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Old 07-03-2010, 11:57 PM   #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, 04:06 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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Old 08-28-2011, 04:21 PM   #483
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if anyone has any Qs, let me know! I love to Inform, Inspire, and Infect! hehe!

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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, 09:38 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, 05:13 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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Old 09-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #486
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The aircraft stripper is available at most O' Reily automotive stores, in the bondo isle.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:55 PM   #487
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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, 10:23 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, 05:16 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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Old 01-10-2013, 09:50 AM   #490
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I just found this old video.....it's great

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Old 06-14-2013, 08:40 PM   #491
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Thought I'd update with a link to the video of my finished restoration.

Twas a lot of work.

This summer is time for upholstery.



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Big Thanks.. looking good. Thank for sending it to me... Gerry
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Mine has the aluminum seats, only with a fishing boat seat on top.
That has to go!

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