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Old 01-30-2008, 03:47 PM   #281
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Dash and Wheel IN!

Well, I finally got around to finishing the dash, and getting it in the boat, along with the steering wheel. Now at least Bethy has something to hold on to when she plays in it.

Next up, finishing the motor. Now that it's free, and I've gotten the fuel pump installed, it should just be a matter of running some fuel lines to a temp tank and seeing what happens when i press go!

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Old 01-30-2008, 04:32 PM   #282
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:51 PM   #283
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Pretty? Its gorgeous!

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Old 02-01-2008, 06:00 PM   #284
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Reunited..... and it feels so goooood!

The boat's back on the trailer!!! I made the boat dolly so it was just slightly taller than the trailer, so it was literally a one man job getting the boat back on 2 wheels again. It feels so good to have it mobile again, and have the trailer about 95% done. I need to raise the front of the bunk boards about a half an inch to make them perfect. Maybe tomorrow I'll tackle that. I also installed a wheel jack on the front of the trailer to make it easy to move around. WAY cool! I may have to do this for the Airstreams, too!

Bethany was suitably impressed as well. ha!

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Old 02-01-2008, 06:04 PM   #285
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a few more....

I went ahead and put the motor on her as well. Tomorrow, I'm planning on spending most of the day tinkering. Hopefully she'll fire! That's the crappy hood on the motor for now. I've got the original one already disassembled to repaint it.

I've also packed up the fenders for the trailer. I plan on shooting them in gold to match the motor (and side trim). Everything's going to coordinate! I think when I get to the cushions, I'm going to go with creme and gold piping.

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Old 02-01-2008, 06:15 PM   #286
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Everything looks so good!

And when you add the motor...its icing on the cake.
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:57 PM   #287
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Thanks!! The real icing will be getting that motor running, and repainted. I plan on going with the original creme and black, but the gold will be a little brighter. I always thought that Johnson gold looked a little dirty.

And chrome chrome chrome! That's going to be SWEET with freshly chromed emblems on there. I still need to find someone to do them. I've seen estimates of $600+ to re-chrome all that stuff. HOPEFULLY you only have to do that once!

Oh, and on eBay, I bought a couple of brand new old stock metal fuel tanks. They should be here in a week or so. I've been thinking about weight distribution. My buddies run 2 fuel tanks in the rear, and put the battery mid-ship to help even it out a little more. I thought about mounting it by the foot cutout on the side opposite the driver to maybe balance it a little. Dunno yet. Plenty of time to work the details out still! I DO think a stainless battery box would look nice in there, though!

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Check with the local hot rod guys on a good chrome shop. I wish I had done that when I had my first batch of items done. They don't compare to the second shop I found and they were less expensive and of much better quality.

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Old 02-03-2008, 04:09 AM   #289
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It's alive!!!

Yesterday I had my boat over at my buddies, with 2 other Feathercrafts. We hung my motor on a sawhorse next to one of the other Johnsons, fitted the fuel lines, and turned her over. She started right up! Amazing! I'm going to clean the carb, and do a basic mini-overhaul just to be safe, though.

I almost had a trailer tragedy, too! I forgot to triple check all the bolts on the trailer before I towed it, and the lower connecting rod came off as I was backing it into the hangar. whew! Nothing got scratched, and nothing broke... the stainless bolts are long gone, though. Man, that would have REALY hurt if it happened on the road! Time to retighten EVERYTHING... and get a hub kit, too. They got a little sand in them from the blasting.

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Old 02-03-2008, 04:10 AM   #290
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Check with the local hot rod guys on a good chrome shop. I wish I had done that when I had my first batch of items done. They don't compare to the second shop I found and they were less expensive and of much better quality.

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I need to get into the local hot rod circles more. I have 2 cars suffering from neglect in the garage!

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Well, I finally got around to finishing the dash, and getting it in the boat, along with the steering wheel. Now at least Bethy has something to hold on to when she plays in it.

Next up, finishing the motor. Now that it's free, and I've gotten the fuel pump installed, it should just be a matter of running some fuel lines to a temp tank and seeing what happens when i press go!

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Man, that dam# boat is looking sweeeet!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:15 AM   #292
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Starting to gather up stuff for interior.
Was shocked to find many cloth stores are gone.
Not many people making their own clothes anymore, I guess.
Found a good online supplier for foam and s/s snaps.

http://www.airforums.com/attachments...FC1_916449.jpg

They have the dense foam too.

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Oops...
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Here ya go,
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:00 PM   #294
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Looks like thats my last photo above.
No more room available when try to upload.

Have the drain vacuum installed, looks like it should work.
With all the wind blowing today could feel a slight pull from tube.

Took over the guest room and turned it into the sewing shop.
Still working on design, will be some sort of red and white diamond patteren.

Just have to wait till April to see.
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