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Old 03-26-2013, 10:45 PM
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just curious... does any one know the actual size of the U bolt? I'm having trouble finding one with long enough threads. I was able to find one... but i'm not sure if its the right size... are U bolts usually measured center to center?
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:22 PM
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My '83 looks a little different. It is a late '83 with the fiberglass stringers...Is yours? Also, I added a brace to use the lifting ring for the extended pylon strap.
Is there any chance you have any more pictures of this bracket? I'm gunna end up redoing everything up in the bow. Something like what you have here might not be a bad idea. I also plan on running a backing plate on the u bolt, like in my pictures... just slightly modified. The plate will run the entire length of that fiberglass pad.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:29 PM
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Is there any chance you have any more pictures of this bracket? I'm gunna end up redoing everything up in the bow. Something like what you have here might not be a bad idea. I also plan on running a backing plate on the u bolt, like in my pictures... just slightly modified. The plate will run the entire length of that fiberglass pad.
Sure. I'm going to the lake this weekend. I'll get some more pics.
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So I've been doing some work for the past 2 weeks. Here's some pictures of the work that was done. In the first pic, was the bow with all the hardware taken out. I sanded the area and cleaned it up a little. Next one is of a thick new layer of bondo-glass over the old broken pad. The third pic is of a quarter inch thick steel backing plate I made the covers the entire length and width of the new pad. The forth pic is with all the hardware back in all tightened down. I also added a plate to go on top of the lifting ring bracket, I figured it couldn't hurt anything.The last pic is of the outside. A stainless backing plate with a brand new u bolt welded to it. I still have to trim the excess rubber, but I think I can finally cross this project off the list.
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:16 PM
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So I've been doing some work for the past 2 weeks. Here's some pictures of the work that was done. In the first pic, was the bow with all the hardware taken out. I sanded the area and cleaned it up a little. Next one is of a thick new layer of bondo-glass over the old broken pad. The third pic is of a quarter inch thick steel backing plate I made the covers the entire length and width of the new pad. The forth pic is with all the hardware back in all tightened down. I also added a plate to go on top of the lifting ring bracket, I figured it couldn't hurt anything.The last pic is of the outside. A stainless backing plate with a brand new u bolt welded to it. I still have to trim the excess rubber, but I think I can finally cross this project off the list.
Nice work...
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:38 PM
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Nice work...
Dittos. I wish I had better access to do that nice a job on my '77.
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Dittos. I wish I had better access to do that nice a job on my '77.
I became an expert at slithering in an out of that thing. It gets kinda cozy after a while though
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:09 AM
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I became an expert at slithering in an out of that thing. It gets kinda cozy after a while though
I bet. I just haven't figured out how to slither through all the foam under my deck.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:48 PM
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Great work. That shouldn't be a problem ever again! If you do decide to brace the lifting ring...here is a picture of the one in my '89 and the one that went into my '83.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:57 PM
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Finished with the bow project today. Trimmed excess rubber and glue from behind the stainless backing plate and hooked up a new bow light. Feels good to have this project crossed off the list Just gotta finish the stereo and solve a steering issue (wheel is very hard to turn)... At least this late spring here in WI has given me some extra time with all these projects.
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