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Not what I was hoping for polishing 14 Apr 2019 14:32 #94644

Your Fisher looks great!
I wouldn't start with 180 unless I had very deep scratches and then I would only use it where it was necessary to remove the deeper scratches, it takes a lot of work with 400 grit to remove the scratches that result from 180.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 14 Apr 2019 14:21 #94643

Good Morning - The recipe I use that gets me to a mirror finish relatively quick is to sand using 180, 400, 600 grit. Then I use a buffing wheels. Specifically a cutting wheel, Airway AWO 58-10KK with Menzerna 439T cutting paste. Then I use a finishing wheel, Airway AWW 58-10SS with Menzerna 480BLF finishing paste. I use a 3000 rpm polisher - most detailers recommend a 6000 rpm grinder. Then I finish it off with Zephyr Pro 40. I just did a 1962 Fisher and came in right at 20 hours. Practicing for when I find a Vegabond lol. Hope it helps.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 07 Mar 2019 12:20 #93886

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Boatboy wrote: The 1959 catalog shows Vagabonds available, it's just that I have never seen one. It makes you wonder if they ever actually produced any.





Never heard of or seen one either, but that other thread on the 'Flying Boatmen' Vagabond for sale prompted me to read the article on them in the 'fc info' section again. The About the Author section at the bottom has this:

"Steve Early is the son of former Flying Boatman, Jim Early (driver and show emcee from 1955-1972). He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and is the owner four (4) Feather Craft Vagabonds, including his father’s original show boat. Two of Early’s Feather Crafts, both 1959 models, are in prime showroom condition with minimal hours of original use."

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 07 Mar 2019 04:05 #93884

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The 1959 catalog shows Vagabonds available, it's just that I have never seen one. It makes you wonder if they ever actually produced any.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 06 Mar 2019 23:38 #93874

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Ok, I just located some paperwork and my bad, it is a 58

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 06 Mar 2019 22:37 #93873

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I will have to recheck my number the next time I get up to the boat unless I find some paperwork here. As for the windshield, yes it is neat looking one. It is home made and was on it when I bought it. It has an ageless look to it. It is so home made that I noticed that the washers between the plexi and the frame are washers to repair faucets.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 06 Mar 2019 16:38 #93856

Boatboy wrote: Syd, You are correct on the two Vagabond layouts. It was just the year that I was referring to. I have seen lots of Vagabonds up and through 1958 but never saw a 1959.


The catalog lists the vagabond in 59 and there is one on the SN registry, but it is like my Hawk II with the serial number ending in 589. Other than that I haven't seen one either.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 06 Mar 2019 15:57 #93854

Syd,
Not to steal the thread but that is an interesting windshield.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 06 Mar 2019 02:28 #93827

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Syd, You are correct on the two Vagabond layouts. It was just the year that I was referring to. I have seen lots of Vagabonds up and through 1958 but never saw a 1959.

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That could be my bad, maybe just a Vagabond now that I look at the catalogs, Somewhere along the line I was under the impression that the solid deck between the front and back seats was a Vagabond and he walk through deck was a Vagabond II. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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