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    Posted: 03/29/2011 at 4:45pm
Hello. Hope this is the right section to start this thread. I was in the show off your boat section, obviously that was not correct , You`ll see why when I post pictures LOL. My hubby and I have the time consuming desease "Aluminitus".  We have just about completed a full restore  on a 1962 Airstream (An 18 month, every spare minute and penny project). We had rented a pontoon several years ago in Destin FL, and loved it. Thought this would be a kinda neat and much easier project than another Aistream. I found this pitiful looking boat 2 days ago on ebay. We brought it (her?) home, arriving early hrs yesterday. Oh boy! What a sight in the daylight, sitting in the yard. A friend came over late yesterday and checked the motor out. It did start, but gas pouring out of the carbs plus the choke needs to be replaced. Also needs a new prop. Could be worse. Parts are ordered and engine will be ready to go this weekend. As for the boat itself, well, you will see by the pictures(once I figure out how to post them). Susan. 
 
 
 
 
 


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Sorry Susan, post moved as it didn't meet the special rebuild section requirements. Soon as you post pics I can move it back, but you'll have to tell us more than just a motor repair Wink. Just edit your post and post the pics in there and we'll get it moved for you. See requirements for rebuild area here http://www.pontoonstuff.com/psforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4443&title=before-you-post-your-rebuild-read-this. To see how to post your pics read http://www.pontoonstuff.com/psforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2853&title=software-that-helps-you-with-pics-such, and here http://www.pontoonstuff.com/psforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4228&PID=32681
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Welcome Susan!

You'll find all the details you need for your rebuild here - these folks are GREAT!

Would love to see some pics of that airstream rebuild too - Shiny with Nuvite, I hope?  Those things look really sharp but i can't imagine the work to shine all that aluminum!  Post a link to where we can find those if you can.
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Wow! Really looks like I`m making a mess of this picture posting thing. One more try then I,m giving up. Angry Already wasted time trying to resize them all.
 


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Maybe I can get the text in the right place this time.
 
 


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Everything is a real mess. will post pictures of the floor next.
 


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Welder came today to give us a quote for new fin things on pontoons. He says he is going to do the welding here. Hope he`s good with aluminum.
 


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We Hope to have all the rails and furniture (using that word loosely) off tonight. Actually the swivel chairs are in real good condition.
 


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The floor is so spongy that anything attached to it is sinking.
 


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Have plenty more but I think thats enough to let you see what we are going to need some advice with. Unlike the airstream, we will not be keeping this project. So we are just going to use 3/4 plywood for the floor with marine varnish. We just want to use it a while, to make sure that a pontoon is the way we wanna go, before we sink a lot of money into a new one. The main thing is that electrics are not our strong points. Is there a thread dedicated to electrics? There is a nest of wires under the( console ?). I have really enjoyed reading all the redos, you guys are awesome, the way you help and encourage each other. Susan ps Thanks rickdb1 for all the edits. Sorry!



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You're doing fine. Just hit enter after you type your text (before you add a pic). That will add a space between the text and the pic. Looks like you have a job ahead of you..
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I'd like to see some pics of the Airstream. Could you post some in off-topic when you get a chance? Thanks..
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Sure I,d be glad to post some pics of her, those pics are on the office comp so when I have a minute I,ll post them. Got to go help hubby get the rest of the rails off now though as we hope to put the new floor on Friday while the welder is here. Susan
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Not to go to far off topic here, but my son in law has a 1954 Wally Byams (founder of Airstream) Holiday 15 foot travel trailer that we restored 2 years ago. Only a few of them are known to still exist. Thus the interest in your Airstream..
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Still on track Big smile, hubby Bo, and middle son Tony finished stripping the deck last night.( Left the cosole alone until we can look at it in the daylight) We work six days a week, so we are use to working by flood light. I work from my office at home, but can`t take pictures of the progress until this storm eases up. Supose to have rain straight through until Thursday evening. Friday is always our day to get big jobs done, so hopefully, foor, welding and engine will be finished at C.O.B. Friday. A friend comes from England and spends 2 months with us every year. Naturally he likes to stay outside in the sun, so hoping he will do the polishing Wink. We have the nuvite and he arrives in a week. We love to fish! We plan on a long back seat or a corner that opens out to a bed, any suggestions? the six swivel seats will go towards the front and we would like to replace them eventually with six from P.S. Will we have to screw different holes in the floor when we upgrade to the new seats or are all screw patterns the same for marine seating?

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Originally posted by Bo and Susan Bo and Susan wrote:

 A friend comes from England and spends 2 months with us every year. Naturally he likes to stay outside in the sun, so hoping he will do the polishing Wink.

We do love a dreamer!!  Big smile
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Screw hole pattern does vary on pedestals. Hopefully the next ones you get, the base will be slightly larger than the ones you're going to use now. Normally you really don't see them anyway if the floor is carpeted.
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Finally stopped raining! Ok we pulled the plugs on both logs, one had about 3 gallons of water in it and the other about 5 gallons. Is this more than condensation? How do we check for leak locations? Thanks in advance, Susan
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That would be more than condensation. Depends on the last time the plugs were pulled if that amount is really a big problem or not. If it's been years, then it may be a very small leak. It could be from some of the damage you have on the splash fins. But either way, here's a link to testing the logs and the do's and don'ts..
 


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Welcome and don't feel bad about the pic posting. I worked my way up to moderator and still struggle with it. As for the electrics there is information here to be had by searching and also the sister site www.ezacdc.com has some "plug and play" wiring harnesses as well as information on wiring their products.
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Here are a couple of pictures that I managed to take between rain showers this aftenoon. The wood just pulled loose from around the bolt, it was so rotton.
 
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We think this botched up repair job is where some of the water may be leaking in. Brackets, Bolts and clear caulking instead of welding?
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Hopefully Hubby will have time at work tomorrow, to cut out and bend new fins. We have a boat ramp at the end off our rd (about 1.5 miles), we,ll use it to make sure this floats once the engine is finished. Don`t see why it wouldn`t, but having no experience with toons, we just wanna be sure, before we get into the carpet and furniture stage. I might be off subject, but I gotta say that I would recommend this project to anyone with no patience. This is so fast moving and easy (So far). Nothing like our last project. I LOVE IT!
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 Engine guys just left. Carbs rebuilt, New choke and spark plugs. $210. Found out that the Throttle cable is sticking(not returning like it should). We are going to check out the Control box end first, but I think I`ll be making a trip to H2o to get another cable anyway. Maybe looking for a new control box, I`d like one with a trim button. Boy, Do I like toys!

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Sent you pm about control box for your Evinrude
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Originally posted by Wildcat Dude Wildcat Dude wrote:

Sent you pm about control box for your Evinrude
Hi, went to my messages, nothing there. Susan.
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