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    Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

    Almost forgot! Here's what the 65 model looks like.

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      Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

      The foam that is exposed so far is bone dry. Does this look like a STOCK setup? The foam is just loose laid in pieces and the plywood was reinforced with one ply of glass with Resin(?) sloshed all around. In some places it was really thick and I believe that's what was making the cracking sounds when we walked on it.

      I should have the rest of the floor and sides out by sundown this evening.
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        Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

        Sorry guys! I got a case of buck fever and opted to spend the afternoon in a ground blind We'll be back on it tomorrow.

        Tashasdad & Honker, after going back and looking again, looks like the only rivit holes for the decking are the ones in use now. I'm thinkin maybe it did come that way from the factory. Who Knows?

        Gluvit huh? I think I will seal the inside before I put the flooring back in since it's already exposed.

        I've seen a couple of videos of the ole man in this boat and it looks like it moves accross the water pretty good.
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            Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

            Looks like propellers are about the most complicated part of this whole deal.

            I finally contacted Mercruiser and gave them the specs for the boat. They're telling me I should go with a 14" x 19 pitch, standard (right) rotation and that this motor stock should run at 3900 to 4300 RPMs. Their rep also said that the overbore on the engine would not have enough impact on power to justify going to a 21. I have to consider that the last prop placed on the boat could have been the wrong one???? Any thoughts?

            While I've got folks looking again, more silly questions-

            I finally got all the wood removed and I'm able to look under the flotation. Down the center of the boat is a fair amount of sludge. I assume that's a combination of dirt, engine oil, and fuel. Prior to using the gluvit, is there any special cleaning proceedure? I assume I'll have to use some sort of engine de-greaser, but what should I use to make sure I have that off so the gluvit will stick?

            After that, I've decided to just install all new flotation.
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              Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

              We had a nice day here weather wise so while my brother was grinding and welding on the Hillbilly Gantry (see other thread), I decided to yank out the flotation and shop vac all the debris out of the boat bottom.

              Thought i'd post up a shot of what it looks like.


              I know there hasn't been much progress to report, but basically I'm just running around ordering up all the stuff I need for the new floor and waiting for it to arrive.

              As you can see, there's a fair amount of motor goo down the center and I'm still fighting over what I want to use to remove it. I'm thinking at this point I'll just scrub it with engine cleaner and drain it into containers.
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                Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

                OK. Another nice day temerature wise and the wife decided to do a one day road trip to visit family. So... I decided to go buy a couple gallons of commercial de-greaser and have at it. After scrubbing and a lot of scraping with a plastic putty knife, this is what I've come up with so far.


                I had to run wire thru the bottom of the VEE in the stringers due to build up of engine gunk-the water wouldn't even drain.

                Danged bottom is just about as clean as I can get it. I think I'm gonna let it air out a couple of days and get the new foam in.

                I'm thinking about using the extruded(blue or pink board) instead of expanded so I won't have to deal with the beads in the bottom. Any thoughts?
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                  Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

                  Thought I'd add an update of recent progress.

                  Knowing cold weather was eventially goint to happen I decided to use up some of the materials left over from recent jobs piling up and try to close the carport in. This is what I started with.

                  I took that shot while we were building the Hillbilly Gantry for lifting the front of the boat.

                  Here's what we ended up with about five days later. Days four and five included about an inch and a half of rain. Got it closed in just before the temps started to bottom out. BTW, the date is screwed up on my camera and evidently I'm too danged dumb to fix it.


                  We had an old redeye heater that burns just about anything out in the shop so we filled up a bunch of cans of deisel and started heating it up. Everything was pretty much OK till the temps started getting into the single digits. With no insulation the metal roof started condensating and drops started freezing on the ceiling. No Problem! That is until I overslept this morning and the heater ran out of fuel. Danged inside of the Boatel looked like a rain forest

                  So we experienced a heat wave today. Started at 6 degrees and climbed to 16 so I hitched up the boat and drug it out into the yard. We cant really do any of the floor or gluvit work until we get into some higher temps so I fired up the 89 dollar gravity feed blaster and dumped in a 50 # bag of walnut shells and started working on stripping paint off of the rivits. A lot of them would have required some heavy sanding and I hoped the shells would do the trick. I blasted till I ran out of shells. Did a pretty good job, but it was a tad on the slow side. I figure three more bags and one long day will do the rest.


                  After I ran out of shells, I fired up the orbital sander with some 100 grit pads and started on the paint. I'm really amazed at how quickly this setup takes off the paint. Base on how things went today, I'm thinking one long day to finish everything I can reach before I have to pull the trailer out from under it minus the blasting.




                  If we don't see snow I'll be back on the sander tomorrow.
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                    Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

                    I have a fresh can of gluvit setting here in my office for just that purpose. We hit 32 degrees today. Maybe later in the week we can get that done.

                    I managed to get the starboard side (minus the rivits) done before it started snowing today.





                    I'm gonna need three more bags of walnut shells to finish off the rivits and they won't be in till later this week, so I guess the next couple of days will be spent sanding the stern and the top side after I remove the last of the bow mounted hardware.
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                        Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

                        Here's the info on the 90# Clarke Gravity feed Blaster at Tractor supply

                        http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/...g=true&cFlag=1

                        It's listed on thier site for 99 bucks now. We used a small to medium shop sized Craftsman compressor-I think it puts out something like 9.4 cfm-nothing special.

                        The fine grade walnut shells came from Kramer Industries. Here's the link

                        http://www.kramerindustriesonline.co...nut-shells.htm

                        This danged 22 footer is presenting a few problems-Like I'd really love to be able to flip it to work on the bottom prep and paint but there's absolutely nothing wrong with the drive train or the stern so i'm not taking it out.
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                            Re: 66 Starcraft Sunchief re-Build

                            My meeting in DC was re-scheduled for tomorrow, so I'll be talking with the folks at West Marine about paint then.

                            The sanding and blasting is making such a mess, I think I'll try and get that phase finished or close to finished before I apply the Gluvit. The deck wood has been in the shop air drying for about three weeks and I still need to cut and seal it. Another week or so of tearing things up, ordering stuff, and general prep and we should make the turn to actually putting things back together
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                              I got these back today from the powdercoater. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.

                              And it looks like my son's stuff will be out of the shop early next week so I can begin cutting and coating the deck and installing it. Can't wait! It's too danged cold to do any liquid stuff in the Boatel
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