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  • The Trailer Refurb has Begun!

    Began the 1984 MC trailer refurb on Friday 3-9-07. Started with $50 worth of 3" channel for the rear boat support. Bolted on 2x8's with carpet and raised the front with the gantry crane which was built with this purpose in mind. Pulled the trailer out and snapped a quick pick of a levetating boat and with my heart pounding slid large blocks of wood under the front (the top one is notched to match the hull and covered in carpet). Stripped her bare and measured for new fenders (to be made out of diamond plate steel and powder coated to match. Going to make a prop guard, ordered new rims, made new bunks, ordering new leaf springs, etc, etc. Will post pics as we go.

    Anyone know how to get the vertical pipes off? I pulled the four set screws soaked in WD-40 and even tried heating with a rosebud and still didn't budge with a pipe wrench any ideas?

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  • #2
    sharp looking boat!

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    • #3
      You might remeber it from last year's 1984 S&S refurbish thread? Probably should have done the trailer refurb first! Made me very nervous seeing the redone boat floating 2 feet above concrete! TB

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      • #4
        Nice........can't wait to see the after pics of the trailer.
        I was njskier on here.

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        • #5
          I ended up cutting the vertical pipes off my trailer because I couldnt get them out. They rust together and might as well be welded. When I put them back, I used a smaller pipe so they didnt rust up as bad
          #1 supporter of wadka

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          • #6
            Have fun with the project dichdoc. My boat has been sitting on blocks for a couple months now. I'm putting the finishing touches on my trailer refurb right now. I know what you mean about heart pounding. It was pretty tense taking her off the trailer.

            I couldn't get my vertical poles off either. I just left them on and put some Mastercraft guide pole covers over them.
            / \

            Former boats:
            2003 Prostar 197 35th Anniversary
            1990 Prostar 190

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            • #7
              I will leave the poles on then! Just thought it would be easier for the powder coater. I still have the PVC outer pipes painted with Krylon fusion paint and will replace the MC foam pads. TB

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              • #8
                I couldn't get my poles off either... I think they are welded in, or they just rust into place because I removed the 2 bolts on each side and they wouldn't budge... leave em on! Won't hurt nothing!
                KStateSkier
                "Le ore del mattino hanno l'oro in bocca"
                The morning hours are the most precious of the day!

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                • #9
                  The posts are tough. I used torches and two guys with pipe wrenches. It was a three man job, but they finally came out.

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                  • #10
                    Regarding the post, on my trailer there are two 7/16" jamb bolts with 9/16 jamb nuts holding the posts tight. Back off the nut, then the bolt, mine came right out, dunno what is holding yours in...good luck...
                    If for some reason you start to believe you are a person with influence, just try ordering somebody else's dog around.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dichdoc
                      I will leave the poles on then! Just thought it would be easier for the powder coater. I still have the PVC outer pipes painted with Krylon fusion paint and will replace the MC foam pads. TB

                      I'll donate a set of these if you'd like....they say Chicago MasterCraft though
                      sigpicwww.lauderdalelakesmarina.com

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                      • #12
                        from the looks of the pics, to me it looks like the posts are held in by massive rust
                        If for some reason you start to believe you are a person with influence, just try ordering somebody else's dog around.

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                        • #13
                          I am very interested in this. My trailer actually looks pretty good, but the axle tube is rusted because of rock chips. I'll post some pics here when I get the boat out of storage. Have you found springs yet? I was considering replacing mine with some that were a little higher to avoid the need for a prop guard.
                          "These go to eleven."

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=willski]I am very interested in this. My trailer actually looks pretty good, but the axle tube is rusted because of rock chips. I'll post some pics here when I get the boat out of storage. Have you found springs yet? I was considering replacing mine with some that were a little higher to avoid the need for a prop guard.[/QUOTE]


                            Oh man, get a prop gaurd! Your tempting fate without one! A good prop gaurd can hold the weight of the boat....your porp/shaft/strut won't last long if you need one and don't have one
                            sigpicwww.lauderdalelakesmarina.com

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                            • #15
                              Erkoehler, if your willing to donate some pads, I'd be honored to install them! I can tell people your the closest quality dealer to me! PM me. I have given up on the pipes. I've cut out the new fenders (1/8" diamond plate steel) and they're being bent as we speak. I am currentlly making the prop guard I wasn't going to do one but I'm with Erik and the night sweats and worry aren't worth it. I'm using 2" channel for it and it is kicking my butt! I have new found respect for people who can bend things and get them to fit I am a better welder than bender. I haven't worked on springs yet but had a heck of a time finding studs (1/2" fine thread on both sides) for the wheels had to order them will post pics soon. TB
                              Last edited by dichdoc; 03-14-2007, 10:57 PM.

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