Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

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Post by Scott Mac » 04 Dec 2012, 19:06

Well I have been checking out this site and "WOW" there are some awsome projects. I have so many new ideas it is hard to pick which ones I will use on my boat. I picked up an AeroCraft Q-14 for a great price and will convert it into a fishing machine. I intend to document the progress and ask for help along the way. I look forward to sharing.
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Boat is in very good condition, I think is around a 1964.
Boat is in very good condition, I think is around a 1964.
Just getting started
Just getting started
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Post by jasper60103 » 04 Dec 2012, 21:27

Love the old Johnson. You have plans to use it or replace it?
Good luck with your project.
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Post by Scott Mac » 04 Dec 2012, 22:36

That is a 1956 10HP I bought for $100.00 last summer. I rebuilt the carb and relpaced the seals in the lower end and of course the impeller. It runs great and I plan to repaint and decal it. It's a keeper.
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You can hear each cylinder pop at low idle.
You can hear each cylinder pop at low idle.
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Post by Gators5220 » 04 Dec 2012, 22:54

Nice little platform to start with, nice mount on the trolling motor can't beat that, what you got planned for that boat?
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Post by Scott Mac » 05 Dec 2012, 07:51

That little platform is part of the boat, that mount is temporary to get me through until ice-up. I am basically a river rat and small lake fisherman and will start my conversion after the Christmas holiday as soon as the ice prevents me from getting in and out. The Walleyes are coming in from the big water (Saginaw Bay) and now is the time to target them. The perch fishing has picked up and they are one of my favorite eating fish…yum yum! As far as the boat, I am going to keep it simple by removing the two forward benches putting a flat floor in and boxing in the sides. I will have to elevate the front floor but not too high because I do not want a high center of gravity up front. I will also box in the rear area at the driver position. Add carpet, bilge pump, lights, 2 folding swivel seats and some storage compartments and by then it should be spring. That will put me back in the water in time for the Walleye opener. That is a cycle that I am O.K. with.
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Post by Scott Mac » 13 Dec 2012, 05:29

Getting Started.
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Getting ready to prime with Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer.
Getting ready to prime with Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer.
Hours of wire wheel work.
Hours of wire wheel work.
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Post by Scott Mac » 13 Dec 2012, 21:45

Got it primed and ready for the Top Coat tomorrow.
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Finished and ready for paint.
Finished and ready for paint.
Spray on self etching primer.
Spray on self etching primer.
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Ready to prime.
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Post by PATRIOT2 » 13 Dec 2012, 23:43

Scott Mac wrote:Getting Started.
What style and grit wheel did you use to get the bare bright finish? I prefer the bare polished aluminum look. Need to do mine.

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Post by Scott Mac » 14 Dec 2012, 08:51

I used a course wire cup (5") on a 7" electric grinder. This old girl had 48 years of oxidation on her. I plan to leave the nose and bottom bare as I will be pulling it up on shore sometimes. That is when the docks are out at the local boat ramps. I have hand sanded the nose starting with 150 and will go up until I get the finish I like or I lose patience whichever comes first. At that time I will hit it with some aluminum mag cleaner then wax the crap out of it. It will oxidize over time but I hope once a year scrubbing and polish will keep it looking good. We will see.
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Post by Scott Mac » 14 Dec 2012, 11:59

Applied the first coat of Rust-Oleum Top Side Paint in battleship grey. It now takes at least 24 hours to cure before a second coat can go on.
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Post by Scott Mac » 16 Dec 2012, 10:34

Second Coat is on. I'll let her cure for a few days then flip her over and start on the inside.
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Turned out good
Turned out good
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Post by Scott Mac » 19 Dec 2012, 07:57

Started on the inside yesterday with the wire wheel in the areas that will not be carpeted. Also used an angle grinder to hack out the front and middle bench.
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Lots of work to do.
Lots of work to do.
Starting on the inside.
Starting on the inside.
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Post by Scott Mac » 19 Dec 2012, 21:22

Sanded out the areas that will require paint on the inside and sprayed with 1st coat of Self-Etching Primer.
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First coat of primer on the inside
First coat of primer on the inside
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Post by Scott Mac » 20 Dec 2012, 17:19

First Coat of Top Coat (rust-oleum) for the inside.
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Let her cure for 24
Let her cure for 24
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Post by fender66 » 20 Dec 2012, 18:37

That's looking pretty sweet!

Wish I had the shop space you have! :roll:
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