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  • Materials arrived, I got back in town, and today we were able to get everything primed again and the frame and axle in color. I have a couple of minor runs to deal with, but it generally looks decent.

    A cheap Harbor Freight touch up gun was a great way to get the nooks and crannies on the underside of the frame done without wasting all the paint I would have if using the regular spray gun on the small areas.

    Painting the fenders and seat is on deck for tomorrow, along with getting the frame back in a rolling state. Should have the hull back on it within the next couple weeks.

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    • The seat base and fenders look good, even in primer.
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      • Looking good! Did you go urethane or epoxy primer?

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        • Originally posted by lakedrum03 View Post
          Looking good! Did you go urethane or epoxy primer?
          The sequence was sandblast and sand, then filler, then epoxy on top of the bare metal/filler, then polyester filler primer, then block sanding with 120 to get it straight-ish, then epoxy anywhere there was a sand-through to bare metal, then urethane 2k primer surfacer, then block sanding with 400, minor spot putty in a few areas, then epoxy, then some minor spot sanding to de-nib the surface, then single-stage polyurethane color.

          The above describes the process on the fenders. The frame never got the urethane primer step, because it’s not worth trying to smooth out the structural steel too much.

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          • Nice! Keep it up!

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            • The trailer is rolling again. New springs, hardware, seals, bearing buddies, etc.

              Unfortunately I had to move it out into the sleet but got the fenders and seat painted.

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              • Love the Chevrolet (again).
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                • Some busy evenings this week. Trailer is wired, fenders installed, inner fenders built, epoxy coated and carpeted.

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                  Also got the diamond plate installed.

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                  • Today I installed the spreader bar with a swivel, rented a second hoist, called a couple friends, and we turned the boat over and rolled the trailer under it.

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                    Progress…

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                    • WT - great work! Love the swivel.

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                      • I was at the same spot on my project about 6 months ago things get a lot better going forward as you start stacking the hull back together. Excellent work.

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                        • Looks better and better. You're on the downhill side now.

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                          • Super impressed. You should be proud.
                            ¡Viva 205V!
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                            • Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
                              Today I installed the spreader bar with a swivel, rented a second hoist, called a couple friends, and we turned the boat over and rolled the trailer under it.

                              Progress…

                              I'm envious of the skill it takes to do projects like this. You might not have a spreader in the corner, but...MacGyver mind goes into action...I'll make one using this coat hanger, a roll of duct tape, and some steel wool. It's impressive to watch and I enjoy seeing progress!

                              Hello, my name Ryan!

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                              • Thanks for the comments!

                                Previous to turning the boat upside down, I had reinforced the structure to minimize flexing during the flip. Now that it’s right side up, I removed the reinforcements and sanded down the hull insides to get things smoothed back out, and to rough up areas that would be glassed to put in the floor.

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                                Next - and let the hazing begin - after doing much research, I put some foam sections in the floor. Why? The bow / nose was full of foam originally to create the right amount of displacement to retain flotation in the event of a swamping. Side note: after 40 years, that foam was bone dry. I want that bow area for storage, so decided to put in the floor foam. It is a closed cell foam and I glassed in all exposed ends and sides to minimize water contact, The top of the foam is covered by the floor, which is glassed in solid. I boat on a big lake, and want to protect against the risk of an errant wave taking it down. I view this as an insurance purchase… trading some risk for a cost. Hopefully it is never needed, and never ends up soaked in water.

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                                Another side note: you can see how wonderfully symmetric the outboard stringers are. I replaced them exactly where Mastercraft placed them originally. Looks terrible, but obviously the strength is there regardless of angle.

                                Next, final fitting on the floor was done and the pieces that contact the hull sides were glassed in by putting thickened epoxy on the stringer tops, setting the floor with a couple stainless screws to keep each piece in place, making a fillet of thickened epoxy on the sides, and laying 4” on wide glass strips down on both edges.

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                                All the middle pieces and the triangle in the nose are removable, so they are just sitting there. I have some more trimming to do to allow for carpet to be wrapped around the edges.

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