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  • Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
    Just realized I brought this boat home one year ago today. Hoping I only have 6-7 months to go…
    Its been a year, but you have done a hell of a lot of work!! Keep it up, it looks great!

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    • awesome project... I think he is still faster than most factory's as of late...

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      • I previously sanded and primed the panel that covered the gas tank area (I’m sure it has a name…), but in looking closer I realized it would never be straight. Although it will normally be totally hidden by the rear seat I built, I decided it was too much of a rancid piece of monkey crap for me to keep, and knowing it was back there looking terrible would always bug me. So I decided to experiment with making a new piece.

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        In measuring around on the original, I found it to be very asymmetrical. I traced it onto a fresh piece of plywood and then got the curves I wanted on one end, cut it and used the scrap as a template to make the other end the same shape. The second pic directly below is the shape being transferred and the third pic is a test fit after the cut.

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        Sanded, epoxied and a piece of glass cloth epoxied on, it’s now curing. I had some lightweight fabric left from a floor project I did 20 years ago on a Sea Ray (my first boat) so it’s a low cost, quick experiment (two beer job), but hopefully it works and I can sand, smooth and gelcoat this piece and feel better about it.

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        Last edited by WhiskeyTango; 09-16-2021, 07:05 AM.

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        • Mrs. WT had encouraged me to throw the observer’s seat in the dumpster and make something less craptacular, which, because I’m stubborn, I took as a challenge.

          I only seem to have a couple of “early / before” pics on my phone, but it had several cracks, holes and warped areas.

          After lots of repair, glassing, sanding, filling and two laps of primer and final sanding, it’s nearly ready for paint.

          In retrospect, she was probably right (as usual) and it might have been easier to make a replacement.

          Glad to have this piece (mostly) behind me.
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          • Looks good.

            I did the same thing a while back. Patched and scabbed an old seat base and made it work.

            I cut the back out (as well) to get into the under deck area.

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            • You have mad skills, nice upgrade. I always liked that seat design since it can hold 3 people. Never cared for the straight one on later models.

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              • Originally posted by waterlogged882 View Post
                Looks good.

                I did the same thing a while back. Patched and scabbed an old seat base and made it work.

                I cut the back out (as well) to get into the under deck area.

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                What are you working on these days, Chuck? The people want to know.

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                • I believe (hope!) I just finished priming the last parts that will get gelcoat - the new gas tank cover panel and the swim platform. I ended up reinforcing the panel to help it stay flat.

                  As with the rest, these will get a guide coat and then be sanded flat(ish).

                  Will clean up a bit once it cures but that’s it for this weekend. Tomorrow is travel soccer…

                  Ribs and chicken on the old smoker for tonight. Realizing in this picture I may need to clean some rubbing compound splatter off the exterior!
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                  • I am all about that last photo for the ribs and chicken.

                    I didn't do much this summer aside from lake activities.

                    I did indeed install two sound systems earlier in the CY21; a pontoon and a 97 205.

                    I am looking for the right project next time around to not be so time consuming and intense.

                    Also fixing to lift the engine out of my 93 for a refurb (main seals, exhaust manifolds and risers...preventative maintenance at 450 hours). Will rebuild the transmission while I have that opportunity as well as strut bearings. Nothing special.

                    Shoulder surgery / repair coming in two weeks so I'll be one-armed for 6 months or so.

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                    • Supplies for a spray trial are starting to arrive.
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                      • That's awesome. Been tracking and wish so badly I had your skills!

                        More pics and videos of that engine!
                        ¡Viva 205V!
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                        • (I think) body work is done. Last parts are blocked out with 80 and 120.

                          Got the tail lights and markers mounted on the fenders (which are not on the trailer in the pics… just stacked to save space).

                          Everything is covered in blue dust. Everything. The driveway has blue footprints, I had to take an air hose to the dog, and Mrs. WT is weary of blue footprints in the house. But I’ve never worn the blue sanding shoes in the house. This crap penetrates the shoes and turns your socks blue. If you take those off, your feet are blue. Sanding sucks.
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                          • Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
                            (I think) body work is done. Last parts are blocked out with 80 and 120.

                            Got the tail lights and markers mounted on the fenders (which are not on the trailer in the pics… just stacked to save space).

                            Everything is covered in blue dust. Everything. The driveway has blue footprints, I had to take an air hose to the dog, and Mrs. WT is weary of blue footprints in the house. But I’ve never worn the blue sanding shoes in the house. This crap penetrates the shoes and turns your socks blue. If you take those off, your feet are blue. Sanding sucks.
                            That dust is worse than drywall dust.

                            Looks great all around.

                            What colors are you going with?

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                            • Originally posted by waterlogged882 View Post
                              That dust is worse than drywall dust.

                              Looks great all around.

                              What colors are you going with?

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                              It’s a very fine, almost weightless, dust.

                              I’m going to spray the filler panel with a gunmetal flake stripe and kahuna blue (or close) main color. If this combo sucks, it will be easy to sand down the flat surface on this piece.

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                              • Large hail in the forecast for tonight.

                                I need a bigger shop. Or a shoehorn.
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