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Old 06-14-2012, 12:32 PM
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wishart, your boat is looking great!

I'm a really impressed by your fabrication skills and love the attention to detail. Keep it up.

As for the interior, are you doing the upholstery yourself, or do you have a local shop making it for you? Looking really nice...

I am slowly starting the restoration on my '81 and have a similar issue that you did with slop in that bracket for the steering cable. I know you made the new custom bracket, but the new clamp looks like it was purchased? Do you recall where you bought that cable clamping piece?

Thanks, and good luck in the final stages!
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:13 PM
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:32 AM
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wishart, your boat is looking great!

I'm a really impressed by your fabrication skills and love the attention to detail. Keep it up.

As for the interior, are you doing the upholstery yourself, or do you have a local shop making it for you? Looking really nice...

I am slowly starting the restoration on my '81 and have a similar issue that you did with slop in that bracket for the steering cable. I know you made the new custom bracket, but the new clamp looks like it was purchased? Do you recall where you bought that cable clamping piece?

Thanks, and good luck in the final stages!
Thanks for the complements....

This has been a fun project, and I am looking forward to enjoying the finish product this summer.

As far as the steering bracket, I did fabricate the mounting bracket that attaches to the hull of the boat. As I recall, the problem was that the new bracket that attaches to the steering cable was shorter than the origional. When mounting the new cable bracket to the old hull bracket, the steering cable wouldn't be straight with the rudder attachment.

The cable bracket was purchased from Discount Inboard Marine (skidim.com) .

I think a simple solution is to unbolt the hull bracket and rotate it 180 degrees, drill a hole for the new cable mount. This will get your steering angle more inline with the rudder attachement....
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:01 AM
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project update!!!!

Finally have a few minutes to update the project....so here we go...


After the "test run" been working on "tweeking" a few things on the boat...


First... the boat was "singing" as it went through the water....

Thought it was the prop...so I ordered and installed one of OJ prop's fancy 4-blades.....OJ props thought this would be a good place to start also....(ofcourse...they wanted to sell me a $400 prop!!!!)....

OJ prop guys were really nice, and said that if their prop didn't solve the problem....they would "work with me"...


well....it didn't solve the problem!!! Boat is still singing at 2800-3000rpm.

but

I their fancy 4-blade did perform better!!! great/strong acceleration, and pulls up skiier nice and strong.....


what the hell....I'm keeping the prop....what's a few $$$$ at this point!!!!


Other team talk members feel the "singing" is from three skags under the boat....and I agree...
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:04 AM
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oh yeah...also replaced all spedo "pickups"....and yes....there are 3 spedos in this boat!

someone mentioned that this boat may have been used in "competition skiing" at one point
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:07 AM
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got the dual battery set up all working---using a "battery isolator" and a master on/off switch.

happy with the set up...NO PERKO SWITCH!!!

also welded up a custom aluminum front seat frame....no "dog leg" front seat now....
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:09 AM
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Time to finish up the interior!!!

I rebuilt all the wood seats with new "marine" plywood, and then sealed it all with my fiberglass epoxy!!!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:12 AM
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here are the seat rebuild pic's
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:26 AM
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carpet replacement

this took over 12 hours to complete!!!!!!

but it came out really nice!!

used my red poster paper to make a pattern of the entire boat floor, then transfered pattern to new carpet.

I when cutting pattern, I cut a few inches larger all the way around.

I carpeted the sides of the boat, then under the bow, and down the sides.

Glued the carpet down using one of my old paint spray guns and contact cement. I sprayed both the back of the carpet and the floor with the glue, and that carpet isn't going anywhere!!!!

Used about 1.5 gallons of glue!!!

Use your resperator...that stuff is strong!!!!

(I know my helper doesn't look too happy here....but...this is 2am....after almost a 20 hour work day....and 1.5 gallons of glue fumes in the air...!!!!)....she really was a big help....
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:34 AM
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upholstry time!!!!

After all this hard work with the new floor, stringers, engine, etc....

I couldn't skimp on the upholstry.....


all "off white" (it's pretty white) marine vinyl...tuck-n-roll to simulate origional patterned look..


Great shop in San Jose California (Top Notch Upholstry)....will go back for all my interior needs.....


Fast turn around....and did some extras also....(booster for drivers seat, protective pad for the back seat)!!!

I installed the seats, etc...took the raw seats to shop...

I Installed hydraulic lifters to hold engine cover up also!!!! this was a great idea....works great.....
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