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Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 04 Dec 2012, 19:06
by Scott Mac
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 04 Dec 2012, 21:27
by jasper60103
Love the old Johnson. You have plans to use it or replace it?
Good luck with your project.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 04 Dec 2012, 22:36
by Scott Mac
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 04 Dec 2012, 22:54
by Gators5220
Nice little platform to start with, nice mount on the trolling motor can't beat that, what you got planned for that boat?

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 05 Dec 2012, 07:51
by Scott Mac
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 13 Dec 2012, 05:29
by Scott Mac
Getting Started.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 13 Dec 2012, 21:45
by Scott Mac
Got it primed and ready for the Top Coat tomorrow.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 13 Dec 2012, 23:43
by PATRIOT2
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 08:51
by Scott Mac
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 11:59
by Scott Mac
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 10:34
by Scott Mac
Second Coat is on. I'll let her cure for a few days then flip her over and start on the inside.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 19 Dec 2012, 07:57
by Scott Mac
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.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 19 Dec 2012, 21:22
by Scott Mac
Sanded out the areas that will require paint on the inside and sprayed with 1st coat of Self-Etching Primer.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 20 Dec 2012, 17:19
by Scott Mac
First Coat of Top Coat (rust-oleum) for the inside.

Q-14 (semi V) AeroCraft Project

Posted: 20 Dec 2012, 18:37
by fender66
That's looking pretty sweet!

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