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  • 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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  • #2
    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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    • #3
      Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

      nice!
      sigpic 1981 Glastron SX-190 300hp 350 SBC
      Living the Dream

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      • #4
        Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

        Nice ride!

        Chris Craft 254 Seahawk
        Visit my refurbish/upgrade project here.
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=483913

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        • #5
          Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

          Very pretty boat. Welcome.
          ---------

          Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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          • #6
            Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

            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!
            1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top, 1984 Merc 898
            1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
            >>>
            1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID http://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
            1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
            1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
            SOLD

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            • #7
              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.
              GO IRISH!!!!

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              • #8
                Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                VERY nice.

                Welcome to iboats!! WooooHooooo another Vermonter!!!!
                This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
                Please, shop iboats first!!

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                • #9
                  Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                  Sweet!!!!
                  welcome aboard!!
                  Dusky 19 - CC - 150 Mariner - Rolls axle trailer
                  up right and breathin,,,woohooooo

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                    Remeber to ware your RayBans while on the water! Sharp boat. Enjoy the forums.
                    1984 Lund S14 DLX, 35hp Evinrude on a Spartan Roller Tilt trailer.
                    1988 Alumacraft Classic 16 under reconstruction.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                      Beauty looking ride. Great job on the resto.
                      Crews Inn II
                      1997 Carver 325 Aft Cabin
                      Twin Crusader 350XLi's


                      I would like to pass away like my Grandfather, quietly in his sleep. Not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                        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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                        • #13
                          Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                          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.

                          Originally posted by bonz_d View Post
                          Sharp boat. Enjoy the forums.
                          bonz - Don't say that too loud. oops will chime in and agree.
                          Sent using a tin can and a piece of string. A technological breakthrough. The tin can is a 1966 Starcraft Nassau powered by a 1966 Merc 500.

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                          • #14
                            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!
                            1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
                            1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
                            1984 16.5' Sea Nymph Ski Sport Rebuild
                            1980 16' Sea Nymph SS 165 Rebuild (swapped)
                            1968 15' Starcraft Jet Star Rebuild (sold)
                            1970's 12' Starcraft Sea Scamp
                            Starcraft Rebuilds and Restorations

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                            • #15
                              Re: 1957 Cadillac Aluminum Boat

                              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.
                              Last edited by JB; April 1st, 2012, 03:23 PM. Reason: deleted solicitations

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