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    Default 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Thought maybe there were some other old aluminum boat nuts out there, I can't be the only one!
    I bought this two years ago, and have been restoring it (during the winter) since.
    It came with the original 1957 Johnson 35hp motor, and it runs great. I replaced it with a newer motor, since I plan to use the boat, and I don't want to put the hours on the old motor.

    Check it out, tell me what you think!

    Thanks

    Dave B
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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Hi dbinvermont. Welcome to iboats. Great tinny you got there!!! I'm jealous. Lots of other tin boat lovers here too. I think you might have a '58 35 hp based on the reverse two tone paint job, but I could be wrong. Don't be afraid to use that gem. They're as reliable as they are good lookin'. Great job on the resto. Gotta be the coolest boat at the doc for sure. Cheers!



    btw....how did you get her so nice and shinny?

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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    nice!
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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Nice ride!

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    Very pretty boat. Welcome.
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    Wow, that sure is pretty! Welcome! There are quite a few of us old tin boat guys, I have a '55 and a '65, and many of the guys over in the starcraft area have old funnies. Again, welcome aboard!
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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Very nice, few things nicer than polished aluminum.

    Look into getting some Shark Hyde on the aluminuim bits it will keep them looking that nice for years without any polishing.
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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    VERY nice.

    Welcome to iboats!! WooooHooooo another Vermonter!!!!
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    Sweet!!!!
    welcome aboard!!
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    Remeber to ware your RayBans while on the water! Sharp boat. Enjoy the forums.
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    Beauty looking ride. Great job on the resto.
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    Thanks, everyone, for the positive feedback!
    I will look into the Sharkhide. The possibility that the oxidation will return is a real concern, especially after a full winter of buffing!
    Which reminds me, it was asked how I shined it up. I found a video on Youtube showing how aluminum fuel tanks on tractor trailers are brought from oxidized to a mirror finish using rigid buffing wheels and blocks of compound. So I bought the materials, and had at it. What a mess. It is done in stages, going to lighter and lighter wheels and compound, until eventually you are using automotive compound and a sheeps wool type pad. I still have a bit more of that to do.

    Again, thanks for the feedback (and info). I hope to have "Silver Bullet" in the Lake Sunapee Antique Boat Parade in NH this summer.

    -Dave B

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    It certainly is a sharp boat. From the polishing threads here, it ain't easy but the results are great. A great intro boat, bd.

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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Hey db, welcome to iboats!

    Yah, there are a few alum boat weirdos around here...

    Once you finish the polish job you'll surely want to protect it as it will oxidize pretty quick. I'd hate to see all that work for not!

    Cheers and welcome!

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    Hi! This is my first post here. (new member) I'm looking for one of those! ('56 or '57) EDIT I really would like to find one, though. I haven't seen any for sale down here in my neck of the woods in NC, but I'm still looking! Any year Cadillac runabout would be cool, but I really want a '56 or '57 Aluminum or Aluminum/fiberglass boat, as opposed to wood. (I'm not much of a woodworker!) Yours is really sharp! Thanks in advance for anyone that can help me find one! EDIT Thanks again!

    EDIT: Please read and respect our rules cowboy.
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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Hi Space Cowboy. Welcome to iboats. In addition to checking c-list and ebay, check out a site called tinboats.net. It's an entire site just like iboats specifically for aluminum boats with forums and everything, I believe they have classifieds as well. Happy hunting.

    Btw, where do you line in NC? I lived up in Boone for a few years in college. Haven't been back in ages, but it was good fun. I don't miss the snow though Cheers!

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    I know this thread was brought back to life, but I just wanted to say that the original Johnny looks so cool on that boat with the matching paint/design.

    And for the new guy, if you really want one, search the Florida craigslist ads. I saw one for sale here in Tampa Bay a few months ago. I'm sure there are more here.
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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    I had that same motor in the 60's and it was a great one. Nice rig.

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    Sorry for the mistakes in my first post. I'll admit that in my excitement over seeing the boat on this thread, I rushed through the rules without really paying attention. (more like, hit agree and go!) I'll be a little less hasty from now on! I'm in the southeastern part of the state, but went to ASU for a bit, before moving to Texas. (UTA) I've been back here since 1985. Thanks for the tips. I'll be here often!

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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Excellent! I just found this thread while googling for info on the boat I picked up at the scrapyard yesterday:

    photo 1.jpgphoto 2.jpgphoto 3.jpgphoto 4.jpgphoto 5.jpg

    From what I can gather it is a '57 Riviera? - OP, did you confirm yours was a '57 as well?

    My plan is to polish it like the OP, but I'm uncertain if the red paint is going back on. My wife and I are discussing powering it with a jet ski conversion to keep the lines really clean (we'd fabricate a rear deck if we go that route.)

    OP - did you have to source original replacement parts for yours? If so, would you share your sources? I'm missing a few bits as you can see.

    Thanks for starting the thread - your boat is an inspiration - precious little imagery of polished Cadillacs so far on the internet (unless I'm not looking in the right places)

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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Hi eim. Welcome to iboats. Helluva score you found at the scrapyard! Who in the world would do that to such as a sweet boat? Glad you saved her. Only a few rules for tinnies. No Pressure Treated wood. Instead, use non-PT and seal it. Mount all wood with Stainless Steel hardware dipped in a bit if 3M 5200 and/or aluminum pop-rivets. Prime with Zinc Chromate Self-Etching primer, then paint with the color of your choice. Lots of threads here in the forums on how to paint tin boats. Congrats on the new toy! Keep us posted on the progress.

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    Default Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

    Quote Originally Posted by eimkeith View Post
    Excellent! I just found this thread while googling for info on the boat I picked up at the scrapyard yesterday:

    photo 1.jpgphoto 2.jpgphoto 3.jpgphoto 4.jpgphoto 5.jpg

    From what I can gather it is a '57 Riviera? - OP, did you confirm yours was a '57 as well?

    My plan is to polish it like the OP, but I'm uncertain if the red paint is going back on. My wife and I are discussing powering it with a jet ski conversion to keep the lines really clean (we'd fabricate a rear deck if we go that route.)

    OP - did you have to source original replacement parts for yours? If so, would you share your sources? I'm missing a few bits as you can see.

    Thanks for starting the thread - your boat is an inspiration - precious little imagery of polished Cadillacs so far on the internet (unless I'm not looking in the right places)

    Welcome to iboats.

    PLEASE start your own thread and DO NOT hijack someone's older thread. Not considered good practice.
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