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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2011, 19:47 
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These are some pics of my build over that last 2.5 years. I am doing a lot of different stuff to it in the next couple weeks so I'll of course post more pictures.


File comment: Pic of the front deck from the same night but with the trolling motor added.
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File comment: After the first night of the build. We got the front deck, floors in and carpeted. Same carpet you all use from Lowes.
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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2011, 19:50 
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More pictures.


File comment: Original camo wrap. Realtree Adavantage.
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File comment: Lots of heavy treated wood that will be changed soon to galvanized and aluminum.
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File comment: Extending the deck.
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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2011, 19:54 
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File comment: Seats and console rear view. Alsdo with the transom built up to 27" by Bushers boats and welding in St. Clair, MO. He did a great job and no crack or any faults so far. I recommend this guy for any of your welding needs. He took a little longer than he said he would but the finished product was great.
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File comment: Seats and console came in. They are not mounted in this pic but this is what I wanted the layout to be.
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File comment: front deck finished
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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2011, 20:00 
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Motor Pictures. I bought this motor on a 16' Basscat. The boat was the biggest piece of crap you have ever seen ut all I wanted was the motor anyway. The motor is a 1974 150 Mercury in line 6. It had a pretty fresh rebuild on it when I got it. Runs great now but there were some hiccups along the way. I'll explain later.


File comment: Picture of the motor when I got it. It was oxidized but ran well.
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File comment: I left the chrome cover in original condition. I liked the look of it with a couple chips in it.
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File comment: After polishing the motor with a Mothers powerball thing for paint. Took about 5 hours to get it this shiny. The new graphics don't look too bad either.
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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2011, 20:02 
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Console and seats.


File comment: Console was mounted on an aluminum base that was bent and rivetted together, then carpeted. Turned out very nice.
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File comment: Seats and console mounted.
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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2011, 20:29 
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Alright there is a quick over view of my build. It came together pretty quick but I have been changing and tweaking all the time. All in all it was fun. This is the second build I have done. The first one was a 1436 with a 650 Sea Doo motor in it and I can post pictures of that if people would like. That boat was just too small so I built this one.

When I got the jet pump for this boat I got it sent to me refurbished from a company out of California. I am not going to post the name of the company because I would like to kick the owners in the face but if you would like to know, PM me and I'll point you in their direction. I paid about $1000 for the pump, I can't remember exactly. It was supposed to come with a brand new paint job on it, which it did not but they did include some paint in the box for me to do it myself. For the first couple short runs the pump ran perfect. After gaining some confidence I decided to take a few of my buddies out on the Missouri river. Needless to say the motor crapped out on me and we had to get towed back to the dock, up river about 3 miles. It cost me $50 and a case of beer. I started to rip in to the motor a little bit to see what was wrong. Long story short - the drive shaft of the pump had an existing crack in it. There are 3 small stainless bolts that hold the main bearing on to the pump housing. When these guys assembled the pump they did not tighten these bolts or add lock tight and the bolts backed out and fell in to the impeller. The impeller broke the bolts up and they ran through and ate the crap out of the impeller, sleeve and cracked the drive shaft which as far as I know high revved the motor which caused the old dry rotted timing belt to break.

Sounds crazy right? If you have another explanation for all of these things happening all at once I would love to hear your thought. The damage was: broken off bolts that hold the main bearing to the pump housing, broken drive shaft, broken timing belt, ruined impeller and sleeve. Seriously if you have an idea of what you think happened I'd like to know.

SO.....I called the company that I bought the pump from and they basically told me that I was up s**t creek and that they have never heard of that ever happening and they have done thousands of pumps yada yada yada. I sent the broken pump back to them at my expense. They then looked over everything and decided that the only thing they were responsible for was the crack in the drive shaft. They supplied me with a new drive shaft and after lots of very kind word exchanged they gave me a new impeller and sleeve and sent the package back to me. I got the pump in the mail and it was completely disassembled with directions on how to put it together. I almost lost my mind as it had been dragging on for a couple months and I was supposed to get this pump assembled. I looked at it as a blessing in disguise because I now know EVERY SINGLE PART OF MY JET PUMP AND EXACTLY HOW IT IS PUT TOGETHER. I could drop my pump, disassemble it and have it reassembled in under an hour probably. Pretty neat little invention.

After all this, the motor and pump has worked very well and that has been the only time I have ever been stranded by it except for when I thought I had more gas than I did. =D>

Any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them or help any one of you guys or girls out. Thanks for looking!!



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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2011, 10:24 
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One Question Bulldog. Do you have any pics of the wrap being applied? Interested in how the process works.



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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2011, 10:36 
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I am going to write up a post about wraps tonight or tomorrow so everyone knows how it works.



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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2011, 11:04 
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Great looking boat conversion.

I enjoyed reading your pump story. Just shows what can happen when a small thing ( Locktite) is left off of a big job. Your knowledge of the pump will help for many years, though.

Only thing that I did notice was what appeared to be treated lumber used for bracing under the deck. I never knew that treated lumber was an issue on aluminum boats until I started reading this group a month or so ago. regards, rich



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Very cool rig, love all of the seating.



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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2011, 12:44 
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bulldog wrote:
I am going to write up a post about wraps tonight or tomorrow so everyone knows how it works.



Cool, thanks BD and killer job!



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I know how it is to redo a boat and I found out what BOAT stands for (BREAK OUT ANOTHER THOUSAND). I bought a boat from the neighbor last fall thinking it was done. Since then I have put on a NEW E-TEC, changed the seats around,added fishfinders front and back, larger tank,trolling motor,moved battery to the front, added fuse blocks front and rear,now my neighbor is going to carpet it for me when the weather warms up a little, putting in rod holders on the side this week,fixed the mount up front to mount a GOLIGHT remote spotlight. It is a never ending job just to keep up with getting the boat going. But, enjoying each minute of it.


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Nice post....I might have to hit you up for some wrap of my "team design" for my boat.



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Those wraps look very, very nice. Anxious to see it in person if you come down to Doniphan. How are they to keep clean. Is there very much maintance to them.



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The wraps are very easy to keep clean. I clean mine just like a normal car or if it is not too dirty I just spray some glass cleaner on it and wipe it off. Very low maintanence.



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