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ecproductions143
06-20-2010, 02:16 AM
Hello everyone please join me as I get my boat back to showroom condition including the trailer. I habe been working on her for about a week now. If you have questions or suggestions please let me know! This boat was bought in 2000 from the second owner for $2000. It was a basketcase, the 351 had been swapped for a 350 sometime before I got. The motor was shot and was rebuilt. Floor, stringers, carpet were all shot. Everything was redone. Interior is still good and I will be reusing, everything else is getting fixed. Here are some pics from 2000.



http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/afterengineremoved.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/engineblockbefore.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/jesseclean.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/Dcp_0001-1.jpg



I was 16 at the time when this took place and wasn't really a desision maker on what got done. My stepdad did a helluva job considering the resoures he had at the time. This was his first stringer job. My stepbrother and I gave this boat hell puting lots of fat sacks and loading it down with people. The floor held up great considering the abuse but it started to sepreate from the gunwells in the past couple of years. Since I will have the boat all the way tore down I decided to redo everything with a little more precision and better resources available.

ecproductions143
06-20-2010, 02:18 AM
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/Dcp_0002-1.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/Dcp_0003.jpg


^^^^^^^^^^ all these pics are form the 2000/2001

ecproductions143
06-20-2010, 02:34 AM
now for what I have been working on these past couple of weeks. I work a 9-5 mon-fri and stay pretty busy so just bare with me. This build is a NO RUSH job I have already accepted I will not be using it this summer. Thank God for friends with boats lol

I have removed all interior, carpet, floor and secondary stringers, stringers seem to have been in good shape but did have a few spots that were moist. If I have got it tore down this far might as well redo everything plus I want to open up the bow for some much needed storage. Can anyone chime in on that. I wonder how important that foam is upfront.
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR016.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR015.jpg

I decided to take it off the trailer for easier access climbing in and out of the boat to flip it over and work on the bottom of the boat.

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR015.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR015.jpg

ecproductions143
06-20-2010, 02:40 AM
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR018.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR020.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR021.jpg

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/BOATRESTOR022.jpg

americanskierJim
06-20-2010, 07:27 AM
Look's like your moving right along. I wish I had another one to restore. At the end of the summer I will be looking to buy and restore nothing better working on them and seeing your boat done.

ecproductions143
06-20-2010, 10:03 AM
didnt mean to post that pic 3 times lol. americanskierJim I'll have to say I dont enjoy it that much lol. One of the reason I am doing this is 1. money 2. I want it done right this time! a good stringer job should last 20-25 years if it doesnt sit in the water 24/7

Laurel_Lake_Skier
06-20-2010, 10:37 AM
If you are redoing the stringers with wood, you should consider treating them with CPES. Here's a
Link (http://www.rotdoctor.com/products/cpes.html) to one source with some info on it....it may interest you.

Napagary
06-20-2010, 11:41 AM
Is that a Chevy engine?

classic_speed
06-20-2010, 12:51 PM
Yes, 350 for sure

ecproductions143
06-20-2010, 01:00 PM
If you are redoing the stringers with wood, you should consider treating them with CPES. Here's a
Link (http://www.rotdoctor.com/products/cpes.html[/url) to one source with some info on it....it may interest you.

does anyone know if CPES will work with polyester resin? I know a lot of guys are using epoxy nowadays but the boats made outta poly. I think the biggest mistake people make is not getting EVERY air bubble, crease when your wetting out the mat/cloth. Epoxy is double the price and can be a real pita to work with especially if you get the amine blush effect. I'm gettin my resin and mat from a a boat builder from here in my town. He builds the worlds fastest/largest fishing boat and he uses poly.
^^^^
http://moodcraftfabrication.com/

cbryan70
06-20-2010, 02:22 PM
I know of another guy that ripped out all of the foam in the bow for storage.....All he said was it is a PITA to remove that stuff.

Laurel_Lake_Skier
06-20-2010, 03:24 PM
does anyone know if CPES will work with polyester resin? I know a lot of guys are using epoxy nowadays but the boats made outta poly.

You might want to do some reading up on the pros and cons of polyester resin vs epoxy before you begin the project. You'll save money going with the polyester but since it absorbs water, problems down the road are likely. Here's a link to a quick Search (http://www.correctcraftfan.com/forum/search_results_posts.asp?SearchID=20100620150717&KW=cpes+polyester+epoxy) on another forum where a lot of the guys do the kind of work you are about to undertake on your boat.

americanskierJim
06-20-2010, 06:38 PM
didnt mean to post that pic 3 times lol. americanskierJim I'll have to say I dont enjoy it that much lol. One of the reason I am doing this is 1. money 2. I want it done right this time! a good stringer job should last 20-25 years if it doesnt sit in the water 24/7

ECP, Money always a good thing. You know what "BOAT" stands for?? Bust out another thousand $$$$..lol

Doing it your self you know what you want and how you want it to look. Your right about the stringers mine where in great shape and in great condition. But it was out of the water for 19 years. Keep up the hard work I cant wait to see the out come.

ecproductions143
06-21-2010, 01:07 AM
You might want to do some reading up on the pros and cons of polyester resin vs epoxy before you begin the project. You'll save money going with the polyester but since it absorbs water, problems down the road are likely. Here's a link to a quick Search (http://www.correctcraftfan.com/forum/search_results_posts.asp?SearchID=20100620150717&KW=cpes+polyester+epoxy) on another forum where a lot of the guys do the kind of work you are about to undertake on your boat.

I'm using polyester. you dont patch a steel car with aluminum. The same principle applys to our boats. One of the craziest builds with consisted of a correct craft 2001 (style not year) was converted to a V-DRIVE. I have been on correct craft fan for about 4 years now but I own a mastercraft and feel at home here:D

oxberger
06-21-2010, 10:37 AM
Looking forward to more pics of the restore. I've been following Jims restore and it's awesome. I, much like you, am restoring my 1985 SS. Luckily, I don't have to redo stringers and engine, but trailer is shot, carpet and upholstery need replacing, gas tank claened out. I started on the swim platform because that was the cheapest. Keep us updated on your progress and welsome to the baord! By the way, where in Mid-Atlantic are you? I'm originally from Baltimore and grew up on the water there, but I live in Murfreesboro TN now. My family still lives in Baltimore.

ecproductions143
06-27-2010, 09:36 PM
finally got around to work on some stuff. When removing the mufflers i noticed they were in pretty bad shape. Someone had tried to repair them before but did not ssand down to the fiberglass. Needless to say the matt didn not stick very well. I mannaged to get one of the exhaust sanded down to the orignial layer which was a pain in the ***. here are soem pics
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/018-2.jpg
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/017-1.jpg
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/016.jpg
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa287/ecproductions143/015.jpg

ecproductions143
06-27-2010, 09:38 PM
I havent decided how I will repair this yet but I think I will wrap themin matt and apply some glass as for the holes I dunno any thoughts or has anyone done this

waterlogged882
06-27-2010, 09:46 PM
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thatsmrmastercraft
06-27-2010, 09:53 PM
I'm with cloaked on replacing if it works. If not, I wouldn't hesitate to repair the hole. You aren't dealing with pressure here - just repairing the hole and making it watertight. Need to be careful to keep it smooth on the inside as well.

ecproductions143
05-22-2016, 07:42 AM
I'm backkkkkk lol wow how life gets a hold of you. Hard to believe its been 6 years since i have been able to work on this beast due to opening my own bussiness, my how it has consummed me.

I dunno what got into me Thursday night but when I got home from work. I decided I gotta get this thing goin again and ending up getting the trailer stripped down.. Unfortunately I am still super busy so I will be so I will be outsourcing some of the work such as the stringers and floor maybe some clear over the metal flake.,

The trailer fenders are on their last breath as you can see I hope i can find a solution for those

I figured since the boat was off the trailer i better finish the trailer first so I can take the boat to have the stringers and floor put in.

After digging around in the forums last night i found some shops in middle TN and one in Ohio that specialize in boats and fiberglass The ones closest to me in TN are: Bennetts Boat Repair" Viper Customs and Stones River Fiberglass. The Ohio location is "Ohio Boat works" can anyone vouch for any of those shops. I joined the mastercraft project on FB last night so maybe all find some info there.

paco_06
05-22-2016, 09:14 AM
Glad you're back to it! Only shop I know not to use is viper.

waterlogged882
05-22-2016, 09:48 AM
Glad you're back to it! Only shop I know not to use is viper. this ^ ^ ^

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=71998 (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=71998)

Keep an update on your progress if it is less than six years from now.. :D

ecproductions143
05-22-2016, 02:51 PM
I only need stringers and floor. No carpet no interior and i have everything out of tbe boat pretty mucb ready to go back in. I have kept all the old to aid in reinstall.

ecproductions143
05-22-2016, 03:01 PM
This picture was taking last night

waterlogged882
06-20-2016, 10:01 PM
81 I am doing now....using epoxy all the way.

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