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Old 11-13-2020, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
...As with all of these restoration threads, thanks to Waterlogged for his knowledge sharing!

Hope this helps others along the way.
Glad I could pass along a few guidelines from my past experience. It looks familiar all along the way. You're on the right track and your work looks good.

The under floor bulkhead and the cross floor support piece under the deck worked out just fine for you. I am glad that was easily (re)constructed. The laser line works like a lucky charm.

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Old 11-13-2020, 02:24 PM
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Looks good so far!

Looking forward to seeing the stages of this project.
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Old 11-13-2020, 05:05 PM
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Impressive!! Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Old 11-13-2020, 05:33 PM
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Great job so far keep up the good work. You know owners talk about these older boats with wood stringers, guess Im a lucky one. Original owner of a 79 SS and have never had an issue with the stringers. Check torque in motor mount lags regularly and they always tighten up snug. Not saying there might not be an issue but the stringers in my boat seem solid.
Anyway nice progress on your boat and it looks great.
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Old 11-13-2020, 06:16 PM
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Evenings the last week were spent on the swim platform. It was pretty flimsy and I almost scrapped it but decided to see if I could empty the shell and rebuild it. Basically it's some thin fiberglass around a wooden core. I was surprised to find out the core was end grain lumber, i.e. 2x4s, 2x6s, etc. all cut about 3/8. If you want to soak up some lake water, this is the way to do it. The gussets were plywood along with the backer boards on the bolt flange.

Once the wood was out of it, it took quite a bit of weight to get it to flatten back out when I put in the new plywood core.

Still in progress but several layers of fabric, new wood, and some well-bonded gussets have it looking a bit more stable.
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Old 11-14-2020, 07:08 AM
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It would take most people a year to get as far as you have in two months. Great job on the project. Please keep the pictures coming.
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Old 11-14-2020, 10:45 AM
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A few other jobs have happened along the way. Before I pulled the drivetrain, I wanted to get a prop guard roughed in for the trailer while I had the full weight and could get the height where I wanted it. Once the boat is off, I'll finish this up as part of the trailer restoration.

The rest of this was worked on during the stringer job. Basically if you use slow-cure resin because you don't know what you're doing in the fiberglass department and want a lot of working time, you end up with plenty of time to do other chores while you wait on an 8-12 hour cure cycle.

A couple of pics show a problem on the hull. The hull sides have a wooden core. There was only one spot where water intrusion had occurred, and I ground it out, filled and glassed it. The concern I had here is the different strength of the glass and the original core, so I laid some glass over a larger area to spread any stresses.
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Old 11-14-2020, 11:30 AM
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Wow, awesome project you have there.
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Old 11-15-2020, 08:05 AM
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Nice job. Go to my profile and check out my 1980.
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Old 11-16-2020, 03:18 PM
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Great thread!
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