Restoring a 1990 Larson

Meames1

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Milestone time !
The cap is back on, we have a one-piece boat again, lol.
Tons of other work done this week, not much picture worthy. Engine is basically ready to run, all new hoses etc installed. Set up the fuel system, just have to wire everything. Sanded and buffed the bow section, looks great. I have to limit the amount of sand and buffing, both shoulders have had rotator cuff surgery so I'm limited before the pain sets in.
Steering, trim pump and lines, and controls next.
My 16 y/o son and I have set a date for no later than mid-May for launch.
 

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Meames1

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Lots of work done this week. Been working on wiring, installing components, and cleaning / painting old parts going on.
I am trying not to put any screws through the finished deck, or as few as possible anyway.
I found these neat glue studs from McMaster-Carr. They are 316 S/S and I adhered them to the deck with West Systems epoxy that I thickened a bit with cabosil. For spacers I used PVC trim boards so there is no wood above deck. Then used a 1 1/2" spade bit to "indent" the PVC so the adhesive area of the studs will recess and make the spacers flush to the deck. I used 1/4" diameter ones for the trim pump and (8) 5/16"s ones for the battery box.
Today I sanded about 3/4 of the port side and buffed. The difference is near amazing. The original 31 year old gelcoat was chalky and rough. Started with 800 grit to smooth it out and remove the oxidation and pinstripe tape marks. Followed up with 1000, 1200, 1500, and finally 2000 grit. Buffed with 3M "heavy cut" gelcoat compound and a wool pad, then switched to gelcoat polishing compound and a medium foam pad, finally a light cut foam pad and gelcoat cleaner wax.
Every day a step closer.
 

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Meames1

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Got the wiring straightened out, at least where I'm happy with it. The wiring in this vintage of boat is crap to put it bluntly. I sure hope newer boats have gotten better. Anyway, I added some ground and power busses, some additional sleeving, and loom clamps. The new blower, bilge (added one with float and auto function), and fuel pumps all got new weatherpack connectors. I added a relay to power the fuel pump. Hooked up the battery and tested everything tonight and it all works as it should. I am also adding an external trim switch that I can access from the stern under a compartment I can reach from outside the trailer.
Drive goes on tomorrow, fuel, prime the oil system, and we will get some fire in the cylinders this weekend if all goes to plan.
 

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Meames1

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Sorry for not many updates, been working non-stop on the boat during all my free time. Also, not much picture-worthy. Cleaning, polishing, painting, and installing all the "little" stuff, cleats, rails, thru hulls, snaps, and stuff like that.

Everything that I could I replaced with polished SS, things like the fuel filler and cleats were "special" sizes and bolt patterns and I finally found that apparently everything on my boat came from Seachoice. So those items I had to get from them and unfortunately only offered in chrome plated pot metal (zamak ?). Of course I had to get all the sanding and buffing done before any of that could be done. I'll post pics and a walkaround video once completed, the exterior gelcoat ended up being in really, really good shape for 31 years old.

I'm installing the interior now, I count my blessings as my interior was in super shape for the age. A lot of cleaning and all new carpet on the carpeted pieces and everything looks like new. Of course I'm stuck with '90's colors, but consider myself lucky by not having to rebuild it all like some of you guys have. I never would have a chance getting this done in the 5 months if I was to do the interior too.

I also installed the windshield after tinting the glass. The original gauge cluster face and switch panels was sun faded completely white and you couldn't even see the gauges. I had to sand them down with 800-3000 grits and buffed and polished, they look pretty good. I don't like this 90's Fiero style cluster, going to build a new one...but the gauges all work, so that's a next off season project.

It's getting Splashed this weekend !
 

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JASinIL2006

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Looking really nice! You've made great progress in a fairly short time period. I don't know about the cluster... it's so dated, it's almost cool again!

Good luck with the splash! And remember... take pictures or video, or it didn't happen!
 

briangcc

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I'm not sure I would have tinted the windshield. Kinda hard to remove that at night when its dark out and you need every bit of light to see, but hey...your boat.

Otherwise, looks great!
 

Meames1

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I'm not sure I would have tinted the windshield. Kinda hard to remove that at night when its dark out and you need every bit of light to see, but hey...your boat.

Otherwise, looks great!
I went back and forth on it, I definitely like the look of it. We'll see how we actually use the boat. At least at this point in time we don't really fish and got the boat to pull the kids around, so obviously daylight hours. If it changes, I can rip it out.
 
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