Wednesday, March 2, 2016
As the days tick away, one can’t help but wonder…..why do we go to the show? Why do we put forth all this effort keeping these old boats afloat and take all of this time to make sure these classics look so nice? Why do we gather together on the north shore of Lake Dora, year after year?
There is a different reason for each person, just like each one of these antique boats is different from the next. No two are the same. Each is beautifully unique in its own way. Just like the people. Every show brings new people and new stories. Swapping stories is a great way to launch new friendships. The next thing you know, you and your new friends are riding around in your old boat. Feeling the sun on your face, hearing the steady pulsing of that flathead under the hatches, cutting through the water. Smiling. Sharing.
|Gotta' love the hardware! Thanks to ACBS Sunnnyland Chapter and Woodyboater!|
|Your boat, sir.|
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Did I mention that this boat is 90 years old? And it might need some work? Or a lot of my time? Well all of the above are true!!!
But I am equal to the task.
Here are a few of the things I have been working on.
The stern light needed rewiring and a new bulb socket. I added a quick disconnect to make the cover easier to put on.
Every classic wood runabout needs an Ensign.
Add a new wire to the switch up front and.....wa la!! Light!!!!
This hole in the transom is where the gas tank was vented, I will enlarge it from 5/8" to 3/4" to accommodate larger vent fitting. Although I hate to drill on this wood, I am using an existing whole.
The fitting installed.
I know this not a round gas tank, but it is 30+ years old and has never had gas in it. That counts, right?
Gas filler neck.
The shaft log was in need of some attention!
Dirty and greasy!!
Check out this old gasket.
Someone hand me a scraper.
The old stuffing.
The new hose for the connection to the shaft log.
Ready for the water!!
Here is my brother, Joe, getting the old MN numbers off.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I have finally begun to make this wonderful time capsule ready for the water.
I have studied. I have read. I have listened. I have thought about it......time and time again.
I have been over this boat, inside and out.
Where to begin? Well, this is a good as any system.
Under the dash, on the footboard is a hatch that leads to the bow. Crawling into the bow, a mess of wires.
I pulled out the old wiring harness. Not much of a harness. Just a lot of wires comprising a system that got the job done.
This was about 20 hours of work. Well worth it. Seeing the lights on was very satisfying.
|Looking towards the stern. WOW! What a mess. So many wires!!|
|The Bilge. An oily, wiry mess!! Notice the flywheel on the Phantom 125 in background.|
I sent this pictures to Tom Coen. He recalls these lights well, saying "That spot light guided us home on many occasions."
|The spotlight shines again! New light socket and rewire. I utilized sections of the original wiring in visible locations.|
|Wires from the 20's. Can you say hazardous!!!!|
|Here is what I found in the bow, no navigation light fixture and loose wiring.|
|Re-dressed and ready to go.|
|Ready to go. Clean lens and bright 6 volt light.|
|New wires. Rerouted and stapled.|
|Now all of the wires run outside of the hatch opening. Taking a cue from the original system, I used leather straps and nails for staples to secure the wiring in place.|