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    Posted: 05/25/2014 at 3:51pm
UPDATE:  The link takes you to a slide show of the progress, but scroll down to see before and after pictures updated today in a later post! 

Not sure if this will work, but I have started my restore of a 1988 Sun Tracker Bass Buggy.  My dad had it sitting at his lake house and no longer wanted it.  He told me that if I wanted it to come get it.  I took him up on it and that is how I got started with the rebuild. Below is a link to the slideshow that will show my progress.  I will post more pics each day I get to work on it. Admin, if the slideshow does not work please feel free to delete this post and I will try another way.

There was straw, trash, even a satellite dish thrown inside when I started.  It has been quite the adventure.  Only hope it turns out close to what ricksters did on here! 

I started with just cleaning it out then stripping out all the insides.  Followed that up with removing the walls and then stripping the stickers and paint!  Who knew 26 year old stickers would still be stuck so good!  Then I sanded it all down really well and then primed the walls after taping.  Followed this with first coat of blue and that is where I am now.  



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Can anyone see the slide show? Does the link work for you?

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24 of 51 pgs came up.  No more than those.
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I clicked on the link and got 54 0f 54 pictures.
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Got to see 1- 48, she's looking good. Finished mine on Friday, and got her on the water today. Lots of work, but all in all a good time not only on the project, and aside of a few issues today on the water would not trade her for a new boat.
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Awesome, glad y'all are seeing them!  It is a lot of fun, but a lot of work as well.  I literally can't wait to get it all back together and get on the water.  Ripping old floors up sometime today and hopefully cleaning the toons!  We shall see.  If you have any advice on this whole process, feel free to share!

I really want to fabricate some type of sun deck for my wife on the back.  Any ideas?

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Here are some before and after pictures of the boat and pontoon furniture so you can see the progress so far.  Not completely done, but it is coming along.  Hope to work on motor on Monday.  If you have any pointers for finishing up let me know.











Remember this is what it looked like to start off with!  YUCCCCKKKKK!!!



This is a wide shot with bimini top as she sits now!  I am going to have to get a replacement, because one of the seams was torn on a zipper.  PS is awesome to work with. 



This has taken me 14 working days to get it this far.  Hopefully I can finish it before I hit the 20 working day mark!  Just been working in my spare time.  Now to get that Mercury Classic Fifty tuned up and ready to go! 


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Here are a couple more of the interior.  Still got some loose ends to tie up, but getting there!



Here are the new PS seats in the rear!



Anyone know how to put that piece on that covers the console hole in front?  Came with 4 screws but don't know how I would get to it from inside and don't want to screw through the vinyl.  Thoughts?

Carpet is Midnight Star.

Below is the front view with docking lights.  hard to see, but I went with wall mount lights for nav lights.




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All in all, my biggest obstacle right now to getting her on her maiden voyage is to do some basic maintenance on the Mercury Classic 50 45 hp motor.  Wonder how well it will push the toon when it is running right?

Hopefully it will do well. Still want to paint the motor and have new decals ordered for it.  All in all, I like the way it is coming along.  Never knew I could do this stuff.  Been really fun so far going through the process.Smile


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Nice job Pard! Dad may want it back now! Thanks for the post
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Thanks Curtiscapk!  It has been a lot of work and still trying to finish it up, but I have been very pleased with how it is coming along!  Hopefully I will be back on the water before long.

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A complete transformation great job!!!
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Well we went into the carbs yesterday and did all the needed maintenance on the motor including changing foot lube, new plugs, new impeller, rebuilt the fuel pump, and as I said went into the carbs.  That is where the fun began.  We took the bottom one off and got it cleaned, completely rebuilt and back together perfectly, no worries!  The upper one was the problem!!  Oh my!  We took it apart and started cleaning it.  We then noticed that where the tiny metal arm was that holds the pen that the float moves up and down on had been broken by someone that had been into it before.  When I say broken, I mean completely broken off.  I have no idea how this motor was running at all.  

So, I start calling around and every place I call says a new carb would cost me $475!!!!!ShockedCryConfusedOuch  WOW!!!!  One place did say they may have a used one for $275 but no guarantee.  I then call Augusta Marine and they tell me the same $475 price for one upper carb, but the guy was super nice and told me to call Hires Outboards in New Ellenton, SC.  Wow was that helpful!!  I had to drive over an hour one way to get what I needed and when I got there, they didn't have the exact same one.  The guy there was super helpful and offered to give me two of the newer style carbs, a fuel pump, and a solenoid to make it all work for get this, drumroll please...........  $50!!!!  I have never got a better deal in my life and they work like new!  Thank you Hires Outboards!!!!!  The motor barely turns over now before it cranks!  On a hose it runs great!  Hopefully it will do the same in the water today!

The maiden voyage is today!  Wish me luck!  Lots of pics to be posted tonight provided we don't sink! HAHAHHAAAHA  I am so pumped to get it back on the water!!

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On a separate note, I sent a pic of stiching that had came loose on my PS bimini top out of the box and without one question or complaint they sent me a new fabric in like two days!!  Customer service like that is why I am so glad to do lots of business with Pontoon Stuff!!!!!  They are the best!!  My entire pontoon rebuild has come from them and it is great stuff!!Smile

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Excellent Job! That's great about the carb parts and good customer service. I hope your maiden voyage goes smoothly.
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Nice job! I love to see a project like that. I have one and will post on it soon.
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great job! Fingers crossed for you!
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Well the maiden voyage take 1 is in the books.  Started off fine unload was easy.  



Cranked up just fine no problems.  Goes in gear great, water circulating just fine and off we go!



Cruised for 2 - 3 minutes all good sounds good moving along! 



Then I decide to go back to make sure water is still circulating and it is doing what it is supposed to do.  I get to the back and notice there is no water coming out of the pee hole.  Cry  I cut it off immediately to prevent an overheat and get one of my friends to tow me in.  



And Tow,



And tow back to the dock.  



I am pretty sure it has to be a clogged water line I hope.  I had just installed a new impeller so not sure what else it could be.  Back to the drawing board.  
IT RODE SO GOOD TOO!!!!  CryCryCryCryCryCry

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clogged line...use weedeater string and run it up a couple of times...

or you had the impeller fins flipped the wrong direction. Sometimes they will flip over while running sometimes not. Do you have muffs to try on land?
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I did try muffs and it worked fine water came out fine.  Then I put in water and it came out fine for the first couple minutes.  After going a little more full throttle, I walked back and it wasn't peeing at all.  Shut off immediately.
Would that indicate a clogged line?  I tried to use weedeater string and it didn't help.  Will look inside tomorrow I guess.


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Those danged ole outboards...... Dad always said one would take you farther in five minutes than you can paddle back in a week.

Sounds like it could be a clog but it will take some investigation.

Good luck with that Partner! If it didn't heat up it may be just that...a clog in the tell tale.
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Well guys back at it this morning!  About to replace the bunk boards on the trailer so I can get it back out of the water to try to address the lack of water circulation.  Please pray it is something simple as I really want to take the wife and two kids out on the lake sunday afternoon!!  I will post pics tonight of what we figure out.

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GREAT NEWS!!!!!  The second attempt at the maiden voyage went awesome!!  Just for kicks, tried cranking motor again this morning and it shot a wad of nastiness out the pee hole!  Started circulating water perfectly and worked perfect all day!  

Needless to say, the kids loved it!!!!  Love the clear water on our lake!




My Daughter taking in the scenery!!



Family enjoying the water!!!




Simply beautiful scenery!!!  TongueSmile



Like I said, they loved it.  Yes, I took some tools with me just in case!!!




Steering wheel shot!



Wore them out!!!!




And what a great day it turned out to be!  So glad I restored this old pontoon!!!!  Makes for one happy daddy!!!!!!!  Great day with the family!!!!


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Great news! I was hoping it was just a clog. Everyone seems happy especially that last guy!
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I always take my tools! I am anal about being prepared! Great pics!
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Hi, your build looks awesome. How did you get the seats to fit around the vertical aluminum tube on the port side?
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Best option for the trim panel is going to be Velcro if you don't want to use screws.
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Thanks!

I cut the vertical tube out with saws all and then made seat flush.  Works great and the wall is not compromised at all.  

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Your rebuild is very similar to what I am wanting to do to my Bass Buggy.  Same color scheme.  Your dark blue railing around the outside looks great and adds class, that confirms what I am wanting to do.  Looks great and I am ready to get going! on mine!   
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