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Bought the boat like a year ago and i've been working on it as much as i can.Ive had questions and needed advice which the good people of these forums have helped. WAIT untill you see the transformation this old tin boat has gone through... IM SUPER excited to show you guys... its incredible!!

I have hundreds of pictures and comments on my experience so ill try to upload as many every day as i can!

also some of the posts i made with pictures are backwards... not this post but the replys to this one i made the pics are backwards because when i uploaded them it posted them like that... so scroll to the bottom then up for them to be in order
 

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these pics are backwards, i suggest scroll down and go up....
 

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these pics are backwards, scroll to the bottom and go up.. sorry... i wish it posted these in the right order lol.
 

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more pics (in order this time)
 

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more pics!
 

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more pics
 

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updated pics
 

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ok i used total boat 2 part epoxy.
total boat wet edge sea foam and total boat wet edge aqua mist


the inside of the boat will be aqua mist and the outside seafoam. except im going paint the bench seats the same color as the outside of the boat (seafoam) aswell as the oar lock mounts to accent the boat, i think it will come out nice and give it some depth
 

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getting close to finishing the inside..
 

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the dark color is seafoam and light color is aqua mist, i get the names confused lol... but yeah... im in florida and i want to use this boat in both fresh water and salt. the color scheme to me is perfect.. i like the bright colors they use in the bahamas and caribbean, i have some yellow im going to add to the bench seat brackets and the transom brace thingie, i dont know what its called but its the thing i cut and then i had to jb weld it and fix it

this is the end of my progress so far, ill post more updates when i can. next is to put more coats of paint on the inside, and then prep and prime the outside of the boat to be ready for paint.

i need to buy new stainless steel hardware to replace all the rivets i had to drill out, and i have to fit in the transom wood.

the boat came with a 1978 15hp evinrude which i had completely serviced and its ready to go. the compression is good too, this engine will last ,me forever! Ohh also the gluvit is amazing i suggest it. i filled the boat up with water and there was no leaks at all, when before there was many leaks like 15 spots, from seams and rivets
 

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Couple more pics
 

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Wow amazing job so far. I just picked up the same boat tonight complete with aluminum bow deck and all.mine also needs some love so I'll be following this one as you go.
 

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Bottom is getting primed, cant wait to finish! Thanks is for the kind replys
 

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Update: i finished a couple coats. Looking closer to it finishing. Just gotta sand some spots, and apply another coat or 2. The paint goes on super thin. Cant wait to see it in thw sun when its finished and with the outboard and the seats installed
 

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Sanding it down so i can apply the last coat. Heres a pic with the 2 tone colors inside and out. I swear this boat was a pain in the ***! Cant wait to finish lol. Then i need to figure out a floor so my dad or i dont accidentally trip on the ribs. Not important tho
 

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Beautiful, painstaking work! Nicely done.

My '56 Alumacraft has the tranverse floor braces as well. I don't stand up much in the boats, but still found my feet catching on the ribs often enough to mandate a very simply floor covering for walking in the center of the boat. I didn't build cabinets, wedged exterior ply. Made all the difference.

Continue to endeavor! You said it's been a PITA, but you are showing some skills there, and in your description, there's a fair amount of pride in your work. I think you enjoyed it. :)

Excelsior!!! =D>
 
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