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  • GM what fish are you going for? That boat looks so comfy they might just jump in there to sleep.
    Most times I'm wrong, Most times I stand corrected..But...Sometimes I'm right.
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    • Originally posted by kcassells View Post
      GM what fish are you going for? That boat looks so comfy they might just jump in there to sleep.
      Well I hope so, because it has been so long since I fished, I'm not sure I remember how to anymore.

      As for the species, most of the time anything that bites! But in reality, I like Crappy, Brim, and Bass fishing the best, and not necessarily in that order. Catfish can be interesting as well. Strippers, and Hybrids also can be great fun too.

      But that is about all I know about. Fresh water Southern fishing is all I have ever done. Don't know about any saltwater species whatsoever. I'd probably get into serious trouble if I fished the salt waters. Probably catch something that was a serious NO NO to catch.

      But that really is assuming I could possibly catch any find now.
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      • Looks great GM! I've been away for about a year and you've really done some nice work (as usual) despite family issues. Keep up the good work. Soon you'll be fishing and spending guilt-free time with family and working on other projects.

        I really like the wiring label idea. Does the clear heat shrink tubing use heat activated glue, or is it no gluing?

        Btw, I'm sure you have looked into battery connectors, but I just learned about anderson clips. I used a set on my camper van project and am playing with the idea of doing it to the boat's too.

        Can't wait for you to light all the switches up :-)
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        • Originally posted by Pusher View Post
          I really like the wiring label idea. Does the clear heat shrink tubing use heat activated glue, or is it no gluing?


          Can't wait for you to light all the switches up :-)
          No glue - in just shrinks down tight to the wires and protects the labels. I did the same on mine.
          - Eric

          Somers, WI

          Old enough to know better - but crazy enough to try anyway

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          • Originally posted by oldrem View Post

            No glue - in just shrinks down tight to the wires and protects the labels. I did the same on mine.
            Yes I used the no-glue clear heat shrink tube. You can get glue-inside type of heat shrink as well. But I though the glue may interfere with the printed labels, so I bought 3:1 clear 1/4" diameter (before shrinking) no-glue tube. It will shrink down to most any wire you are trying to label.

            For larger wires you can buy larger clear tube. It is everywhere and very cost effective as well. Nice when you are tracing a wire problem to know where each wire goes. No guess work ever.

            I guess while I am on here, I can give a little update. Since all the carpet is totally finished, I turned my attentions to hardware. I have installed all the hinges on everything that had a hinge. And that becomes a lot more interesting when you have carpet over the hinge holes.

            So I used a very thin scribe to help locate the holes. Once you get two or three located, the rest fall into the hole locations on the hinges. So that's done.

            I still have to run the engine wiring harness and the battery main runs. But a few more days, I'll have all the rest of the wiring finished....I hope! I still have to install the control cables and control unit. But the PVC tube is installed for those runs as well. So It will be more of a slide through install. Again, I hope.

            I need to do a serious wash of the trailer and after it dries, spray all the bunks with lots of silicon spray before sliding the boat on. Since it has been merely sitting under an oak tree, It really needs a very good cleanup now. Once the boat slides on, it won't be sitting under any tree again.

            Until next time, you all have a great day...
            Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
            Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
            '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
            Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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            • Progress GM! Did y’all get much of that storm today? It was crazy in Perry for a while not long ago. Branches down all over.
              1985 Bayliner 2450 Ciera Sunbridge
              Volvo Penta AQ225d, 280 outdrive
              Restore/Refurbish ongoing......

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              • Originally posted by Ciera2450 View Post
                Progress GM! Did y’all get much of that storm today? It was crazy in Perry for a while not long ago. Branches down all over.
                Yes we did. I was actually working in the shop on the boat when the wind came up . It was pretty scary and I headed back in to the house. With the heavy rain and high wind, I wasn't sure I was going to make it into the house. And as quickly as it came, it left as fast. Temps dropped and I decided to not go back out to the shop again. There is always tomorrow...
                Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
                Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
                '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
                Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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                • A little update...

                  I have been working on the boat. And I installed the rub rail insert after polishing the aluminum rub rail up...again. It fits and looks great. Wefco actually sent almost 10-12 feet extra insert. So you can trust you will not be cut short if you use their products. And it was a piece of cake to install as well. I didn't have to use any tools to install it or slide it in either. I simply squeezed it together and it popped into place like magic. So easy...

                  I also did some more wiring and installed the spec plate and some other hardware. It really is starting to look like a boat. I still have a lot of little things to install, but it is getting ready for the engine really quickly now.

                  However, as usual other things can and do stop progression on the boat project. My younger adult son helped me remove and install new rear end wheel bearings and seals on our '98 Blazer. And I have to say that went extremely well and quick. We had two hiccups.

                  First was removing the little bolt that holds in the cross pin in the read carrier assembly. While that is only suppose to be merely lightly torqued in place, this one was frozen pretty solid. And the typical sockets were starting to round off the edges. Fearing that would be a very bad thing to happen, we switched to a six point socket and played with it for a while and it finally broke loose. And there was some wear on the little bolt. But then the Blazer has near 200,000 miles on it and has never been addresses ever before.

                  Second hiccup was the bearings themselves. Yes getting the old bearings out was very interesting. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I rigged up a little tool to remove them and it did the job in seconds without any problems. Don't know why they don't sell such a simple tool like that. All I've seen were slide hammer removal tool setups. But it is so much easier with our tool and nothing gets damaged or even marked removing them either.

                  The new bearings and seals were a snap to install and we finished the job in record time. So back to the boat again now.

                  I'll post some pictures of the rub rail insert later. The wiring isn't much to see though.


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                  Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
                  '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
                  Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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                  • Originally posted by gm280 View Post
                    My younger adult son helped me remove and install new rear end wheel bearings and seals on our '98 Blazer.
                    Silly me thinking I was the last guy still driving a '98 Blazer. Only 127,500 on my old beauty and going strong. Just returned from an interstate 600+ mile trip loaded to the max with over 20MPG average. Good luck with yours and the boat project!

                    Old geezer who never worked a day as a professional in the marine industry but has been fooling with outboard motors for 60+ years!

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                    • Willyclay Yes that is our newest vehicle too. But it looks and drives like new. I keep it in absolutely perfect condition and it really does run great...still!

                      Problem with buying something to replace it is, they don't make anything to replace it. There is not one American brand mid-size rear wheel drive SUV anymore. There are tons of front wheel drive without frames under them. But no chassis on frame mid-size rear wheel drive SUV. So the ability to pull even typical abilities, is not too good with those front wheel drive offerings.

                      Okay here are a few pictures that show some of the rub rail insert. Still working on wiring and such.
                      Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
                      Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
                      '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
                      Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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                      • Came out nice!
                        - Eric

                        Somers, WI

                        Old enough to know better - but crazy enough to try anyway

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                        • boat looks awesome! she is finishing out so nice!
                          project:https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...r-2159-hardtop
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                          • Very nice GM !!!
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                            • You’ll be out fishing in no time! If I ever get mine done this season we should meet up at the lake sometime. I stay at Tobesofkee for the weekends if the weather is decent.
                              1985 Bayliner 2450 Ciera Sunbridge
                              Volvo Penta AQ225d, 280 outdrive
                              Restore/Refurbish ongoing......

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                                Originally posted by Ciera2450 View Post
                                You’ll be out fishing in no time! If I ever get mine done this season we should meet up at the lake sometime. I stay at Tobesofkee for the weekends if the weather is decent.
                                Yea I am shooting to finish this way-over-do boat project. Unlike your project, I have a mere simple tri-hull boat that seriously should have been finished years ago. You actually have a real boat project.

                                As for lake Tobesofkee, I used to fish that little lake with great success. The crappy are pretty good size there. Just hope I don't miss another spawning season...
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                                '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
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