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    Default Looking for recommendations on '83 Sanger 21' mini-cruiser rebuild

    New member here, excited to be starting on a boat my grandpa gave me. It's been sitting since 96 though, needs a lot. I'd appreciate some recommendations on places in Central Valley (I'm in Fresno) that are good for buffing out the gel coat, restriping, and interior work. A glass shop too please. the fiberglass actually looks real good from what I've seen so far but I'd like to be ready.

    I start taking things off starting with interior this week. Plan right now is to build it as close to how my grandpa had it as possible.

    Also, anyone had a blower rebuilt local? I was planning on taking it to littlefield in SoCal on my way to Oceanside to visit family. I know they're top of the line and real fair on price, but I am open to suggestions.

    I know threads are worthless without pics

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    thats killer, i wonder how much it can be cleaned up with a wet sand and some love.

    If the budget allows, i think i'd want to go through the engine, freshen it up to know you dont have any surprises.
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    Blown Sanger V drive...Epic Grandpa gift!!

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    Thanks guys. We are hoping a good buff or sand will bring it back and I'll just need to have the graphics repainted. I guess the Robin Egg blue wasn't real common. And also cool he never named it so we can pick one.

    engine is gonna be last step but definitely what I'm most excited about, especially since my 10yo daughter wants to rebuild it with us. I want to do the carb rebuilds side by side w her, how many 10yo girls can say they've rebuilt an 850 double pumper?! Plan is to get a new short block for it, grandpa says it was already bored over he can't remember how much 30 or 60. Shooting for 700hp as that's about what he had before and he said for cruising and skis it would run all day at low RPM. I'll have the trans rebuilt as well.

    I gave my wife a projected budget, she said go for it. AND she made me fresh chocolate chip cookies this weekend. What a woman.

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    Congratulations on a great gift and having a loving and generous grandpa.
    If you want a really good cut and buff and your wife gave you an unlimited check book there is none better than Smooth as Glass, they are in Riverbank, CA. north of you. Buddy had an older Eliminator Daytona, not quite as weathered as yours, looked factory fresh when he picked it up. They are not cheap, but there is none better. Their phone number is 209 869 3545, 2808 Patterson Rd. Riverbank, CA. 95367. They have a website you can check out their work and quality of the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dago Red View Post
    Thanks guys. We are hoping a good buff or sand will bring it back and I'll just need to have the graphics repainted. I guess the Robin Egg blue wasn't real common. And also cool he never named it so we can pick one.

    engine is gonna be last step but definitely what I'm most excited about, especially since my 10yo daughter wants to rebuild it with us. I want to do the carb rebuilds side by side w her, how many 10yo girls can say they've rebuilt an 850 double pumper?! Plan is to get a new short block for it, grandpa says it was already bored over he can't remember how much 30 or 60. Shooting for 700hp as that's about what he had before and he said for cruising and skis it would run all day at low RPM. I'll have the trans rebuilt as well.

    I gave my wife a projected budget, she said go for it. AND she made me fresh chocolate chip cookies this weekend. What a woman.

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    Sounds like a fun plan. Are you going to try to fire it up before the rebuild or going straight into it?

    You might want to also do some reading on these hulls as well, maybe talk to some of the guys who run them with some decent HP. I've heard they can get a little squirly past 80mph
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    She gave me a fast timeline, but not unlimited budget, I wish. I wish we had enough that she could let me go crazy. I will check those guys out and see the price. The stringers look solid I really think I’m ok fiberglass wise. I think a cut and buff and new striping should work.

    Good asvice on talking to people that ran them. My buddies FIL had one and sold it to his friend so there’s two guys in addition to my grandpa I can talk to.

    Plan is just to go straight to rebuild on engine. Blower definitely needs a rebuild and grandpa said the engine was getting tired. We made major progress today. Only about 4 hours but had the whole family working.

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    Looks like the wood took the biggest hit, should be enough good there for me to make new pieces from. Figure why pay the upholstery shop for that. The exhaust manifolds were an SOB to get off.

    Everyone was excited to pitch in.

    Any paint recommendations? Upholstery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbletop409 View Post
    Congratulations on a great gift and having a loving and generous grandpa.
    If you want a really good cut and buff and your wife gave you an unlimited check book there is none better than Smooth as Glass, they are in Riverbank, CA. north of you. Buddy had an older Eliminator Daytona, not quite as weathered as yours, looked factory fresh when he picked it up. They are not cheap, but there is none better. Their phone number is 209 869 3545, 2808 Patterson Rd. Riverbank, CA. 95367. They have a website you can check out their work and quality of the results.
    I would have to agree!!!!!
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    Years ago there was a guy named Pierre that had a blue and white, blown, double bubble cruiser. I think it had a Teague motor in it. Anyway, it was very impressive to watch it run. If you're on facebook you can watch video of it.

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    Two endorsements, I’ll definitelt check them out! I’m thinking I need to redo the trailer and all it’s lights first so I can take it places for getting solid quotes.

    Anyone hear of fiberglass unlimited? Used to be in Fresno now Madera ranches. If it’s the place I called a couple months back then they also do interior work too.

    Thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    Years ago there was a guy named Pierre that had a blue and white, blown, double bubble cruiser. I think it had a Teague motor in it. Anyway, it was very impressive to watch it run. If you're on facebook you can watch video of it.
    You’re correct Jerry. Pierre gave Steve and I a ride in his asanger mini 20+ years ago at CFW. It had a fresh Teague blown 540 and it ran VERY strong! I particularly liked the all forward facing seating he had done as well.

    I have previously owned the Antonini family Sanger that the ski raced with. It was very squirrelly at speeds from 80-100, again with a blown 500+” BBC. The competing skiers did NOT like being alongside that boat at speed. They then had a Delta Pad cut into the rear v-bottom and it then handled like a dream. I bought it turn-key with a blown 468 and it GPS’d at 96mph with offshore style exhaust. I removed that exhaust and installed restrictive logs/snails in order to cover the engine and re-install the rear jump seats. It then ran right on 90 mph. LOL, another beautiful boat I wish I had back now! Jocko
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    I would definitely reach out to Brien at Bullet Extreme for any hull work, and maybe Mark Foxen but Ive never used him personally. And locally there is also a handful of reputable engine builders that can help you. Boghosian, Dave's Performance, AMS, Joe Bettencourt, and Kens up in North Fork. All are very involved in the sport.

    Also a handful of shows and day events around for you to network with local guys. 2 a year at Bass, Millerton runs with the v drive club, and a couple car shows doing boat classes lately.

    Nice to see another v drive cruiser in town. We are in Kerman and have 3.

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    Did this cruiser happen to belong to Don Sequiera out of Crows Landing??

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    I just refurbished my 71 Campbell and used Epoxy, It worked great and is very strong.
    I used Tap Plastics, there is a store near you in Stockton they have matt , colth and 1708
    here is the site, https://www.tapplastics.com/product/...poxy_system/27
    Make sure to suit up and where the correct Respirator, ( P100 respirator)
    once you get past the glass ginding You will enjoy the project.
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