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Robbie can tell you that I"m still working on mine for the past year. Course I had some motor problems (mostly lower unit) and I delayed the rebuild until last September but I"m still trying to finish it and the weather just hasn"t been cooperating (and from the forum talk, it hasn"t been too kind to others either), course I"m more handicapped than I want to be, but that"s life I guess. So some of you guys are really good at staying with the job, cause it"s really is a JOB  so happy rebuilding
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I am figuring 2 more weeks, especially now that the hard part of sanding and painting is done. I knew that would take me awhile. I am planning on having the new floor and carpet in by the end of this weekend and then it"s rewiring the console (UGH!) and tying all the furniture down.
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Alright, I was playing with photoshop and came up with this design...yes it is a bit cheesy, but I thought it was kinda cool... The font (lettering) on the back of the pontoon is in coca-cola font (La Dolce Vita - The Sweet Life for those of you who don't read italian). I kinda liked the idea of following the coca cola wave, and incorporated that into it...still haven't decided on the wave yet, but the lettering has been ordered.



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The plastic opening across the gauge cluster (from vinyl to vinyl) is 23.25 inches. I hope that helps...

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So much about the pontoon is square (deck, rails, top, seats) that I think the coca-cola wave looks very nice and would be a nice contrast.  I say go for it...looks very cool.
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My gosh, why didn"t anyone warm me about how difficult it is to take off the old flooring? The carpet came off easy enough, but the self-tapping screws are old and bitter (I can"t get them out). So, I am going to go get me a circular saw and rip it out piece by piece followed by the roto-tool and cut off the old self-tapping screws. That is probably going to add at least another day to the tear-down.
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Why yes we did warn you , so did some others . Its in my rebuild thread, took me and scbadiver about 3 hours I think. We cut the wood out between the supports, then used a grinder (2 wheels) to ground off the heads, pop the remaining wood off and then cut off and grinded smooth to the supports. We didn"t worry about the screw remnants underneath the supports. Took about the same amount of time to square up the frame, layed the plywood, glue, layed and rolled (80lb roller I think) the carpet.

Oh and here's where I warned about that   http://www.pontoonstuff.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2136&a mp;PN=3&TPN=2 about halfway down.



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Wow! That"s the way to go... I was thinking that was the route I would have to go, but now that I saw your pics...I know it"s the way to go. Cut and Grind!
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Apparenly...some people have it a little easier than others...for some of us though, EVERYTHING is rusted .  You will get a certain sense of satisfaction from just cutting thouse little screws right off. 
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I started cutting the deck off as you all suggested (I actually feel like I accomplished something). I got about half way done before it got dark on me... This is way easier and cutting those little boogers (screws) off did make me feel better peppyjd. It took me about 2hours (solo) to get half way done... So, my next question is how do you take off the sticky black tar from the seams? Thinner?



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Slow---Now your making progress!  I"m sure that there are a million methods for removing the black tar.  I found that I could peel a significant portion of it off.  I am going to try a paint scraper (razor blade type) or hefty putty knife for the rest. 
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Koon,

I thought about the aluminum flooring but it was way more expensive than I planned. I bought the marine plywood locally - not cheap either...

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The tear down is complete! Adding a pic of my son working diligently...



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I got the floor in (alot easier than ripping it apart) and since there was still daylight decided to lay the carpet... I'll finish cutting off the excess carpet on the sides this evening and maybe even start putting the painted rails on. I am finally starting to see the fruits of my labor.



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Nice isn"t it
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I should have worn pants or knee pads. I scuffed up my knees while installing the carpet.
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I am sooooo glas to hear that it"s easier to put down the new floor than to rip the old one out! 
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Your carpet looks nice, like the color.
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I got the fenders/bumpers in day before yesterday (the aluminum that goes around the new floor and carpet). Shined them up really nicely too... I took a day off from working on it yesterday and am planning to get the fence in tonite. I"ll post pics of the progress...
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I got the rails and fences installed yesterday and today (mother"s day - before the wife woke up) installed the new bimini top. It is coming along...next furniture and the console - perhaps this week sometime.



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Nice top!!! Slow-you were so right, much easier to put down the new stuff than than to demo the old floor out.  Thanks for your encouragement there.  
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I started installing the new furniture. The quality of the seats is exceptional! Thanks PontoonStuff!!!



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What is that bench in the back lengthwise? Is that a 50in?
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Yes. it is a 50in. i still need to buy the front couches... Ugh! And my boat fund is depleted. I bought a new cover, since the new furniture is going in...and that was alot more expensive than I planned.
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I just may have to use the pontoon without the front couches for a season. My front area is only 40inches, so the armrest with the smallest couch/seat is what is needed. I"ll have to get creative.
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B.Y.O.L.C. ---- Bring Your Own Lawn Chair....lol.  That"s what I am going to do for the fishing area on the bow this season---maybe next year fishing seats will be in the budget. 

The seats you chose look great---how long till you are on the water??

 

 

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Hey mman3187,

I got alot of heat from my wife about getting carpet burns... To add your pic, go up to the top of the page and click settings. You can edit your profile and add an image of your choice...



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Jenn,

I am shooting for Memorial Day weekend to get the pontoon out on the water. I am trying to get the majority of the work done this week. I am running a marathon this weekend, so this weekend is not an option to work on the boat. I did finally get the graphics (they look awesome). And I will probably get those on once I complete the furniture install. I am working on it in spurts (after work) for a couple of hours daily. I still want to polish and wax the rails one time before I put on the graphics...

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