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    i picked up this old liberty in az on thanx giving, i needed a new familly boat because the hondo was too small.

    the Liberty was in pretty rough condition, but, i liked the way my hornet handled and the liberty has the same bottom. So i took the wife and kid out to Az to look at it. the first thing she did was sit in it and she liked the leg room, compaired to the t-deck hondo. So it was a go
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    we got it home and stripped it down to check out the stingers. they were in bad shape and needed to be replaced. So i looked up kenny at BK boat repair in bellflower, ca. took it to him and he said they needed to come out, oh well kinda figured that.


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    here we are at BK




    the balsa floor




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    kenny is a true master of his craft, here it is with the new floor layup and stringers.


    yes thats a turn fin



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    it took about 3 weeks to get them put in, i decided not to go with a new balsa floor because i saw what happend to the old one. here we are putting it back on the trailer.





    woo-hoo, its home

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    it had the 1 inch stringers in it, but, beings how its a familly boat and im going to beat the snot out of it in rough water i decided to go with the bigger stronger stringers. more pics


    i decided not put put any transome wood in because im not going to hang any thing off it. Kenny said it doesnt need it anyway


    this is the motor out of the old Hondo, it was running 5200 rpm with a jacuzzi wj and 52mph

    i started out thinking i would use the 4 point mounts but in mid stream decided to make a rail kit.

    now i had 8 holes in my new stringers that i had to fix,

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    we started fabbing a rail kit. 6061 t-6




    no water jet here, porta band and 4 inch grinder. kinda primative i know but its what we have.

    rails cut and drilled

    not petfect but still working on it

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    thats quite some progress Ralph, looking good!

    ~Brian

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    i have to give a big thanx to my pops, he's the one who makes the plates.

    mounting blox from rex marine. looking better


    still a little triming to do,


    motors back out for paint, the can said ford blue, not baby blue. the wife liked it but i couldnt stand it.



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    a little rattle can and whamo. i dont know how to do gel coat and summers coming fast. if it peels i'll just bust out another can


    tanks are cleaned up and back in


    new helm and cables, the hole in the dash is too big for a pretty bezel so had to use the old one. as i upgrade later it is on the list of things to do.

    the blue motor had to go

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    heres the sub floor, i dont know shit about wood and carpet, so a friend lent a hand in trade for some summer fun.


    prepping the bildge for the herculiner,

    its gas and oil resistant so i went with it.


    damn alternator hits the rail kit, so pops fabbed a new bracket


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    installed the motor and found out the balancer wouldnt clear the bulk head so out came the saws all. i know i should have taken it back to bk, but summers coming fast. i deal with it this winter.

    carpet is in


    had to trim the rail for the battery box

    some 3x4 angle for the box to sit on

    running out of $$ so i used an old box for this summer


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    new steering wheel


    last year out at the AVI the hondo with this motor sheard a dizzy pin and stopped running. its a long story but i had to replace the cam, when we went to prime the oil system for cam break in i had no oil pressure. the oil pump was locked up, so out came the motor (again) man im tired of this this is what i found stuck in the oil pump

    i have no idea where it came from, so i had another oil pump so we slapped it in and primed the system. 80lbs so i say screw it and roll the dice. we stuffed it back in the boat and broke the damn camshaft in. no problem yet (whew)

    i had jim brock at cyclone speed and marine go through the pump, its an aluminum A-cut. No big power here so i'll be fine. the pump is pretty



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    That is a cool project, thanks for sharing the pics and run down.

    I like how you stay true to the blue oval.
    I wake up and I piss excellence.

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    a quick stop at sweet performance for some fittings to finish up the plumbing


    the cam break in
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=C_PiRXtDFDE
    put the inner springs back in, i think it sounds great
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=SCHQn_9Ptes
    now on to the interior, its shot wood is all rotted. but the the rest will work for a couple of seasons whith some towels over it. so brad said he would help me do the wood since i dont know shit about it. thanx brad


    not too bad for 30 year old foam


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