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Old 11-16-2018, 09:15 PM
BacNBlak BacNBlak is offline
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James - That is a NICE lookin boat there! I hope mine looks half that good when done!

As for interior, some parts cleaned up nice, others did not (all pics were before). The entire bow area cleaned up good. That was the first I worked on and had me encouraged for the rest. The rear area didn’t clean up good at all. Evidently the shrink wrap that was on it for 13 years was punctured by a limb at some point and let water in behind the observers seat. I am fortunate to have learned of a very good upholstery shop two miles from my house that gave me a decent quote on redoing the back section. We will see where I end up on that.

Thanks for the encouragement and sharing the pics!
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:08 PM
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No problem.

If you are going to have to pull the motor and do a bunch of messy maintenance, I'd hold off on completing the interior until the big stuff is complete. After new carpet, it always seems like I spend half of my effort just trying to not get oil/grease everywhere.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:24 PM
BacNBlak BacNBlak is offline
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Good advice. The motor will for sure be pulled (and probably replaced) at some point. It all depends on $ and timing as to what I do when. I’m pretty fluid on how I approach this. Once I get the keel done and back on the trailer, I’ll start the next phase.
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:31 PM
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So this followed me home and I am guessing that most of you know why. For those that don't, its got Ford's 5.0L with GT40P heads that will find their way onto a 351 and then into my boat! This was a courtsey vehicle at a local tire shop and was in an accident. I called the guy to see what he was doing with it and he said scrapping it. So I offered to scrap it for him, giving him the money, but pulling the heads first. He agreed so I drug it home!

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Old 12-12-2018, 07:56 PM
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What year is the explorer? The rear axle will probably be a 31 spline with a 3:73 or 4:10. They can easily be narrowed to fit under a 1965-66 Mustang.

Denny
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Old 12-12-2018, 09:05 PM
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What year is the explorer? The rear axle will probably be a 31 spline with a 3:73 or 4:10. They can easily be narrowed to fit under a 1965-66 Mustang.

Denny
Sheís a 97.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:08 PM
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This brings back some awesome memories of restoring my 1994 Maristar 225VRS! I'm not too far away, just west of Richmond in Powhatan County.

Where do you boat? I'm usually on Lake Anna or Buggs Island (Kerr Lake), occasionally Lake Gaston and the James River up near Richmond.
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:14 PM
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This brings back some awesome memories of restoring my 1994 Maristar 225VRS! I'm not too far away, just west of Richmond in Powhatan County.

Where do you boat? I'm usually on Lake Anna or Buggs Island (Kerr Lake), occasionally Lake Gaston and the James River up near Richmond.
We boat on the Choptank river, pretty much exclusively. Mainly because itís in our back yard and if we go down river, thereís some restaurants and such; if we go up river no one is there, and we can almost always find a stretch of smooth water somewhere as the river narrows and turns. In addition, our old bot and trailer is in no way road worthy of going very far so I am looking forward to going some different places with this boat.

I have some family in Charlottesville and drove by lake Anna this summer after visiting for a wedding. It was crazy! Iíd never actually seen so many boats out for water sports and such. Everyone in our area is fishing or crabbing which is fine by me! We rarely EVER see another skier on the river. Tubes every now and then but thatís about it.
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