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ksulliv 10-14-2013 01:08 AM

83 S&S Restoration
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So I got my winter project that I had been looking for for the last 6 months or so. I made the 1300 mile trip and bought roush's project (you may remember the pictures from the 10 yr old cheese nips sitting on the dash). Anyway, it was pretty much exactly was I was looking for so it was worth the drive. His last last trip out in the boat resulted in a blown exhaust hose and then subsequently 3 broken riser bolts. This is where I took over. Tried everything to get the bolts out..............nothin. Did learn my first lesson though, never use an extractor on a rusted bolt because once you break that off in there, you're screwed! Ended up taking off the exhaust manifolds and letting a machine shop deal with it. They couldn't even get the two bolts out that didn't have the extractor in it so they sent them off to get it burned out, what an ordeal! Last weekend I finally got it all put back together and we took it out for a quick trip to the lake. She ran, and not too bad either. I think the timing is off and the carb needs to be adjusted but overall I was happy that I didn't have to get towed back to the dock. So now she is put away for the winter and the projects will begin. Today I took her off the trailer thanks to the help from this thread:

One suggestion to others who try this, don't use a floor jack, it may move, like mine did, and cause the other hydraulic jacks fall as well. Luckily there was enough trailer under it that it fell back on to it. It's sitting pretty now on foam blocks. This will make it much easier to work on the gelcoat and I can get the trailer blasted and painted while it's off too.

So my first questions. Based on what I've read on here and this site: I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what to do on the gelcoat but no one really says what rubbing compound they use. Here are the ones I found, which one do you think will work best? Or does it really matter that much?

3M 09004:

3M 05955:

3M 06039:

3M 06025:

zsqure 10-14-2013 02:06 PM

Nice, keep the pictures coming. Love the S&S models,.....any year.

thatsmrmastercraft 10-14-2013 02:26 PM

Great boat to restore. Love the red flake. Is that a V/M trailer? Looks a lot like mine, though mine has a winch stand.

gweaver 10-14-2013 03:17 PM

That was the first thing I thought- looks like my V/M as well (minus the winch mount).

thatsmrmastercraft 10-14-2013 03:21 PM

Winches were optional on many of the ski boat trailers for years. I seldom use mine.

Mine doesn't have the keel roller either. It is 6 years older though.

tph 10-14-2013 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by gweaver (Post 985143)
That was the first thing I thought- looks like my V/M as well (minus the winch mount).

I think many of the west coast '83's were put on V&M's without winches.

ksulliv 10-14-2013 05:33 PM

Yep, it's a V/M trailer. I've never put a boat on a trailer without a winch before last weekend. I ended up doing it myself because it was cold and the person with me didn't want to get wet. It was actually pretty easy!

Hoping my trailer will look as good as tph's when it's done!

JayBrown 10-14-2013 09:14 PM

Looking good keep'up the good work let us know which cleaner you end up'using

roush611 10-15-2013 10:56 PM

Woooohooooo glad to see an update. Very interesting about the riser bolts, sorry I passed that headache on, didn't know it was going to be such a pain in the ***. :-/

ksulliv 10-17-2013 07:50 PM

It wasn't a huge deal. I am expecting that kind of stuff to happen in a 30 year old boat!

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