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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 10 May 2021 15:53 #111568

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And the painting continues:

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 10 May 2021 15:52 #111567

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Alright, agreed. I’ll just use some West Systems epoxy with glass spheres filler with a little aluminum powder added to it. Should look pretty good since it will be such a small amount.

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 07 May 2021 16:13 #111513

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Agreed. As soon as you get any heat on that seam whatever tape or goo that the factory sealed it with will start oozing out and contaminate whatever you're trying to do. Maybe something like Lab-Metal might make for a smooth transition without heat.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 07 May 2021 16:02 #111512

I don't think heating that seam is a good idea, the one in the photo is epoxied, fiberglass will work too. 
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And, I have my gator trailer parts primed after sandblasting.

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Glad you Merc guys like those Step N Trim plates, anything to slow you down   

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A faster edge.

Ray, I’m going to try that. First I’ll do a test to see if I can braze so aluminum to create that edge. If that doesn’t work I’ll try fiberglass.

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 29 Apr 2021 00:14 #111299

Glad you Merc guys like those Step N Trim plates, anything to slow you down   

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A faster edge.

 



 
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 28 Apr 2021 23:42 #111297

Step-n-trim? nice, those are hard to find.

Sorry can't help with the fabrication.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 28 Apr 2021 20:54 #111292

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I found 5" rollers here:
trailerparts.com/5-roller-keel-rubber-1-2-shaft.html

I have not received them yet, so I’ll report back if they work or not.


So the rollers I got are too small!! They are supposed to be 6"! I’ll just add spacers on the sides...

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 28 Apr 2021 19:24 #111289

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I went and picked up the aluminum for the transom insert that I will be doing. Below is the game plan for now. Please share your opinions and concerns.

1. I will be inserting a 1/8" thick 5052 aluminum plate on the inside of my transom to retain the original look on the outside but have a much stronger transom for the Mark75 I will be running.
2. I am rebuilding the knee braces and setting new rivets for them
3. I will drill out the bottom rivets in the are where there are currently L-profile tabs so I can install step-n-trim tabs. The rivets that I drill out there will also be drilled through the new transom support and riveted.

If I do this, what I don’t know if where else I need to add rivets to sandwich the old and new transoms together. Alternatively I can make it easy for myself and just rivet it to the outside.

Here are some shot of the outside and my proposed inside job:



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