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1948 Runabout Restoration 29 May 2020 22:54 #104828

Locomotion wrote: Dennis,
I think I would take it out and see how it handles before I did anything.




My thoughts exactly! ;)

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1948 Runabout Restoration 29 May 2020 12:27 #104818

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Thanks Dennis. I completely spaced that your boat has a 'T' section keel. I was thinking it had the 'V' section of the later boats, and wondering where you found someone to brake a part that long, and whether the ends were pressed or cut and welded.

Ray's comment about the gasket is right on point. Any significant heat in that area pretty much destroys whatever sealant is in the joint. ...ask me how I know. :(

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1948 Runabout Restoration 29 May 2020 04:15 #104814

The keel looks great! Nice job! (...that's what I should do to mine). Did you fabricate the new keel yourself and, if so, I'd be interested in seeing how you formed the tapered ends.
The tee extrusion is a little heavier stock than the original, but it was the closest thing I could find. I used a band saw to cut 3/16" off the bottom leg of the tee extrusion and the tapered ends. My tools of choice for smoothing rough edges is a belt sander and then various files.

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1948 Runabout Restoration 29 May 2020 03:55 #104813

Thanks Ray,
The rivets and the seam look tight, but I have not water tested. With your analysis, I think I will just leave it alone especially if it doesn't affect performance.

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1948 Runabout Restoration 28 May 2020 14:09 #104792

Dennis,

The keel looks great, a BIG improvement in handling should result, from the description you gave from the previous, previous owner, I am guessing the hull was flexing and creating a moving hook. I am sure that was a hair raising ride!

On the dent, first is it leaking? Are you sure you really want to fix it?

On every Feather Craft I have worked on the transom sheeting is 0.093" and the sides and bottom sheeting is 0.050" and with the radiused form that has been worked into the transom sheet it is very ridged so I am pretty sure it will need to be heated and worked hot first.
Then I think the side sheet will need to be heated and shrunk to get it flat.
My concern would be that the seam gasket will just pretty much disintegrate and fall out during all this stressing of the seam.

I think I would take it out and see how it handles before I did anything.

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1948 Runabout Restoration 28 May 2020 12:54 #104791

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The keel looks great! Nice job! (...that's what I should do to mine). Did you fabricate the new keel yourself and, if so, I'd be interested in seeing how you formed the tapered ends.

The dent is a tricky one since it involves both the transom and bottom sheet. I'm sure that, after careful annealing, it can be coaxed out. I bet Ray will have some advice here.

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1948 Runabout Restoration 28 May 2020 03:38 #104785

Any opinions about the prospect and method to smooth this wrinkle?

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1948 Runabout Restoration 28 May 2020 03:29 #104784

After months of working on other things, my rivet buddy, Al and I found a day to rivet the new fabricated keel. There are 68 rivets in the keel. Thanks Al for the help and the great shop.

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1948 Runabout Restoration 16 Nov 2019 01:57 #100239

Today I talked with the guy who owned this runabout prior to rivet-runner. The keel was in bad shape then. He said he only had it out once. When up to speed it rolled over to one side with the splash rail acting like a keel. Then all of a sudden it rolled to the other side. He said he about had to change pants. :laughing:

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1948 Runabout Restoration 10 Nov 2019 03:56 #100169

Kingfisher wrote: Sold my calvary forge

Unclbuz wrote: Must have been a real old one. Or did you mean "cavalry"?

That was funny, Don. I like your sense of humor. Yes, I did mean cavalry.:hand: Found it in a field in western Kansas, so it definitely was the later.
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