And a thousand or so ($1600???) is what I've spent so far. I don't plan on much more, that's not what this project is about.
I did mess with it some today. The jack stand is installed (makes it so much easier to move around). And I jacked up the starboard side and gave the wheel a spin. Smooth, and more importantly, it was QUIET. Still, I pulled the tire & wheel, and removed the hub. Pulled out the bearings and gave them the once over. They look fine. The seal also looks fine, so I'm going to leave it be. This will probably be my downfall.
Anyway, I had bought two new tires and wheels. The old ones are new as far as tread wear goes, but there is some light weather checking, and I most definitely know how THAT goes. I'll use the best one (port side) as a spare. These tires are larger because I wanted radials and the choices are slim. I figured that I would maybe have to do some clearance work, but after a test installation the fit was fine. Perfect.
I own cotter pins. All sizes. Dad gum. So tomorrow or this weekend I'll find them, or probably more likely buy some more. It's what we call here in the Sticks of Morgan County, MO "inventory".
So I left the boat for another day. We're back open for the weekend at our restaurant and work comes first, always.
I may do some painting tomorrow. It's supposed to rain, and I've got one coat of primer on one side of one piece of deck so far. There's another deck piece and the floor that needs paint. A coat or two and some drying time before installation next week (yep, next week, no matter what) would be good. I have an IBass GOLD tournament to think about.
Anyway, it's just a Jon boat. But it's MY Jon boat and I'm gonna give it all I've got. And then I've got folks thinking I'm nuts. I'm used to that. I've owned and ran bass boats from my first 16' 8" Champion, up to a 21 footers. Whatever. The boat gets you there, yes. But I never had one catch a bass.