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Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:18:57 PM »

I am finally going to get started on the Ranger tomorrow.  Lots of work to do in the battery/oil tank area.  Try to get the unnecessary transducers off the hull in there.  Remove the livewell drains and clean them up, replace the livewell control panel and work on my battery mountings.  Hopefully it will be running this weekend. 
Next is on to change the seating.  I hate walking on upholstery.  I am redoing the carpet and changing the step to carpet and two fishing seats instead of the wide seat.  Probably won't hit the water this year but should next before I sell it.
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 06:21:26 PM »

Your going to be real busy  ~sweat
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 06:50:56 PM »

Amen to that.  I know that mid-Summer is not the time to do carpeting so I am going to do other things for awhile.  Hopefully in the water in the Spring.
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Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 07:31:40 PM »

Can't wait to see yours unfold ! I'm going to have to do something with my Ranger soon, most likely get it ready to sell and then of course get back on the aluminum build, the boys are gonna learn how to work on boats in the next few months.
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 06:35:55 AM »

I'm sorry to hear that you are going to sell the Ranger but is probably a good idea.  When work starts on the aluminum boat, keep us informed on the progress.  I will do my best on keeping everybody up on my Ranger progress.
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 06:43:39 AM »

Rick, downsizing? All the work you put into the 200 on the Ranger?
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 07:18:33 AM »

Rick, downsizing? All the work you put into the 200 on the Ranger?
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For the immediate future is all. 2-3 years there will be another Ranger in the family lol. Too many things we wanted in a bass boat that aren't on the current 518 to justify keeping it much longer. Plus the more it sits in the yard gathering dust the less it is worth. Basically a financial decision at this point is all. Makes no sense to keep it another 2 years and not use it at all.
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 07:09:02 PM »

Understandable! Maybe you can convince Tammy to try riding in the tin! ;) ;)
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2017, 12:41:06 PM »

Well, I couldn't get started yesterday because the thunderstorms had other ideas.  I did get started this morning but couldn't take any pictures.  My four year old Grandson brought out his toolbox to help "Da" work on the Ranger and the Ouachita.
I started in the rear compartment and removed all of the livewell lines, valves and pumps to access the three transducers on the hull floor.   It looks like I have 3/4 inch livewell hose and a one inch livewell overflow.  The overflow was clear tubing but the livewell stuff looks like water hose.  I have to do some investigation on what to replace all this stuff with.  I broke a fitting off of one of the pumps so I might just replace them both.  I pulled out the livewell valves and they seem a little stiff and I think the cables are a misrouted so that they are hard to move.  I did buy a new panel from greatlakesskipper.com . 
I did get all the transducers off the hull floor and I will grind down the epoxy to make it nice.  New Humminbird Helix 5 transducer will get epoxied to the hull floor.  Got to do something with the wiring, I can't handle it looking like a birdsnest.  Guess I will find out if I can get a wiring diagram for it.  there are two push buttom switches on a bracket and need to find out what they are for.
I had already made a plywood piece to mount the trolling motor batteries to.  Hull under looks pretty terrible but I can clean that up a bit.  Got to take care of the oil that is everywhere first before I get too far along.
I will get some pictures that next time I am out there working without assistance.  At least the project is started.






I also started moving wiring out of my way to get to everything.
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2017, 02:09:55 PM »

You could of taken a picture of that little guy helping out Grandpa  lo lo
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2017, 02:48:51 PM »

Remember, he had his own tool box with hammer, screw driver and wrench.  I spent more time watching him than working on the boat.
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Re: Work starts on my Ranger project tomorrow.
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2017, 04:21:26 PM »

Remember, he had his own tool box with hammer, screw driver and wrench.  I spent more time watching him than working on the boat.
I can understand that. My two year old great grandson can do some damage with his play tools so I can see what a four year old could do.  lo lo
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