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Old 08-04-2014, 11:04 PM
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Awesome boat! Good luck with everything. Wish I had more knowledge to lend you. Im new to this stuff too, love the mopar, never seen that in one of these yet!
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:58 AM
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:10 AM
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Not sure how to comment on individual photos so I'll do it here...
- Got the coupling apart, off by 7/16 of an inch! I knew something didn't look right. Strut looks okay, have to think the shaft was either installed improperly or the engine mount adjustments shifted. I can tell this boat has been wrenched on before.
- The only major crack in the boat, behind the spotter's seat...it goes all the way through. Will grind it out and back it up with a few layers of glass inside and out, then gel
- Front light screw holes stripped out. Again back it up with glass, fill with epoxy and gel. Not sure what is the best epoxy to use...and suggestions greatly appreciated.
- Then there's the back corners in the sparkle... this part of my resto makes me nervous. Could really use some help from you guys as I really don't have a clue how to go about fixing this without redoing the entire stripe. There has to be an easier way!
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:13 AM
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:17 AM
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Progress, I bet the motors shifted on the alignment.. on the gel goat - I would wet sand, polish and call it done.. you'll never get it to match up with new gel. Only alternatives are respray gel ($$$$$) or do a vinyl wrap. But non of the vinyls I have seen will sparkle that nicely.. IMO
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:23 AM
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- Gel damage at strut. Could be an indication that the strut was hit. There are no marks on it indicating it hit something, and it's difficult to tell if it's bent while still attached, but it could explain my 7/16" misalignment at the coupling.
- Tried a little vinegar/salt concoction on my tracking fins. Did a good job of removing the first layer of 30 years worth of patina. Will buff next and then apply ProtectaClear from Everbrite in the hopes it will stay shiny for a while.
- Converting my grinder to a polisher. Ordered some arbor extensions from Southwest Metal Finishing Supply Company... just waiting for UPS to come a knockin'
- A spare driveshaft came with the boat, unfortunately it's not threaded on both ends like my existing. Too bad... it's brand new, never used. Measures 1 1/8" by 38 3/4". Looks like it's for sale!
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:28 AM
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I don't think the cracked gel coat at strut indicates a strike that would send the front of shaft up. That cracking at the back would bring it down. Does the trans coupling and shaft couple change as you spin the shaft?
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:28 AM
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On second thought I think I'll keep the spare shaft...could take it to a machinist if/when I need it.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:29 AM
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It does not mike...shaft appears to be straight as an arrow.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:32 AM
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It does not mike...shaft appears to be straight as an arrow.
good news -
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