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Old 03-13-2008, 07:51 PM   #29
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WOW!!!! I too an beyond impressed. If you are not tooting your own horn, well brother, you should. You have earned the right and do not let anyone tell you other wise, even your if you ego says you should not.
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boatdoc - I reduced the file sizes of your first 2 installments to free up some bandwidth for you. Waiting for part 3....

Amazing job you've done!
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Thanks Janet,
We're all waiting...No pressure though Boatdoc.
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of finishing out laying down a thick coat of varnish

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:34 PM   #33
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boatdoc: in addition to being added to my unofficial list of "metal gurus" I can tell from your long post that, although you may have mis-read Zep's tongue-in-cheek hero worship, you're also a person who can see "the big picture" which is appreciated by one who, lacking your advanced skills and facilities, nevertheless enjoys the heck out of A/S renovating at his or her own skill set (and is a master of the run-on-sentence...and accompanying sarcasm ;-)

do you renovate boats for a living? just a wild guess..

really amazing, beautiful work. I'm going to look for some H-molding for my bath sub-floor thanks to your careful documentation. another priceless addition to the knowledge base here.

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:58 PM   #34
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Thjanks, doc

Boatdoc-

Your timing is perfect for us as we begin our restoration. Thanks for taking the time to detail your work. It is an inspiration. Can't wait for part 3.

As a long time boater, I love the marine influence on your work. I'm wearing out the Port Supply card at West Marine getting ready.

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Old 03-13-2008, 11:55 PM   #35
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Nice work BoatDoc.

A restoration to be proud of and more importantly, to put to the test on the road. You should have a lot of fun with this one and I'm sure your fellow CG folks will be asking for tours.

Look forward to seeing the final pictures.

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Old 03-14-2008, 04:57 AM   #36
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boatdoc: in addition to being added to my unofficial list of "metal gurus" I can tell from your long post that, although you may have mis-read Zep's tongue-in-cheek hero worship, you're also a person who can see "the big picture" which is appreciated by one who, lacking your advanced skills and facilities, nevertheless enjoys the heck out of A/S renovating at his or her own skill set (and is a master of the run-on-sentence...and accompanying sarcasm ;-)

do you renovate boats for a living? just a wild guess..

really amazing, beautiful work. I'm going to look for some H-molding for my bath sub-floor thanks to your careful documentation. another priceless addition to the knowledge base here.

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Hi fotochop; We do renovate boats, but only classics or those worth a investment in restoration. Desire to restore comes from the owner which in most cases is very misguided as to what it takes. After us guiding them back on the track, they loose their desire to have it restored. New carpet does not turn it into a new boat. This is why we are very selective about taking on anything that comes along. Our primary business is Mercrusier and Tohatsu/Nissan Outboards sales and service. Unfortunately we generally turn down more than 50% of incoming work due to lack of available qualified technicians.

In reference to aluminum trim, best sources are Mc Master-Carr in NJ although they only carry up to 1/2" cross section. Second is American Metal Molding with few different locations in US. Good luck with your search.
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Great approach! Bravo!
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:05 AM   #38
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Absolutely, unequivocally........a stupendous effort of the finest degree!!!!

The 'Doc' certainly should be a PhD in fabrication!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Simply Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe we should partner up and form a trailer restoration company
Hi Lew;
Yesterday was definitely not my day. My order of foam for sofa came in and foam for back rest cushions was cut wrong despite the mechanical drawing I have faxed to them. Back rest cushions were to be sloping back from 6" on the bottom to 4" at the top. Slope starts in proper height of 4" from the bottom but it ends up at 2" on top. What makes it worse that the drawing they made on the invoice is correct [same as mine] Two inches thickness on top of the backrest will not keep my special made curtain rods protected from contact with persons back. I have to wait till Monday when the company owner returns to resolve this issue.

At the business closing hour I decided to back my Arg into the shop with my Kubota so that I can do some work. My wife Kay who always guides me the proper way has already gone home. Trouble is that I cannot see around the trailer from the tractor's seat. One of my employees was guiding me in. With the business now active, there were other things in the way in the shop and this made it for very tight space. At one point my employee while observing the rear of the trailer yells, STOP you hit the vise stand. Not wanting to wind up in jail, I kept my mouth shut, took my hat off to relieve the heat which was building at very high rate, put the tractor in second gear and parked it back in the yard. It was not my weekend to work on it. Welcome to reality boatdoc! Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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ugh!

At least it's an Argosy where you can fill the dented area and re-paint. Or, keep it for it's first beauty mark. On our last show Thursday night, one gentleman emailed in and asked for minimum size of opening for his shed. This is the reason we said to give yourself some room!

When I back into my barn with the SOTR, I only back a foot per move, with my Farmall pushing away. It takes a while, but this way, I won't be angry at someone.

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I use a fork lift to move trailers. I use the side shift of the fork, so when the ball is on the right side fork, I can see down the left side of the trailer. So, before I pull in a trailer, I just make sure the right side of the shop is absolutely clear of obstructions, then I can see down the left side and keep the trailer aligned at all times. I don't know if this is possible to do with a tractor, but might be worth considering to make trailer parking a little bit safer.

Sorry for your mishap, boatdoc.
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Boatdoc,
That is such a bummer after all the care and hard work, hopefully it is not too severe a dent.
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That is such a bummer after all the care and hard work, hopefully it is not too severe a dent.
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Hi Dave; The dent is about 3/8"deep and 5" long and it is on the curb side rear radius where the bathtub is. Due to lack of access from inside with the tub installed in place I will be forced to pull the dent and break to the Evercoat Z-Grip and touch up with paint gun. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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