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Well since Hot boat is taking it's sweet ole time about restoring pic's I will atempt to move the thread over here.



Ok here goes.I have been wanting to write a thread following the progress of the restoration of My Kona,for a while now,but havent had the time to spend on it.
However I will try to make the time When ever I can.

Please keep in mind that some of the pics that I will be showing are of work that I have done on the boat more than a year ago.That being said and My limited budget,hopefully the tread will catch up to the present day progress.

These first pics are when I went to Huntington beach to pick up the boat.






I bought the boat less engine,but it did come with the basset water injected headers,and all the stain less braided hoses.
The pump is a jacuzzi 12wj freshly rebuilt about 4 years ago but never ran after rebuild,with a place diverter.

A litle story about the previous owner.Aparently he had
a prety good motor in the boat ,and was running it at lake Mead,as He use to live in Vegas,when He got pitched from the boat.I guess He got scared of it and never ran it again.
I guess before he decided that he was'nt going to drive the boat again,He had the pump done and new interior and carpet put in.

The boat has been regellcoated,but the deck has a bunch of tiny cracks all over and other spots that are crazing. I later found that the cracks in the deck were in the glass too,but the other cracks were only in the gell.
 

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Ok here are a few more Pic's.
These are from when I got the boat back to Vegas(back full circle).
The boat had been sitting under a dark blue heavy cloth boat cover for four years,so it needed a good cleaning.










From these pics and from a distance,You could not see the boat acne it had.

Ok here is where it started getting intresting!
I bought a 454BBC which was reportedly in good running order,rebuilt with about 5000mi,with 10:1.compresion ,with the intentions of just sticking it in the boat and go have fun.It was end of season and being the curious one,or skeptik,Idid not just want to take the word of another,I poped the pan off to have a look inside.lo and behold what did I discover ?A spunn bearing,I WAS PISSED! Any way I proceeded to tear down the engine .I pulled the heads first and made another discovery.It aint no 10:1 motor and further more one cylinder was really rusty .UHHO!Have I got a cracked block or head?
I tore the motor completly down and off to the machine shop it went to cleaned and maged.
well The block and the heads tested good,NO CRACK'S,but the one rusty cylinder could not be cleaned up,so it was time to bore.
I talked with My engine builder and we decided to go with some more cubes,A STROKER MOTOR! Bored .030 and bought a Scatt 4.25 stroke rotating asymbly.

Any way while I was gathering parts and with My limmited budget,and being hard headed and not wanting to settle for a lesser motor (i did not just want a stock motor) ,I started picking at the boat! For one the cracks in the deck were driving Me crazy! so I started contemplating fixing the deck, started there and one thing lead to another.You Know one of those ,while I am here I might as well fix this too,situations.

Anywho here I am a year and a half later and I am still working on it! Oh well hopefully the end result will be worth it,When all is said and doneIt will practicly be a neww hull,as I have filled every hole except the transom cutout,and replaced every pice of wood,except the wood glassed into the deck.I think it will probobly even be built better than Kona built it the first time!
I am calling It a reso build instead of a restoration ,becouse while the hull is a classic It will be updated and modernized to almost a custom boperformance boat....Hal
 

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Here are a few pics of what the deck looked like up close .



 

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Ok here are a few pic's of the interior ,before we get into the ugly stuff!











Well next we will be getting to the ugly stuff of getting rid of the boat accne replacing the wood and the fun fiberglass work...Hal
 

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Starting the Uglies

Ok well while I was waiting on My engine to be built,I was sitting here staring at the deck on the boat.Every time I would look it over I would tell Myself,Man i should fix this! After a while I started picking at the deck.I had seen Roostwears Stevens thread ,and He was scraping the paint with a razor blade,and I thought would this work for Me.

I started scraping and it was working



Aha! The original gell,Silver metal flake!



Ok! Well this scraping is taking way toooolooong! Time to break out the big gunns!
 

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Taking the boat off the trailer

Todays update .
The razor scraping is taking too long. I will have to grind the rest of the gel off with a power tool,But first being that I guess I will go ahead and re paint,I need to get the boat off the trailer and onto a dolly that I built.
I went ahead and removed the rub rail from around the boat. When I got it removed I was surprised that there was no hull deck seam It apears that the huhh is some what capped,but is cracked in spots.I don't know if this is a factory deal or an after thought?

To get the boat off the trailer I decided to try Squircha's method ,with the two engine hoists.I have allready removed the pump ,so I will have to use the transom eyes to lift,hope it holds.The hull does'nt seem to be all that heavy,so I dont see a problem.

Got her all hooked up and started to lift



Off the trailer we go!


Free hanging,Hope nothing goes wrong now!



Bottom shot.Got some work to do here.





ready to go on dolly.You can see the dolly in the background.



Well the two engine hoist method worked like a charm. Very cool idea Squircha! It was easy as pie!
 

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Update

Ok! Well let's see if we can catch this thread up some.

I got the boat off the trailer and onto the dolly for better working access.

I needed to grind all the gell coat off the deck,down to the bare glass to make sure that all the cracks go away .When I got down to bare glass I found that there was a ton of tiny cracks in the glass itsself.The cracks were very tiny and bunched together all over th deck,almost like at some point there was a bunch of weight placed on the deck. Maybe someone too heavy walked on the deck? Any way there were too many and they were too small to V-grind and fill back with glass.
I called Todd(Toddnjuzz) at TRG fiberglass,to see what route He thought I should take. He gave Me a couple options,one of which was to lay up a layer of mat followed by a layer of cloth,over th entire deck then blocksand it down. Todd said that is what they did to Cyclones deck on his Rogers and it worked great,So that is what I did. Deck grinding


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More deck grinding

Here You can see the original gell coat ,which was silver flake with blue flake graphics.



Down to the glass

 

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Fixing the nose

Before I glass the deck I need to Fix a spot on the nose.

If You look at the nose in this pic You can see the bad spot.



I filled in the bad spot with glass,then laid up layers of glass over it.
 

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Fixing the nose continued









 

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Pointy!:D
 

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Laying up the deck

Ok ,I got the deck laid up with a layer of mat and a layer of cloth.

First I laid out the mat and cut it to fit the deck,then cut the cloth to fit ,so every thing would be ready to go



I used vinylester laminating resin for the layup,and added some sufacing agent to the final coat to harden non tacky.I had to work at night and under catylize the resin,due to the heat here in Vegas.
Here is the deck cured and ready for block sanding.



I got one ripple in the final layer,that I had to grind a little before blocking.



 

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After sanding down the glass layup,I skimmed the whole deck with a mixture of finnishing resin and microballons to fill in the low spots(not shown),then blocked that down.Then as a final fairing I used a pollyester putty to finnish fairing.



 

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While Im here.

Well I was'nt really planning on replacing the stringers,but there I go again looking at things too long!

After looking them over realy good I found that they were still very solid,but I can see that the glass has delamminated from the wood,and they were very ugly.



I cut out the stringers today.I just took a side grinder and cut about a 1/4" above the hull,on both sides of each stringer.Then with the stringers removed,I took a sawsaw and cut down alongthe hull and the remaining glass to make it smooth.

 

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Intake removal

am doing a pump swap and set back,so I removed the Intake.
I started first by removing the bolts through the hull and intake,then carefully cutting,with a grinder and cutoff wheel,along the seam of the intake hole and intake,from the bottom.
I then took some screwdrivers,wood chisels and a pry bar and wedged them between the flange and hull working around the inake,tapping each one in allitle at a time ,untill it finally just poped loose.

 

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removing transom wood

Went ahead and cut out the glass and removed the wood in the transom. also filled a few holes in the inside.



I went ahead and removed all the wood in the gunnels and the dash in prep for replacing with new.

 

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Filling holes and guages

I filled all the holes on the inside around the gunnelswhere varrious things were mounted.



I cut out all the gauge holes,then ground(not shown)the area down tapering the edges inward.



I then bonded the dash wood with two layers of mat and clamped them with bar clamps.While the glass was still wet I laid up the glass in the gauge holes alternating mat and cloth untill built back up.







As You can see in the pic above, I decided to fill the steering col hole,so I could have some adjustability in mounting the wheel.
 

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Transom

On this day I cut out and fitted the wood for the transom.
I scribed lines in the wood with a wood burning tool,to try and simulate the balsa look.



I ground out and glassed in the exhaust holes,swimstep holes and various other thrugh hull fittings.


 

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Here I laid up the transom wood using two layers of wet mat to bond the transom wood to the hull.I then used 2x4's and bar clamps to clamp the wood tight untill cured.



 

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Well here I ground down the fiberglass on the holes I filled



I mixed up some resin and micro baloons to fill in the low spots,from where I had ground the fiberglass.



I then block sanded the resin/microballoon filler and washed the boat out from all the acumillated dust.

 

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