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Frank
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Back in December I was looking for just a small fishing boat when I ran across a deal that I thought was just too good to pass up.  A 1965 fiberglass Alumacraft with a 70 hp Chrysler.  $500.00  A few pics of the day I brought it home.

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July 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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I started by getting the motor all squared away, new impeller, plugs, cleaned and tightened connections, changed lower unit grease, got her to idle and a trip to the ramp to make sure she would shift.  I stripped out all the interior.  I wanted to save as much of the original that I could so some of the covers I removed and sewed up with my machine and replaced any rotted wood.  I built new bases for the jump seats and a wood base to help spread the load on the passenger seat.  I ripped out the old vynal flooring so I could address some rotted places in the floor.  I cut out a spot under the passenger seat and a section all across the back.  I was able to remove all the water logged foam and cut and install new floor sections.

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July 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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My next step was to try and bring back some shine to the old hull.  I started with 800# paper and wet sanded  followed by 1000# then 1500# and finished it off with paste wax and my buffer.  It's hard to get a good picture of the shine but she does shine!

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July 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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The next project was to see if I couldn't clear the old windshield back up some.  I bought one of those headlight restoration kits that comes with the polish and a power ball.  That REALLY fixed it, I put so many swirls, it was really a mess.  I then drug out my power buffer and went after it with fine rubbing compound, then I followed that with a clean pad and the scratch remover, then hit it with a buffer.  Not bad.

Before

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After

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July 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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I had some keel and chine damage that I needed to address so off the trailer it came.  I did my repairs then sanded the bottom with 800# and put two coats of white pigmented shellac on,  Looks great.

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The trailer wasn't really made for this boat.  The trailer had rollers on it and it sat way too high.  I removed the rollers and fashioned carpeted bunks for it to sit on.  Much better support.  The wench also needed moved forward to give it better balance, it was way too light on the tongue


July 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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I completely rewired the dash, added a fuse block and a ground block.  I debated a long time about going back with the vynal or carpet.  I finally chose the carpet since I felt like the Oklahoma sun would make vynal blistering hot.  I went with a color that was just a pretty good match to the original interior and if the seats keep going to hell white will be a good look..  This is what I ended up with in my new toy.

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July 18, 2012 at 1:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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I've got a 1972 Starcraft American 16 that is my next project

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July 18, 2012 at 1:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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This would be a good place to have a web site and forum.  I think I hear crickets 

July 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

nj ron
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very nice resto frank...a super buy also.  ron

July 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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thanks Ron.  I've looked through this site many times I guess I just never paid much attention to when the posts were made.  I guess I-Boats gets most of the traffic.  Like your boat, I keep my eyes peeled for that odd find too.

July 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

nj ron
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frank, ckeck out fiberglassics.com...its the largest classic glass website with great people.  ron

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July 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Frank
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Thanks I will

July 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

glassicsonline
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Posts: 49

Nice post and nice project.

 

Thanks for taking the time to post all those photos.

 

One of the nice features of this site is the ability to add photo albums and videos.

 

Fiberglassics is the place to be for an online glassics forum, but we're glad you are here.

 

~Dave~

July 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

MarkS
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Great job on the Alumacraft Frank, thanks for sharing it with us!

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Mark S

July 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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