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1964 Larson 16' All American Project

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  • 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

    Just thought I'd share my project. My 1964 16' Larson All American has the original 85hp Mercury 850 and it starts up everytime. Its already a good 'ol boat that just needs a new transom and some TLC.

    This will be my first boat restore so I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions along the way. It was my Grandpa's boat he bought it from the original owner in 1970.

    Let me know what you think!










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    Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

    Welcome to iBoats.

    Absolutely OUTSTANDING. Similar to my old 62 Flamingo. Fortunately my transom is good to go bu the motor and interior were shot. I am going to get started in a couple of weeks. I will be keeping tabs on your rebuild. Do your Grandpa proud and bring the old girl back to life.


    Good Luck
    1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
    Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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    • #3
      Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

      Wow! Great looking boat you have there! You'll have a fun time for sure with that one, can't wait to see the work started!
      1967 Chris Craft Futura 28' Custom

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      • #4
        1964 Larson 16' All American Project

        Well I had some time to take off the motor yesterday to get a better look at the transom. Looks like there will be plenty of glass work to do.

        There are a few big cracks, the journey from Minnesota probably didn't do it any favors.

        No reason to waste money on an engine stand when you have pallets...


        First look at the transom minus trim and motor


        Close up


        The floor seems really solid so I'm going to avoid replacing the stringers and flooring if I can. The factory vinyl covering for the floor is brittle and damaged. Is there anywhere to find that material? I would love to avoid replacing it with carpet.

        I'm going to be completely redoing the trailer as well so if anyone has suggestions to be sure weight is distributed correctly, transom supports, etc. It would be much appreciated!

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        • #5
          Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

          Give us some pics to show us what you're lookin at. If the floor has soft spots then the superstructure underneath(stringers) are for sure rotten. They will definitely need to be replaced. If you want grandpa to be proud and you want to do it right....
          Then do it right and tear it all out and restore it so it will last for your grandkids to use and they WON"T have to restore it.
          1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
          Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
          Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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          • #6
            Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

            I'm pretty sure the floor doesn't need replacing. It is very solid and I haven't found any soft spots so far. I'm planning on separating the top from the hull sometime this week and I'll be able to post some pictures of the floor with all of the interior stripped out.

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            • #7
              Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

              After removing hundreds of screws and rivets I got the rub rail off only to find a ton of staples and epoxy holding the cap on.

              Its been in the mid 90's this week and sweating 'till you're soaked is a necessity. Finally after two afternoons with my friends hammer, pliers, and pry bar I got the cap separated from the hull. YAY!

              Ive been thinking about how I'm going to reattach the cap. Since I don't have an industrial stapler my fist thought is to use pop rivets. Any suggestions?

              Here is the fist look at the transom, it was getting dark so the picture is not very good. The inside layer of fiberglass is very thin and almost seems more like tar paper than fiberglass.

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              • #8
                Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                Good Job on the cap removal.
                To put it back you can use pop rivets or Stainless Screws. I would use the Rivets.
                Transom sure needed replacing. Inner skins are very thin some times. No worries. Cut i all out, all the way to the outer skin from side to side and all the way to the bottom. Get it nice and clean and sanded smooth. You will be laminating Glass over the new wood which will give you a thicker and better inner skin in the long run.

                Keep up the sweatin and Buy more BEER !!!!
                1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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                • #9
                  Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                  We had plenty of beer so no worries there

                  I was planning on going with seacast because it seemed so much easier than plywood but my boat is pretty straight forward so I think the time and effort would be about the same either way I go.

                  Ive seen discussion on the type of plywood used. Do I need to special order something or can I just go to Lowes/Home Depot and grab a sheet of marine grade plywood?

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                    You don't need marine grade unless you just want to. Ext. Grade and Marine use the same glue only difference is marine grade has no voids in the plys. Most of the guys on here use ext. grade give it two coats of resin and encase it in glass and call it good. that will las at least 20+ years.
                    1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                    Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                    Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                      Bret Came into mid 60s larson looks like the one you have trying to determine if 64 or 66 came with 66 100 hp johnson.Boat is rated to run up to 100 hp Model # is 51613 serial # is 303654 is that any thing like the one you have.BB5409

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                        I remember trying to determine the exact year of my boat and finding a pdf listing my Mercury only being available in black on the '64 (normally the 85hp came in white). That said my serial# starts with 101 if I remember correctly so my guess is yours is likely a later model.

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                          Just thought I would jump in and express my enthusiasm for your project. The old Larson's have really nice lines not found on other boats. I really wish I had an outboard rather than my 120hp four cylinder. It purrs like a kitten but the outdrive (OMC) is for sure to be afraid of! Anyway, I will be watching your thread and don't get discouraged. I found mine in a barn ready and running for $750. Paint was completely shot but interior was mint and the floor like concrete!!!



                          I am currently replacing the coils in the lower unit and look forward to a summer on the lake with my kids.
                          sigpic 77 Glastron V-162 Futura

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                            Well I finally got back at it yesterday. My Grandma passed away last fall so unfortunately the project wasn't done in time for her to see it. I've decided to set a lofty goal to help motivate me to get it done. I'm gonna work my butt off on it so it's lake-worthy by May.

                            It will be nice to have it ready for a full season and since its already warm enough to be out on the water I gotta get a move on!

                            After pulling staples, drilling rivets, prying and dremeling the thing apart I finally got the boat cap completely off.


                            The transom is completely rotten but I already knew that, it's why I started the project in the first place.


                            So now I'm trying to figure out the best way to cut as close as I can to the hull without damaging it. The wood on the ends is in a lot better shape than all that mush in the middle which means it's a lot more stubborn and needs to be cut out.

                            The floor is really solid but I did find one little soft spot that I'm planning on cutting into so I can assess the damage. I'm going to make a cardboard template of the floor first, I have a feeling I'll decide to rip it up anyway.

                            The last news is probably what I'm most excited about. I made a deal with one of my Dad's friends to paint my boat in exchange for a website for his hot rod shop. This is really exciting because I was planning on trying out the roll-on method and I didn't have much confidence in the potential results.

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                            • #15
                              Re: 1964 Larson 16' All American Project

                              By the way I love the red that looks great! It's nice to see pictures of other All American's out there. Yours is the only one that I've seen with the same racing stripe down the front of the cap.

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