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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 13:54 #93164

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Thanks Rick, i plan on doing the same........just my OCD mind not getting how they were in there once before and now they need trimming.........just making sure i am not over looking the obvious too haunt me later.........

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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 12:14 #93162

Those don't look too far off from the fit of mine from the factory. My transom wasn't completely flat either. I couldn't resist fine tuning the fit some though. I think as long as the bottom is flat, I'd clamp a straight board or some ply to the outside of the transom to make sure that it's reasonably flat, and do the fitting from there. The angle stock I used was 1/8" and so it resisted the bit of a roll in my transom pretty well once it was all riveted back together.

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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 03:31 #93159

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here is a 6' straight edge, 4" starboard of the keel

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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 03:27 #93158

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looked good Ray, but i will grab a straight edge and double check.........

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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 03:24 #93157

How flat is the bottom?
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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 03:20 #93156

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they came unattached John........my first time fitting them.........

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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 03:03 #93155

jabe, Were those three braces mounted in the boat when you started working on it or were they just laying in the boat?
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Thanks Dan, i hear ya.......my thoughts are why are they now too long with the evidence pointing they are the originals........as they sit, i would need too trim a big 1/4" from top too 0" at the bottom along the transom edge.........its no biggy, can be done, i am just wondering if i am over looking something, has it flexed along the bottom changing the angle........don't know me

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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 02:20 #93153

They don't have to be a perfect fit. The T-brace makes up the difference and no strength is lost.

Maybe the same braces were used for the Vagabond and the Deluxe Runabout back then and the Vagabond has a slightly steeper transom angle.
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Jabe and his '53 DR 02 Feb 2019 02:08 #93152

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wish that was the case........each brace has 6 rivet holes along their bottom edge......not one drilled in the same place...each brace lines up with its corresponding stringer cleat hole for hole........to make them fit i would need too trim up too a 1/4" off the transom edge.........that may accept the new transom cleats as well.........

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