Inherited a 14 foot boat a few years back from wife's brother after he past away. Started working on it and got side tracked between job and motorcycle hobbies. Now I am ready to rebuild it. Taking it down to bare metal via wire brush. Found a crack in the hull and another bad spot which should not be an issue. Military Certified tig welder by trade. Title to boat under make and model says [ LONEST/VBTM ] Year is 1982. Is this a good make and model?View attachment 113669
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Gosh, I feel like an idiot. I've seen this thread and read post from it from time to time. (I get notifications by email on new post) But, not until your latest couple of photo's about sanding did it occur to me that I was looking at something familiar. Deja Vu ? I'm restoring my new (used) 1964' Lone * Star 14/54 and it seems an identical match
I took mine to bear metal via several different ways including wire brush (stainless of course). The brush was best in and around the rivets, but found 80 grit on a palm sander to work the best on the flat surface areas. It was a lot of work. But boy did it shine. I guess there's a particular sense of accomplishment & confidence I had after successfully completing the stripping of paint to bear metal, knowing I was starting the restoration from the best point possible. Short cuts eat at me.
I believe I had only one rivet leaking (drop ... drop .... drop ... etc.) It must have been one of the 100 or so that held the center bottom rib under the boat, b'c when I filled it w/water for my leak test, the drop came out of the 1/16" hole in the back end of that rail (rib). I had a friend get under the boat (when it was upside/down on saw horses) w/an auto body dolly and we hit every one of them w/my rivet impact gun, just to tighten them up. It worked, ... , no more leak. I did have to replace a rivet in the top of the bracket that held the middle bench as it had been pulled out and the hole ripped in the bracket. But I lightly hammered it back into place and installed a solid 1/8" replacement rivet. Fortunately, no cracks or bad scrapes on this hull.
I then used a coat of Tuff Coat Marine bottom paint for the inside. (textured paint) and now I've just added 5 coats of Gator Glide base to the bottom. When it is cured on Sat. I'll paint the bottom w/Gator Glide G2 (white). (maybe Tuesday)
I've already re-made & fitted the transom wood out of 1-3/16 thick x 12-1/4 wide Wenge I got a good deal on years ago when a wood shop vender went out of business. (I was a high-end finish wood working installer for 33yrs) Those transom boards are coated in fiberglass resin and ready to be installed when she's all painted.
I'm also looking to frame the floor out and flatten it. I'd like to add a couple boxes and/or panels made of alum. as well as cover that w/some sort of skin. I bought a small framing kit from TBNation and found a great deal on some 1/8" alum sheets (used & random sized 2' x 5',6',7' & 8') on Facebook near me.
I'm no kind of motor guy but I got an Evinrude 9.5 hp motor w/the purchase of the boat and it's being fully restored a T-Mike's Vintage Outboards as we speak. ( https://tinyurl.com/2y67y6yt
) He's only about an hour & a half from me.
You can see my progress on
Jon and V Boat Conversions & Modifications - Paint Stripper ?
As for the Make & Model being good .... I will say that since I found this boat and have been reaching out for advice on my restoration, many ppl have been quick to enviously say, "Lone * Star, ... , that's the boat I was looking for" !! I feel a satisfying warmth inside each time I run into someone that knows the manufacture and shares a desire for one. The quality in build and simple design, I believe, is the reason why.
I know I'm a long winded son of a buck, but I don't mean to take over or boast. This is a forum and supposedly a place to do this sort of thing. I apologize if I went to far.
Good luck w/ your project. It really is looking good. I'm very glad to hear about your skills in alum. welding. I just picked up a brand new Lincoln Electric 180i HD DV for learning that skill myself. It's amazing how many ppl tell me it's nearly impossible to succeed in. I'm going to try & try again. I may be too old to become skilled in it but I'm betting I can make successful welds in one form or other w/ practice, focus and perseverance !! "endeavor to persevere" (Outlaw Josey Whales) I love that movie.
Anyway, good luck and I'm enjoying your progress,