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    Posted: 04/09/2017 at 5:21pm
Good afternoon all!

My first post on here and first pontoon restore. I have been reading a lot of posts and am excited to get started over the next few weeks.

Interior is getting gutted except for the drivers console. Then it needs a small section of plywood replaced up front, new carpet and seats from there. Some of the back sections above the engine i'm going to remove the vinyl and replace or at least try.

Tips, tricks or feedback is always welcome! More to come in the passing weeks.





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YIKES! Good luck! Check out the link in my sig for tips and tricks on what to do and what not to do....
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 More progress over the last few weeks. Ordered everything I need from pontoonstuff.com today. Big weekend of work coming! 

Also the tilt / trim pump isn't working. Getting power, just won't go up or down. Im pretty sure the seals in the hydraulics are shot. You can hear fluid passing through etc. Has anyone on here rebuilt one? New its $900, found a rebuild service for $450, and gasket kit on ebay for $60ish. 


















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Good luck with the rebuild.  Please hit the space bar after each picture.
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Originally posted by Barnmb7117 Barnmb7117 wrote:

Good luck with the rebuild.  Please hit the space bar after each picture.

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nice! Can't wait to see it! Check out my rebuild in my sig.
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

nice! Can't wait to see it! Check out my rebuild in my sig.

Actually I read through all of your posts / sig link. That's what gave me the idea / confidence to do the restore before I bought this one. Thanks!

FedEx delivered majority of the seats today. Also picked up the marine plywood!



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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Sweet! Ask away with ?'s!

I haven't taken off the console yet. Not sure if all the wires unplug our will have to cut and splice etc. What did you do?

Also when taking off the old deck looks like most of the bolts are rusted bad. Did you just grind them off?


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screws that wouldn't come out I used a hole saw to cut around them, then vice grips. used the wiring harness from here for all the switches lights, aerator, horn etc, The gauge and starting wires I just reused. They were fine before rebuild.
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Awesome thanks! I need to rewire the fuel gauge and few other things. Pretty sure mice had their way with the wires. The fuel gauge did work when i spliced everything together though! I bought a new gauge because the one in the console had a bunch of moisture and couldn't read it very well. 

Thanks for the advice. Also this boat had a livewell under the captain's seat. I'm not sure if i'm going to hook it up or not. I did leave all the tubing. Pretty sure the pump doesn't work but could easily replace.
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I made an entire seat base a livewell.
 
 
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Perfect! Thats what i was going to do! I was hoping to keep live bait in there. Here in Ohio we don't really eat the fish out of the lakes. They are a bit rough but would be nice to keep bait! 

The old livewell was under the captain's chair / flip seat. Thats where i was planning on putting it with the new seat. 

Love the idea of using a hole saw / bit for the bolts. Going to do that then use a grinder and just grind off flush and use a screwdriver to punch them through. 
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better pics of holes. make sure and run the hose and spigot first. Then attach to floor then cut drain hole. I sealed all the screws and around the drain with silicone. It ain't leak proof but close enough.
 
 
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Great idea to use a hole saw and cut the plywood around the bolts! Had 1/2 the deck off within less than 30 minutes! 









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wooohooo! now the scrapping begins!LOL
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Yep. Tourch helped but still a pan in the *inappropriate language not permitted*. I couldn't bring myself to disconnect all the wires and stuff from the console. So I came up with an idea Smile More on that once the new deck is installed. 

Power wash tomorrow and using some "toon bright" cleaner from pontoonstuff.com. Then its time to install the deck!













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It's a great feeling when you get down to the crossmemberd because you know the worst is behind you. Your doing great.
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Long weekend but its really coming together!

Carpet is down. This week i'm going to work on cleaning up all the trim and rails. I had Home Depot match the blue from the seats for the sides so i'm anxious to see what it looks like once painted!

My daughter was impressed Smile

Last thought for the night. I decided to use clear silicone (waterproof) to seal up the seams and around each deck bolt. Couple of reasons. First to ensure water doesn't get into the cracks and rot, but mostly because when dried its rubbery and i thought it would help not puncture holes in the carpet if some of the bolt tops were a bit raised from the plywood.
















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Thanks! I'm getting all the trim pieces and rails cleaned up this week. I had HomeDepot match the dark blue from the new seats. Planning on painting the white parts between the rails darker blue to match the seats. 

Got the idea from other members on here.







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More updates. Long weekend but the sides are cleaned, painted and installed! Originally I was going to clean up the aluminum but so much of it was rough I got lazy and decided to paint all of it. The blue was matched from the dark blue on the seats. It's a bit much on the outside however with the seats installed inside I think I really like it. I'm planning on getting a decal kit for the outside to break up all the blue. 

Tried numerous methods to remove the decals from the sides but nothing worked as good as the pressure washer. However had to use the smallest nozzle (2,700psi) and it took 5 hours and about 10 tanks of gas, ugh. 

Finished up the trim around the engine this evening and cleaned up the gas tank. All I had in the garage was two cans of black spray paint so went with that. Better than it was and its completely hidden with the carpeted top and seats. Had to replace some sections of wire that seemed like mice chewed through for the fuel gauge wiring. 

Next up is the console rebuild and installing the seats. Ordering a few misc things from pontoonstuff.com this week. Grey decal kit, table base (and pole) and 3 door stops. 

Question through. I got some of the seats out and it didn't look like they included fasteners / bolts to secure them to the deck? Did you guys just buy some lag bolts? Curious what others did to fasten them to deck. 






























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Looks great! Make sure and look through the seat bases good. They should be there if not call them they'll send you some.
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Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Looks great! Make sure and look through the seat bases good. They should be there if not call them they'll send you some.

Thanks! Also great advice. I just unpacked and put them on the boat to see what they looked like. Looked like they had all the bolts to attach the cushions to the plastic but didn't dig in! How through these guys at pontoonstuff.com have been so far i couldn't imagine them not including them or mentioning it during the buying process. These guys have this stuff down to a science Big smile


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