Okay, so I’m waiting until warmer weather to begin restoration on my 1955 Vagabond. I figured that this would give me time to gather the parts and pieces necessary. It came with new ½” plywood floors and seat tops, stained nicely in a shade of brown. I’ll paint these gray as used in the original boats. I’m not a real stickler for originality, more interested in a user boat. I have a 1958 Johnson Super Sea Horse that I got at an auction a couple of years back. I’ll have to convert it to a short shaft. Got all the parts necessary. When I posted a couple of photos a few months back the consensus was that it was missing both the rear handles as well as the upper transom braces where the gunnels attach. A friend dropped by and gave me those missing pieces. He had used the originals to re-cast them for his DR, and these original pieces were surplus to his needs. I had picked up a Kainer steering wheel, thought that I could restore it before nicer weather hit. I’ve done wheels before, this was more of a challenge than the usual Attwood wheels that I was used to. But, before I could get a good start on it, this other wheel turns up. I was at an outboard shop that specializes in vintage repairs and spotted it on a workbench. When I asked if it was for sale, the owner said, “sure.” Without looking it over really close we made a deal. When I got home I noticed that it was aluminum. That made it perfect for the Feathercraft. Upon closer inspection, the center badge said “Quicksilver.” I haven’t seen one like it before. The cable hub seems to be exactly like later models, but the wheel is different. I’m not really a Mercury guy, does anyone know when this wheel was produced?
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