :-*
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Post by: scbassfanatic on January 15, 2016, 01:00:53 PM
That's all that's been on my mind last couple months it seems (Working on and designing this)
I was going to put an anchor locker up front somewhere , haven't figured that out yet . I also plan on having the 2 31 series AGM batteries up front , I'm thinking one on each side of the trolling motor pedal tray. But ill have to have hatches to access them there also. Since the front was turned into deck space the front seat base will have to be moved forward closer to the TM tray , it's a long ways back now it seems, on my Ranger I personally think it's (front seat base) is too far forward so I need to do some research as to how far to drop the pedal in in front of the seat. Gonna have to hit some guys up here on the site to measure from their front seat post to the back edge of their TM pedal tray to get an idea what is a good distance.

I have been wanting to extend my front deck for a while now. And now I am considering redoing the front of it to get more room. I like the battery idea, but I wondered about the added weight as well. I can't wait to see what yours looks like when done.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 15, 2016, 01:38:19 PM
To be honest I don't know how the weight will affect the draft of the boat or loading at the ramp either. My thought process was its a 16'x48" at the bottom and with the 55hp  weight, a 13 gallon permanent gas tank (I have to order still) and the starting battery back there it would be a good idea to add some weight up front to bring the bow down some. It might be too much .... Hopefully I can get it all back together and do some float tests with everything in place before final assembly. Open to suggestions too guys , glad you brought these things up now :) Definitely something that needs to be considered for sure
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 15, 2016, 01:38:49 PM
Are you're going to use a butt seat or a regular full seat up front? They make off-set seat posts that might be the ticket if you're going with a standard seat. It would allow you to pivot the seat over the TM pedal or off to one side to give you more open deck when you want to stand. :-*
Just gonna put that maroon butt seat I have extra up there for now
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 16, 2016, 11:00:35 AM
Would mount the batteries up front, you don't need the biggest they make. Aluminums have a habit of being a bit tall in the bow specially when you have a passenger on the rear deck and the wind will move you around.
Rodney
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Post by: tom1441 on January 31, 2016, 04:36:37 PM
Looks good
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Post by: Donald Garner on January 31, 2016, 08:20:51 PM
Rick, she's coming along pretty good there.  Tks for keeping us updated.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 02, 2016, 06:58:17 PM
Ok so a few updates and some trial and error setbacks :)
I removed all those stringers that were attached with those rivets up front so I have one smooth flat surface to work with now and don't have to worry about rattles as much as before. I'll most likely remove that flimsy seat base also.
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I had originally contacted a local machine shop to do the welding of the front bow mock up for me and for 12 beads approximately 180" long total it would cost about $250 !!! I was like "Dang , I got my own aluminum already cut and ready to weld" lol
So I was browsing around on another site and someone mentioned using an "Aluminum Glue" and another guy mentioned 3M panel bond and then it dawned on me that our body shop uses that a lot so I got the idea to "Glue" everything together :) this stuff is unbelievably strong and the metal usually fails in strength tests before the glue does.
So I contacted 3M and discussed my options and they were very helpful and with the right set up and surface prep this would be perfect for what I need and could easily be done by me at home without a helper.

 At a cost of $38 I figured it was worth a shot
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So this weekend I cut out all my aluminum pieces that I mocked up in cardboard

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Cutting that cardboard was easier but I took my time and used a metal cutting blade in my jig saw
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and they turned out pretty decent
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 The biggest problem I have run into so far is I have to bend that center piece and get it at the perfect angle and let me tell you this 1/8" is extremely strong !
I clamped a 1/2 steel flat bar on top at the bend line to a steel work bench at work , had a 300 lb man standing on the little corner at the front and using a rosebud torch I warmed it up and I had another guy applying pressure until it "looked" good. Got it home and it was too much of a bend lol
So then I stand on it on my floor and had to bounce to get it to straighten out some. (270# and it would barely bend)
Here's where I'm at now
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I have several dilemmas that need working out
So here's some thought and things I need help with
Now that that piece is bent my first thought is to attach it to the floor stringers that are already in place which means leaving it long. If I do that then the deck will have to just mount up flush to the panels and the other 4 panels I already cut will have to be cut longer to attach to the main stringers also which will make cutting the floor in the front a little easier as opposed to running the deck all the way to the bow point and then having the panels come down to them on top (in this scenario the deck plate could never be removed ....) in the other way it could still be removed so I will
Most likely go that route.
If I hour these pieces using the panel bond adhesive it requires a lap joint and serious clamping , well everything was cut originally to butt weld together so either I have to just use sacrificial pieces behind the plates or just go back to the original welding idea.
I have a digital angle caliper on order and should be here at Home Depot to pick up by the 5th
Oh yeah since I had to bend that piece the way I did the bend line isn't very sharp like a metal brake would do and now the other panels won't fit very well :(
So it's back to the drawing board !!!
Ideas and suggestions are welcome  !
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Post by: West6550 on April 29, 2016, 09:34:40 AM
Man she is coming right along man!
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 29, 2016, 09:55:42 AM
Man she is coming right along man!
LOL I forgot to mention this build is on hold until the Ranger issues are fixed. Hopefully 2nd or 3rd week in June I can get bac on it . I have almost decided to buy a Welder and just do it all myself :)
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Post by: West6550 on April 29, 2016, 12:13:30 PM
I figured as much. The big glass boat is #1 lol
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 30, 2016, 08:11:31 AM
I'tll be good to see this project underway again.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 30, 2016, 06:58:15 PM
Who is ready for some updates ??? I know I am !!!
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Post by: Princeton_Man on June 30, 2016, 08:12:06 PM
Been thinking about LBL. ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 30, 2016, 08:56:26 PM
Ok so had a couple hours tonight and decided I absolutely had to make some progress on this thing !
 I should point out that during the Mercury build the tin rig was outside covered with TWO boat covers and still somehow took on water , was pointed bow down and there was like 2-3 foot of water in it ! Good thing was it did not leak a drop anywhere so this thing is sealed up really good ! Bad news is I had to really clean everything up again and wash it all down ! Rusted up a lot of stuff and all my cardboard templates were
Ruined :( but that's ok cause I got a running Merc lol
    Right now I can't spend any more money but I have a lot of stuff already here and ready to go so I started working on things that I can do and put the stuff off that's gonna cost me more money (Front Deck Welding)!
Started out taking measurements of my back deck area, it is one flat sheet and relatively easy to cut so I cleaned up everything and got to work
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Laid one edge in square and marked the height of the deck against the sides.  I should also note that with all the decking out of the boat the sides sorta spread apart so I had to account for that. Once the piece is cut square I will fasten one side and then pull the other side up tight with a ratchet strap to make sure the rear of the boat is square with the transom.
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I had trouble keeping the jig saw cutting straight because the little blade ha a tendency to walk or bend easily so I tried to leave a sharpie marker tip mark width for my cut line tried using a 2x4 as a guide . It worked ok but I think for long straight cuts I will use a skill saw and have a helper spraying lubricant.
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The cut wasn't as nice as I wanted it but here's where I got creative and using the piece I cut off I flipped it so the factory edge was even with my mark , clamped it to it and filed, sanded and ground it flush until I had an almost perfect cut
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Close up
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Using several power tools :)
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It took a little more time and effort but I'm happy with this piece
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Installed
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 I'll get the splash well area cut out next and the start working on locker cut outs.
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Post by: West6550 on June 30, 2016, 10:03:53 PM
Nice progress man. I can't wait to fish out of it lol
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Post by: Pferox on June 30, 2016, 10:10:09 PM
Nice job Rick.  Cleaning up an edge on aluminum sheet is a dog.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 01, 2016, 06:16:11 AM
Lot's of hard work there Rick, coming along well though. Good to see the tin being restored again! ;D
Rodney
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Post by: Lipripper on July 01, 2016, 09:11:10 AM
I was wondering when you were going to get back on this. Looking good. ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: bassindude on July 02, 2016, 06:01:01 PM
I wish I had a quarter of your energy lol.   Looking great.   The circular saw will work fine. I'd recommend using a carbide tipped blade.   That's what we use in the fab shop and they work fine. 


Jim
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Post by: hughesjasonk on July 03, 2016, 03:07:26 AM
Bout time you got back at it! It's not like you had to rebuild a motor or anything!.... lo lo lo lo

It's looking great rick. When do you think that it will be sea worthy?

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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 03, 2016, 07:32:57 AM
Rick, as Lou said, use a carbide blade and you won't need to spry lube, do wear long pants and long sleeves and eye protection. The chips will be hot and if you're in shorts you'll be dancing as you are cutting. Don't ask me how I know. lo
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 03, 2016, 11:03:59 AM
Bout time you got back at it! It's not like you had to rebuild a motor or anything!.... lo lo lo lo

It's looking great rick. When do you think that it will be sea worthy?

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Pheew I hate to say , since I had hoped for spring this year. Now I have to get ready for the rally in September . Maybe spring next year ? Lol ! Money is biggest factor now I guess.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on July 03, 2016, 11:13:01 AM
Pheew I hate to say , since I had hoped for spring this year. Now I have to get ready for the rally in September . Maybe spring next year ? Lol ! Money is biggest factor now I guess.
It always is. I really wanted to go but i doubt that I will be able to make it this year

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Post by: Bigwrench on July 07, 2016, 06:07:53 PM
Had momma help me last night , we got the panel squared up and then marked all the access holes and cut lines from the bottom
Flipped it over and cut the front area out with a skil saw clamped it back in place to smooth out all the rough edges and make it look like it's blended into the existing framework.
The splash well is gonna be tricky to cut because there is no access from the bottom to mark the cut lines so I will have to get creative lol.

  Now that the access holes are all marked I need to decide where and what type of storage lockers to install . I really want the deck to be smooth as possible without having those drop in hatch lids sticking up (potential tripping hazard I would think )
So what do y'all think about the process of using the cut out pieces for the actual lid ?
Mount boxes from the bottom (flanged top) and the a hinge and a hope cutout for a handle mechanism ? Id have to have a frame around it for them to sit on flush.
Any ideas on where to buy them or have them made ?
If I use the cutout pieces for lids the cuts will have to be perfect I would think ?
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 07, 2016, 07:45:10 PM
Ok so here's a tentative layout.
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The gas tank will be mounted underneath the round seat base area so those two little red storage areas the depth will be dependent on how tall the gas tank is. I'm thinking there is room for a 13-18 gallon in that space. I thought this would be better moving the tank forward some to try and even out the weight. More towards center since the motor weight is on back.
The two long storage areas on each side will be approx 12" deep, below that will be all expanding foam
Cranking battery to left rear corner since I mostly will be on the right side.  Of course TM batteries up front.
The green area I'd like to make the entire box a Plano tray holder ?
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Post by: Kris on July 07, 2016, 09:16:07 PM
I like the layout, but......  Personally I would like my Plano boxes like on the right or left up front.  Personal opinion, your mileage may vary.
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Post by: West6550 on July 07, 2016, 09:33:02 PM
Where's your bilge pump and stuff going? Any livewell on the back?

I'd probably put my boxes up front or on a side. It's a pain in a small boat to reach around a seat area. Not sure what your plan is for the boat use.
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Post by: Pferox on July 08, 2016, 12:19:15 AM
Where and how are you venting the tank and hull around it, or are you filling it all in with foam around the tank?

Definitely need at least one bilge and place to keep any other pumps and extraneous wiring, usually below the motor area.
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 08, 2016, 05:12:32 AM
I like the layout, but......  Personally I would like my Plano boxes like on the right or left up front.  Personal opinion, your mileage may vary.


Where's your bilge pump and stuff going? Any livewell on the back?

I'd probably put my boxes up front or on a side. It's a pain in a small boat to reach around a seat area. Not sure what your plan is for the boat use.

Unanimous boxes up front-check !
I have 2 bilge pumps they will be in the rear floor

So far I haven't decided to add a livewell . In the original design there is a livewell underneath the two seats just a large aluminum box that the seats flip up to access so I may still use that seat base. Actually thought about making that my gas tank too but most likely only like 6-7 gallons. I'll have to measure it now
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 08, 2016, 05:16:35 AM
Where and how are you venting the tank and hull around it, or are you filling it all in with foam around the tank?

Definitely need at least one bilge and place to keep any other pumps and extraneous wiring, usually below the motor area.
The tank would bolt with the safety strap kit to the floor at the stringer locations. Will have to run vent lines and fill hose also as well as fuel gauge wires to the dash.
There will definitely be foam between the hull and sub floor in between the stringers. I didn't plan on foaming around the tank in case I Had to take it out later.
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 08, 2016, 06:56:52 AM
I've decided to get Grayson to stay home one night (he practically lives at the campground through the summer) and he can lay inside those long access holes on each side and trace the outlines for us :)
Once I have the angles for the rear splash well I think I can make it happen from there.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 08, 2016, 08:42:34 AM
Use the cutouts, frame around with aluminum angle and do the same with the cutouts. You should be able to mount hinges on the outside edges Rick. Storage in the middle can be hinged away from the traffic pattern, heck, you could mount shocks on the lids also, even put foam under the the tops of the lids for lure storage also. See the latest BASSMASTER for what Arron Martins does.
Rodney
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Post by: Kris on July 08, 2016, 07:57:21 PM
Rick, Honestly Brother this is your boat, build it the way you want it to be.  If twenty five people respond you will get twenty two different opinions.  I am posting pictures and my opinion on how my Ouachita will be completed.  I have probably changed my mind at least 10 times since I started this project.
You will be fishing out of this boat with your Family and it should be set up the way YOU think will be best for that application.
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 08, 2016, 10:38:44 PM
Rick, Honestly Brother this is your boat, build it the way you want it to be.  If twenty five people respond you will get twenty two different opinions.  I am posting pictures and my opinion on how my Ouachita will be completed.  I have probably changed my mind at least 10 times since I started this project.
You will be fishing out of this boat with your Family and it should be set up the way YOU think will be best for that application.
Thanks brother !! I'm loving your build by the way ! I just like kicking it around thinking maybe someone will have that idea to hat hasn't crossed
My mind or cover something I hadn't thought of . Im gonna have Plano storage up front for sure n 
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 09, 2016, 10:34:13 AM
Was a family affair this morning , with a little help from momma and my little buddy (who is as tall as momma now) we got the last perimeter cut out on the back deck finished
Put his little rear inside with a flashlight and a sharpie
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A tight squeeze
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Present Arms
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A little peephole
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He was scared of spiders lol
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Flipped it and made my cut lines using his trace marks
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Cut to the edge of the lines
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Dry fit
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Looks awesome !
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Gonna run into work and finish up a $1700 job on a fleet vehicle ( 1 ton C&C) guy has to leave town in the morning .
Then back home to clamp that down and dress up all the edges. More to come later today.
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Post by: Lipripper on July 09, 2016, 10:36:43 AM
looks good and he was just the right size ~sweat
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Post by: West6550 on July 09, 2016, 10:46:15 AM
Looking good Rick!!

Kris is right make it how you want. We don't know how you will fish out of it.
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 09, 2016, 12:23:14 PM
Brought some scrap pieces in with me to work to improvise a little bit
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6 made up and ready to do some lifting ;)
These will be screwed to the joists in my garage making a place where I can hook my large ratchet straps to enable me to lift the boat off the trailer so I can roll it outside and start working on the new LED taillights and bunks.
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 09, 2016, 03:40:26 PM
Whatever floats your boat they say :)
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Time for some LED tail lights
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Took the old ones off and these bolted right on
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Heat shrink the soldered wires and they look great ! I also taped them after heat shrinking
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Post by: Lipripper on July 09, 2016, 03:43:29 PM
looks good Rick  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 09, 2016, 03:45:14 PM
Now let's figure out these bunks !
Using old ones as a guide
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Ok so I'm gonna need all
New hardware cause what's on there sucks and was rusted so what's yalls suggestions ? Where do I get nice hardware that will last and let's just assume I don't have anything but the bunk boards and carpet. What all do I need ?
The 2x6's will have 3 points of attachment to the trailer
The 2x4 side bunks appear to have just 2
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I plan on gluing the carpet to the bunks. I'll probably treat the bunks one more time before I carpet them for waterproofing.  Probably will staple to the bottom side and leave the center seam open for water to drain out.
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on July 09, 2016, 04:10:51 PM
That is looking really really good Rick. About 20 years ago I did a restore on a 1978 Bass Tracker and it didn't come out anywhere near as good as this. I used marine plywood for the decks but really wish I could have used aluminum. Then again I don't have your skills so................ ~shade

Grayson is growing up fast.  :o  Nothing like having your child help you out on stuff like this. These father and son bonding moments will be remembered for the rest of both of your lives.  ~sun
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Post by: West6550 on July 09, 2016, 08:56:08 PM
Rick I bought some galvanized brackets off amazon cheaper than I could find elsewhere. I have rebuilt two trailers. First time I did regular wood and treated it with Thompsons water sealer after I dried the wood for a few days. Second time just used pressure treated wood cause I was lazy. I pre drill the holes and use galvanized lag bolts to attach the brackets.
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Post by: Pferox on July 10, 2016, 03:03:26 AM
Looks great Rick!

Like West said most of those mounts are available on Amazon, and cheap if you can save on the shipping.

Or you can fabricate from the sames stock you used for your boat hangers.  Probably will have to put something between the trailer and mounts to control galvanization though.
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Post by: Kris on July 10, 2016, 04:36:13 AM
I got my bunk mounts from a store in Delaware that my Uncle had taken me to.  The galvanized brackets will last a long time without rusting if used in fresh water.  Here are some pictures of the Ouachita's Cox trailer after I redid it.
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These brackets are made for the job and shouldn't react with the steel frame.  I just bought the CE Smith jon boat support for the trailer.  A two foot bunk to support the bow mounted on the trailer tongue.  Your long inside bunks should take care of that for you.  My one problem is that I think my boat sits too high on the trailer.  I am changing the 12" wheels to an 8" wheel to get it another two inches lower.  I just replaced the Ranger winch with a new F2 so I can move that one to this boat.  Hopefully the Ouachita will be in the water soon and the Ranger by next Spring.  This boat will not be making runs of a couple hours to go fishing.  Most of its life is within one hour so an 8" wheel and tire should be ok.  That's hoping that I keep the speed under 60.  Good Luck
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 07:20:53 AM
That's exactly what I needed guys thanks !!!
I didn't take any real before photos of the trailer bunks before tear down that I can find so I couldn't remember exactly how they were mounted. The ones I have are so rusted I think it would be a waste of time to reuse them after all the other upgrades. I'll order some hardware today.
There the existing holes in the trailer but I don't think they were being used. There are u bolts that were used originally around the square tubing like your pictures above. 
Going to try and get the main lower deck sheet cut out today !!
As soon as I can get that area cutout I can start my console location and start running some wiring !!
A little fried bologna and egg sandwich , 3 cups of coffee and I got the whole day to work on this thing ! Stay tuned !
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Post by: hughesjasonk on July 10, 2016, 09:05:20 AM
Looking good

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Post by: Dark3 on July 10, 2016, 09:30:41 AM
Everybody, I seen BW was cheating on us at Tinboats!  Now you may or may not be shunned. We shall take a vote. Please dont ask how I know you were there, its a secret.


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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 10:13:16 AM
Everybody, I seen BW was cheating on us at Tinboats!  Now you may or may not be shunned. We shall take a vote. Please dont ask how I know you were there, its a secret.


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Lol there is a Wealth of info over there and highly recommend taking advantage of it if your dealing with a tin rig rebuild . Jim is a great guy and let's me share my UB Stuff there as well., not to mention there are some incredibly talented builders and fabricators there.   Works out great for them and us :)
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Post by: West6550 on July 10, 2016, 10:32:01 AM
Rick next time mark the old brackets with a marker before you remove them so you will know what angle for the boat lol.. oh well lolluckily you have that hoist so you can put the bunks on and lower the boat and adjust the bunk angles.

I used lock nuts on mine as well and of course some washers.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 10, 2016, 12:13:50 PM
Rick the hardware Coldfront used is the way to go, simple to use, inexpensive to buy. BPS, Cableas, I'm sure Amazon also. The mounts for the side bunksclean them up, the pitted areas have blasted and filled with JB Weld, prime and paint or cut them off and buy rollers or bunks.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 12:20:34 PM
Ok so working outside today ! Those little aluminum chips flying make a big mess lol.
Time to fill in this section.
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How I went about doing this is I measured across the area and came up with the center.  Also made a centerline on my aluminum sheet , then split the distance in half and transferred that to the metal from the centerline .
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The floor gets thinner as it goes forward so there is a taper at each side . To get a perfect fit I have to cut that taper into both sides measured from the centerline .
Measured 5 times lol so wish me luck !!
Also working on this bow strap tie down area today and need to figure out what to do up here
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Probably better get the bunks all in place first and then figure out a front stop and or roller mount ?
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Post by: Lipripper on July 10, 2016, 12:33:26 PM
looks like it's moving right along ;D it's always better to measure more than one time before cutting  :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 12:57:28 PM
Ok lower deck is installed !
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My cuts were fairly good but after laying it in place I realized the two pieces on each side are wavy lol. There is expandable foam behind those sections so not sure how to bring them out to meet even unless I drill a small hole and pump more expandable foam behind the low spots.  Oh well it will work !
May end up with a Rod locker there anyways so won't see the cut line ?
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Post by: Lipripper on July 10, 2016, 01:03:23 PM
As long as it work that's all that matters and beside what's a few waves out on the water. ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 01:16:37 PM
I think I'll work on the retractable transom tie downs today  gifts from the kids and momma
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Not sure if I should cut these welded d rings off
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and bolt them there or leave them and bolt the tie downs to the inside ?
I already have new stainless tie down u bolts for the transom here
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 01:50:32 PM
Just ran with it lol
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Looks great !
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Now it's nap time lol
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Post by: Lipripper on July 10, 2016, 01:53:40 PM
You been working to hard. ~sweat Now go have a  ~beer~ and take a nap and dream of them big fish you hope to catch come September. ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on July 10, 2016, 01:55:12 PM
One thing I did realize is the boat is awful close to those new LED tail lights I installed
I think I'll make a bracket to bring them to the outside edge soon
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Post by: West6550 on July 10, 2016, 04:47:53 PM
Man you got a lot done!! It looks great.
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Post by: Kris on July 10, 2016, 05:06:40 PM
Wow Rick, that looks great.  The transom tie downs look really good.  LED lights, smart man.  I agree on the brackets to move them.  As you can see from mine I moved them up.  I also have LED red to rear and yellow to front that will go on the bow guides for me to back it up.    This boat is gonna be great.  Hell, all ready is.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 10, 2016, 06:18:56 PM
It's coming together beautifully Rick, looking really good! You could move the lights up, I'm slowly redoing my trailer, bought it used and trying to make it work for my boat. I need to mount side bunks or rollers and I'd like to get the lights up and out of the water and replace the axle followed by paint.
Rodney
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Post by: hughesjasonk on July 10, 2016, 11:02:32 PM
Looking great. I wouldn't cut those welded d rings. Might need them later.

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Post by: Bigwrench on July 11, 2016, 08:44:56 AM
Looking great. I wouldn't cut those welded d rings. Might need them later.

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Yep I also decided that and just mounted them inside. 
I was thinking about something like this as a bracket to move the tail lights out away from the boat some ?
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What y'all think ? I could either go up or down with them ?
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Post by: Kris on July 11, 2016, 11:13:50 AM
I think that will be good.  The bow guide board will keep it from getting hit. 
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Post by: West6550 on July 11, 2016, 04:23:47 PM
Why not just out to the side? Hard to tell from a picture. I wouldn't put them past the edge of the trailer. Other anglers like to bump into you at busy ramps. I would probably just go over a few inches. Like the outside hole is now the inside. Just an idea. Then you could do a little white reverse light in that single hole spot.
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Post by: Pferox on July 11, 2016, 07:21:36 PM
I like that it is a good location, almost to the edge, but enough space to protect them. I was also thinking though .......

Would you be able to drop a vertical down to the trailer on the outside?  This would kind of firm up the construction a little and make it more durable.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on July 12, 2016, 05:55:52 AM
That would be a good spot, I want to get mine out of the water, have to wait til I get either bunks or rollers.
Rodney
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Post by: Kris on July 29, 2016, 02:00:26 AM
Hi Rodney,  I have changed all my boat trailer lights to LEDs.  I got tired of replacing bulbs every couple of trip I had to replace one.  Most of the LEDs are sealed with epoxy to keep them around.  I still like to have the lights up out of the water if possible.  It also puts them higher for the motorists behind you.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 02, 2017, 08:10:34 PM
Think the time has come to get started back on this protect :)
Apologize that itís been so long but as many know there have been some major challenges to overcome.
We are slowly getting back in business and will be limited on what can be done by myself but will have others who can do some of it too.
With that being said I need TIG welding advice  so if any of yíall are serious Aluminum TIG Welders message me
Please if you have time.
Stay tuned for more
Progress soon :)
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 03, 2017, 04:50:12 AM
Think the time has come to get started back on this protect :)
Apologize that itís been so long but as many know there have been some major challenges to overcome.
We are slowly getting back in business and will be limited on what can be done by myself but will have others who can do some of it too.
With that being said I need TIG welding advice  so if any of yíall are serious Aluminum TIG Welders message me
Please if you have time.
Stay tuned for more
Progress soon :)

 ~c~ ~c~

Glad you're finally able to get around. Gladly come down to lend a hand, just let me know. -J
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 03, 2017, 04:32:47 PM
~c~ ~c~

Glad you're finally able to get around. Gladly come down to lend a hand, just let me know. -J
Will do Brother. Got Dad here with us now and Grayson,Josh & Tammy so plenty of physical help to do the lifting lol.
  Ideas and design is where I need the most help.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 03, 2017, 06:18:06 PM
Good to see you back in the saddle so to speak Rick!!! Looking forward to kibitzing on this project!! lo lo
Rodney
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Post by: Lipripper on December 04, 2017, 08:22:10 AM
Think the time has come to get started back on this protect :)
Apologize that itís been so long but as many know there have been some major challenges to overcome.
We are slowly getting back in business and will be limited on what can be done by myself but will have others who can do some of it too.
With that being said I need TIG welding advice  so if any of yíall are serious Aluminum TIG Welders message me
Please if you have time.
Stay tuned for more
Progress soon :)
Good to see you getting back into this with the help of family and friends.  ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 16, 2017, 10:59:32 PM
Ok quick catch up on the recent changes since last year sometime lol.
Got the from deck flooring cut
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Turned out really nice. Again had grayson lay down in the front storage areas under the new decking and marked out all the framing from the bottom
With a sharpie. He is much bigger than the last time we tried this but we got it done just in time. 

 Started making the bunk boards and used 3m 5200 sealant on all the through bolts from the new hardware mounts.
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Plenty of squeeze out to seal up under the holes.
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Slotted the heads of the bolts to make countersinking them very easy and then sealed off the heads as well
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  Got everything installed and adjusted properly for height and spacing
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Installed a new jack
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 16, 2017, 11:03:41 PM
Started on the new front keel roller
, had to make a spacer sleeve out of an old spare tire lowering rod
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Installed and peened the threads.
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Adjusted to the boat.
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Not done up here yet, still have to create some sort of stop mechanism like a V block stop in this area.
 Have to add a secondary safety chain and flip
The bow strap ratchet around (installed it backwards so the handle wouldnít hit the trailer jack).
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 17, 2017, 04:59:20 AM
Looking great Rick! You're talent shines through in everything you do Brother!
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Post by: Kris on December 17, 2017, 06:49:25 AM
WOW! That's really coming along. Nice to have the smarts and assistance to Get 'er done. That is looking really great Rick.
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Post by: Lipripper on December 17, 2017, 07:34:29 AM
Looking good Rick and glad grayson was still small enough to get under there and mark it for you. ~sweat
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 17, 2017, 09:09:56 AM
Thanks guys :)

Also want to add that this build has been stepped up
To the next level.
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   We are about to start making some serious progress real soon.
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Post by: Lipripper on December 17, 2017, 10:02:26 AM
Look out Rick done broke out the welder  lo lo Will be looking for your reports. So I bet grayson is being a big help to you now. You still strapped in?
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 17, 2017, 10:27:55 AM
So I bet grayson is being a big help to you now. You still strapped in?
Yep I am keeping him busy and his grandpa also lol.
Iím a free bird nowadays but spreading my wings sometimes hurts so itís little steps at a time.
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Post by: Lipripper on December 17, 2017, 10:30:32 AM
Yep I am keeping him busy and his grandpa also lol.
Iím a free bird nowadays but spreading my wings sometimes hurts so itís little steps at a time.
Glad to hear that and I like that song FREE BIRD. ;D Yelp don't flap them wings to much just yet.
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Post by: Donald Garner on December 17, 2017, 12:47:24 PM
Rick tks for the update and pictures as well.  She's coming along can't wait to see the final product  ~shade
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 17, 2017, 03:37:21 PM
Cut out 2 of the storage areas today and started making patterns for the drop ins.
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 As always lots of lubricant and personal protection.
 Depending on the location of the cuts it was beneficial to use a straight edge as a guide, starting with a plunge cut, it turned out good. Some locations had to be free handed but just take your time and be safe.
The battery operated saw was easier to maneuver but didnít have the ooompfff needed once he battery got weak so just went with old faithful lol
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Post by: Lipripper on December 17, 2017, 03:47:30 PM
Looking good Rick and I'm old fashion and always use the power tools with a cord on them. lo lo
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 18, 2017, 07:48:21 PM
Update for today
Got another access hole cut
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Dad ready for battle lol
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Rear under deck roughed in
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Seat mock up with old live well and a couple extra seats I have
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Playing around with spacing
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Had to check the leg room
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Tomorrow will be cockpit placement and front deck storage cutouts & seat base location as well as trolling motor tray placement.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 18, 2017, 08:10:30 PM
Looks like Dad's ready to go fishin'! ~c~
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Post by: SFL BassHunter on December 19, 2017, 05:23:27 AM
Dang I wish I was half as handy as you. Looks like this project is coming out great!


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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 19, 2017, 05:50:24 AM
Dang I wish I was half as handy as you. Looks like this project is coming out great!


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I can buy the tools... but I can't buy the talent. Rick is gifted. ~c~
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Post by: SFL BassHunter on December 19, 2017, 06:27:19 AM
I can buy the tools... but I can't buy the talent. Rick is gifted. ~c~
Sure is!



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Post by: Lipripper on December 19, 2017, 08:29:11 AM
Looking great Rick ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 19, 2017, 09:36:13 AM
We are going in search of foam board insulation today we will be using that in a lot of places but also the expandable foam after everything storage wise is in place. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 19, 2017, 06:16:06 PM
Update for today. Forward progress is always good :)
Stripped the boat back down and vacuumed everything nice and clean
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Installed closed cell flotation anywhere we could get it.
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Decided to run two sets of wires to the front now area through the previously installed tube.
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Made some good progress today
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 19, 2017, 08:55:03 PM
Ok letís get some of yíalls input here.
Im looking at permanent fuel tank options. Hereís just two that I have considered.
12 gallon plastic, would have to buy the attaching straps for it separately . It is marine specific.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171220/3d72fb756d559410dfa64241d3dad529.jpg)
This one is more of a street/auto type but 18gallons and Aluminum , Iíd have to weld attaching flanges to it. Iím pretty sure it could work.
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So lay it on me.  What do yíall think ?
I like the aluminum more, they both come with level sensor. The plastic one is available from many places and maybe $20 less than that price. 
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 20, 2017, 06:52:58 AM
Rick, I hope it's not too late for a suggestion, I'd run larger tubing for the wire runs, you may want to add a circuit or 2 later for something, just leave a line to act like a fish if you do. What ever tank you decide on I'd slide it as far forward as possible and because tinboats set with the bow high would try to mount the trolling motor battery/batteries up front, just a couple ideas. It's coming along nicely!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 20, 2017, 07:27:06 AM
Rick, I hope it's not too late for a suggestion, I'd run larger tubing for the wire runs, you may want to add a circuit or 2 later for something, just leave a line to act like a fish if you do. What ever tank you decide on I'd slide it as far forward as possible and because tinboats set with the bow high would try to mount the trolling motor battery/batteries up front, just a couple ideas. It's coming along nicely!!!
Rodney
  Thanks brother !
  Iíll actually have 2 of those pipes run from the rear battery to the front , with 2 sets of wires in each.  The 2 TM batteries will be in the front and the fuel cell will be mounted directly behind the seating area.
  So basically the fuel tank will be center mass about 4 ft forward of the transom, a cranking battery will be in the rear transom area probably starboard side and then one TM battery on each side or centered on the keel in the front of that makes sense ?
I am thinking if I go with the hot rod fuel cell Iíll have to make sure there is one of this rollover check valves in the fill neck. It may have one but I know the coast guard regs are tough on fuel tanks and have to consider that also.  For the price and look as well as size I would rather have the aluminum one .
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Post by: Kris on December 20, 2017, 02:50:01 PM
Probably too late now but you might want to run a couple of nylon strings in each of the tubes to make it easier to run a wire if you have to later.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 20, 2017, 03:09:14 PM
Probably too late now but you might want to run a couple of nylon strings in each of the tubes to make it easier to run a wire if you have to later.
Thatís a great idea also.
We had a minor setback today and ended up pulling the new transom out and will be making another one . While it was outside under cover (2 covers) water got in and directly on top of the laminated plywood and swelled it up a couple inches lol.
So out it came (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171220/6d12bd07e297b635561f2f13831d70e7.jpg)
Remember it was glassed in ? Lol well that stuff was tough and the new one will be glassed in also but also will be totally glassed all around to prevent any moisture from getting to any edge of the transom. No biggie , I had wood, resin and will have to buy another pelt of glass but itís gonna be right :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 20, 2017, 03:18:08 PM
Todayís other projects were deciding where the Tm batteries are going to be and running the wiring for that.  I used Ranger factory trolling motor wiring and drilled holes up the center of the beams and using more of that red tubing ran 2 lengths from the battery location to the bow plug location. 
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These tubes are run underneath the recessed Tm tray location.
I will be making my 24v at the batteries and not the bow plug like most Rangers are.
  Most likely will use a hole saw to make the holes a little bigger and will be installing rubber grommets around the hole to help further isolate each individual circuit.
We also found the original swivl-eze seat bases that were damaged on removal and ordered replacement bushings, cleaned them and sanded them down and since they will be painted anyways we saved some dough there.  A little skim coat over the grind marks and they will be good as new.
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We also found the original transom corner caps , 1 was already broken off a little so I cut them both to match and brush polished them
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Post by: Donald Garner on December 20, 2017, 03:28:21 PM
Rick tks for the updates and pictures.  She's coming right along.
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on December 20, 2017, 03:35:15 PM
Ok letís get some of yíalls input here.
Im looking at permanent fuel tank options. Hereís just two that I have considered.
12 gallon plastic, would have to buy the attaching straps for it separately . It is marine specific.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171220/3d72fb756d559410dfa64241d3dad529.jpg)
This one is more of a street/auto type but 18gallons and Aluminum , Iíd have to weld attaching flanges to it. Iím pretty sure it could work.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171220/859034b353845e0d2ea33bf7f1513fe1.jpg)
So lay it on me.  What do yíall think ?
I like the aluminum more, they both come with level sensor. The plastic one is available from many places and maybe $20 less than that price.

I don't know if anyone chimed in on this. IMHO my only worry with the aluminum tank would be rust over the long term.

Glad to see you are doing well enough to be tackling these kinds of projects again. ~bb
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 20, 2017, 03:48:31 PM
I don't know if anyone chimed in on this. IMHO my only worry with the aluminum tank would be rust over the long term.

Glad to see you are doing well enough to be tackling these kinds of projects again. ~bb
Yeah corrosion would be my concern also. Almost talked myself into the plastic Moeller tank that is made for this application. The price is a little higher but heck Iíll just save up a little here and there and get that one. I do have a ton of tools I am probably going to be downsizing and can make some boat rebuild money that way for sure. Donít think I need 40+ air tools and 18 sets of wrenches lol.
    Not to mention numerous other duplicates etc that I have accumulated over the years. 
   5 tool boxes is a little much too here in the small garage lol.  Just need enough to piddle with here at home now.
  So if anyoneís looking for tools you know where to send em lol.

  With the aluminum tank I would have had to retrofit some sort of fill neck for the hose to attach to and the Moeller is already set up to connect the big fill hose to. So most likely Iíll just get that one that is coast guard approved.  Sucks that they donít supply the mounting hardware at that price though !
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on December 22, 2017, 04:01:29 PM
Sucks that they donít supply the mounting hardware at that price though !

I hear ya brother. When I did my Bass Tracker restore back in 2000 I learned that lesson. I remember that there were some switches I bought that didn't come with any of the mounting screws. I also bought a livewell and a Flow-Rite control system for it (The kind Ranger used back then) to allow for fill, drain and recirculate. None of it had any of the necessary hardware.  :(

If they can they'll find a way to squeeze every extra penny out of you that they can.  ~b~
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 24, 2017, 09:23:05 AM
Not a lot to report except been practicing my welds and playing around with the different settings. 
Started out like this lol.
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Had a blow out
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Got a little hot !
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But was able to make some progress later on
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Just need some ďseat timeĒ and that works out good because I can sit down fairly easy now for a bit and I have all sorts of time
Stay tuned.
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Post by: Lipripper on December 24, 2017, 09:44:33 AM
Looks like your starting to get the hang of it a little and it's starting to look more like a weld  lo lo
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 24, 2017, 09:51:55 AM
Looks like your starting to get the hang of it a little and it's starting to look more like a weld  lo lo
Lol yep itís getting there and nothing but time and practice gonna make it better.


Also almost forgot !

Merry Christmas everyone !
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Post by: Lipripper on December 24, 2017, 10:22:04 AM
To you and the family also Rick and nice looking set up around the fire place. ~c~
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 24, 2017, 02:45:07 PM
Rick, those beads are startin' to look good! ~c~

Reminds me of VoAg during my high school years. Back then all we had was a torch and stick welders. Sold my flux welder last summer. Now I want a TIG.  lo
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 26, 2017, 11:04:34 AM
  Thanks brother !
  Iíll actually have 2 of those pipes run from the rear battery to the front , with 2 sets of wires in each.  The 2 TM batteries will be in the front and the fuel cell will be mounted directly behind the seating area.
  So basically the fuel tank will be center mass about 4 ft forward of the transom, a cranking battery will be in the rear transom area probably starboard side and then one TM battery on each side or centered on the keel in the front of that makes sense ?
I am thinking if I go with the hot rod fuel cell Iíll have to make sure there is one of this rollover check valves in the fill neck. It may have one but I know the coast guard regs are tough on fuel tanks and have to consider that also.  For the price and look as well as size I would rather have the aluminum one .
Sorry to be so late getting back to you, the plan sounds good! Your welds are coming along, are you using a mig? Aluminum is harder to learn than steel but doable. Like your Christmas setup, hope it was a great one for you guys!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 26, 2017, 11:47:49 AM
Sorry to be so late getting back to you, the plan sounds good! Your welds are coming along, are you using a mig? Aluminum is harder to learn than steel but doable. Like your Christmas setup, hope it was a great one for you guys!!!
Rodney

Rodney itís an AC Tig setup with 100% Argon.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 27, 2017, 11:07:12 AM
Rodney itís an AC Tig setup with 100% Argon.
NICE!!! You'll be able to do some fine work with it!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 28, 2017, 11:46:05 AM
Today I put Dad to work installing the newly sandblasted,welded and painted fenders as well as some traction tape to make stepping on and off them easier
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We also ground the heads off any rivets that were sticking up above the floor framing
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  This will allow the floor sheet to lay flat and stop any rattles (hopefully) 
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  All of the existing framing will be welded solid and ground flat before the floor is installed.
I am also considering laying a strip of rubber across the floor joists in the lower deck areas
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Which I hope will also quiet down the floor. Maybe something like a bike inner tube sliced longways ? Ideas welcome.
  Also need to decide how to attach the deck to the floor joists. 
   I originally wanted to use bolts that could be sunk flush but with the 1/8 aluminum floor I think that would be practically impossible to do and preserve the holding ability. So I think I have decided on rivets, I think that will work fine and still allow the floor decking to be removable with minimal effort later, if needed. 
  So hereís some options I have on hand.
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  They will have to go through two 1/8Ē and one 1/16Ē panels to fully attach to the main hull ribs.
 We have a ton of options here and I like the holding capacity of these 1/4 ďbig daddyĒ rivets
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But they would stick out above the deck more than these 3/16ď low profileĒ models.
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Side by side
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Installed side by side comparison
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Back side
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So what yíall think ?
I believe Iíll go with the low profile ones.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 28, 2017, 11:50:58 AM
We also ran the other wire tube up through the chine on the other side
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Also any exposed wires for the TM or the main runs will be covered in conduit to prevent any type of rubbing situation with aluminum.
  We also repurposed the old floor framing that was removed before, cut them
In half and basically made double the floor frame joists for the front deck area using those old pieces
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171228/8618a0f8e56141f855c38f9de5680902.jpg)
  These are already flanged out and can be welded wherever needed for hatch support and TM tray framing.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 28, 2017, 11:54:32 AM
The way it is now we can play around with hatch access locations
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Post by: Lipripper on December 28, 2017, 01:33:14 PM
Making good progress  ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 28, 2017, 06:46:26 PM
Making process Rick! Try rubber tape instead of trying to cut up bike tubes and making them work, you can find it in the electrical dept at Home Depot or Lowes, lay it down and it's held by the glue on the tape.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 28, 2017, 10:53:05 PM
Making process Rick! Try rubber tape instead of trying to cut up bike tubes and making them work, you can find it in the electrical dept at Home Depot or Lowes, lay it down and it's held by the glue on the tape.
Rodney
Thatís a pretty slick idea
I was going to use 3m weatherstrip adhesive to stick the rubber inner tube strips to the floor joists but the self sticking tape would probably work better and be quicker! Maybe even some of that sticky rubber roofing material that ya peel off the film to get it to stick ? Either way that just set me on a better path lol. Thanks brother.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 29, 2017, 07:15:45 AM
Looking awesome Rick! True Bigwrench workmanship! ~c~

I'm going to toss in another suggestion. Instead of rubber which will deteriorate in a couple years, or tape. What about running a bead of 5200 across the joists/stringers and letting it cure. Once cured it will compress and conform with the weight of the deck. The calking gun size tubes aren't that expensive and the silicone should last decades.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 08:01:01 AM
Looking awesome Rick! True Bigwrench workmanship! ~c~

I'm going to toss in another suggestion. Instead of rubber which will deteriorate in a couple years, or tape. What about running a bead of 5200 across the joists/stringers and letting it cure. Once cured it will compress and conform with the weight of the deck. The calking gun size tubes aren't that expensive and the silicone should last decades.
Heck thy would probably work also. That 5200 is some tough stuff for sure.
  I have 2 tubes left that were purchased way back when and I was able to get just enough out of one to finish the bunk boards with, I actually needed more and I grabbed another one  I can not squeeze them through the tube now (the bottom edges have hardened). I saved them because the center of the tubes are still ďsqueezableĒ and figure Iíll cut the tube open and use it anyways lol.  I figure I can puncture the side of the tubes and dip my transom bolts in it before installing them.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on December 29, 2017, 08:08:09 AM
Yup, Once the seal is broken, it starts to cure in the tube. I've done the same thing to avoid wasting it all. That reminds me of a tip I need to add to the tips board. I've found I can extend the life of open 5200 by storing it in my garage refrigerator.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 08:46:23 AM
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   Was playing around with storage configuration again lol. This is almost what I am planning
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 29, 2017, 09:33:24 AM
Rick, it looks good but not put the batteries together so you have another storage compartment? Just curious, the plastics I carry would offset the batteries. lo
Rodney
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Post by: Deadeye on December 29, 2017, 09:50:16 AM
Rick,

Instead of putting down a "glue" (5200) and letting it set then installing the floor, why not use it to it's full advantage and put a good heavy bead down --just before you install the floor. This will in effect "glue" the floor down and help hold as well as insulate the sound.

Use a roller or something to press down heavy on the areas where the cross beams are after riveting the floor down. Also go with the 3/16 rivets. They will be fine and the head spreads out better.

To truly isolate the sound, put (glue) a rubber mat type flooring to the aluminum sheet after installing the floor. I would use a 3m style spray and spray both the sheet and the mat. let set until tacky. Make sure your putting it where you want it the first time, you won't be moving it.

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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 11:28:58 AM
Rick, it looks good but not put the batteries together so you have another storage compartment? Just curious, the plastics I carry would offset the batteries. lo
Rodney
I guess I could move them closer to the center keel area under the seat ? Was just thinking they would balance out better about 24 inches apart there. But that would open up those two areas for storage .
  Itís also pretty tight with a 31 series ďheight-wiseĒ
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By the time I mount he battery trays it will be higher so moving closer to the center would give me more room above the batteries to the deck, since itís deeper there.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 11:36:57 AM
Rick,

Instead of putting down a "glue" (5200) and letting it set then installing the floor, why not use it to it's full advantage and put a good heavy bead down --just before you install the floor. This will in effect "glue" the floor down and help hold as well as insulate the sound.

Use a roller or something to press down heavy on the areas where the cross beams are after riveting the floor down. Also go with the 3/16 rivets. They will be fine and the head spreads out better.

To truly isolate the sound, put (glue) a rubber mat type flooring to the aluminum sheet after installing the floor. I would use a 3m style spray and spray both the sheet and the mat. let set until tacky. Make sure your putting it where you want it the first time, you won't be moving it.
I definitely use a lot of the high tack spray, I am very fond of it lol. It works super slick for carpet install.  I was hoping to keep the deck removable and would worry that the 5200 would be pretty solid ? If it can be separated later then that would work perfect. I was just thinking bicycle tubes because I have a very large supply of those on hand lol. At our campground there is a pile of old bicycles all the children have outgrown over the years and most just use it for spare parts. 
  But Iím good with either way and can do that too if you think it would still be removable if I just drilled out the rivet heads ?
  Itís no so important on the front deck area because I can get to the hull through the access holes that will be there for storage and most likely address any hull issues that may arise later but the main center floor and rear lower floor area would be tough with the console and seats installed. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 11:50:19 AM
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Could actually move them back one rib and then use the two sides of the seat for storage ?
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Thereís more room above the battery to hook up the cables and stuff if I do it that way.
The center could be the two batteries and then have divider walls built in for storage on the other side of the battery box compartment ?
Gonna vent the area wherever they go and that may work easier for a vent. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 12:14:01 PM
Also on this front piece. Should I weld it in flush with the top rail or leave it lower with a small lip ?
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Thereís already support brackets in place that I could use if I drop it down some, would make it easier to mount or if I want to have the flush look Iíll have to build all that up.

Iím still not 100% sure Iím going to use this exact piece with all the angles that I made.  It will all depend on how my welding skills improve while building the framework for the front deck floor lol.  I may just cut a piece like a Ranger rt188 has where it is just a V . I think this is a tracker front deck here but the Ranger is similar and further back in this post.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 03:11:07 PM
Dad got tired so we called it a day after getting the main deck squared away.
Tomorrow we will start on placing the console and getting it secured in place. 
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By the way , that plastic sheeting that is on these aluminum panels is a PITA ! A heat gun (hair dryer) helps a lot though.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 03:12:13 PM
Iíve also almost talked myself into using that mat flooring as well , Iíll just need to do some research on which would be best since that stuff is expensive !!
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 03:44:08 PM
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Forgot to mention that we notched out the rear lower deck so we could install bilge pumps directly to the flat surface of the hull.
This also allows access to the drain plug hole from the inside :)
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Post by: Deadeye on December 29, 2017, 10:16:12 PM
If you want to be able to remove the deck-- DO NOT use 5200 or anything like it to glue it down.

You could do the Tube Trick and it should help minimize vibration noise and you could still remove the deck later.


The front edge depends on if you are planning to mount a TM on it. Flush would make it much easier to do. Dropped you would have to fab a shim of some sort to make it set level.

Your doing great.

BTW you can get a flooring mat that snaps together to make as big as you want in 2 ft x 2 ft squares at Sam's Club. Comes Gray on one side and Multi Colors on the other. Waterproof and lasts too. We used it to pad the floor when our twin grandkids were born. I really like how it feels to walk on. and has lasted 2 years with almost no sign of wear. Outside edges have "ends" that snap on and I custom cut where needed to fit with scissors.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 29, 2017, 10:44:58 PM
If you want to be able to remove the deck-- DO NOT use 5200 or anything like it to glue it down.

You could do the Tube Trick and it should help minimize vibration noise and you could still remove the deck later.


The front edge depends on if you are planning to mount a TM on it. Flush would make it much easier to do. Dropped you would have to fab a shim of some sort to make it set level.

Your doing great.

BTW you can get a flooring mat that snaps together to make as big as you want in 2 ft x 2 ft squares at Sam's Club. Comes Gray on one side and Multi Colors on the other. Waterproof and lasts too. We used it to pad the floor when our twin grandkids were born. I really like how it feels to walk on. and has lasted 2 years with almost no sign of wear. Outside edges have "ends" that snap on and I custom cut where needed to fit with scissors.
Yeah I definitely wanna make sure it can be removed at a later date just in case lol.
  On another note Dad and I were sitting here discussing the boat work we completed today and it dawned on me that my original plan was to paint the entire inside hull ...... before installing the decking and foam LMBO !! So either I let the center section of deck ďrideĒ the way it is or I drill out the 15 rivets and take it all back out lol.
 Not really sure what painting it before I install the decking would help or not painting it would hurt ? Iíll probably just leave it like it is and then tape off everything else and paint the sides and inner hull areas of the front and rear before installing the decking rivets.

  Iím pretty fond of Samís club and definitely will look into that stuff you mentioned.  I did see the camouflage kind that some guys are using but that stuff is very expensive.
  My plan with the TM was to use 1/4Ē plate to fabricate a mount on the left there and I could mount that so it is flush with the top rail most likely ? Since itís probably a 8Ē drop from the rail to the front deck I wanted to box in the visible side of the TM mount and put a door in it for a glove box type storage area. I could box it in completely and make it waterproof and lockable as well.
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Post by: Deadeye on December 30, 2017, 08:17:29 AM
That mat floor stuff is in the Office area of sam's.

If your already doing a TM Mount, then either way would work. Really depends on how YOU like it. Both have their place.

Dropped allows you to set stuff on there if you wish and would be easier to place and weld. On top you would probably need to weld solid, while dropped you could do Skip Welding if you so chose. Fill the rest with silicone to complete the look.

Painting or not shouldn't matter. Under the deck where no one will see really doesn't need it. Make sure you use Self Etching Primer before painting on Aluminum and wipe down really good with Acetone. If you don't I am sure  the paint will peel at some point.

Worked for years building Motor Coaches with Aluminum Slide-Out Rooms and that's how the Paint Shop always did the Aluminum Panels when they painted them. The Self Etching Primer grabs onto the Aluminum and holds tight. A light DA Sanding with 320 grit goes a long way in assuring the paint holds as well.

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Post by: Bigwrench on December 30, 2017, 12:43:57 PM
Put the old
Man to work sanding the hull
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Got the etching primer and we are just prepping the rear deck area and any visible surfaces for priming today.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 30, 2017, 01:36:36 PM
Thin coat of the etching primer installed to see how it lays.
All roughed up and vacuumed out and wiped down with acetone.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 30, 2017, 06:21:17 PM
No don't glue the deck down!!!! The rubber tape will come up relatively easy if you need to. I like your battery idea, I would use rubber tape on the battery trays also. Rubber pads like the ones used to mount the TM can be had at HD or Lowes also. This is going to be a really neat build!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Deadeye on December 31, 2017, 09:52:30 AM
Looks really Good Rick.
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 31, 2017, 10:33:51 AM
Thanks guys , itís fun to see some progress on this thing again.
Hate that it has taken this long to get to this point but definitely glad to get some things done on it and closer to a splashdown date.
On the chine grooves at the bottom I took what amounts to a couple coat hangers and twisted the together with my bench vise and drill and ďsplayedĒ one end out and used it like a snake with the drill and run it up under the floor beams to clean out the old expandable foam to facilitate drainage all the way back to the bilge area.
This worked extremely well !!!
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 31, 2017, 10:39:55 AM
I have decided that rattle cans are just a waste of time and cost prohibitive at this point , with as much spraying that needs to be done.
I am going to find or order a real cheap spray gun and the quarts of etching primer. The rattle cans locally are $7.67. It took 2 cans to coat that one area in the above photo and even then it doesnít look like total coverage. 
I assume it would take close to 20 cans at 7.67 each !!!
I can buy 6can packs for around $4.50 a can but still can probably get a hvlp sprayer from harbor freight for $30 and the primer is like $25 a quart so any suggestions along this route yíall have would be appreciated.
I have plenty of plastic and paper and tape to tape everything off with and a 60 gallon compressor might as well use what I have to make it easier and faster.
 Gonna head to Samís today and look at that foam padding! 
Another thing is itís extremely COLD here and will probably have to hold
Off on any more painting or priming until it warms up and I can push the boat outside because the fumes are invading the house with the heat pump running dang-near constantly now. 
I also got a bunch of items in for the boat recently.
Got a 10 circuit waterproof marine fuse block. A TM 50amp breaker, bunch of shrink tube, rubber pass-through grommets, terminals, main battery kill switch, voltage gauges w/ USB charging points and a battery tray for a 31 series to play around with.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on December 31, 2017, 10:50:31 AM
I have decided that rattle cans are just a waste of time and cost prohibitive at this point , with as much spraying that needs to be done.
I am going to find it order a real cheap spray gun and the quarts of etching primer. The rattle cans locally are $7.67. It took 2 cans to coat that one area in the above photo and even then it doesnít look like total coverage. 
I assume it would take close to 20 cans at 7.67 each !!!
I can buy 6can packs for around $4.50 a can but still can probably get a hvlp sprayer from harbor freight for $30 and the primer is like $25 a quart so any suggestions along this route yíall have would be appreciated.
I have plenty of plastic and paper and tape to tape everything off with and a 60 gallon compressor might as well use what I have to make it easier and faster.
 Gonna head to Samís today and look at that foam padding! 
Another thing is itís extremely COLD here and will probably have to hold
Off on any more painting or priming until it warms up and I can push the boat outside because the fumes are invading the house with the heat pump running dang-near constantly now. 
I also got a bunch of items in for the bot recently.
Got a 10 circuit waterproof marine fuse block. A TM 50amp breaker, bunch of shrink tube, rubber pass-through grommets, terminals, main battery kill switch, voltage gauges w/ USB charging points and a battery tray for a 31 series to play around with.
If you pay the shipping I can send you mine. It's nothing special but it works.

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Post by: Bigwrench on December 31, 2017, 11:33:23 AM
If you pay the shipping I can send you mine. It's nothing special but it works.

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Absolutely , lemme know where/how to pay ya and THANK YOU!
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Post by: hughesjasonk on December 31, 2017, 12:04:10 PM
Absolutely , lemme know where/how to pay ya and THANK YOU!
I sent you a message on FB. If you would have said something earlier I could have brought it down when I went to my sister's for Christmas.

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Post by: Oldfart9999 on December 31, 2017, 12:41:36 PM
Great idea using coat hangers like that!!! Haven't heard that one before!! A lot of guys on Tinboats use the Harbor Freight HVLP and like it, they also use Rustoleum etching primer and paint. Looks like the Tinboat monkey got you!!! lo lo ;)
Rodney 
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Post by: Bigwrench on December 31, 2017, 06:57:01 PM
Got one pack of those tiles today to just play around with them and see how I liked them. Grayson says he loves them under his feet so we will probably go this route.
  Probably very easy to cut and stick with the spray adhesive ?(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180101/4fd707ddcdc09468d583a9ba0e938da4.jpg)
Might even go all the way up the sides ?
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 01, 2018, 08:24:44 AM
Do those mats add a lot of weight?
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 01, 2018, 09:03:06 AM
Do those mats add a lot of weight?
Rodney
No, not at all. Im guessing this whole ďkitĒ weighs about 5lbs. 
  They are 2x2 sheets of EVA foam.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 01, 2018, 09:26:12 AM
But since they are so lightweight I wonder how durable they would be in a boat environment over time. 
They are too light to just lay in and forget them so they will have to be glued which makes me wonder how much fun they would be to get out if they donít last lol.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 01, 2018, 01:14:37 PM
You know how your working on a project and your changing things on the fly ? Lol
 On a whim today I decided to use Bed liner spray on the hull area at the rear to seal it all up so I could go ahead and install that lower rear decking and start working on battery and bilge pump replacement.
It actually goes on much faster than the primer and this entire area took me like 10 minutes after prepping the metal.
Still going to prime/paint the inside but the hull area isnít going to be seen anyways and thought his would be a quick way to clean it up and coat it .
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Post by: Lipripper on January 01, 2018, 01:18:24 PM
Looks good Rick and hope your keeping warm up there. Are y'all getting any of this sub zero stuff like we are?
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 01, 2018, 01:22:02 PM
We also discovered that these old hook & loop type sanding pads for a DA sander work extremely well with a 3M scotchbrite pad
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Just lay it out on the 3M pad and trim with scissors or a razor blade
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Works extremely well on a drill for cleaning up large aluminum panels very fast
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 01, 2018, 01:23:31 PM
Looks good Rick and hope your keeping warm up there. Are y'all getting any of this sub zero stuff like we are?
Lol itís Freegin COLD here ! It was 11 degrees about 20 minutes ago and looks like at least 7-8 days more of this stuff !!!
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Post by: Lipripper on January 01, 2018, 01:24:39 PM
Dang that does work good. Made it all nice and shinny  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 01, 2018, 01:26:23 PM
Dang that does work good. Made it all nice and shinny  ;D
Yeah itís going to be painted anyways but this way we can clean the impurities off the surface real fast to prep for painting.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 01, 2018, 04:19:08 PM
You got some good helpers.  ;D
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Post by: West6550 on January 01, 2018, 07:37:08 PM
Looking great Rick! I can't wait to come fish off it one day with you!

I think the plastic tank is the way to go for the fuel IMO.

I like the dropped front lip better than flush. That gives you a spot to set something while outside the boat without it worrying about it rolling off easily.

Like you mentioned there is roofing tape that might help keep noise down. I used some called Eternabond tape to hold solar panels down on the RV roof. It held up to Hurricane Irma so I am sure it would hold fine plus they are waterproof.
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Post by: Deadeye on January 01, 2018, 10:20:38 PM
Rick I donít know how long those pads will last on a boat floor, but the ones in our TV room were put down soon after the twins were born. They turned 2 a couple of months ago, so Iíd say 2 years would be close.

They get walked on by 3 adults living here and 4 dogs every day, plus all the other traffic.

So far still look like new. Really amazed and pleased with how long they have lasted.


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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 02, 2018, 06:22:49 AM
We also discovered that these old hook & loop type sanding pads for a DA sander work extremely well with a 3M scotchbrite pad
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Just lay it out on the 3M pad and trim with scissors or a razor blade
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Works extremely well on a drill for cleaning up large aluminum panels very fast
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Nice tip!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 02, 2018, 03:14:34 PM
A little later than we hoped we got the console mounted in place.  Rear view
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Front view
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Side view
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 It still a little flimsy on the port side and I am thinking of filling this area in to strengthen that side and possibly add some stuff there like a glove box , tool holder etc. also need to figure out where to put the waterproof fuse block. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 02, 2018, 03:17:03 PM
Going to most likely box this area in and add a cooler itís 14x16 at the floor and 15 1/2W x 24L x 10 deep at that little bump out even with the front deck.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 02, 2018, 03:22:28 PM
Installed the original windshield and I personally think itís way too tall lol.
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Probably going to cut about 8-10Ē off of it from the top side but wonít need to do that until the seats are installed.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 02, 2018, 03:40:41 PM
Rick I think your right it looks a little tall to me also. ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 02, 2018, 04:00:51 PM
Rick I think your right it looks a little tall to me also. ;D
Lol itís way up there for sure and reminds me of a center console windshield where you stand up behind it.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 02, 2018, 04:02:05 PM
Lol itís way up there for sure and reminds me of a center console windshield where you stand up behind it.
That was my first though also.  lo lo
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 02, 2018, 05:35:46 PM
The windshield on my boat stuck up there a ways before ice and snow took it out one winter. The tall windshield was nice on cold, wet or cold/wet days for the protection it gave. Boxing that area in for a cooler should stiffen the console quite a bit Rick!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 02, 2018, 07:23:02 PM
The windshield on my boat stuck up there a ways before ice and snow took it out one winter. The tall windshield was nice on cold, wet or cold/wet days for the protection it gave. Boxing that area in for a cooler should stiffen the console quite a bit Rick!
Rodney
Yeah I was thinking that would be the perfect location for a cooler and would definitely stiffen it up too
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Post by: West6550 on January 03, 2018, 06:34:20 AM
That is where my cooler was on the Ranger. Well it was a live well but I made it into a cooler. I did a thread here on insulating the deck lid and it held ice for days in Florida. I used bubble reflective and that harbor freight fatigue mat.

If you cut the windshield down run a piece of tape on the sides of the cut lines. I didn't do that on my old center console and half way through the cut it was brittle and cracked :-(
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 03, 2018, 07:31:56 AM
That is where my cooler was on the Ranger. Well it was a live well but I made it into a cooler. I did a thread here on insulating the deck lid and it held ice for days in Florida. I used bubble reflective and that harbor freight fatigue mat.

If you cut the windshield down run a piece of tape on the sides of the cut lines. I didn't do that on my old center console and half way through the cut it was brittle and cracked :-(
Iím glad you brought that up cause I was trying to think of how to cut it without causing more issues.  I was thinking about using a heat gun to soften it some but not sure how well that would turn out lol.


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Post by: Deadeye on January 03, 2018, 09:59:25 AM
One or two gussets in the port corner on that consul will do wonders for stiffening it. Adding a box to the front for a cooler will as well.

Like West said to cut that lexan shield, Place Masking tape where you plan to cut- both sides is better. In fact if you put extra tape and mark the cut line on the tape better yet.

I have used a Cutting Wheel to do this BUT you must go slow and do it in little cuts, a bit at a time and not the full cut, as it will heat up and melt the lexan back together.

You could probably cut it with a sharp jigsaw blade as well.

I had fine cutting wheels for my die grinder so that's how I did the one I did.
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Post by: West6550 on January 03, 2018, 11:50:02 AM
I cut mine by hand with a hacksaw and a blade for PVC I had already. It was my fault. I should have braced it better and taped it. I pushed a little to hard and it cracked. Fred brings some great ideas, whatever you do. Take it slow lol
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 04, 2018, 08:35:51 AM
Got the front deck laid out and cut the access holes yesterday (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180104/84ad4888ef6582d53de2d87ccf201066.jpg)
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Spent a couple hours practicing my welding skills lol. Itís really coming along fast now.
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Post by: Kris on January 04, 2018, 09:44:17 AM
Hi Rick, that is coming along really well. I used the brush on bedliner paint to seal up all those little holes caused by the pressure treated plywood as you know.  I think the cooler to strengthen the console will be a great idea.
I just finished helping my neighbor finish his reservoir rig up here and put the fuse box under the console on the starboard side liner in his Tracker Pro17. Still need to do some adaptation in his boat due to the 48 volt golf cart outboard. Last major thing is to get his Minn Kota Power up (tilt & trim) working if I can.
When you get it finished you will have something that will last a long time and look like nothing else out there.
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Post by: Deadeye on January 04, 2018, 10:08:07 AM
Looks good Rick.

BTW, if you wipe that Black Smoke from the Aluminum Welding away as soon as your done it will come off much easier. A small SS Brush works wonders too.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 04, 2018, 10:31:55 AM
Looks good Rick.

BTW, if you wipe that Black Smoke from the Aluminum Welding away as soon as your done it will come off much easier. A small SS Brush works wonders too.
  Thankfully I havenít had too much of an issue lately, unless I contaminate my tungsten or forget to turn on my argon lol
Here I started playing around with different amp and  Hertz ranges on the cold plate (on the right), I would write the settings down for comparison later.
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   I then jumped to the left and started laying ďokĒ beads with great penetration (3 in the middle , middle one was first). What I didnít consider was exactly how much or how fast the aluminum getting hot played a role in the final outcome.
 The one going across the top I blew through it lol.
Hereís a cold sheet.  I started just rotating them out when they got hot
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   I also played around with some lap welds, since this is going to be 90% of what I have to do on this boat.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180104/415ae7f81787125939fc38e3dd051ed2.jpg)

Looks like crap but I got great penetration and thatís a step up from the previous lap welds I have attempted.

   Iím trying to burn at least 5 filler rods a day and gonna give it a month or two before I actually start on the boat itself lol
   Like anything else I think itís gonna take lots of ďseat timeĒ to get this passable.
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Post by: West6550 on January 04, 2018, 07:51:28 PM
Looking great and you will get there Rick
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 04, 2018, 08:54:24 PM
Put the new seat bases in both front and rear (the replacement inserts for the old ones were waaaaay too big and found these in the Walmart clearance Aisle VERY cheap)
Gonna have to do something about the white and will be sanding and painting these shiny ones lol.
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Messed around with the TM batteries some more and started fooling around with a lightweight aluminum dual battery tray to mount to the hull ribs.
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Pushed the boat outside enough to get measurements on the transom to get the transom cap bent and the motor installed. 
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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 04, 2018, 09:36:36 PM
  Thankfully I havenít had too much of an issue lately, unless I contaminate my tungsten or forget to turn on my argon lol
Here I started playing around with different amp and  Hertz ranges on the cold plate (on the right), I would write the settings down for comparison later.
 (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180104/6cb78499ee492ccdd292fc40be89e12d.jpg)

   I then jumped to the left and started laying ďokĒ beads with great penetration (3 in the middle , middle one was first). What I didnít consider was exactly how much or how fast the aluminum getting hot played a role in the final outcome.
 The one going across the top I blew through it lol.
Hereís a cold sheet.  I started just rotating them out when they got hot
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180104/063ba4a1eeccb1044c2911f7c44e0810.jpg)

   I also played around with some lap welds, since this is going to be 90% of what I have to do on this boat.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180104/415ae7f81787125939fc38e3dd051ed2.jpg)

Looks like crap but I got great penetration and thatís a step up from the previous lap welds I have attempted.

   Iím trying to burn at least 5 filler rods a day and gonna give it a month or two before I actually start on the boat itself lol
   Like anything else I think itís gonna take lots of ďseat timeĒ to get this passable.
They're getting better and better, you're definitely starting to get the hang of it. Just keep practicing. I sent you a download of the book that I used to have.

Also let me know when you're ready for that paint gun and I'll send it

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Post by: Bigwrench on January 04, 2018, 09:43:26 PM
They're getting better and better, you're definitely starting to get the hang of it. Just keep practicing. I sent you a download of the book that I used to have.

Also let me know when you're ready for that paint gun and I'll send it

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Thanks brother !  Itís definitely a lot more fun sitting in a chair practicing welding than it was sitting in a chair in that back brace device watching Netflix lol.
Whenever you get time, I wonít be able to paint inside and itís so COLD out there now I canít get it outside long enough to do anything. 
Iíve been reading that book, been falling asleep late watching videos and reading with the iPad after everyone is in bed.
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Post by: caddyjoe77 on January 04, 2018, 10:03:03 PM
thats looking really dang good!!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 05, 2018, 07:12:18 AM
thats looking really dang good!!
Thanks brother , dads got skills lol.
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Post by: Deadeye on January 05, 2018, 08:42:20 AM
Your getting there Rick.

I was in Metal Fab most of my life and welded Aluminum, SS, and Mild Steel with Mig, Tig, and Stick (mild steel).

Some guys like to find a setting for the Tig where they can hold the pedal all the way down. Personally I liked to set it Hotter and then be able to feather it as I needed it. Like starting out the weld with a little hotter to get it flowing the ease back off. You can go back over a weld with a Tig and just using the torch smooth out or blend in the weld beads if you need to.

The ANGLE you hold the torch (or Mig gun for that matter) greatly changes the heat range and how you can weld. For welding with a Tig find a rhythm for you that is Heat-Dip-Heat-Dip-Heat-Dip etc.

Once you find your rhythm it's all over and everything will fall into place.


BTW you are correct with the sheets weld completely different once the have been warmed up by other welds. On small sheets do one weld, then switch to a different one while the 1st one cools. On super thick aluminum an old trick was to pre-heat it either in an oven or a rosebud torch to get it warm enough to penetrate.

Wish I was closer I'd come over and spend a couple of days with you on it. 
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 05, 2018, 09:15:04 AM
Do you know a local welder? If so you might be able to ask him for a little help and tap his knowledge, it'll shortcut a lot of time for you. I had a customer I wish I lived closer to and get a job in their welding shop. The had a guy that was an artist with a tig, I used to spend a few minutes and watch him weld plugs in aluminum studs, the plugs were just below the surface and he have a weld that didn't need to be ground level with the surface, he would drag metal from both parts together and use very little of the rod, amazing to watch! You're doing good, keep practicing, you're getting it!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 05, 2018, 10:21:13 AM
Your getting there Rick.

I was in Metal Fab most of my life and welded Aluminum, SS, and Mild Steel with Mig, Tig, and Stick (mild steel).

Some guys like to find a setting for the Tig where they can hold the pedal all the way down. Personally I liked to set it Hotter and then be able to feather it as I needed it. Like starting out the weld with a little hotter to get it flowing the ease back off. You can go back over a weld with a Tig and just using the torch smooth out or blend in the weld beads if you need to.

The ANGLE you hold the torch (or Mig gun for that matter) greatly changes the heat range and how you can weld. For welding with a Tig find a rhythm for you that is Heat-Dip-Heat-Dip-Heat-Dip etc.

Once you find your rhythm it's all over and everything will fall into place.


BTW you are correct with the sheets weld completely different once the have been warmed up by other welds. On small sheets do one weld, then switch to a different one while the 1st one cools. On super thick aluminum an old trick was to pre-heat it either in an oven or a rosebud torch to get it warm enough to penetrate.

Wish I was closer I'd come over and spend a couple of days with you on it.
  I have just recently started playing with the pedal some , I was originally concentrating more on feeding the wire continuously and a steady torch. Iíve recently started trying to feather off at the end and hold my post flow in place. 
Iíve been keeping steady about 100-120 amps but may need to try and use the pedal more as it warms up. Or like you said just weld one at a time and switch out so they cool off.
  We are probably going to go to the local scrapyards and see what they have that I can mooch off of them to practice with and possibly find some real thick plate for backing/cooling blocks and I need some 1/4Ē to design the TM mount frame out if anyways. I have realized that metal stock is insanely priced lol. The top sheet for my table was right around $100 !
  Iím going to start hunting around for other peopleís trash now and it even bums me out that I have thrown away or sold off so much scrap over the years that would be perfect to practice on about now lol.
Was thinking that seal installer kits have a ton of Aluminum dies in them that are pretty thick
I may have to do some flea market shopping for off the Wall things that will cheaply fit my needs.
  Iíd like to play around with steel some since his machine also has the stick capability and evidently Tig welding steel would have probably been the smart choice to try first and then once everything fell into place switch over to the aluminum since I would have already had the filler feed, and steady hand needed. But Iíll keep plugging away and at this point I donít want to travel too far out of my main reason for purchasing the welder just so I can keep on track and get this boat done faster. 
  Lol I wish you lived closer also !!
  My niece is dating a welder who does all this stuff for a living for a huge chemical plant here locally. I would imagine if he is working there he has to be up to snuff since they are extremely strict on safety and quality due to the chemicals they work with. I have thought about kidnapping him for a week or two lol. Eventually it will all come together for sure and thanks for the encouragement !!!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 05, 2018, 06:28:35 PM
Braced up the floor and made a battery tray to hold the two 31 series TM batteries today. Placed one of those pads in the bottom but will most likely replace that with a thinner rubber mat.
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Need to figure out the mounting for the breaker and thinking of using a plastic cutting board type material and gluing it to the inside of the hull and then bolting this to that.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180106/bc242195da055de438b0feb4c1c356b1.jpg)
Went ahead and sealed up the inside hull on the front area as well today and got that out of the way.
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Post by: West6550 on January 05, 2018, 06:51:43 PM
Looking good. Mounting that breaker on something else is a good idea. I mounted my RV busbar on a 2x4 then attached that to the frame. Help stop any shorts or anything.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 06, 2018, 10:44:26 AM
The battery tray looks good!!! Nice idea on the breaker, like West said, should help with possible shorts as well as giving  a solid place to mount it!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 06, 2018, 07:20:18 PM
Ok dadís been cussing me all day cause I made him work for his supper today ! Got a lot done so Iíll throw a bunch of stuff at yíall at once
  I decided to just keep the original seat base , which was also a live-well.  There was some major Galvanic corrosion due to the contact with the treated lumber through the years , so it was stripped down to bare aluminum inside and out. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180107/db5a2ac73113bf27d3abaf2af5655131.jpg)
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Cut off all the plumbing that was sticking out, flush with the outside
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After it was stripped down, it was stripped down with acetone inside and out and a light coat of self etching primer was applied to the bottom and outside surfaces while heat was being released inside (baked it on). 

 Installed an aluminum door over the Center access area. This will be the base for a ďJump SeatĒ that has the padding/traction material in the back of the seat to step up onto the back deck. This will be the only seat that will flip forward for access to the storage under the seats.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180107/a86c350eb2b429f90db3538704591ed8.jpg)
  Also added another 1/8 plate across the top of both sides which will be attached to the side hull area. The other two seats will attach to these areas.
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  There will also be additional space at each end of this box for more storage compartments
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Mocked up that gas tank location and that also allows for more storage behind the jump seat for a net, throw cushion or whatever.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180107/81cafed479748834b8835b960291169b.jpg)
Also played around with the TM tray location and a butt seat. Plenty of room now. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 06, 2018, 07:35:56 PM
Now onto the console !
We need to get this area done so we can get the steering control box mounted and new cables installed.
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  As some of yíall know , I ainít no small feller lol. So Iím afraid that if I just mount a 1/4 plate here that it will be too flimsy ( I use the wheel to get up sometimes) , and or the steering control box will leave a huge gap because the old dash plate was thick plywood.
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  So my conundrum is , should I just fabricate 2 1/8Ē dash plates and sandwich an aluminum square tube frame between them to make a really thick and stout dash plate that would allow the plastic bezel to sit flush to the plate and look good , but also supply some strength for ďfat AlbertĒ (Me) to get up and down easily using the wheel ?
Hereís the control box
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  I may cut out a couple test pieces tomorrow with just 1/8 plate and mount them and see what it looks like and how strong it is. 
  Or I could go with 1/2-1Ē cutting board material or leftover high grade plywood from the transom build. 
Iíd really rather stay with metal though if possible.
Gas tank, cutting board material, NOCO charger and a few other key items are on the way. Next week will be very productive !!!
  Found my rear splash well inside transom cover and the transom cap. Got it in and going to mark it for bending later. Have several pieces that need bending and will take them all at once to be bent on a large brake to save time and gas.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 06, 2018, 07:41:48 PM
Making great progress Rick!  ~c~
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Post by: Bassinkorea on January 07, 2018, 02:36:05 AM
Things are coming along quite nicely Rick   ~c~
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 07, 2018, 06:15:41 AM
After thinking about your dash a little, what if you sandwich a kitchen cutting board between the two pieces of aluminum? :-* That would give you added strength and a solid dash.
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Post by: Deadeye on January 07, 2018, 08:31:57 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I had the same steering set up on my old Crinchfield boat and the Depth of it is controlled by the Mount, not the thickness of the dash.

In other words it doesn't matter how thick you make the dash. The Mount screw on from "driver side" and the control box screws to the Mount on the "other side".

(now if yours mounted from the Inside then the depth would be effected by the thickness of the dash)

If it was me, I'd probably use a 1/4 sheet to make the dash and add 2 stringers from the back of the dash to the front of the consul. Or better yet angle them to the front corners. Cross Support the entire thing.

Just make sure that where you place them does not interfere with the Steering Cable on the In or Out side.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2018, 09:13:36 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I had the same steering set up on my old Crinchfield boat and the Depth of it is controlled by the Mount, not the thickness of the dash.

In other words it doesn't matter how thick you make the dash. The Mount screw on from "driver side" and the control box screws to the Mount on the "other side".

(now if yours mounted from the Inside then the depth would be effected by the thickness of the dash)

If it was me, I'd probably use a 1/4 sheet to make the dash and add 2 stringers from the back of the dash to the front of the consul. Or better yet angle them to the front corners. Cross Support the entire thing.

Just make sure that where you place them does not interfere with the Steering Cable on the In or Out side.
I may be over thinking it also lol. Iíll try and make a mock up today with the mount bracket , the steering box (minus cables) and the bezel to get a better idea of how it mounts and hopefully can share some photos.


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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2018, 04:25:09 PM
See hereís what I was concerned with , it really ainít that big of deal but I was hoping for a clean factory look.
Old dash plate
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New 1/8 5052 aluminum plate
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We made a dash plate and just pop riveted it in place for now and played around with layout.
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Also framed out the anchor locker and this was very tedious , I need an easier way to make these locker lids
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2018, 04:36:56 PM
   Also wanted to add that with the new plate installed to the console it is very solid now. Worst case scenario I could add another 1/8 sheet to that one , doubling he thickness and some bracing in the rear to prevent any bending or flexing when pulling up with the steering wheel.
Or just find some 1/4Ē anyways since I have to make a TM mount and was going to use 1/4Ē for that.
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Post by: Bassinlou on January 07, 2018, 05:02:04 PM
Wow Rick!! Looking good bud!!  ~c~
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Post by: Lipripper on January 07, 2018, 05:59:59 PM
A lot of work going on there and looks great Rick So hope you cooked up some nice thick (https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1079/S4zG9M.gif) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmS4zG9Mg) for you pop after all his help. ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2018, 07:45:35 PM
A lot of work going on there and looks great Rick So hope you cooked up some nice thick (https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1079/S4zG9M.gif) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmS4zG9Mg) for you pop after all his help. ;D
He had BBQ wings lol.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 07, 2018, 08:08:35 PM
After thinking about your dash a little, what if you sandwich a kitchen cutting board between the two pieces of aluminum? That would give you added strength and a solid dash.
Yep thatís also an option and wouldnít have to worry about rotting wood !!
Ordered a big sheet of it to use in various places for mounting the TM breaker,Transducer to hull,LSS control box, battery kill switch, NOCO on board charger and fuse block.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 08, 2018, 12:31:06 PM
He had BBQ wings lol.
The spice ones  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 11, 2018, 06:15:03 PM
Got several things accomplished today !
We have had the gas tank a few days now but it came without any securing hardware.  I am not sure if it normally comes with it (I bought this as a used item off of amazon) their description was that the packaging was damaged and thatís why it was a return.
  It arrived in perfect shape and still had pressure built up from the testing when I pulled the plugs out ( so we know it is airtight).
Anyways I decided to build my own strapping system and anyone who has ever removed a gas tank from a car might notice my inspirational methods
So the first thing we did was create a frame for the bottom of the tank to sit in using 2x2 angle
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Attached that to the floor and a smidge of room for expansion
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Fits like a glove!
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Once that was complete we added some sticky backed foam to each side and then under-coated that area. 
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Started on the tank strapping, tried 1/16 flat aluminum straps and they would break too easily so I ran to the local hardware store real fast and got an entire roll of strapping that is the kind that the secure items on pallets with a crimping bander
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Once we had one good one we made another to match
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We then drilled out mounting holes and taped them both up with some special abrasion type tape.
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Turned out really nice.
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  Hereís the fun part. J-Nuts
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Using this method the strap length on each side is very critical so that was a time consuming portion of the strap design. Too much length they wonít be holding much pressure and too little length they could potentially cut into the plastic tank or even bust it.
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We installed some more foam at the contact corners of the tank
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And we now have a very secure gas tank
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Once that was done we installed the starting battery in its location, we used a tray I had laying around but I may end up welding up an aluminum tray like I did for the TM batteries up front. With it in this location we can now start wiring up everything and installing the on-board charger, battery kill switch, LSS Module and the fuse block !
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There will be a dividing plate between that battery and the gas tank. As well as a dividing plate between the front of the gas tank and the back of the seat bottom, this area will be used for storage for things like a  landing net and some life vests.
That area will be around 14Ē high,  34Ē wide and 10 1/2Ē deep. My initial thought is to just attach one of those storage nets like they have in the back of SUVís or car trunks to keep everything in place.  But we will see how that turns out as we make progress. 
Tomorrow the bilge pump is going in
The NOCO charger is mounted under the drivers seat but Iíll have to show that method tomorrow.  Stay tuned.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 11, 2018, 06:26:20 PM
It's getting there Rick  ~c~ ~c~ and hope you didn't work your old man too hard today. lo lo
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Post by: fishandkamp on January 11, 2018, 09:27:53 PM
Nice work. Hopefully I will see it done when we come hauling by your door in March/April.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 11, 2018, 09:53:55 PM
It's getting there Rick  ~c~ ~c~ and hope you didn't work your old man too hard today. lo lo
Lol hard work is good for his soul :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 11, 2018, 09:54:21 PM
Nice work. Hopefully I will see it done when we come hauling by your door in March/April.
I hope so too ! This has been a very lengthy project for sure.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 12, 2018, 06:37:41 AM
It's coming together nicely Rick!!! So what are doing the Ranger?
Rodney
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Post by: West6550 on January 12, 2018, 06:40:06 AM
Looking great!! Dang Rick, you might want to start selling these boats lol
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2018, 06:50:09 AM
It's coming together nicely Rick!!! So what are doing the Ranger?
Rodney
Just letting it sit there giving me dirty looks lol. Itís going to be sold eventually but I want to try and get this one done and out of
The garage so I can move it inside for its transformation :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2018, 04:06:30 PM
Didnít get as much time today as Iíd hoped for but we did get the charger installed under the driver seat.
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Iím still not 100% sold on it being in this location and may end up moving it again lol. As it stands now Iíd have to create 2 sets of jumper wire extensions for the charger leads to the TM batteries.
  Got the charging power plug adapter installed
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 Also used an old Zebco 202 as a mounting system for the bilge pump lol.
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on January 12, 2018, 04:38:23 PM
That Zebco housing as a mounting system is ingenious!!!  ~c~

I wish I had thought of that years ago when I was redoing my old Bass Tracker. Would have saved me a lot of time. I ended up making my own brackets and then riveting them to the area that the bilge hoses ran through.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 12, 2018, 05:23:21 PM
That Zebco housing as a mounting system is ingenious!!!  ~c~

I wish I had thought of that years ago when I was redoing my old Bass Tracker. Would have saved me a lot of time. I ended up making my own brackets and then riveting them to the area that the bilge hoses ran through.
I kept looking around for something that I could use that I didnít have to drill or rivet into the plastic housing and saw that just sitting there and thought hmmm.  It seriously fits solid and square , had to slot out one side for the wiring.  The Center hole is perfect for running a bolt up through
  Once I get it installed Iíll cut the excess threads off that bolt.
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Post by: Kris on January 12, 2018, 05:43:44 PM
Now that was a cool idea there now.
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Post by: West6550 on January 12, 2018, 07:33:09 PM
Now that's just a good idea!
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Post by: Lipripper on January 13, 2018, 10:29:32 AM
Nothing like a little Hill Billy smarts  lo lo It works though  ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2018, 12:05:29 PM
So far today been welding d then ran outta argon LOL.
Started out different today and decided to practice on the boat parts :)
Filled several holes that were in the rail

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Welded the seat base up all the way around.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 13, 2018, 12:13:54 PM
Someones been having fun this morning.  ;D How much does that argo cost?
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2018, 01:13:23 PM
Someones been having fun this morning.  ;D How much does that argo cost?
I think itís around $45
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 13, 2018, 01:30:23 PM
Looking good Rick! Your welding skills have come a long way.  ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2018, 01:44:05 PM
Looking good Rick! Your welding skills have come a long way.  ~c~
Thanks brother , got a long ways to go but what I am doing seems to be working and the more I do the easier and better it gets. 
  And when I screw up I got plenty of grinding tools that I can clean it up with and start over lol.
My first hole attempt turned out bad !
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Cleaned it up and started over lol.
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on January 13, 2018, 04:09:40 PM
If at first you don't succeed............................

Looking good Rick.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 13, 2018, 04:33:25 PM
Like the pump mount!!! :toot: :toot: You had to pop your cherry and weld on the boat, you're doing good!!! What size cylinder do you have for the argon? with the welding you're doing you might want to get a larger one if it'll fit in the carriage for the welder. The gas will cost less.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 13, 2018, 06:07:32 PM
Like the pump mount!!! :toot: :toot: You had to pop your cherry and weld on the boat, you're doing good!!! What size cylinder do you have for the argon? with the welding you're doing you might want to get a larger one if it'll fit in the carriage for the welder. The gas will cost less.
Rodney
I have the 80cf now and may have to go to the 125 or a 150. Iíll call Monday if they are open and see why it would take to swap out mine for a bigger size.
I think there are size limitations on what they will sell to an individual. I do not want to get into a rental type contract situation. I own this bottle so will have to see what they have available.  The 80 is a nice size but maybe a little small for me practicing so much. 
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 14, 2018, 06:39:58 PM
You should be able to trade the 80 for a 125, it'll cost but the convenience of fewer trips plus the gas costing less per cubic foot can be worthwhile, depends on how much you're going to use. Have you played with the volume of gas you need to keep the weld clean? If you're welding outside you may need more under different wind conditions, a slight breeze can make a big difference.
Rodney   
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 14, 2018, 07:00:06 PM
You should be able to trade the 80 for a 125, it'll cost but the convenience of fewer trips plus the gas costing less per cubic foot can be worthwhile, depends on how much you're going to use. Have you played with the volume of gas you need to keep the weld clean? If you're welding outside you may need more under different wind conditions, a slight breeze can make a big difference.
Rodney
This thing has like an automatic 15 second post flow , I think thatís hurting me more than anything. Evidently itís a big issue with people who have these welders and there are several fixes I can try that can cut that time down also. Gonna just have to play with it some I guess.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 15, 2018, 08:24:39 AM
Not sure but that could be to cool the tungsten down. You're adding to your skills with this!! ~c~ ~c~ It's a great thread!! ~c~ ~c~
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 15, 2018, 10:01:02 AM
Not sure but that could be to cool the tungsten down. You're adding to your skills with this!! ~c~ ~c~ It's a great thread!! ~c~ ~c~
Rodney
Yeah thatís one of the functions for sure, also makes a difference what material your welding. Most of the more advanced machines (more $$$) have the ability to control the post flow. This one , in my humble opinion was made for the ďDummyĒ welder that doesnít know ability all those features and just wants to lay some beads lol. Which I fall in that dummy category :)
Most posts I have read say for Aluminum I need 3-7 seconds post flow.
  Iím heading out today to get a fill up on the 80cf I own itís like $43 and to lease a 125cf bottle is $175 for 5 years ($35 a year) and $58 to fill up each time. They wonít sell me a 125 outright but it doesnít seem like a bad deal either. So Iíll have to figure it out today. I am also going to get a Tig torch body that has a shut off valve on the handle and I could basically just shut it off each time. Those bodies are like $14-$30. So anyways lots of options and yes this thread is turning into a lot more than I originally planned but hope it will be helpful still to many others. 
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Post by: West6550 on January 16, 2018, 08:51:32 AM
Rick this is one of the best posting going on here. Great info and just plain fun to watch!
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 16, 2018, 11:47:54 AM
You may want to pick up a couple different size cups, the right ones will help reach tough spots. Time to get back to the boat!!! lo lo ;)
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 16, 2018, 11:53:02 AM
You may want to pick up a couple different size cups, the right ones will help reach tough spots. Time to get back to the boat!!! lo lo ;)
Rodney
Lol I think I have every size they offer now lol. I bought one of those big kits on sale with stubby gas lenses and all the accessories.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 16, 2018, 11:58:05 AM
Should be able to get back started tonight. Had to go visit my grand babies today :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 16, 2018, 05:35:13 PM
Got home later than I wanted but got me some paw paw lovins so all is right in my world now lol.
 Couple updates
Got the final mounting of the bilge pump done
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Got the two tempress seats bolted down
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Started welding up my cooler box in front of the console and called it a night.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 17, 2018, 07:28:35 AM
It's looking good!!!
Rodney
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Post by: West6550 on January 17, 2018, 07:36:03 PM
Are you going to carpet it or paint the inside?
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 17, 2018, 08:06:43 PM
Are you going to carpet it or paint the inside?
Just paint brother and maybe some of that foam padding. Still undecided on that. I guess I need to get started priming/painting soon because everythingís falling together rapidly and would be easier than tearing it all back apart. Wish this crazy cold weather we have been having would go somewhere else lol.
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Post by: West6550 on January 17, 2018, 08:12:04 PM
Just paint brother and maybe some of that foam padding. Still undecided on that. I guess I need to get started priming/painting soon because everythingís falling together rapidly and would be easier than tearing it all back apart. Wish this crazy cold weather we have been having would go somewhere else lol.
I hear ya, it is chilly here as well. I would paint it if it was me. You can always toss a foam piece down for the place you stand the most if needed. Some silica in the paint mix for the deck will make it a little rough and help the mat from sliding. Just an idea, cheaper than rino liner stuff.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 20, 2018, 08:08:46 AM
Ok need ideas on where to mount this fuse block
I want to make it easily accessible and also it needs to be on the starboard side since all the wires are run through that side
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Iím going to mount it to a 1/8 plate
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And thinking about right here in front of the console ?
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 It is waterproof bout would tick out to the front about 1/2Ē. I think it would be fine right there and easily accessible.
Grayson says to put it in the side of the console here
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Again it would stick out 1/2Ē and I think I would bump into it a lot if it was there while moving around on the boat. ?
So what yíall think ?
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Post by: Kris on January 20, 2018, 08:17:48 AM
My old Ranger has it right in front of the motor control in the starboard side.
In my Ouachita I mounted it in the front of the starboard side battery box.
In my Neighbor's Bass Tracker Pro17 I mounted it just under the console on the starboard side. Since you have the problems you do this is probably not the best place for it.
If you can mount it there the old Ranger location of the side of the console are probably the best choices for you.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 20, 2018, 08:35:51 AM
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I could mount it right where those 2 old capacity stickers are also.  It would be in between the console and the motor shift control ?
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Post by: Kris on January 20, 2018, 08:45:26 AM
That is where it is mounted on my old 360V.
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Post by: Kris on January 20, 2018, 08:49:14 AM
On my Neighbor's boat there was no way to mark the fuses for what they were. So I made him a card, covered in plastic that shows what is for what. It is hung under the dash where he can see it while under the dash looking at fuses. I tried to keep one circuit on each fuse to make it simple for him.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 20, 2018, 10:14:53 AM
On my Neighbor's boat there was no way to mark the fuses for what they were. So I made him a card, covered in plastic that shows what is for what. It is hung under the dash where he can see it while under the dash looking at fuses. I tried to keep one circuit on each fuse to make it simple for him.
Thatís a good idea also.  I do have a label maker I was going to try and use to mark the locations with.
Been welding this morning!
Getting the cooler boxed in and insulated. 
Just to show my progress on inside corner joints hereís my first try ever on those type joints.
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And todayís samples
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Probably going to insulate the kid like Thomas did his Ranger livewell way back when.
But it will be totally insulated from all sides now.
My biggest problem now with welding is to get the best welds I need to weld on the 230V side !
I only have one drop for 220 out of my breaker and it is the wrong plug end !
I need to figure out what size breaker I need to install to run the 230v drop.
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Iím thinking itís reading 25A from this label , if so I have a 30 amp double pole already installed for my old outside well pump I no longer use I could run a drop off that with #6 wire !
Lol any electricians in the house ?
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Post by: Lipripper on January 20, 2018, 10:17:19 AM
Your getting better with that fire stick  lo lo
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Post by: Kris on January 20, 2018, 12:03:30 PM
I am really good with gas welding. Not too bad with stick welding. But you make me look like the amateur I am with a wire feed welder. I never could make that thing work the way I wanted it to.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 20, 2018, 02:34:01 PM
I am really good with gas welding. Not too bad with stick welding. But you make me look like the amateur I am with a wire feed welder. I never could make that thing work the way I wanted it to.
Thanks brother but truly nowhere near where I need to be but as long as I can fuze the alloys Iím happy at this point lol. 
I have plenty of Sanders and grinders to clean it up and then lots of paint and primer to cover it up lol.
Some of the Tig pros I been studying are truly artists with their torch.
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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 20, 2018, 03:32:04 PM
I've said it before and will say it again, you are truly gifted Rick!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 20, 2018, 06:12:23 PM
Well not much to report today except I decided I didnít need no dang electrician to wire up my new 220v drop for the welder
I survived and the house is still standing lol.
In case your wondering I wired it HOT LOL. (Do not attempt this at home, unless your an electrician of course lol)
I ainít skeered
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We will be welding in the higher ranges from now on to see how it goes. Everyone says I need more amps so now I can go as high as 200
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 20, 2018, 06:21:50 PM
I've said it before and will say it again, you are truly gifted Rick!
Thanks Brother.
Even a blind dog can find a bone every now and then :)
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Post by: Deadeye on January 21, 2018, 09:04:12 AM
A little to late to answer now but for future knowledge, they make Plug Adapters that you can use to make plugs of one style work in what ya got.

Could of also switched out the female plug part to what ya got, but wiring it hot also works.

Welds are looking better.

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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 21, 2018, 09:09:23 AM
Well not much to report today except I decided I didnít need no dang electrician to wire up my new 220v drop for the welder
I survived and the house is still standing lol.
In case your wondering I wired it HOT LOL. (Do not attempt this at home, unless your an electrician of course lol)
I ainít skeered
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We will be welding in the higher ranges from now on to see how it goes. Everyone says I need more amps so now I can go as high as 200
If the gauge of the wire is stout enough you can use that point to power your house in an outage with a generator. You just have to make sure that you turn off the main breaker so you don't power your grid and also kill your meter. That is what I do when the power goes out.

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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 21, 2018, 09:18:53 AM


You just have to make sure that you turn off the main breaker so you don't power your grid and also kill your meter. That is what I do when the power goes out.

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And the linemen working to restore the grid.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 21, 2018, 11:06:24 AM
A little to late to answer now but for future knowledge, they make Plug Adapters that you can use to make plugs of one style work in what ya got.

Could of also switched out the female plug part to what ya got, but wiring it hot also works.

Welds are looking better.
Thatís what I ended up doing for the extension cord I made (22í).
The original drop my neighbor did about 8-9 years ago for my air compressor.  He is a coal mine electrician and used some weird plug twist-lock waterproof ends he had laying around that I couldnít find anywhere.  So I ended up wiring in a new drop to the floor.
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From there I use the 22í 50Amp extension cable I made to the welder.
Used it this morning for about an hour and it is a whole new ballgame now lol. No breakers tripped so I guess I did it right :)
  Since I was wiring it live with the full 200 Amp service still active I had Tammy a little nervous lol. When I put the front panel back on I tripped the main breaker off and freaked everyone out a little ;)
Told Dad (he went upstairs before I started wiring inside the box) that if I didnít come upstairs in 10 minutes to come give me CPR lol.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 21, 2018, 11:07:41 AM
If the gauge of the wire is stout enough you can use that point to power your house in an outage with a generator. You just have to make sure that you turn off the main breaker so you don't power your grid and also kill your meter. That is what I do when the power goes out.

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Thatís what a lot do around here also and thatís another option for later for sure and yep turning off the main breaker is essential for sure. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 21, 2018, 11:09:31 AM
Got the fuse block in place this morning. Screws temporarily holding it in for the photo.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180121/7cdddc0a1042edc1c816423c5b062cfa.jpg)
Gonna start boxing in the gas tank today.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 21, 2018, 11:27:20 AM

And the linemen working to restore the grid.
That shouldn't be a possibility anymore. Hence I said shouldn't. The reason for that is if you have some type of crazy surge on your power for your house it doesn't affect the grid. With that usually they have to come out and replace your meter if something like that was to happen

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Post by: Bigwrench on January 21, 2018, 05:16:18 PM
Got one of the gas tank compartment walls framed out today and somewhat welded up . Pieces cut for the other side already and hopefully we can get that area sealed off tomorrow and get the rear deck in place and start running the wiring to the fuse block and figure out the gas tank fill hose routing. 
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180121/e1cbbc7744f402be7c750f3653849f1b.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180121/781e6a364eadb4aa424f6a685fcc94d2.jpg)
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 21, 2018, 05:44:39 PM
Making some really good progress Rick!!! I hope you didn't tell your insurance person about wiring in the welder. lo lo lo ::) ::)
Rodney
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Post by: West6550 on January 21, 2018, 07:00:30 PM
Looking excellent! Nice job on the not being killed thing lol
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 21, 2018, 07:53:03 PM
Looking excellent! Nice job on the not being killed thing lol
Yeah itís always good when you donít die lol.
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Post by: Deadeye on January 22, 2018, 08:05:44 AM
Yeah itís always good when you donít die lol.

 ~c~
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Post by: Kris on January 22, 2018, 08:27:03 AM
Thanks brother but truly nowhere near where I need to be but as long as I can fuze the alloys Iím happy at this point lol. 
I have plenty of Sanders and grinders to clean it up and then lots of paint and primer to cover it up lol.
Some of the Tig pros I been studying are truly artists with their torch.
I am sure you know the old saying, "A coat of paint hides a thousand sins."
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 22, 2018, 03:26:36 PM
Got both the gas tank compartment walls built and installed today
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180122/cfb124a1d38ea79fd2e10e864da85476.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180122/d826cf2a47a771638d69768ef5159f7f.jpg)
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Post by: West6550 on January 22, 2018, 04:14:01 PM
Nice!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 22, 2018, 07:08:58 PM
Nice!
Yeah they turned out real good and hopefully tomorrow I can get some wiring installed and want to work on the dash and a custom trolling motor tray


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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 23, 2018, 09:43:14 AM
Are you pulling the wiring through pvc tubes?
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 23, 2018, 10:22:31 AM
Are you pulling the wiring through pvc tubes?
Rodney
Yep I have several run throughout the boat to run wiring.
This is the main one
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180123/44ce18806f6e65653526d3f4e8a8126d.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180123/c2531a36affea8ca2e4c1cd24da5502c.jpg)
And of course I still have the little one through the chine from transom to the bow area and a couple smaller ones for the trolling motor cables to the plug in area up front. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 23, 2018, 10:24:36 AM
Working on the trolling motor tray today
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180123/e2c6b510cae6662d03043ec5eeeded1b.jpg)
Got the floor joists cut and framing it up now and then Iíll start on the tray itself.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 23, 2018, 10:28:25 AM
Looking good Rick and at the rate your going if we have a long winter it might be ready to take it fishing come spring.  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 23, 2018, 11:33:28 AM
Started welding up the tray box
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180123/09e987e127c61c4d92cd58c8f84199fa.jpg)
Hope to get it finished today and start on the battery and trolling motor wiring stuff.
Not 100% happy with it yet but can tweak it some in the front to allow the wires to lay directly out the front Center somehow.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180123/2ab921f313c880b0a86f8c46c07cd2a6.jpg)
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Post by: West6550 on January 23, 2018, 07:27:57 PM
Nice! You could also put a tool holder in that area if you don't have that planned somewhere yet. I made a few using magnets from Harbor Freight, angle aluminum and epoxy. I actually just used JB weld then painted it. It held stuff in some crazy waves!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 23, 2018, 07:59:43 PM
Nice! You could also put a tool holder in that area if you don't have that planned somewhere yet. I made a few using magnets from Harbor Freight, angle aluminum and epoxy. I actually just used JB weld then painted it. It held stuff in some crazy waves!
Yeah I was hoping to do something like the comfortroll DLux model with the slots for tools and cup holder. Just not sure yet if I am gonna keep that front configuration there or not.
 Without a bending mandrel itís hard to get the right bend I want so I went with little panels at 22 1/2 degrees. Now that I have 220v capability the welds are running hotter so I have to work faster lol and make more mistakes :)
  Iíll figure out something though. Iíve almost talked myself into welding this to the bottom of the deck panel cutout so it would be a true flush mount. 
  Tomorrow Iíll brace up that area I cut out and build a brace for the back end of the tray also and then set it in the boat and see what it looks like. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 25, 2018, 10:08:12 PM
Decided to make a starting battery tray and remounted the 3 bank to an easier to access location.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180126/ceeb98a01623bc2c057039c0423533f3.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180126/188a29066281c1c71a05d5a3266b6346.jpg)
Came up with a battery hold down bracket design and liked it so much Iíll make a double for the TM tray tomorrow, Iíll add some photos of both tomorrow. 
Relocated the 3 bank 110v plug access port since the seats would have been in the way where it was before.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180126/c3bc39b87948a870a3467657f466028a.jpg)

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Post by: Princeton_Man on January 26, 2018, 06:00:51 AM
Truly awesome work there Rick!  ~c~

Hope no one ever has to pull that thing apart.  lo
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Post by: West6550 on January 26, 2018, 06:23:11 AM
Nice!
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 26, 2018, 07:54:21 AM
Truly awesome work there Rick!  ~c~

Hope no one ever has to pull that thing apart.  lo
Actually it is going to be fairly easy to take apart. Thatís what has taken so much time is ensuring everything can be removed if needed to access the hull and wiring. All the decks are removable and the gas tank walls are removable as well.
The hardest part to remove will be the lower center deck due to the console and seats having to be removed first. Only solid welded parts are the subframe that the decks sit on. I removed all the riveting and am welding those solid so the deck will sit flush on the aluminum stringers.
  Would think the welded framing would give it more strength also. No welding was performed anywhere near the hull so all the original framing are still riveted with those buck rivets. 
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 26, 2018, 08:30:29 AM
This is a very interesting thread!!! You're going to have a very nice, very good looking rig Rick!!! :toot: :toot:
Rodney
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Post by: Kris on January 26, 2018, 10:31:48 AM
Looking good Rick! Can't wait to see this project completed. This boat will be something.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 26, 2018, 12:18:35 PM
Decided to make a whole new TM battery tray from scratch . I originally used 1/16 angle for the sides and of course my welding was ďcrappierĒ , so for the hold-down system to work I have to use the thicker 1/8 material for the sides of the tray.
Everything cleaned up and laid out for welding
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180126/aa805480c13f5c757f1559c56bea3b22.jpg)
Tacked up.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180126/84aec8aac179b4428216394564faa002.jpg)
Little clean weld tacks
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Post by: Lipripper on January 26, 2018, 12:23:18 PM
Looking good Rick and I know you can't wait till it's done and y'all take it out and catch the first Bass out of it.  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 27, 2018, 07:56:03 AM
Got it all welded up and painted.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/caa3ebd0b2c07a1c4fc3caf8fcd6516a.jpg)
Started making the hold-down bracket for the dual batteries
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Starting battery hold down bracket.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/b99742bd98f9801177324eff0d0dc4e9.jpg)
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Post by: hughesjasonk on January 27, 2018, 08:14:32 AM
Your welding is getting better and better

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Post by: West6550 on January 27, 2018, 04:21:06 PM
Looking good Rick, but will you hurry up! I got my order in for you to build me one after this one is done lol
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 27, 2018, 04:51:03 PM
Your welding is getting better and better

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Thanks brother !! Itís kinda addicting knowing you can pretty much make anything you can think up lol. I ran my second bottle (125) out today and will fill it up next week while Iím at the VA , have my backup (80) still. I think since I switched to 220 I may be using more gas now and I think thatís part of the algorithm built into the machine with the auto pre and post flow. 
I went through the 125 a lot faster than the 80 lol, but I have been practicing a lot more also. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 27, 2018, 04:51:59 PM
Looking good Rick, but will you hurry up! I got my order in for you to build me one after this one is done lol
I donít know if Iíd do it again lol.
Or maybe if I did Iíd start with a new bare hull and go from there. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 27, 2018, 04:54:33 PM
This is what the setup looks like for the battery when installed. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/1f2b41fd16467a27e72f4caaa3a4ce75.jpg)
I have the double bracket hanging and drying the paint overnight and I will install that tomorrow. 
Hereís the double tray
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/64a1a3d20b0f2c6650ea615da0f1611f.jpg)
Used some tool box drawer liner material to line the bottom of the trays with.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180127/84b15d8e28af4f296c56efa69c0d42a8.jpg)
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Post by: Deadeye on January 27, 2018, 07:39:05 PM
Looks good Rick


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Post by: Bigwrench on January 28, 2018, 06:55:21 AM
Looks good Rick


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Thanks brother !
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Post by: bassindude on January 28, 2018, 08:26:55 AM
Iím finally caught up on this thread lol.   Looking great Rick!!

Jim
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 28, 2018, 09:37:30 AM
Nice looking battery tray and hold down Rick!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Donald Garner on January 28, 2018, 01:30:53 PM
She's coming together quiet nicely.  Tks for sharing this project with us buddy.
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Post by: Bigwrench on January 31, 2018, 05:02:32 PM
Gonna get off on a tangent here so bear with me :).
I cut the hole in the front deck for the recessed TM tray and when it was done
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/2bb5042de6a58f64c2a582f9aee2ac6b.jpg)
I was very disappointed in how it turned out and looked so.... I started over on the tray lol
I want a completely flush mount so I decided to weld the tray directly to the bottom of the deck panel. It will basically be an integral part and a very clean look. It will also serve as as a support brace spacer for the front deck since it will sit directly on the frame joists underneath. Should be super solid now. 
 I spent all day doing some mock ups and taking measurements and trying out different compound miter angles on scrap sheet and finally came up with a plan and hereís how that unfolded.
Started out with a tray floor profile I wanted
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/131eff1ba00bfd0db142de80e8721949.jpg)
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I then decided to create the sides of the tray out of one long piece and just wrap it around each corner until I had what I was looking for.  The reason for this was if I wanted to use a bunch of little pieces to make up the angles , when it came time to weld them up the smaller pieces would heat up super quick and melt out on me. Was very frustrating lol.
So hereís what I started with , making sure to keep a factory straight edge on top for welding to the bottom of the deck panel.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/9845357412ad3baf7132235b60e3a59b.jpg)
I then made sure I had the proper width and a square end to play with !
Chop saw works wonderful for this
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/25bd87f59adb377e621cb2559273ccb4.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/ace3420cb66be5e1d113ed197ff6a84a.jpg)
  For each angle that I needed I ďscoredĒ the panel in just the right place at about 1/16 depth with the skil saw
Blade depth check
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/ab3ace7a70655b023666d4e51cd46131.jpg)
After the cut
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/b40f259d36b9009edfd9d57d3010fd7e.jpg)
Just worked my way slowly and precisely all the way around the tray bottom
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/33d60296aebf698fe2b9f92f30d4ba50.jpg)
Kept all my cuts on the outside so the inside is smooth and factory-looking.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/2ffaa72afd4bce7a7a872525e74011dd.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/d138488b729836cd66968a606f349ebd.jpg)
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180131/9b063ad05efe00a486b824907a8b84f0.jpg)
Itís pretty much welded up now, the saw grooves make for a perfect area to lay a bead in and it was just so much easier and a much ďcleanerĒ look.
I have a few touch ups to do tomorrow evening after a doctors appointment,drill a drain hole and add a tube  and Iíll get it welded to the bottom of the front deck panel. Canít wait to see it installed and painted. Stay tuned !
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on January 31, 2018, 05:10:59 PM
Dang, that's looking good!  ~c~ I can't wait to see the entire boat when it is finished and ready to launch.
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Post by: Lipripper on January 31, 2018, 05:44:34 PM
Looks good Rick a lot of work but it sure looks great. ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: West6550 on January 31, 2018, 07:20:15 PM
Would that looks great!!
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 01, 2018, 05:59:24 AM
Looking good Rick!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 02, 2018, 08:23:55 PM
Ok medical setbacks have slowed me down on this but thereís a little progress to report.
The tray is welded to the deck and just needs some finishing touches and prime/paint.
Lining it up from the bottom
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/d8cf229cbc95f0939dcac032d80fdf97.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/4126bd3d131469330ad740e29ba81d38.jpg)
Laser straight and true.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/333250274c9ef50426bb65d777dbdb70.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/0e1b0483947f83159cafb5b8f6e2c303.jpg)
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/be9aff651286d3a671e5fd54c22ab364.jpg)
I think itís going to be perfect by the time I get it all smoothed out and finish sanded.
The plan is to make a tool holder and cup holder area and not sure if I will also incorporate that into the deck itself or make a raised plate with a fishfinder mount system above the tray area. This tray took a lot of time and effort but I think it will be just what I wanted and have learned a lot while designing and installing it.  Which gives me confidence and ideas for other parts of the boat lol.
Thanks for following along. Next step is finishing the transom and installing the motor and doing some door and compartment work. 
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Post by: Princeton_Man on February 03, 2018, 05:32:06 AM
Looking great Rick!

Are you putting a drain in the tray?
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 03, 2018, 06:02:19 AM
Looking great Rick!

Are you putting a drain in the tray?
Yes sir :).
Going to build up a section towards the rear and drill & tap it on an angle and attach a drain hose that will channel water back to the bilge. Probably try to attach some sort of stainless screen over the hole
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 03, 2018, 12:48:53 PM
I think you've found a whole new career!! lo It's really looking great Rick!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 03, 2018, 01:16:48 PM
Finished it up today and put it in primer. 
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/e1bd7556095359dff5053296e26d4c90.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/3eca8bf37f35dffe2ff39bed86a67314.jpg)
Iím actually going to use that real good Bed liner material
I used in the rear hull area. Will do that tomorrow after primer dries. 
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 03, 2018, 04:26:11 PM
Almost forgot the drain hole lol.
Built up the center rear of the tray from the back side and then drilled at an angle and tapped it
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/67c7111b573bb4449b95f12a5ceac0de.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/6e8bddd6961b2001ffdcbca4956bd884.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180203/41dea0533e555a9cc17c188f6bbd9f8a.jpg)
Probably going to ream it out to a larger pass-thru size but this should be ok. 
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Post by: Lipripper on February 03, 2018, 04:29:23 PM
Looking good Rick (https://imageshack.com/a/img923/5059/70LPAQ.gif) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn70LPAQg)
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Post by: big g on February 03, 2018, 04:41:20 PM
Rick, lots of blood,, sweet,  and tears, in that baby! ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 03, 2018, 05:47:23 PM
Rick, lots of blood,, sweet,  and tears, in that baby! ~c~
Definitely was some tears with that dang TM tray but now I know I could do them pretty easily but the learning curve was a pain in the rear !
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Post by: Lipripper on February 03, 2018, 06:28:50 PM
Definitely was some tears with that dang TM tray but now I know I could do them pretty easily but the learning curve was a pain in the rear !
The first one of anything is always the hardest. ~sweat
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Post by: West6550 on February 03, 2018, 07:10:45 PM
Looks amazing!
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 06, 2018, 12:20:00 PM
Some more progress between doctor visits
Started framing out the anchor locker
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/3c8829e86e06fb6919030b353a9d2fbd.jpg)
Welded up and installed
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/0fbe9cea3fc278d8e753d6f8ffc96aba.jpg)
Got the door squared away (squared .... get it?  :) )
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/e6aed1bff5f437518d4760db75c56586.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/7a0fa04c6fbe95cd3fc343eac8feba72.jpg)
Door set inside the frame
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/7e717f8d7159f32622422e28b05f8297.jpg)
Going to weld the frame to the deck. You can also see the final paint coating on the TM tray also. Very happy with how it all turned out so far.
Going to start framing the rear compartment for the starting battery area today and it will be the same as the anchor locker. 
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Post by: Princeton_Man on February 06, 2018, 12:38:54 PM
Dang I wish I had your engineering skills and mechanical ability! ~c~
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Post by: Kris on February 06, 2018, 12:39:57 PM
HMS Bigwrench is getting closer to getting wet. Looking really great Rick.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 06, 2018, 01:02:03 PM
Rick, the tray turned out great!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ Glad the locker is "squared" away. lo
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 06, 2018, 05:41:25 PM
Started framing out and fitting the rear compartment lid
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180206/52c001d3e61449feb27930ef3055ab77.jpg)
Will try and get it welded up tomorrow and cleaned up and fit .
Have another medical appt tomorrow so may not get much done lol. Stay tuned.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 07, 2018, 06:41:07 PM
Started on the battery compartment door this afternoon and hereís a little from that process.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/d5a912decb2c2f94238e326de4ab8acf.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/81aca78b1302457930f2b70a98b6ecd3.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/687b5580afb4a203c040d5866ebd66b4.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/cfdfd197d9b830921b56e307ea16c5d0.jpg)
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Each one gets a little easier but Iím also trying different methods to make setup and welding quicker as well.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/83ddace412a0064e981f8fb8223faa4b.jpg)
Donít know if I showed the Hinge process yet so hereís some of that. This one is one of the original hinges used on the 5/8 plywood and it took some ďtweakingĒ
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/38c48551e688f8d20ea82fd6116774a3.jpg)
It was originally 2 1Ē  L brackets with the Hinge between them.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/73a53f394f4155f26a5e56cd8503f01b.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180208/67cd1a395e9801781929d1496370a5f4.jpg)
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Iíll finish the attaching to the deck tomorrow and then start on the other two rear compartments and finish up the built-in cooler and then start on the dry boxes that go under some of these compartments. 
Thanks for hanging in there.
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Post by: Lipripper on February 07, 2018, 07:21:24 PM
Looks like you had a busy day. ~sweat But it looks great. ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 07, 2018, 07:38:18 PM
Looks like you had a busy day. ~sweat But it looks great. ~c~ ~c~
That was after 5 hours at the doctors and the drive to and from lol. Ainít got time to let the grass grow under my feet anymore :)
Iíll sleep when Iím dead ;)
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Post by: Lipripper on February 07, 2018, 07:54:18 PM
That was after 5 hours at the doctors and the drive to and from lol. Ainít got time to let the grass grow under my feet anymore :)
Iíll sleep when Iím dead ;)
I hear that Brother. ~c~ ~c~ Beside you need to get this done so you can go fishing when the weather gets  nice.  ;D
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 08, 2018, 07:15:48 AM
A lot of work in this boat, it's going to be really nice.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 08, 2018, 08:05:45 AM
A lot of work in this boat, it's going to be really nice.
Rodney
I sure hope so lol.
The hinges are giving me convulsions lol. It doesnít matter if Iím working with metal or wood I have always had trouble with hinges lol.
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Post by: Lipripper on February 08, 2018, 11:14:58 AM
I sure hope so lol.
The hinges are giving me convulsions lol. It doesnít matter if Iím working with metal or wood I have always had trouble with hinges lol.
It will work out all right so just don't co unhinged  ~roflmao
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Post by: West6550 on February 08, 2018, 12:53:39 PM
It will work out all right so just don't co unhinged  ~roflmao
Lololol
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 08, 2018, 01:40:42 PM
It will work out all right so just don't co unhinged  ~roflmao

Lol good one brother !
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 09, 2018, 07:08:24 AM
Are the hinges warping on you? You may have to do tack welds then fill in into keep them flat if they are. You'll get it, you;ve proven that with what you've done already!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
Rodney 
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 09, 2018, 07:44:18 AM
Are the hinges warping on you? You may have to do tack welds then fill in into keep them flat if they are. You'll get it, you;ve proven that with what you've done already!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
Rodney
Naw itís just me having brain farts lol. Basically just making sure that before I weld them in place that the doors will open completely :)
Also leaving enough of a gap so the door will open all the way without stopping against the deck surface lol.
Here I had to cut more of a gap on the rear side of the anchor locker
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/952876515d361a1f336b2b252c4800a8.jpg)
The big door I decided to just weld the hinge on top of the door frame because it was giving me fits. 
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/a5e70cdc79ab8958a39ad295879a306f.jpg)
It makes the raised portion above the deck a little higher than I wanted but I donít think there will be a tripping issue, I still may go back and change some stuff with it (sand down the door edges to make it sit lower in the deck) 
I sure could use a big wide belt sander like they use to resurface cylinder heads right about now lol. 
Itís just basically new territory for me and Iím learning as I go.
Some of it makes sense and some of it I have to go back and tweak some things to make it function the way I wanted.

Also hereís a couple photos of what the original hinges looked like.
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/2129d970f63567026afdb8e6d3d491b1.jpg)
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Post by: Deadeye on February 09, 2018, 08:40:59 AM
As nice as the rest of it looks, I'm betting you re-do the hinges to get them down inside like the others.

You just have to figure the Width of the Opening Minus the Thickness of the hinge doubled over to find your Lid width. Then Minus an 1/16-1/8 works the best to give you some wiggle room.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 09, 2018, 05:07:51 PM
As nice as the rest of it looks, I'm betting you re-do the hinges to get them down inside like the others.

You just have to figure the Width of the Opening Minus the Thickness of the hinge doubled over to find your Lid width. Then Minus an 1/16-1/8 works the best to give you some wiggle room.
Yeah Iíll most likely change some things on that one !
Well today I started on the dry box inserts and to be honest .... I wouldnít be happier if I won the power ball ! Hereís a little bit of that process.
Last week I picked up a remnant-piece (about 4x5)of
.060Ē  to play around with for the boxes and this is what I used. 
Started with a cardboard template of the inner hull angles at the rear-side compartments, then made each side to match the bottom of the door frame.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/45c5d7ef91f6a33a4d4e13726a07b461.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/6202b4839a3c9722eacb90d37f157a55.jpg)
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/a0ef5f3414b70656849d79998760a227.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/dc97644d5b367afa40408c1f5d86ff0a.jpg)
  5 weeks ago I couldnít weld an inside corner weld to save my life.  Still need ďhood timeĒ but Iím happy and they are sealed up !
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180209/aa49f5c3b25813ff632f86e280acc7c6.jpg)
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Post by: West6550 on February 09, 2018, 09:16:49 PM
Nice!! What do you plan on putting in there? Plastics? I guess anything can go in there. It is a open spot.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 09, 2018, 09:47:26 PM
Nice!! What do you plan on putting in there? Plastics? I guess anything can go in there. It is a open spot.
Hadnít really thought about what exactly yet but true though anything can go in there. 
Going to do all of them in the same fashion now that I know I can do it and as soon as I can get some more .060Ē sheet. That stuff cuts and bends like a dream and really welds nice. I was worried it was too thin and Iíd just burn through every time but I guess I learned some stuff in the last couple months lol. 
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Post by: Donald Garner on February 10, 2018, 09:27:19 AM
Rick she's coming along great.  Tks for sharing all the pictures with us.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 10, 2018, 04:05:24 PM
You've learned a lot and are doing well, you may have a new career!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 12, 2018, 05:24:28 PM
Started fooling around with the front bow again ... lol
This is what we started with.
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Threw this together today
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180212/eb02752732c1c3ab5dc1163d269cd7d3.jpg)
Still not 100% convinced on either type.
Itís such an oddball height from the front deck . Iím half tempted to drop it down about 4 inches or raise the whole front deck about 4 inches lol.
Will sleep on it tonight but may just keep putting it off until I come up with the right plan lol.
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Post by: West6550 on February 12, 2018, 06:50:14 PM
Lifting the while deck will make it easy to knock a rod in the water :-(

I would leave a higher lip for stepping in and out of the boat and mounting the TM plate. But that is only an opinion, and like something else.. lol everyone has one lol
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 13, 2018, 06:32:34 AM
After you put your TM mount in if you put removable panels across the second one you have a good place to hide your wiring in the bow. How's your back doing?
Rodney
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Post by: Lipripper on February 13, 2018, 07:25:23 AM
Rick you sure are keeping busy over there with this. Looking good and I know you can't wait to get it finished and out foe a test run. ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 13, 2018, 08:06:52 AM
The issue that I am having is basically the drop down angles , itís going to be a huge panel size there and just seems to ďlookĒ out of proportion
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A couple different angle views.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/97c030a70de01f95c2db0d40d8d12776.jpg)
I could make this area thinner back to the hull from the Center point like this straight edge is laid.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/33c7730fc022654c8e09e6c15d513d7d.jpg)
 I could lean the front panels way low like this
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/8c09ade4d1895d34d3d6a3aeed6d2c79.jpg)
Or I could stand them up straighter like this(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/9e1316e025e6a8e9d644379ad3de2107.jpg)
Too many choices lol. 
Thing is I need to get this done before I can make my TM mounting bracket and the ďglove boxĒ storage that is part of that mount lol.
I also wanted the front deck removable but itís going to have to be welded permanently with all these crazy angles so I think thereís going to be enough access holes all over the deck and the bow to get to anything that needs fixing in the future without having to remove the deck so I think thatís just me over-thinking that part.
Lay them ideas on me lol. Iím stumped
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 13, 2018, 08:08:35 AM
After you put your TM mount in if you put removable panels across the second one you have a good place to hide your wiring in the bow. How's your back doing?
Rodney
Back has been touch and go . The learning how to tig weld has been easy on the back , it still hurts and spasms but sitting down and welding hasnít aggravated it any , or my feet for that matter but now having trouble with one of my hands lol. Itís always something thatís for sure. 
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Post by: Lipripper on February 13, 2018, 08:12:44 AM
Back has been touch and go . The learning how to tig weld has been easy on the back , it still hurts and spasms but sitting down and welding hasnít aggravated it any , or my feet for that matter but now having trouble with one of my hands lol. Itís always something thatís for sure.
Just take it easy and don't overdo it. It's heck getting old and having a bad body to go along with it. lo lo
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 13, 2018, 08:12:56 AM
And also before I weld this bow panel up thereís still some work to be done to the underside framing and compartments that Iíll have to remove the deck panel for so I canít weld it yet lol. Just wish I had the plan and in place before hand and probably just need to keep working on the rest of the stuff and let this dog lie for awhile and maybe it will fall into place eventually.
Thereís plenty other work needs to be done to the boat still, thatís for sure. 
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Post by: Lipripper on February 13, 2018, 08:15:51 AM
And also before I weld this bow panel up thereís still some work to be done to the underside framing and compartments that Iíll have to remove the deck panel for so I canít weld it yet lol. Just wish I had the plan and in place before hand and probably just need to keep working on the rest of the stuff and let this dog lie for awhile and maybe it will fall into place eventually.
Thereís plenty other work needs to be done to the boat still, thatís for sure.
That sounds like a good idea do some of that other stuff that you have figured out how you want it and while your doing that keep petting the dog (bow panel) in the mean time while your working on the other stuff. ;D
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Post by: West6550 on February 13, 2018, 03:44:07 PM
I'd mount it more up and down then anything IMO. That way you can mount tool holders or cup holders, bait bar, switches blah blah blah later there lol

My Ranger VS1780 had a thick plastic piece there with everything mounted on it. A few screws and pow, I could unplug the TM pedal, and get to the back of the switches, etc.

Why not frame it with angle pieces then just use a plate that can be unscrewed easily later if needed.

Here is the Ranger's front area.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/c056fa12444a7c28dd4617af0c702bc9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180213/1bb82b9b190263dfd7e3e4d4e5820437.jpg)

Sorry they are sideways lol

Basically it was a flat top where the TM and a place to step was. Then the plastic piece cover with a Ranger logo.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 14, 2018, 06:37:19 AM
Something like West showed would be an option but I agree, there is enough other stuff to do while you're pondering it. I screwed my back up Saturday moving snow but it's coming along, man I sure don't want to have yours, prayers my friend, prayers!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Princeton_Man on February 15, 2018, 09:58:57 AM
Rick, what if you brought the center of the bow back a bit farther, squaring more of the center which would reduce the length of the two side panels? You might have to add framing to do that. Maybe hinge the center panel to make for easy access for adding electronics or an cool hiding place for a snake gun.
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Post by: Kris on February 15, 2018, 12:17:33 PM
If I was building this boat for me I would be working on the mount for the bow trolling motor. I like my trolling motor as close to center of the bow as possible. That of course means you lose the left side of the front panel pretty much. I liked the original part of your idea for the bow with the graph in the center. But my preference would be to have the gimbal mounted graph there for convenience. That way sitting down or standing up you can adjust it for view. Just my two cents.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 19, 2018, 09:50:53 PM
Lots of stuff been falling into place lately, front deck is almost finished.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180220/c6b84ef088375e37de513f3ae703d385.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180220/248fc7663e6a86c0305a8aa9cf602015.jpg)
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Been bracing the front deck and finishing up the compartments almost finished with the cooler will post more tomorrow.
  Lots of things been going on at the compound but Iíll try to update more this week.
 On another note we will be welcoming our 3rd grandchild in July and
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180220/37a05e4f2ce275d98feda92cc9aeb3ef.jpg)
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Post by: big g on February 19, 2018, 11:59:58 PM
You have so much vested into this boat, it will be your ride for life!  Do it exactly the way you want it, and good luck my friend.  I give you a lot of kudos for your efforts! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 20, 2018, 06:46:40 AM
You should have it in the water for summer fishing Rick!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
You make your grandkids from clouds of smoke? ~roflmao ~roflmao
Rodney
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Post by: Lipripper on February 20, 2018, 09:14:14 AM
Looking good Rick and grandkids and great grandkids are fun. ;D
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Post by: Smallie_Stalker on February 20, 2018, 04:47:59 PM
Wow, that boat has come so far from where you started.  ~c~ I wish I had you around back when i was redoing my old Bass Tracker.

Congrat's on grandchild number three.  ~beer~ 

You should have it in the water for summer fishing Rick!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
You make your grandkids from clouds of smoke? ~roflmao ~roflmao
Rodney

No, they was sending up smoke signals. They still livin' in Injin territory!!!  lo
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 21, 2018, 06:41:53 AM
No, they was sending up smoke signals. They still livin' in Injin territory!!!  lo

 ~roflmao ~roflmao ~roflmao
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 21, 2018, 04:09:19 PM
Went ahead and made the dry box inserts for the 3 doors I ordered. Didnít know if anyone caught that but those 3 painted doors were ordered from R&R designs. They really are reasonable compared to the time and effort as well as material costs to make your own.
I ordered 3 as a trial run in the beginning because I wasnít sure if Iíd be able to learn to make them and now that they are here I have the other doors completed already lol.
So dry boxes are made for 2 of the doors, tacked up and checked for fit.
Port Side
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/7115d243b6caaa115c01b4786cf50cb8.jpg)
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/e1c6a24f09441566e8e2e0b368e8e256.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/e8ba064a92988b06cbb5e152f11726bf.jpg)
Starboard side
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/25165c0181bccc6d80e2b00df8be4e2f.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/34d6cf701fbf8c3dbe9bf66a86a8eec9.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/32a9b86210c53e55257a0481b14e351d.jpg)
These were tricky to do since the port side is angled up towards the side and up towards the bow, the start boards side is the same but also I added in that large tube for wire runs through that side so I had to just step it over the plastic tube to gain clearance

  Now I have a dilemma with the Center battery box door I ordered.
After looking at this thing I am not happy with how I laid out the battery access door in relation to the size that the batteries take up.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/2b39d08f27ccf4d4d1fbdc10a979617e.jpg)
Itís extremely odd and out of place and if I box in the batteries then there will only be 5Ē or so on each side of the battery enclosure to get stuff inside the two side storage areas.
I have the doors set in place and the deck sheeting off so you can see what is going on better with this area
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/6f564e74f68b08fbdf26199fbb86faf4.jpg)
I stuck a piece of scrap on against the batteries to give an idea how much room will be available to access the holes to the left and right
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/8077afccc1ba9fa4094d4710de8b9c4d.jpg)
What I am considering is boxing in this long door for the batteries with little cubby holes in each side for tools and stuff and then making a whole new door for this left area
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/a998f5d92ec3426b0eb9c48d34185660.jpg)
And this right area
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/96fc811f2a12134b4c4364f50f7160ad.jpg)

Iíll close off the inside with the batteries smaller to give more room on each side through those two other doors to about where the edge of this scrap piece is sitting on top (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/97bc6523c79bf05ec7b6d7c379795db0.jpg)
So all this space will be available from each side, if that makes sense.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180221/260a1409511264d3ec31b3b73004fb74.jpg)
Since there will be no
Rod locker to the left side thereís still some more space that can be used over there for more storage.  :)
Anyways thatís what I been kicking around. Iíd have to cut 2 smaller holes for each side in the deck plate but otherwise it seems like it would fix that issue.
 Remember in the beginning the batteries were going one more compartment towards the bow, so the one big door originally was all access for storage. 
The only other option is to weld a filler panel back into the deck sheet (that big hole for the Center door) grind it all down smooth and then make a smaller hole and cut this new door shorter to fit just for the batteries. And then make a door on each side for storage. I want to keep the batteries isolated from everything else storage wise so either way would work I guess.  Iíll sleep on it tonight and figure out what to do tomorrow after a doctor appt.
Thanks for hanging out.
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Post by: Lipripper on February 21, 2018, 05:37:19 PM
Boy you have been busy  ~sweat It's looking great though. ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 22, 2018, 10:47:42 AM
I would do those 2 small storage boxes and keep the big storage also, it's something you always run short of, it'll give more ways to balance out the load also. It's looking good Rick!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 22, 2018, 11:39:46 AM
I think I have decided to install a separate smaller access door in the center for the two batteries and close that area in to isolate the two batteries also will have a venting system for fume buildup.
So hereís what we did. Rotated the batteries in the opposite direction in the tray and used the current anchor locker door as a guide (it fit perfectly with very minor adjustments)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/fb174b7d3bbae7fe7b2a6ad00ec4929d.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/7fe5aa973e6dd7e4a22f47f8b1bde36b.jpg)
I temporarily pop riveted that door in place , then installed the deck plate again and the other locker boxes to make sure everything fit. I also made sure the batteries would come out of that door size lol. That woulda sucked later if not !
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/71a3b1e4b6d48ba5871bb0e526bb0567.jpg)
Going to fill in those two areas on each side heavy from the back side, flip it and fill in the front and then sand smooth and then make 2 more separate compartments on each side
Stay tuned gonna get interesting !
Also going to cut the big R&R door I ordered in half and it should work for the 2 side doors :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 22, 2018, 12:28:54 PM
Pulled the deck plate and flipped it over on the truck bed , installed 2 scrap filler panels and cleaned, wire brushed and acetone the areas to be welded.
Used flush clamps at the corners to hold the plates flush with each other. Also used backing plates or cooling plates under the bottom to draw heat,  since I am going to be cranking up the amperage on these welds to get solid penetration from the bottom.  They also serve to support  he welded in section and prevent warpage.
    The top I can make look like there was nothing that ever happened but the bottom will be the strength of the welds. 
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/1e6371cbf5a7f0a5cd1fb4946fd9b3c1.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180222/a0bde38c8b5fbec0178b905a65378f61.jpg)
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 22, 2018, 05:34:06 PM
Welded the back , flipped it over and welded the front
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Quick coat of filler
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Will final sand itbtomorrow with a DA and in-line sander and then etch prime it and should be fine !
  Was tricky because of the possibility of warpage and it was something I had to pay attention to often and also stopping to cool it as it went.
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Post by: Lipripper on February 22, 2018, 06:28:02 PM
It's going to look great when it's all finished  ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 22, 2018, 08:56:29 PM
It's going to look great when it's all finished  ~c~ ~c~
Thanks brother , I hope so ! Now I have to cut 2 more holes and cut that big door in half and fix it and install them for more storage areas !
The filler probably wonít hold since it is an area that is walked on regularly but thought Iíd give it a shot to clean up imperfections from the weld/heat but will know more tomorrow once I hit it with the DA , besides the paint is going to be textured and thick so was probably unnecessary lol.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 23, 2018, 06:37:16 AM
Rick that boat is going to a hand me down work of art. It's coming along very well!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 26, 2018, 08:11:53 PM
Ok had the grand babies this weekend so not much got done but had a blast. 
But hereís a little bit of progress
 New door that I ordered and changed the design is about to get a facelift
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The profile I need to duplicate
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2 new frames ready to roll
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Adding in the filler panel end for the door
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And itís a done deal :)
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Test fit in the new holes
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Started on the framing also
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Got it all welded up also and everything is solid as a rock and fits surprisingly enough :)
More tomorrow lol.
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Post by: Bud Kennedy on February 26, 2018, 08:18:59 PM
Rick,  Been wondering just how heavy do you think your restored boat will be?
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 26, 2018, 08:23:52 PM
Rick,  Been wondering just how heavy do you think your restored boat will be?
Lol I have also wondered the same thing. I will probably weigh it but a bigger motor may be in my future too ;)
I have read data that shows the aluminum is much lighter than the plywood but itís been awhile too and Iíd have to go back and research it all again. Iíll probably run it somewhere and have it weighed too just to get an idea of exactly how heavy it is and if I need to go to a heavier spring set as well as a larger motor. Iím
Already seriously considering making my own jack plate so thereís going to be all sorts of options for future growth.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 27, 2018, 07:08:14 AM
Switching to an all aluminum deck should save 100-150 lbs of weight, means you can eat more. lo lo I'm beginning to think you should have built a boat from scratch!! lo It's coming alone nicely Rick, you'll be one proud fisherman when it's done!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 27, 2018, 05:00:58 PM
Itís really starting to come together now. Made another door frame today and since it turned out so nice I decided to use it at the TM battery location and put the old one back in the anchor locker position.
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Tried the graph up front just playing around a little
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     Things that need to be done still :
   Going to make a door for that new frame tomorrow and get the front and rear deck and all the hatches sanded down and ready for paint.
   Have to make those 2 dry box storage areas and close off the battery section and the hardest work is pretty much done.
     Will definitely get the bow panel area framed in and designed this weekend if nothing happens lol.
     Itís time to start running wires , getting the interior lighting and tunes installed too :)
    Still have to build the one Center cap section for the transom board that attaches to the two corner braces, weather was nice today but gonna be nasty next few days so maybe this weekend will get it pushed outside enough to work that section.
     I have 2 pass-thru holes in the hull to weld up and seal off from the old bilge and freshwater intakes.
    Need ideas on where/how to install my fuel fill neck access. I am considering a recessed drop mount into the rear deck at an angle somewhere that can be accessed from the port side.
  Motor , Plate (jack plate,if used) needs to be mounted to the transom still
  Purchase complete steering system and dash/gauges still need to be designed and run
  TM mount and internal storage box/door for it needs to be installed/designed 
    I scored some awesome aluminum stock today when we hauled off an old washing machine to the recycling center, so have plenty of thick plate and some diamond plate to play around with too !!!
   Guy said heíd sell me anything I could find for $.80 a pound !!

   I am seriously considering making my own sliding jackplate so if any of yíall could take some detailed photos/measurements of yours (if you have one) and share them with me that would be a big help !

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Post by: Donald Garner on February 27, 2018, 08:52:25 PM
Rick the boat is looking great.  Tks for sharing the pictures with us also.
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Post by: kodi2k6 on February 27, 2018, 09:35:17 PM
I have been running a 1985, 15' SeaNymph BassAttacker for last 30 years!  I love that boat, it has been garaged whenever it is not on the water.  She still has all the original carpet and plywood decking.  Outboard was up-graded from a 30Hp Johnson to a 4-stroke Honda.  A couple of different trolling motors have adorned the front platform.  I am going to miss the old boat but I am looking forward to the new 40th Anniv. Heritage boat in June.  The SeaNymph has to find a new home.

Sure looks like you are going to busy for quite a while restoring your little gem.  :-)  I wish you the best of luck with your project!

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Post by: Bigwrench on February 27, 2018, 09:58:03 PM
Rick the boat is looking great.  Tks for sharing the pictures with us also.
Thanks brother, itís been really fun. Iím keeping Dad pretty busy lol. He had become my back and legs through this recovery and the boat rebuild. I think he is regretting moving down here now lol.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 27, 2018, 10:00:31 PM
I have been running a 1985, 15' SeaNymph BassAttacker for last 30 years!  I love that boat, it has been garaged whenever it is not on the water.  She still has all the original carpet and plywood decking.  Outboard was up-graded from a 30Hp Johnson to a 4-stroke Honda.  A couple of different trolling motors have adorned the front platform.  I am going to miss the old boat but I am looking forward to the new 40th Anniv. Heritage boat in June.  The SeaNymph has to find a new home.

Sure looks like you are going to busy for quite a while restoring your little gem.  :-)  I wish you the best of luck with your project!
Thanks so much ! Glad to hear from other Bass Attacker owners. I have seen a few around the web and really like the bare bones of the boat.  They seem to be rock solid and this one, hopefully will be ďbulletproofĒ and last me and my sons/grandkids 30 years also !! 
From what I have seen this one is rated for a max 70hp ?
My plate is illegible now and trying to get a replacement.
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Post by: Deadeye on February 28, 2018, 04:58:40 AM
I see I might be a little to late but, I was going to suggest if you think you already have enough storage, to instead consider filling that area on each side of the Battery Compartment with Expanding Foam.

When you fill all those areas with your "stuff" add 200 =/- lbs for the batteries, then add your own weight and maybe the weight of another person----- your going to need something to help you out a little IMO.

I would fill both of those areas with expanding foam and just plate the top instead of another door. That would give you a little more Side-to-Side support as well as better Upright Flotation Support.

I would also figure out where to do the same in the Rear area deck/transom. My old boat had foam in the "crossbar" that held the seat and I ended up adding to foam filled pans to the bottom of the transom to help with keeping the weight of 12 gallons of gas and the motor up.

Funny thing is I found a newer version of my boat and the live well area was about half as big and filled in with foam and the battery area was all foam.

Just my thoughts and it is your boat.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on February 28, 2018, 06:35:28 AM
It's looking better and better Rick!!! It's me but I would mount that Lowrance higher so I could turn it up to see the screen better. Could you put me in your will? lo lo
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 28, 2018, 07:42:25 AM
I see I might be a little to late but, I was going to suggest if you think you already have enough storage, to instead consider filling that area on each side of the Battery Compartment with Expanding Foam.

When you fill all those areas with your "stuff" add 200 =/- lbs for the batteries, then add your own weight and maybe the weight of another person----- your going to need something to help you out a little IMO.

I would fill both of those areas with expanding foam and just plate the top instead of another door. That would give you a little more Side-to-Side support as well as better Upright Flotation Support.

I would also figure out where to do the same in the Rear area deck/transom. My old boat had foam in the "crossbar" that held the seat and I ended up adding to foam filled pans to the bottom of the transom to help with keeping the weight of 12 gallons of gas and the motor up.

Funny thing is I found a newer version of my boat and the live well area was about half as big and filled in with foam and the battery area was all foam.

Just my thoughts and it is your boat.
Thereís going to be lots and lots of flotation foam, for sure. Itís been in the back of my mind the whole build. Granted Iím going to have to get creative with the placement of the foam since I have added so much extra storage. My ultimate plan is to have the entire front deck filled with expanding foam and the closed cell foam to make it one solid piece but the thing I still have to work out is the lower section of the hull where the chines run, I do not want them full of foam. I want water to be able to drain back to the bilge area freely. Previously the boat had the majority of the foam in the rear sections and I think if my calculations are correct there will be around double the cubic feet in the front than there was before.
  My thoughts to stop the drainage problem from occurring again would be something along the lines of a screen mesh laid over the hull strakes and then a 8 mil plastic (I have a 4X10í sheet of .040 5052 aluminum that may come into play for this) layer on top of that to stop the foam from expanding into the chine drains. I want to isolate a 1/2-1Ē area above the hull to allow water to drain freely to the rear.
    With this setup I will have to make sure my floor drains are plumbed directly to the chines below the flotation foam.
   I will also have to make sure everything is accessible (wiring especially) for future repairs if needed. A complete hull breach would be the only reason to dig out the foam later and if that happens I guess Iíll have bigger issues to worry about but it wonít sink lol. 
     All the storage doors lips and the TM tray will have drains installed strategically with tubes running to the chines as well. The master plan is for the entire deck to be sealed from the elements and with ability to hose it off and all the water be directed where I want it in the end without water ever touching any of the foam. I like the ability to pull up to a car wash and rinse the boat out before heading home. This would also be beneficial in a heavy rainstorm situation.
  Either way keep the ideas coming as I am sure there are things I am overlooking or will have to change as this progresses.
Iíll try and figure out exactly how much area I have for foam installation soon and make a photo overlay of the areas for a visual reference.
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Post by: Bigwrench on February 28, 2018, 07:49:28 AM
It's looking better and better Rick!!! It's me but I would mount that Lowrance higher so I could turn it up to see the screen better. Could you put me in your will? lo lo
Rodney
Yeah I donít really like it the way I did that and that ultimately would be where it would be if I went with the Multi-angled bow configuration. It would be sorta flush mounted to that one 15 1/2Ē Center section.
  Which kinda puts me back into the modified V configuration and a Ram or raised mount over the TM tray for the graph mounting.
  As far as the ďwillĒ goes I can add you into the ďline of successionĒ kinda like for the British throne youíll be down on the list like these two fellers lol #45 & #46 ;)
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But hey your in there now LOL. 
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 01, 2018, 06:39:23 AM
Yeah I donít really like it the way I did that and that ultimately would be where it would be if I went with the Multi-angled bow configuration. It would be sorta flush mounted to that one 15 1/2Ē Center section.
  Which kinda puts me back into the modified V configuration and a Ram or raised mount over the TM tray for the graph mounting.
  As far as the ďwillĒ goes I can add you into the ďline of successionĒ kinda like for the British throne youíll be down on the list like these two fellers lol #45 & #46 ;)
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But hey your in there now LOL.

 ~roflmao ~roflmao ~roflmao
Yeah, I like my unit turned almost flat, it's easier to read, for me at least.
Rodney
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Post by: SFL BassHunter on March 01, 2018, 07:58:32 AM
Looking good so far!
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Post by: Deadeye on March 01, 2018, 08:46:18 AM
See your already on it.

I will say it's the nicest aluminum restore I think I've seen.
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Post by: kodi2k6 on March 01, 2018, 09:12:20 AM

My plate is illegible now and trying to get a replacement.

The plate for my 15' Sea Nymph Bass Attacker says 40 Hp max. for my boat.  What is really funny is that it also says "3 Persons or 440 lbs.!"  You don't see many 145 lb. average guys around these days!  :-) 

For reference, it also says "755 lbs. for Persons , motor, and gear."

 
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 06, 2018, 04:27:25 PM
The plate for my 15' Sea Nymph Bass Attacker says 40 Hp max. for my boat.  What is really funny is that it also says "3 Persons or 440 lbs.!"  You don't see many 145 lb. average guys around these days!  :-) 

For reference, it also says "755 lbs. for Persons , motor, and gear."

 
Thanks so much for looking for me. Lol Iím a long ways from 145 :)
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 06, 2018, 04:59:11 PM
Ok so a lot of changes have been taking place lately
Worked on the hatch lids some more and drilled those out and countersunk the holes so they would all match
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Removed the deck plate and started framing out the lower section of the front deck
Added a 1/8Ē plate to the existing floor joists 
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Welded them in place
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Drilled a 1Ē hole at the angle I wanted, inserted a 1/8Ē x 1Ē tube, I cut an angle on the end that went into the hole so I could rotate it and get the perfect angle to have them at 90 degrees from the deck plate.
This made it very easy.
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 Had to get creative with coping out the 1Ē square tubing that attaches to those pipes, traced the pipe out on the square tube, cut it close with a cut off wheel and then coped it out perfectly with this sticky backed sandpaper wrapped around a 1Ē hole saw. Worked perfectly !
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Added a crossbar
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Obviously my welds arenít ďartisticĒ but I know they are solid as a rock and I used a laser level from the seat post to mark all the high spots 360 degrees around the deck framing and went over everything with a flapper sanding disc to ensure the entire deck panel sits flush everywhere possible.
  I also made a decision on the front bow panel area today, I have to finish that design before I can finish any remaining bow framing to tie it all in solid. 
  Drum roll please ....
I decided to go with the harder layout which was my first design way back when but I wasnít happy with the 9 1/2Ē panel width down to the deck so I made a slight change
I decided to run a 90 degree vertical panel 3Ē up off the deck and then tie in the bow top panel to this
I transferred the angles to the edges of the front deck
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Welded that center section up first, smoothed out all my welds and made it look like a factory transition.
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Started on the side sections for each side.
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At this point the top panel is still removable so I can gain access to tie in my framing to support these new panels.
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Iíll finish up the remaining ends tomorrow, clean up the welds and smooth it all out flip it over (deck and all) and weld her up solid from the bottom
Then start on my framing to match this area Iím pretty stoked about this design and have all sorts of idea for placement of access panels, switches and TM plug stuff. 
Thanks for following along, stay tuned !
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Post by: Kris on March 06, 2018, 05:28:51 PM
WOW!
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Post by: Lipripper on March 06, 2018, 05:53:54 PM
WOW!

You got that right. Rick and your pops are doing a great job  ~c~ ~c~ OH and since you ask for one  ;D

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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 07, 2018, 07:05:52 AM
Rick, are you mounting your sonar on the new panel? If so you may want to put a small access panel so you can get to the wiring and the mount. That's a really nice looking way to close in the bow!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 07, 2018, 08:18:48 AM
Rick, are you mounting your sonar on the new panel? If so you may want to put a small access panel so you can get to the wiring and the mount. That's a really nice looking way to close in the bow!!!
Rodney
Probably wonít mount the big one there, still not sure on the whole configuration yet though lol.
  Had to make a decision and stick with it, so I just cocked both barrels and fired away lol.
There will be some access to the wiring behind all this, just not sure whether I want to just cut a hole for a custom plate, make a door that has hinges or just cut a hole for a sonar unit. If I went sonar Iíd just mount a 7Ė8Ē in there and still use a ram mount or above TM tray mount system. At the VA now so will be able to play with it more this afternoon.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 07, 2018, 08:43:36 PM
Didnít get much time to play today since the VA appointment took longer than expected but hereís the results of a few hours playing around this afternoon.
  Started out with a cardboard mock-up of the end panel
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Got it all tacked in and flush against the side of the hull.
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Did the other side
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Iím almost out of 1/8Ē sheet and Iím using as much small scrap pieces I have laying around that I can. Well this one had a cut on the back side and when I hammered it over to the hull the corner piece popped off lol
  Easy fix though.
Hereís a view from one side
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Full front view
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Going to cut the tacks on the deck tomorrow after another doctors appointment
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Welds getting a little better, this one was a little dirty
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Remove that entire front bow panel section and weld it up solid from the back, flip it over and weld the front real nice and clean and then really work the front section over so it looks factory with no visible welds.
  Then we will be ready to start wiring the front up and placing all the controls and switches.     Also going to fix that broken corner piece and then start framing it all up so I can tie that section into the new front framing.
   It will be much easier to work it all over on the welding table with much better results and Iíll be able to control my heat a lot easier with cooling blocks and damp rags so I wonít get any warpage. Itís really close to a flush fit now so I should be able to really get it nice and tight if I can control warpage once I get it back on. 
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Post by: Princeton_Man on March 08, 2018, 05:33:44 AM
Lookin' good! ~c~

When we hitting LBL? ;D
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Post by: SFL BassHunter on March 08, 2018, 06:06:03 AM
Wow that front end is coming along.
Looks fantastic


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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 08, 2018, 06:17:12 AM
If you need more 1/8 sheet just take one of the highway signs, tell them I said it was ok!! ~roflmao ~roflmao It's going to look good Rick!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 08, 2018, 06:49:53 AM
If you need more 1/8 sheet just take one of the highway signs, tell them I said it was ok!! ~roflmao ~roflmao It's going to look good Rick!!!
Rodney
Lol that would probably get me in trouble in more ways than one.
  Iím pretty much done with the 1/8Ē after this. The ďVĒ panel I made is 3/16Ē and Iíll probably use it for the TM mount. I have a bunch of 1/4Ē tempered  that I want to use for a jack plate  almost a whole sheet of used   1/4Ē diamond plate.
  Unless I decide to add a side panel to each side of the exposed hull to really seal up the deck, strengthen it up and give it a more solid/clean look,  I should have enough 1/8 laying around still.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 08, 2018, 08:39:32 AM
Letís see what happens :)

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Post by: cojab on March 08, 2018, 03:06:42 PM
Nice job making that boat yours and the way you want it!  ~c~ ~c~
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 08, 2018, 05:21:58 PM
Originally I wanted to sand all the visible corner welds smooth so it would look like factory bends but I may end up leaving some small visible welds but with the primer , heavy paint and texture I donít think they will be that ugly lol.  The reason is I am not sure if they will crack out visibly later on, on the welds I sand down smooth.  Just have to play around with it some and get my head in the game lol.
Hereís some of the table progress.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on March 08, 2018, 05:25:52 PM
As long as you run a bead on the back side I don't see why you can't Sandown the welds on the front.

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Post by: Bigwrench on March 08, 2018, 08:16:01 PM
As long as you run a bead on the back side I don't see why you can't Sandown the welds on the front.

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Thanks brother Iíll keep on trucking. Itís a lot of work but it is turning out pretty nice this way. Donít think that it will be too bad if I leave the outside welds in place, Iíll crank Er up and wash over em a little to make them less prominent. 
Iíve been running it cold and Iíll see how I do with about 130-140 Amp tomorrow.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on March 08, 2018, 08:18:09 PM
Well the great thing about a TIG is that if you don't like it you can run over it again with out filler

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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 09, 2018, 07:04:54 AM
The less filler you use while having the parts coming together the better it'll look without losing strength. I used to watch an expert welder weld aluminum studs for power lines when I did deliveries to the company. He would would start the weld with a touch of the filler rod then drag the torch around dipping the rod once every 2 or so inches, made for some very nice looking welds. Years and years of practice.
Rodney
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 19, 2018, 04:24:16 PM
Rick, you ok buddy, haven't heard from you in a bit, hope everything's good!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Lipripper on March 19, 2018, 04:27:37 PM
Rick, you ok buddy, haven't heard from you in a bit, hope everything's good!!!
Rodney
I was beginning to think the same thing myself.
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 19, 2018, 05:38:10 PM
Rick, you ok buddy, haven't heard from you in a bit, hope everything's good!!!
Rodney
Yeah I am good as can be I guess lol.
Been doing a lot of stuff and will post an update tomorrow. Had to get away from it for a few days last week, it was driving me bonkers lol.
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Post by: Lipripper on March 19, 2018, 05:40:27 PM
Yeah I am good as can be I guess lol.
Been doing a lot of stuff and will post an update tomorrow. Had to get away from it for a few days last week, it was driving me bonkers lol.
Glad to hear your OK and your right sometime we need to stop digging and check the rows.  ;D
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 20, 2018, 07:05:23 AM
Yeah I am good as can be I guess lol.
Been doing a lot of stuff and will post an update tomorrow. Had to get away from it for a few days last week, it was driving me bonkers lol.

Good deal!!! Just making sure you weren't overwhelmed with Honey dos!! lo
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 20, 2018, 07:36:08 AM
Good deal!!! Just making sure you weren't overwhelmed with Honey dos!! lo
Rodney
Naw I was just over exerting myself and was plum wore out lol.
    Iím not as good as I once was,  for as long as I used to be good at it lol.
  Weather is turning nasty this evening so there is going to be a big push to get the transom finished and the motor hung today (because the boat has to go 6í out the front of the garage door before I can have room to work on the transom end).
Right now the wiring locations are critical to everything I have to do at the bow panel to finish it up. So I need to hang the motor and get the wiring from that, at least routed in the general locations.
Lots of updates tonight if I can stay awake lol.
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Post by: Lipripper on March 20, 2018, 11:51:46 AM
Naw I was just over exerting myself and was plum wore out lol.
    Iím not as good as I once was,  for as long as I used to be good at it lol.
  Weather is turning nasty this evening so there is going to be a big push to get the transom finished and the motor hung today (because the boat has to go 6í out the front of the garage door before I can have room to work on the transom end).
Right now the wiring locations are critical to everything I have to do at the bow panel to finish it up. So I need to hang the motor and get the wiring from that, at least routed in the general locations.
Lots of updates tonight if I can stay awake lol.
We will be looking for your updates when ever you can post them so don't take a bunch of No Doz pills to keep awake.  lo lo
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 20, 2018, 09:20:43 PM
Gonna try to pick up where we left off with the front bow panel  ďfiascoĒ
  So anyways after spending a week working on this piece alone
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I cranked the heat up on the torch to smooth it all out and when I got done with the welding I noticed the side corners had curled in about 1/2Ē !!! Too much heat warped it !! 
  Because itís such an odd shape I am having one heck of a time clamping it and getting it to stay.
   So I got mad at myself and made another top panel out of the diamond plate
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I then thought Iíd get smart and weld a 1x1 post where the front bow light hole will be so I could clamp to it
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I also had to use a c clamp style valve spring compressor since I have no clamps that big.
Well after working on that one for about 2 days I am completely disgusted with it LOL and probably going to trash it and start over again.
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If you zoom in close on the photo, the welded edges I smoothed down look great but to get them smooth I had to sand off a lot of the diamond plating in that area, which makes it look strange.
So thatís when I took a break and started running the wiring from the on board charger to the TM batteries.
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 Everything to tucked away and hidden
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Used a 1Ē hole saw to open up my main wiring tube wherever I needed to branch off
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 I had to add roughly 8í of wiring to my charging leads but I think everything is going to work out because I utilized the same hardware from factory , used twisted wire pairs to reduce feedback and everything was solid soldered and waterproof as well as using a slightly larger gage wiring to reduce potential voltage drop.
  We shall see  
The reasoning for running all this wiring now is I have decided to either build another complete front bow panel or maybe use this last one and I and going to install it at the bow , use a large ratchet strap around the entire hull and pull it all up tight and weld it solid into place before I do any more welding on the panel for a finished look.
 Iím hoping this will keep it in check and it will come out the way I want it. Before I can weld it I need to run my wires to the bow panel to basically get them close to the cutouts that will be in that panel where they need to be.
  If that doesnít work I am going to hire someone to build it lol.
  So started on the transom finish
I have a total of 4 large holes to fill in the transom . 2 are drain-outs for the splash-well area and 2 are for the old livewell plumbing . 
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 The two drain-out holes I cut some 1Ē X 1/8Ē tube and stuck through the wooden transom and front and rear plates.
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Once that was done I welded up those two bottom holes with a small plate on it the inside of the hull
Started sealing up the top section of the wooden transom by applying a heavy coat of ďflex sealĒ and then brushing it down into the entire area
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Installed a top plate to that
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Started laying it down lol
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All welded up
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 Didnít get to actually hang the motor today, tomorrow I will install the outside corner caps to the transom and start fabricating the main plate the motor will bolt to.
  If I decide to make a jack plate, this 1/4Ē tempered plate will also be a part of that so it has to be cut anyways, if I donít then the motor will be bolted directly to it and the transom.
Thereís a lot I donít have photos of, like the additional bracing I added to the front bow all the way to the front, itís solid as a rock now.
Will try and update more Friday or Saturday. Thanks for following along.
Hereís the bracing under the bow panel. 
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Post by: hughesjasonk on March 20, 2018, 09:25:48 PM
In the future if you start having warpage, weld in 2 inch sections and alternate where you're welding, that way you can give the metal time to cool back down before you hit it again. You do the same thing with body panels you do a bunch of spot welds in different spots and then eventually it all meets together.

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Post by: Kris on March 21, 2018, 05:27:37 AM
Maybe keep that upper, diamond plate panel and add play sand to the paint, brush on of course, for traction when wet. Remember, "a coat of paint hides a thousand sins". Flat surfaces need LOTS of prep for paint to look good.
One thing I don't understand. How is the trolling motor mount going to fit with that awesome front panel?
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on March 21, 2018, 07:49:45 AM
It's coming along Rick, looking more and more like a boat!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on March 21, 2018, 10:18:17 AM
Maybe keep that upper, diamond plate panel and add play sand to the paint, brush on of course, for traction when wet. Remember, "a coat of paint hides a thousand sins". Flat surfaces need LOTS of prep for paint to look good.
One thing I don't understand. How is the trolling motor mount going to fit with that awesome front panel?
Itís going to be something along these lines
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Maybe more at an angle than that panel is right now but the area underneath it will be boxed in and have access storage like a glove box. 
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Post by: Kris on March 21, 2018, 10:44:23 AM
That'll work. I was just curious because it seemed like that awesome front panel extended quite a way over to the port side. Thanks Rick.
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Post by: Lipripper on March 21, 2018, 02:31:04 PM
Boy y'all have been busy  ~sweat Looking good though. ~c~ ~c~ Hope you can get that front bow panel figured out. Just remember KISS or measure twice... cur once.  lo lo
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Post by: cojab on March 31, 2018, 04:44:03 PM
Bigwrench, how you doing? Haven't seen an update so just checking up on you. ~beer~
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 01, 2018, 08:31:04 AM
Bigwrench, how you doing? Haven't seen an update so just checking up on you. ~beer~

Doing so, so . Not been working on the boat much lately. Storm came through awhile back and destroyed our shingled roof and Dad bought a camper that needs a new roof ASAP so have had to juggle the time around these things lol. Wonít be long though. I did fabricate the battery cables for the TM and have a lot of stuff ready to go together but just finding the time and the energy to get it done between the other stuff.
Soccer and baseball are full bore also so we are stretched thin for awhile lol.
Our roof
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Camper
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Post by: Lipripper on April 01, 2018, 11:27:05 AM
Doing so, so . Not been working on the boat much lately. Storm came through awhile back and destroyed our shingled roof and Dad bought a camper that needs a new roof ASAP so have had to juggle the time around these things lol. Wonít be long though. I did fabricate the battery cables for the TM and have a lot of stuff ready to go together but just finding the time and the energy to get it done between the other stuff.
Soccer and baseball are full bore also so we are stretched thin for awhile lol.
Sorry to hear that life has been throwing you some curve balls but I know y'all will bring it home soon.  ;D
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Post by: cojab on April 01, 2018, 03:03:06 PM
Doing so, so . Not been working on the boat much lately. Storm came through awhile back and destroyed our shingled roof and Dad bought a camper that needs a new roof ASAP so have had to juggle the time around these things lol. Wonít be long though. I did fabricate the battery cables for the TM and have a lot of stuff ready to go together but just finding the time and the energy to get it done between the other stuff.
Soccer and baseball are full bore also so we are stretched thin for awhile lol.

Yep, life never slows down does it. Glad your doing OK.
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Post by: Kris on April 01, 2018, 06:06:54 PM
Got to give you credit for stick2ativity? I have a stack of stuff around here after my Cardiologist visit on Tuesday.
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 01, 2018, 07:32:03 PM
Good to hear you're ok, take your time and do what you have to do, the boat will be there when you get back to it.
Rodney
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on April 30, 2018, 06:26:00 AM
Rick, everything ok there? Haven't heard from you in quite a while so checking up on you to see if you're ok!!!
Rodney
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Post by: Lipripper on April 30, 2018, 06:49:27 AM
Rick, everything ok there? Haven't heard from you in quite a while so checking up on you to see if you're ok!!!
Rodney
Rodney I was wondering the same thing myself. I see Rick on Facebook once and great awhile but not very often. I sure hope he's ok.
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Post by: Bigwrench on April 30, 2018, 07:25:21 AM
Hanging in their fellas, thanks for checking up on me lol. Itís been a constant issue juggling the projects around for awhile now.
  We are up in cheesehead land trying to liquidate Dads assets up here and have no idea where to start lol.
  Never sold a house before so I am as lost as someone can be lol.
  Hopefully we can get back on this project in the next few weeks.
 
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Post by: Lipripper on May 01, 2018, 03:06:09 AM
Hanging in their fellas, thanks for checking up on me lol. Itís been a constant issue juggling the projects around for awhile now.
  We are up in cheesehead land trying to liquidate Dads assets up here and have no idea where to start lol.
  Never sold a house before so I am as lost as someone can be lol.
  Hopefully we can get back on this project in the next few weeks.
Be sure to get some more of that good cheese while your up there in Cheese head land. ;D
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on May 14, 2018, 05:43:38 AM
Hope you are able to get it all done, didn't have to do that, my folks had moved into a townhouse with yard work and other maintenance taken care of and after my Dad passed my Mom moved into an apartment. Prayers for you guys still coming!!!
Rodney
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Post by: hughesjasonk on June 22, 2018, 09:41:54 AM
so......... who else is going through withdrawals!?
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Post by: Princeton_Man on June 22, 2018, 09:47:58 AM
so......... who else is going through withdrawals!?
I know Rick's got a lot going on between his and his Dad's health issues. Maybe we should put together a team and go finish that thing for him.  :-*
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Post by: hughesjasonk on June 24, 2018, 09:46:16 AM
I know Rick's got a lot going on between his and his Dad's health issues. Maybe we should put together a team and go finish that thing for him.  :-*
I'm down

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Post by: Princeton_Man on June 24, 2018, 03:49:04 PM
I'm down

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I love it!
Anyone else?


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Post by: Lipripper on June 24, 2018, 04:50:40 PM
I love it!
Anyone else?

If I lived closer and had the strength I would be up for it but I don't travel well.  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 24, 2018, 07:02:28 PM
Ha ! That would be awesome!
  Definitely have a lot going on now and also injured myself a couple weeks ago, so trying to recover use of my hand still. Should be able to get some updates loaded this week.  We also decided to start on the Ranger refurbish this week so we can get that thing to itís new owner ASAP. Thanks for hanging in there with me. 
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Post by: Oldfart9999 on June 25, 2018, 07:27:03 AM
What did you do to your hand? I just had a partial wrist replacement.
Rodney
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 25, 2018, 08:39:51 AM
What did you do to your hand? I just had a partial wrist replacement.
Rodney
Was being stupid lol.
Tried modifying a drill driver bit with a 4 1/2Ē cut off disc in a hand held grinder. It didnít turn out too good for me lol.
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Post by: hughesjasonk on June 25, 2018, 08:41:04 AM
Was being stupid lol.
Tried modifying a drill driver bit with a 4 1/2Ē cut off disc in a hand held grinder. It didnít turn out too good for me lol.
Sounds like you weren't wearing gloves

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Post by: Lipripper on June 25, 2018, 08:44:37 AM
Was being stupid lol.
Tried modifying a drill driver bit with a 4 1/2Ē cut off disc in a hand held grinder. It didnít turn out too good for me lol.
Rick  ~b~ ~b~ You watch and think about what your doing you still have fish to catch and your going to need them hands to work right.  ;D
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Post by: Bigwrench on June 25, 2018, 08:48:28 AM
Sounds like you weren't wearing gloves

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Lol who needs gloves ? But yeah I wasnít wearing gloves, eye protection and I didnít have the bit mounted in a vice like I should have. It was a total ďstupid momentĒ that cost me lol. Luckily I didnít lose a finger or do more damage.