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Old 02-08-2010, 09:49 AM   #477
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Funny how Airstreams and boats go together.

We had a boat well before our first AS, sold it. (1987)

Started camping, bought a car topper for fish'n...

Bought a runabout last Season for sum quick fun..

What goes around comes around..
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:12 PM   #478
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I repaired the motor AGAIN after I spun the flywheel... AGAIN, ...

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Have you tried lapping the flywheel to the crank? A little valve lapping compound, twist away until all of the surfaces are matched. It won't ever toss a key again. In fact, if you lap it really good you can run it without a key. Its an old gokart racing trick when we couldn't use offset keys to change the timing...just put a sheared one in, set the flywheel where ya want it and touque her down. If the tech guys tore ya down you could swear it broke coming into the pits...
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:42 AM   #479
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Question for the Feathercraft people, I'm restoring a 55 Flying Cloud and looking into ideas for building a Bath unit. Here is the question. How to build a unit that won't leak and end up destroying the floor. And seams in the building material are usually the problem areas. Your boats are build to aluminum sheets. How do they hold up to leaking. How are the joints made? How are they sealed? Could a good bath unit be make of aluminum in the same way?
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...wax-25692.html
This is my thread on the forum. I'd like any input you might have on this thought. Some pictures of seams and riveting on the boats would be helpful. An aluminum bath unit might work because it would have the same flex characteristic as the trailer. What do you think?
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:15 AM   #480
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Boats and AS's....

Have read this thread with interest since the inception! AWESOME work to the Feathercraft restorers! Wish I had the time and the ability to do what you guys do.... Sigh.

On the Boat/AS theme - I had a friend GIVE me a first Production Year Boston Whaler - 14 ft Runabout and trailer. Haven't yet sourced the trailer but it looks to be about '58 or so. The boat itself got caught under a dock 'way back when' and was run with warts and all. Used to have a low transom but then someone decided to raise it for more motor choice.

The hull came with no console or motor, but did have what appeared to be original mahagony seats, and stringers and well as bow locker cover. Those have all been reworked and look awesome.

After many years of 'sitting' in the original owners yard and collecting LOTS of leaves, water and etc... I have had the hull sitting in a DRY trailer (remember it is a 14ft hull) and drying out. Whalers have the "NO SINK HULL" which includes a LOT of internal floatation. That all needed to be dried out and should be so now - 4 years in ABQ (DRY!) and 3 years in NVA (HOT, not so dry).

The plan is to get the bow repaired (dock damage) and then repaint/gelcoat the inside/outside and then hang a decent motor off the back. Have an 8hp 4stroke Honda but that won't likely get her on plane with anyone on board. Will be looking into motors as time permits. Anyone with knowledge and interest in these boats, give me a shout!! Would love to talk boats!

I know it's not an Aluminum boat, but hey, someone mentioned the Boat/AS connection and it got me to thinking....

Love AirStreams! Love the water and Boats! What could be better?

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Old 07-04-2010, 12:57 AM   #481
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Hey Axel. So good to hear from you. Yea, I have been following this thread with great interest so much so, in fact, I frequently watch CL for any interesting ones here in central AZ. Got any pictures of this Boston Whaler of yours? Sounds like a fun project. Love the mahogany on the interior of my AS so I imagine I'd love it on a vintage boat as well.

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Old 08-28-2011, 05:06 PM   #482
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Wow, 4 years later and you've infected one more!

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if anyone has any Qs, let me know! I love to Inform, Inspire, and Infect! hehe!

Well, If it wasn't evident before it is now - Aluminitis is contagious and crosses the Airstream / Boat barrier. I just bought an old (1950 something) Feathercraft Ranger III. Very similar looking to your Vagabond as it too is annodized blue - although the annonidization is the first of 7 colours put on the boat. Looking forward to getting down to raw aluminum and buffing to a shine.

The sad part of the purchase was that the PO's dad had bought the boat as a project boat for him and his son. He managed to remove ALL the fittings, pulleys, name plates, and lights etc and then passed away. The son sold his dad's farm along with the box of parts - but kept the boat thinking he would eventually restore it. Years later he sold it to me as he had never found time to bring it to the point he and his dad had envisioned.

I plan to get this to the point they had envisioned....but will need to scour ebay and elsewhere for parts.

If anyone has pointers on how to proceed (like how to remove all that paint) send me an post.

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He managed to remove ALL the fittings, pulleys, name plates, and lights etc and then passed away. The son sold his dad's farm along with the box of parts
Any chance you could ask the son where the farm was? A little research and a visit. Some people don't throw away anything and the box may still be there. Worth a try. Easier than trying to finda piece at a time on eBay.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:38 PM   #484
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Well, If it wasn't evident before it is now - Aluminitis is contagious and crosses the Airstream / Boat barrier. I just bought an old (1950 something) Feathercraft Ranger III. Very similar looking to your Vagabond as it too is annodized blue - although the annonidization is the first of 7 colours put on the boat. Looking forward to getting down to raw aluminum and buffing to a shine.

The sad part of the purchase was that the PO's dad had bought the boat as a project boat for him and his son. He managed to remove ALL the fittings, pulleys, name plates, and lights etc and then passed away. The son sold his dad's farm along with the box of parts - but kept the boat thinking he would eventually restore it. Years later he sold it to me as he had never found time to bring it to the point he and his dad had envisioned.

I plan to get this to the point they had envisioned....but will need to scour ebay and elsewhere for parts.

If anyone has pointers on how to proceed (like how to remove all that paint) send me an post.

thanks
Good luck on your project. As an Airstreamer and a boater, I too dream of restoring an old aluminum Feathercraft (or Texas-made Lone Star) boat somedeay.

To remove the paint, I'd use something like Aircraft Remover, an intense paint stripper that you can typically find at the paint stores that sell to auto body repoair shops.

To remove the anodization, I've heard that oven cleaner will work. I think that might even be what JP did on this very project, four years ago.

Good luck, if you want to start your own thread about your restoration I'm sure lots of folks would love to follow it.

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:13 AM   #485
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If you can't get aircraft stripper, get the Ace HEAVY DUTY stuff... it's the best I've found over the counter... don't waste any money on the crap home depot and lowes sells.

Once you get the paint off, I think you'll find that boat doesn't have an anodized surface.. That will save you weeks of work. I don't think they started anodizing them until the wider arm rests came in (but I could be wrong)...

Now, before anyone asks... no, I STILL haven't gotten my boat back in the lake since the flywheel incident of a few years ago... I promised myself I'd do it this year, and got too busy with work... sad doesn't even begin to describe it....
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The aircraft stripper is available at most O' Reily automotive stores, in the bondo isle.
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Now, before anyone asks... no, I STILL haven't gotten my boat back in the lake since the flywheel incident of a few years ago... I promised myself I'd do it this year, and got too busy with work... sad doesn't even begin to describe it....
Yours looks cool wherever it sits. Even in a garage. Unlike Thunderbird which looks abandoned when in it's cave.

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Old 09-04-2011, 11:23 PM   #488
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If you can't get aircraft stripper, get the Ace HEAVY DUTY stuff... it's the best I've found over the counter... don't waste any money on the crap home depot and lowes sells.

Once you get the paint off, I think you'll find that boat doesn't have an anodized surface.. That will save you weeks of work. I don't think they started anodizing them until the wider arm rests came in (but I could be wrong)...

Now, before anyone asks... no, I STILL haven't gotten my boat back in the lake since the flywheel incident of a few years ago... I promised myself I'd do it this year, and got too busy with work... sad doesn't even begin to describe it....
Great to see a post from you, I hope all is well with you and yours. Any momentum on the "new" trailer or has work grounded all projects? (Not such a bad thing in this economy).

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Old 09-05-2011, 06:16 AM   #489
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Been into boating longer than Streaming.....

Thought 'yall might enjoy this, FeatherCraft one of the class winners...
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