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  1. #11
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    Sorry for the delay in response, life has been a blur! To get you up to speed, boat looks in mostly great shape. Can't complain about the interior, exterior needs buffed, but that actually sound like fun at this point. Engine looks to be in good shape. Haven't tried to turn over yet. I took plugs out and fogged cylinders when I got home. I wanted some oil to sit for a bit before I tried to move things around.
    I took out back seat the other day to remove steering cable. Steering was/is completely seized! After about a solid week if spraying penetrating oil down the cable, it's still locked up solid. I might try and put some air pressure behind it. Part of me just wants to give up and replace the cable. While I was down there, I wiggled my rudder around. It appears as though I need to rebuild it. I'm hopeful it's just got wax-rope packing? Never done this before but doesn't look too bad. Next to my rudder, my stringer shows some major rot/damage. I could shove my finger through the fiberglass. It only appears to be bad on one side. I'd still like to put stringer replacement off a few years if possible. I've got a decent garage for the project, however I've got a 63 impala that is gutted right now waiting for me to put it back together. My wife may actually kill me if I tore down a boat at the same time.
    Hopefully the pictures work. If they don't, I'll try to fix them!
    IMG_20211107_130225981 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr
    IMG_20211107_124034581 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr
    IMG_20211107_123848013 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr
    IMG_20211030_170115302 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr

    I forgot to out wrench on motor mount bolts, but they don't look awful visually. I do that next time I'm out there.
    EDIT: Pictures fixed
    Last edited by Psode27; 11-11-2021 at 08:13 AM.

  2. #12
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    DSCF2274 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr
    DSCF2256-1 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr
    DSCF2262 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr
    DSCF2235 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr This picture of the tow pole is kind of odd. I have no explanation how this occurred. My aunt said its been like that since she bought it (1994ish).

  3. #13
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    IMG_20211107_124026092 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr I'm not sure if you can tell by this picture what type of rudder packing I have?
    DSCF2270 by Paul Soderlund, on Flickr

    I didn't realize there was a max picture limit of 4 per post. I have many more pictures if anything would be helpful to see. I'm not sure if the prop through point in the hull (grease box?) is good or not. Its strikes me though that this might be the time to address any issues I might have there. Boat was last registered in 2017, however I'm not sure that it's seen water even that recent. Any help in identifying potential issues and lake-worthiness is appreciated! I've got two kids (5 and 9mo), a single income and unfortunately no ability at this time to write big checks. I'm pretty handy and not afraid to wander into a decent-sized project. I'm praying, desperately praying, that I can put off any sort of stringer issue for a while yet.

  4. #14
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    Very nice!! It appears to be in great shape like you say minus the stringer rot. Too bad they did not do a better job with it from the factory.

    Scrap that pylon for another one...looks to be in bad shape. I believe I have a spare or two. Not black but solid aluminum.

    Otherwise, definitely check those engine bolts before using. Glad to see another saved and find a good home.

    I have composite stringers in my '91 but I had to do extensive gel work and upholstery so it's a trade off it seems. Thanks for posting. I like it!!!

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  5. #15
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    I'm a little jealous. It's in beautiful shape. I'm a welder by trade and there's something evil going on with that pylon. That has taken a hard strike or has some crazy Corrosion going on. t would throw that as far away as possible.
    Keep the pix coming !!!!!

  6. #16
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    Nice boat. That color looks good on the water.
    2018 Supra SL400

  7. #17
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    Sorry for my general slowness in replying. I've decided to just push the "easy" button on the steering cable and replace it. My attempts at soaking in penetrating oil have been futile. I'm going to place order with Skidim shortly. Unfortunately, they don't have rudder packing or anything to rebuild rudder.
    In the meantime I've ordered a new bilge and new blowers. One blower was dead, the other looked original and sounded 30years old .. I just bought some budget stuff off Amazon, but looks like it'll fit the bill. I intend to add inline fuses and plugs to all wiring too. I've got some wiring gremlins to work out I'm afraid....
    Does everyone generally run a strainer? I'd like ability to hook up a hose. If I get a decent day I'd like to see if I can get it running.
    Are oil changes with these things done exclusively with a topsider? Hope to get some more pics up soonish.

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    For the oil drain, most boats usually have a "remote" drain line that will go from a low point in the pan, basically where the plug would be and then have a section of line that runs long enough to reach the drain hole for the bilge forward of the engine. Mine does and that is how I drain usually. As for a hose hook up, I also have a fitting that I can hook a hose up to directly instead of using a fake-a-lake. Not sure if I have pictures on the computer and the boat is away for the winter already. But that works well for me.
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