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    New here to the site and the Jet forums....

    First a short history. I haven't had a boat in a while, so I bought Mouzers barron sprint V-drive a while back....got tired of chasing parts (bought it incomplete) so I traded it back to him for the white 18 foot tunnel he had, complete (more or less). Projects are easier for me to wrap my head around if I have all the pieces.

    Here's what I dragged home:



    Some dipshit had put some bow tanks in it, which had to come out. The bulkhead that said dipshit installed was cut rather poorly, and I was able to peel off all the glass like it was old duct tape...with my fingers. This is what I found. Gotta love expanding foam. Also a pic of the 2 holes in the bow for fills. At least touch up is easy on a white boat...




    i've got some Imco saddle tanks that I need to figure out how to make fit, and the motor will be coming out to do some work on the pump. I'll probably replace it with the 496 I build originally for the V-drive...just cause its sitting there, and I know it makes 600hp, which is good enough for me.

    More pics to come as progress is made.,..and a bunch of questions too I'm sure.

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    OK, First question...I've got the bow all cleaned out. Had to use the come-along to get the other tank out. (did I mention how much I hate expanding foam?)

    I'm not sure what "members" under there are original and what were added.

    Obviously, I'll need a bulkhead under the dash. I also see evidence of a center rib...going from the bow eye to the bulkhead. Non of my other boats had one of these, so I'm wondering if its necessary or if the guy just added it to support his bow tanks?

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    "Had to use the come-along to get the other tank out."



    What a "visual" (the comealong) Go Pat Make that Hod Rod come alive !

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    I should have took a picture of my "tank removal tool" in action..

    Well, the project moves forward...and even though it seems nobody cares, I'll keep posting anyway.

    Got all the rough grinding done under the bow. Found a bit of Delam in the original glass and the grinder found some funky mud-like stuff, but its all cleaned up now....nothing but good glass left...and a bit of exposed wood. Should I just put a nice coat of finishing resin over the stuff that won't be glassed over for the bulkhead and center strut? or is there some better stuff. I ground down into the original glass in a bunch of spots where I found delam....just want to seal it all back up.

    Before:



    After:



    I got all itchy and pissed off because I was working on it and not at the river with it, so I put up my tarp to make it feel like I was at the river....Ok, not really, but it got hot today in the back yard.



    The UPS man came with a big box of cables, steering shit, and some beat up used gas fills (to match the beat up used boat) from Tom at JBP...I finally found the bill in the box and almost fell over...Didn't think I'd ever get a whole box of boat parts this cheap. Thanks Tom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbhsbz View Post
    ... Well, the project moves forward...and even though it seems nobody cares, I'll keep posting anyway....
    346 views, would you feel better if there were a bunch of stupid comments in your thread?

    Don't use just resin by itself, use some fiberglass cloth with it.

    Tom's the man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    346 views, would you feel better if there were a bunch of stupid comments in your thread?
    Hm...you've got a point there...

    Don't use just resin by itself, use some fiberglass cloth with it.
    Makes sense

    Tom's the man!
    couldn't agree more.

    Thanks.

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    More Progress...yesterday I made the pattern out of carboard and cut out the new bulkhead. I wanted to have access to underneith the bow for vest and paddle storage, so I cut 2 triangular holes in it. I did this instead of one big hole in the middle so that if the deck is still too flimsey, I can add a center rib and tie it into the center of the bulkhead.

    I made a roller out of an old pushrod and a piece of 1/8" welding rod for the fiberglass work. This is my first real experience with fiberglass...all past experiences have been much smaller repair projects...usually fixing small holes in things. I used 4 inch wide pieces of 6 oz. mat followed by 6" wide pieces of cloth. It should be more than sufficient. As soon as the front side sets up, I'll crawl in there and do the back side.

    The Tyvek suits at $5 each were money well spent, only they tear pretty easily when you're rolling around in 'em, so maybe next time I'll use some real coveralls.

    Here's some pics...

    Fiberglass man:



    New bulkhead, cut like shit but much better than the one I took out.

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    What's the aluminum piece bolted to the stringer? Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    What's the aluminum piece bolted to the stringer? Nice work.
    Gas pedal...or some derivative thereof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbhsbz View Post
    More Progress...yesterday I made the pattern out of carboard and cut out the new bulkhead. I wanted to have access to underneith the bow for vest and paddle storage, so I cut 2 triangular holes in it. I did this instead of one big hole in the middle so that if the deck is still too flimsey, I can add a center rib and tie it into the center of the bulkhead.

    I made a roller out of an old pushrod and a piece of 1/8" welding rod for the fiberglass work. This is my first real experience with fiberglass...all past experiences have been much smaller repair projects...usually fixing small holes in things. I used 4 inch wide pieces of 6 oz. mat followed by 6" wide pieces of cloth. It should be more than sufficient. As soon as the front side sets up, I'll crawl in there and do the back side.

    The Tyvek suits at $5 each were money well spent, only they tear pretty easily when you're rolling around in 'em, so maybe next time I'll use some real coveralls.

    Here's some pics...

    Fiberglass man:



    New bulkhead, cut like shit but much better than the one I took out.
    Ya did Good Pat !! I like it ! (the Bulkhead)

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    lbhsbz, nice work on the bulkhead. Cool gas pedal, Ive got something similar.

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    Thanks...

    We'll see how this gas pedal works with bare feet. I might be trading it in for a hotfoot.

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    Question....regarding supports underneith the bow. With the new bulkhead glassed in, everything is pretty stiff, but when I crawl out on the bow, there are some crunchy noises....should I:

    1: stop crawling on the bow

    2: glass in a center rib and hope it helps?

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    Your boat likes like the one I saw sitting out on some car lot in Little Rock, Ca. Off of Hwy 138.
    Did all the paving out there for the past 2-3 years and saw it everyday.
    Keep on posting...everyone loves to see a good project coming along!

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