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    Posted: 04/12/2014 at 12:57am
I will update this post with some pictures shortly.

My dad and I got this boat from my grandpa on 4/4/2014. It has been in the lake since '98 and ran only a hand full of times. I am 24 years old and this is my first boat. I have rebuilt lots of cars but never a boat so this will be interesting.

As I said the boat sat with no cover, on the water since '98 as far as we know, it was last started 2 years ago. We drove down to Longview Texas from Olathe Kansas last week to pick this up and it was obviously pretty rough. The pontoon carpet was just powder that had washed to the back end of the boat, the wood was all rotted, and the furniture was all garbage.

We got down to Longview and got the trailer put back together with fresh tires, new bearings, all new wiring/lighting, and a little dent removal (my grandpa hits all kinds of stuff). Thankfully we were able to clean out the gas tank, replace the fuel line, and throw a new battery on the boat and get it fired up within 30 minutes. I'm pretty sure by this point we only fell through the floor 2-3 times.

Anyway, we got the boat running and had to take it to the other end of the lake to load it up on the trailer. It ran great and made it over there, though while steering the console kind of became separated from the floor lol. We strapped it to the trailer and took it back to Kansas.

Today (4/11/2014) we went and picked the boat up from a friends house that we are storing it at and began taking it apart. Everything pretty much came apart easily, and yeah by "came apart" I mean "fell off".













We ended up getting it all cleaned off though. Going to head to the dump tomorrow to get rid of all of the old wood and furniture. Going to break out the power washer tomorrow too but here is where we left off for the day.



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hey neighbor great job!!! That baby sure was rough! At least the motor is going!  Let me know if you need any help! I just went through a rebuild last year. Check my sig if you have some time......
 
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wow that is some rot!!! good luck on the restoration!!
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Well we got back after it this morning. Started out cleaning it, got most of the nests off of it and a lot of the buildup on the bottom off with a power washer. It wouldn't take off any of the stains though. My dad and I ran up to bass pro shop and grabbed some toon brite, that stuff took care of all of the stains.

The finish is still uneven so we are going to have to figure out how to get that straightened out, I'm open to any suggestions. I'm not trying to get a mirror finish from it so I don't really want to do a multi stage polishing process.

We got our wood ordered and I got my first big order through pontoon stuff placed, got carpet, furniture, so lighting and other misc stuff. I was surprised at how quick I got up to 1800 bucks though, lol oh well it will be worth it in the end.

Here are some pictures I snapped throughout the day though, we only got to the outside of the logs this weekend, we will do the insides and try to even out the finish next weekend.





Here is a quick before and after, the logs were still a little wet in the "after" photo so it makes the finish look a little more uneven than it really is.



Also decided that since I had the water going I might as well give my other toy it's first bath of the season.


I am really happy with all we got done this weekend, although the neighbors are probably a little less than pleased to see me taking on another project. They've gotten used to the random car and motorcycle builds but this one is probably pushing the buttons of a few HOA members lol
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if I lived in a community with HOA I would have been kicked out a long time ago!
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I was wondering about your HOA mine might let me get away with it cuz everyone is afraid of me...

Can 't wait to see the finished product! PM sent as well.
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Lucky for us the president lives across the street and is a good friend. He thinks all the stuff we do out of the garage is awesome. It probably helps that we don't actually break any of the rules....we just bend the *inappropriate language not permitted* out of them lol.
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We had a pretty uneventful weekend. Turkey season started up so we didnt work at all on Sunday, and Saturday was my girlfriend's grandmother's birthday so we had to stop early to go to that. We are still waiting on the wood to arrive as well as the polish that we ordered up.

 
The polish is set to be here today, so hopefully it is and I can begin to polish it later this week. We just ordered the polish and sharkhide all together, we are only doing 1 stage of polishing. I am already really happy with the way the logs look (not a huge fan of mirror polished anything) but we figured we would go over them once with a polisher and see how they look afterwards.
 
Earlier this week my order from PS came in, I was really happy with the way everything looked, though the boxes were VERY rough (some even opened) upon delivery. We opened everything up to make sure it looked good and as far as I could tell everything was fine.
 
This is everything I ordered, I only took one picture though (the base and the cushions were in the damaged boxes).
 
 
 
 
Saturday before the birthday party we did the insides of the logs with the toonbrite and then once everything dried went over the whole thing again (we used right at 1.5 gallons) Dead We finished up by running it to the car wash down the street from the house to go over it with some soap and water. The finish ended up coming out VERY even I was really happy about it.
 
In the picture it doesn't look even due to water still sitting on the surface of the logs. Once it dried though it looked much better than this.
 
 
We are talking about getting the logs flipped over so we can start polishing from the very bottom then work our way up, also it would give us time to take the trailer somehwere to get it stripped down. I think we are going to Rhino Line the trailer though once we get it all stripped and cleaned up.
 
This weekend we also were able to take the motor off so that I could begin to go through it. I am going to pretty much throw a bunch of new gaskets on it to "freshen" it up, rebuild the carburetor, and put a new impeller in it just to be safe. Not sure what all needs to be done since it has sat for so long but I figure I will find out as I go along.
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    looks great! should be really nice when you all are done.
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Awesome job! That carwash is down the street from my step-sons I figured you were close!....
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Originally posted by nathan nathan wrote:

    looks great! should be really nice when you all are done.
Thanks, I am anxious to get the floor down. We are also ordering new siding for it.
Originally posted by curtiscapk curtiscapk wrote:

Awesome job! That carwash is down the street from my step-sons I figured you were close!....
This one isn't TOO close to the house, but it's the closest one to us. We are basically off 159th and Blackbob in Olathe.
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NIce! He is at 140th and Murlen\Blackbob.....Star
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Hit the logs with some polish this weekend. There are some uneven parts that are overly shiney since my grandpa had tires on the side of it so it didn't rub up against his dock. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out though. I am going to leave it as it is with the exception of adding some Sharkhide Protectant to it. Hopefully that will help with water spots.
 
The wood is scheduled to be here mid week so we will hopefully be able to put it down next weekend. along with adding the sharkhide. I decided that rather than having a friend of mine paint all the siding I am just going to order some new siding from PS and put it on myself. I like the look of the siding on the outside of the rails better, but haven't really made a decision yet.
 
I ended up getting a carb rebuild kit and an impeller kit last thursday so I will be installing those this week along with general cleaning on the engine. I have a feeling the carb is pretty gunked up.
 
I will also probably be shopping for some audio stuff this weekend. A good friend of mine sells car audio and is giving me a great discount. I am just not sure how many speakers I want yet. I want to buy these this week though so that we can set the furnature out on the deck once it is down and figure out where we need to run our wires to.
 
 
Afterwards we fired up the grill, made some steaks and had some drinks around a fire.
 
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Are you going to re-install the small pointed front pontoon cover?
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Yeah, we are going to rebuild those and put them back on.
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Nice job there, I'm in the rebuild stage now and have my project posted here on the forum. I'm about to place a $3000 order with PS and I saw your order had a 10% "Forum Discount" how did you get that, when it talked to the rep at PS they knew nothing about it. My project is titled "87 Crest II Project".
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I wish I knew that a couple of grand ago..
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yeah it is helpful for sure. I am about to place another order with them so I can get my nav lights and some other stuff I need. Going to go with the dark blue siding they offer along with the smoke grey decals.
 
Anyway, I got wood this afternoon LOL so the plan is to try and do the shark hide protectant tomorrow and probably get started on the deck. It doesn't look like the shark hide takes too long to apply. Does anyone have any tips on applying it?
 
I didn't get around to rebuilding the carb yet or any of that stuff but hopefully Sunday I will be able to do that. I am just thankful now that we have been lucky with our weather. I work Sunday-Thursday nights so it's nice that Fridays and Saturdays have been pretty decent lately.
 
If the weather holds off I have a 100lb carpet roller rented out so we may get around to applying that, since it is supposed to be really nice Saturday, but we will see how that goes.
 
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Your toons polished up real nice. Do you mind sharing the process and products you used to get that shine?
 
Watching your progress kinda makes me want to do another one. (I just need a place to hide it from the wife)
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The polishing I went super simple with, I didn't want a mirror finish so I skipped all of the stages lots of people seem to go through. I just did two coats of toonbrite with a fine scotchbrite pad on the inside and outside. I ordered the polish from sharkhide and just went down each side with an orbital polisher with medium speed.
 
This weekend we got a decent amount of stuff done though. We got 2 coats of shark hide protectant on the logs, built a new transom, rebuilt the pieces that extend in front of the deck to cover the tip of the logs, and laid all of our carpet out.
 
We started Friday morning since it was pretty cool out and got our first coat of shark hide down along with all of the new wood for the deck.
 
 
I also polished the rear "riser" and still need to do the middle and front as you can see from the picture above.
 
We ended up going with the Midnight Star carpet.
 
 
We rented a 100lb roller from a place down the street from the house and got it all to lay out evenly and then I went over it with a vacuum real quick to get all of the saw dust and whatever else I could off.
 
Then we built new nose pieces and carpeted those as well.
 
Since you have to screw through the bottom of these and cut the end of the screws off we didn't cover the top that is still all brown from the old tape that was on there. We will recover these next weekend with some of that anti-slip tape similar to skateboard deck tape.
 
Another Before & After picture. Pretty crazy how far it has come in a few weeks worth of work.
 
 
and finally we rebuilt the transom, the one on there wasn't in TOO bad of shape but we had plenty of wood and figured we might as well replace it along with the rusted hardware.
 
 
That was all for this weekend though. I am hoping that the new siding material will be in at the beginning of the week so that we can knock that out this week and install next Friday. I went with a Dark Blue siding so it should look pretty good with the grey carpet.
 
We also ended up ordering a cover for it along with some other things and will probably try to order a new bimini this week or next.
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You are doing a great job. I am doing the same model Bass Buggy myself. Thanks for the tips
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Thanks guys! 

To rebuild the transom all we did was used left over marine grade wood we had from our deck. We doubled it up, gorilla glued it, and put a couple screws through it and grabbed new SS hardware from home depot to mount it back on the boat.
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Didn't get too much done this weekend either. The siding is back ordered still and I am not real sure when it will be in. We put the console together for the most part though and I am really happy with the way it turned out.
 
 
I took the carb off to rebuild it and EVERY brass plug in it stripped the aluminum threads out as soon as I tried to take them out for cleaning. So I went ahead and sourced a new carb for it. I found 1 place with the OEM part and it took forver to find but I got one on the way for right at 160 bucks.
 
Since we got essentially nowhere with the carb we went ahead and took off the lower unit. I am 99.9% positive it has never been off. The oil was terrible, all of the seals were cracked, the plastic exhaust gasket piece was melted, and there was all kinds of deposits built up inside. As expected the impeller was missing a few pieces as well. Since we didn't have a new exhaust gasket or anything like that I went ahead and ordered up everything that was rubber inside the lower unit along with a new impeller housing and everything. So with new oil the lower unit should be pretty fresh.
 
 


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