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Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       02-23-2014, 6:59 PM Reply   
Moved the hull/trailer out today and got the top/drivetrain in the shop. Kinda feels like starting over again!

First step is to remove the "ski locker" to make room for ballast.

More to come.....


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Old    Ryan K (FastR3DN3K)      Join Date: Jun 2013       02-27-2014, 11:06 AM Reply   
Glad to see this project is still alive and well
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       03-03-2014, 12:53 PM Reply   
Top cap is stripped down and almost ready for paint. Psi washed the motor/tranny while I was at it. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1393879933.039609.jpg
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Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       03-16-2014, 3:39 PM Reply   
1st coat of yellow is down. Getting excited to start re-assembly and get this thing back together. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1395009549.179623.jpg
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Old     (simplej)      Join Date: Sep 2011       03-16-2014, 3:43 PM Reply   
You should probably get rid of it. They're clearly inferior to axis and they tend to have voids in the hull.


KIDDING. sweet project you're straight killing it! Props on this restoration
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       03-16-2014, 4:28 PM Reply   
Bottom half packed away in the garage.


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Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       03-28-2014, 8:48 AM Reply   
Making more progress. The paint work is done! Hardware is installed, and teak is being re-finished. I made a custom teak dash to replace the factory vinyl one.

I'm going to work on the motor/tranny next and then finally put the top cap back on and drop the motor back in.

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Old    Orion (chillinoj)      Join Date: May 2009       03-28-2014, 11:19 AM Reply   
Still one impressive rebuild, I love watching the progress. When do you hope to hit the water?
Old    Ryan K (FastR3DN3K)      Join Date: Jun 2013       03-28-2014, 11:20 AM Reply   
Man it's coming along nicely, glad to see this one has died out like so many in the past. Speaking of the motor, what all are you planning on doing to it? Leave it all stock or do some power adders? Have you thought about converting it over to a TBI system?
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       03-30-2014, 8:19 PM Reply   
The "wheel house" is done. I was able to resurrect most of the teak trim but I had to buy a few board feet of teak for the gauge/switch panels. $29.99 per bf!!

Top is ready to go back on!

Joann fabric had a 50% off sale on foam so I took advantage. $260 for the two bundles!

Snowed another 8" yesterday

As for the motor, it has an edelbrock intake and a Holley carb. I have checked compression, replaced plugs, changed oil and filter and will be replacing most of the hoses. TBI is definitely running through my mind for next winter as I dislike any carb that isn't attached to a bike/quad. I ran the motor with a fake-a-lake in the fall and it seemed to run well.

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Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-31-2014, 5:54 AM Reply   
Looks so awesome. Thanks for keeping us updated!
Old    James Proctor (allzway)      Join Date: Feb 2014       03-31-2014, 9:33 AM Reply   
I like these restoration projects. Here is another I have followed about the restoration of a Ski Brendella.

http://www.ls2.com/forums/showthread...highlight=boat
Old     (Jed)      Join Date: Aug 2013       03-31-2014, 8:49 PM Reply   
Looking very nice.
Old    Delta Force (wakebordr11)      Join Date: May 2001       04-01-2014, 8:15 AM Reply   
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baitkiller you are reading it correct. The old stringer system was not disturbed where the fillets meet the hull in order to maintain the structure. As for the deck, I left a 2" lip of the original glass floor attached to the sides of the hull. When I cut out the pieces I grooved the ply on the edges to slide in tongue and groove style. Limber holes won't work with the foam sprayed in.

For what I plan to have invested if it lasts me and my family at least 10 years I'm happy. I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure it will last twice that if kept covered and cared for.

Disclaimer: I am not a boat builder and many will disagree with the way I'm doing this restoration. With that said if I restored it back to the way Supra did I can guarantee it would be rotten again in twenty some years.

Take a piece of 2x4 coat it with CPES a few times then coat it with quality bed liner and set it outside uncovered.

Let me know when it is rotten


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So long as you don't sell this thing with some badge saying "replaced/reinforced the stringers"

You were in the heart of the beast, I am baffled as to why you wouldn't do it right and replace those old punky stringers. Wouldn't catch me buying this thing. Nice resto otherwise but I feel like the stringer reinforcement is lipstick on a pig, its a band aid type "fix" that I am not a fan of...
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       04-01-2014, 4:08 PM Reply   
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So long as you don't sell this thing with some badge saying "replaced/reinforced the stringers"



You were in the heart of the beast, I am baffled as to why you wouldn't do it right and replace those old punky stringers. Wouldn't catch me buying this thing. Nice resto otherwise but I feel like the stringer reinforcement is lipstick on a pig, its a band aid type "fix" that I am not a fan of...
Don't worry I wouldn't sell it to you anyway
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       04-01-2014, 4:10 PM Reply   
Some more pics from today. Milestone.... She's back in one piece.

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Old    Rob Andrus (robandrus)      Join Date: Feb 2002       04-01-2014, 5:04 PM Reply   
I kept looking at the pics of the top hull on the trailer thinking "wow, teak wood planks for the floor! That's so cool!" Sweet project!
Old    Jack Moore (JMoore15)      Join Date: Sep 2012       04-01-2014, 6:38 PM Reply   
Not much else to say but that is some very impressive work.
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       04-05-2014, 6:58 AM Reply   
Radio and ballast switches. There is no good place to install a radio on this boat. Had to make a panel.

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Old    Bret Cole (Bret)      Join Date: Nov 2013       04-05-2014, 7:59 AM Reply   
what's you plan for a tower
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       04-05-2014, 10:16 AM Reply   
No tower here. Just an extended pylon for wakeboarding. Don't need one for surfing and I'm not a fan of the looks of a tower on an old boat.
Old    Diggs (pdxWAKE) (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       04-05-2014, 10:42 PM Reply   
Looking good! Sweet job on this!
Old     (newwhit)      Join Date: Mar 2007       04-06-2014, 5:23 AM Reply   
Cant wait to see your ballast plans...
Old    Jesse M (Jesse)      Join Date: Apr 2014       04-07-2014, 8:07 PM Reply   
What kind of paint and clear coat did you use for the paint job? Also which kind of bedlinerpaint did you use?

Awesome work cant wait to see it all finished and ready to go
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       04-08-2014, 1:00 PM Reply   
The paint is Interlux Brightside. No clear coat just wet sand buff and wax.
Old    D Hill (dhill)      Join Date: Aug 2010       04-08-2014, 1:16 PM Reply   
so impressive!!!!
Old     (biggsie)      Join Date: Dec 2013       04-11-2014, 8:21 AM Reply   
28 year old rats nest of wires removed and replaced. Took a long time but it was worth it. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1397229704.349000.jpg
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Old    Nikolas Dramountanis (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       04-11-2014, 1:44 PM Reply   
use more tie wraps to keep the wires from shaking the connectors off and more secure!
Old    Tom (boardjnky4)      Join Date: Dec 2011       04-11-2014, 9:27 PM Reply   
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The paint is Interlux Brightside. No clear coat just wet sand buff and wax.

Best stuff out there

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