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Well this weekend we got a decent amount done, we put the fence on temporarily this weekend so that we could put the seats/console down for good. We also got the steering hooked up along with the shift/throttle cables. I am really happy with the layout though and even happier with the way this boat is turning out. We are still waiting on the siding to get here, it was back ordered but should be here this week. Unfortunately it won't get put on for another few weeks, but fortunately I won't be working on it because I will be on vacation in Hawaii.

 
We are going to add two post mounted chairs to the front of the boat as I am sure my dad and I will take the boat fishing. We need to get the radio and speakers next week and have them ready for when I get back in town so we can finish up as much as possible.
 
 
I also got the carb and all of the lower unit pieces this week so I can get the motor back together during the week hopefully so that we can mount it on the boat when I get back from vacation.
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Looks awesome!!
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Looks assume,  
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Fatdady and I agree Awesome, spellcheck and auto corected, assumed good, but werd word stuff it is.
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This is my first update in a while, I am not too upset about that though as this is where I have been:
 
Anyways, I got back from Hawaii last Thursday and after ~16 hours of sleep we got to work on the boat. We got a decent amount of stuff done so I am happy about that.
 
On the way home from the air port we stopped by Best Buy and got a few things for the audio on the boat just to try it out. We may add to it later or may leave it as it is because the sound system turned out pretty loud. We went with 4 6.5" speakers and a Kenwood bluetooth head unit. It is fairly simple but seems to work great.
 
 
The wiring on it wasn't bad at all, thankfully I would say that I am pretty decent when it comes to wiring. 
 
 
far from the prettiest I am sure but it will do the job just fine. All of the connectors are those shrink wrap style and I used a decent amount of weatherpack connecters throughout the harness.
 
So the console is pretty much done there are like 2-3 wires to tie together this weekend along with adding the nav/anchor lights. I installed the ignition and I guess the bit had a hairline crack in it or something that we didn't notice. It broke and the hole saw we were using messed the front of my console up pretty bad CryCryCryCry
 
 
I was about 20 seconds away from scrapping the console and buying a new one but my dad talked me out of it. I am still pretty upset that it happened though.
 
We got the motor installed and wired up as well with a "fresh" carb along with a rebuilt lower unit. We ordered pretty much everything new and it came together really nice. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of this process as my hands were covered in nasty/old lower unit oil. Thankfully my dad went out and took care of fluids along with a few other things for me this week though!
 
 
Finally, we got most of the accessory lights wired up. I am going to add a white LED bar under each of the seat bottoms still as "storage lights" but we took care of the under base lighting that I wanted. I am usually not a big fan of the neon/led glowing look but it came out good on the boat I think. So they will stay, they make it much easier to see things on the floor too so that is a plus.
 
 
This weekend we will take care of some other stuff as far as lighting/wiring goes and hopefully get it fired up. We are still waiting on our siding from PS Confused the first batch of it was back ordered then damaged now we're waiting again. I guess it is what it is though.
 
We are also having our prop repaired. It was way over pitched for what came with the boat from the factory so we are going to have it repaired and use it as a starting point to see how it runs.
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Don't lose any sleep over the console.  Stuff like that happens.

If it really bugs you, you can take a piece of flat plastic material and make an escutcheon....

Or find somebody like me with a 3D printer and have a custom escutcheon printed in ABS.
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Great job Chance! That thing really looks great!
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I think it turned out great as well.  I also thought about the escutcheon plate as well.  Maybe you could find something that matches your switches and fabricate out of that!!  If you decide you can't live with it let me know, maybe we can work something out!!Wink

Unless it's the wrong color, as I'm thinking of going burgundy!
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Get it wet yet????
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Yeah, sorry for the lack of updates but not much has really changed. I got the siding in and still need to put it on but I am trying to find someone to make me 2 bends for the back portion of railing so that I can put the siding on (as is the siding falls 2" short of fitting, so I want to add a bend and then I can do the siding in 2 pieces.) I took the wheels off of the trailer though and powder coated them. They were all rusted and used to be white. I obviously got the ladder on as well, though I am going to modify it I think because once it gets wet it seems to slide aroundo n the toons as you're using it and it. Here are some pics though.
 
 
I threw on a Stinger isolator so that I could run 2 batteries.
 
 
a good friend of mine sent me some LED lights to use as docking lights on it, they're bright as *inappropriate language not permitted* but I am really happy with them.
 
 
Here is a shot from our first day out too, My dad decided to hang over the front and use some power tools to attach a few things we had forgotten about.
 
 
 
We were out 2 weeks ago on sunday when some pretty bad storms rolled in too. that was a good time for sure. Trying to get out of the water real quick.
 
 
and Finally, here are those wheels I did. I am really happy with the way they turned out. We are going to try and get the trailer done up soon too.
 
 
I will be sure to get some updated pics in the next few weeks though assuming we can find some railing and get the new siding on.
 
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Really nice. That pic of the boat approaching the trailer with the swell behind reminds me that unless you are a "sailor" the wind is a pain at times.
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Nice Chance! Is that Hillsdale?
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Looks great. You build great memories, along w/a great boat, doing it w/your dad.
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Thanks guys, and yeah we were out at Hillsdale, it is too convenient to pass up. Plus the motor has been giving me a hard time. we found out my grandpa wayyyyy over pitched it a while back and we at first were only able to get 2800 rpm out of it at WOT. I replaced it with the correct pitch prop, but we can only get like 34-3500 rpm out of it at 3/4 throttle or so and when you go to WOT the motor bogs real bad like it is losing a cylinder. I have ordered parts to re-do the fuel pump, new coils, wires, plugs (again), and am going to replace the fuel line. The compression seems to be fine so I don't believe that to be the issue. If I can't figure it out with this ~$150 I will start searching for a 70-80hp merc to replace the 35 with.
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The Pontoons look great I saw where you said you used Toon Brite is there a certain way to apply it my toons are dull and I would love to get them looking like yours do. Any tips on cleaning them are appreciated. Also did you have to seal them to keep them clean and shinny, any power tools involved?
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congrats on getting it on the water!
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Glad to see it hit the water!
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Where did you get those wire terminals from? I'm rebuilding an '87 right now and it looks identical to yours! Great job!
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Great Job...Where did you buy the gauges on the right side of the console?
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The wire terminals are Sierra FS46250 bus bars. I got them from academy sports but you can find them all over the Internet too.

The gauges are Teleflex Eclipse series gauges, they're pretty cheap. I got mine off of eBay though just found the part numbers I needed and ended up saving 60 bucks or so by using that instead of a vendor.

I still have yet to get around to doing the siding because I ended up taking a job with BNSF and moved to Fort Worth. The boat is still with my parents but I will be getting it before it gets warm again down here so I can hopefully get some siding on it and enjoy another summer with it.
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