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Lone Star El Dorado 21 Nov 2020 03:34 #108773

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Last time out workin on the El Dorado I saw some rusted fasteners on the bottom of the hull.

Today I ripped out the interior "flooring" which was more like mulch and found the culprit.

They had replaced some rivets with steel bolts. Grr...



I'll get those out and put in some regular rivets.


That was all part of the cleaning... This boat is an 18 foot squirrel's nest. I scooped out many handfuls of nuts and shredded styrofoam.



After a few hours of unbolting and Mulch scooping, this is where we are. I also found a good sized steel fuel tank under the passenger seat. And lucky for me it still has gas in it. Vintage 2004 gasoline.

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2001 25hp Yamaha
1961 40hp Evinrude

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Lone Star El Dorado 18 Nov 2020 02:15 #108723

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I agree. They kept it for sentimental reasons beyond when they were going to use it.

This boat was last registered in 2004. It had been in one family. Grandpa bought it new and apparently it was the family fun boat for many years. Then when the kids got older and bought their own ski boats it became the fish slaughtering machine. He took it all over including several trips to Florida.

With all that, the hull looks straight and no major dents. I did crawl under it and did see a few rusty fasteners in one spot. Those have piqued my interest and when the floor comes out I intent to get to the bottom of that.

I also got a copy of the 1960 Lone Star Catalog and price sheet with it.

And one last thanks to Dave Innis who hooked me up with the owner and is graciously letting the boat bunk down with his fleet. I wouldn't want it to get all lonely this winter!

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Lone Star El Dorado 17 Nov 2020 04:17 #108715

It's too bad so many people let their boats go to hell before they decide to sell them.
John

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1955 PlastiCraft 12 Ft. Delux Runabout
1957 Clipper & twin 35 HP Evinrudes
1957 AlumaCraft 14 Ft. FD

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Lone Star El Dorado 17 Nov 2020 02:42 #108712

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Beautiful boat. May you have many good years enjoying it!

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Lone Star El Dorado 16 Nov 2020 17:26 #108706

I've had decent luck with stopping cracks in acrylic by wicking acetone into the crack. It melts the plastic and rebonds it. For longer cracks, I drill a very small hole at the end of each crack to offer a stress relief.
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Lone Star El Dorado 16 Nov 2020 15:25 #108705

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As for the Windshield, I hope they clean up. I think there is a place that makes them, but they would cost more than the boat!

They have two holes drilled in them and I want to fill them with something to stop any crack propogation.
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Rare Feathercraft El Dorado 16 Nov 2020 03:14 #108702

I am wondering how would you go about replacing that formed front windshield. Maybe you could use the original windshield as a form.
John

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1955 PlastiCraft 12 Ft. Delux Runabout
1957 Clipper & twin 35 HP Evinrudes
1957 AlumaCraft 14 Ft. FD

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Rare Feathercraft El Dorado 16 Nov 2020 02:15 #108701

What a score! Congratulations!
You've taken the "Before" pics.
Looking forward to seeing the "After" pics. :)
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Rare Feathercraft El Dorado 16 Nov 2020 02:03 #108700

On the image, "standard equipment #8" what is a power thrust knee ?

I got it... A knee brace.
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Rare Feathercraft El Dorado 16 Nov 2020 01:41 #108699

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A classic merc, 70 hp sounds right.

18 ft long, Beam 85, 74 at the Transom. 850 lbs.

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