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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 21:58 #109743

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boatcrazy wrote: ...but with out these guys I could have made bad mistakes we hope to help you avoid 99.9% if them.





Wait WHAT??? These guys can help prevent mistakes?? Where were you all in my 20's? :)

Oh, and you might get that fit a bit better with a strap as John suggests. Be gentle though, you probably won't get all of it. You won't be the first to need a tapered shim.
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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 21:02 #109740

tstrutt wrote: Thanks everyone for the great input! Here's the transom bracket- I'll search the forum to locate solutions.



Custom shims.
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Just getting used to the lay of this land.

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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 20:54 #109738

I would try putting a ratchet strap around the whole boat right near the stern. Tighten it up a little bit at a time and see if the corner brackets fit any better.
John

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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 17:36 #109736

Thanks everyone for the great input! Here's the transom bracket- I'll search the forum to locate solutions.

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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 17:16 #109735

boatcrazy wrote: Bye the way the boat you see in my avatar has over 10k lake miles on her and she has seen 5 states and I hope a hell of lot more but with out these guys I could have made bad mistakes we hope to help you avoid 99.9% if them
Charlie


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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 14:29 #109734

The poor fit on the transom brackets is a common problem, which has been discussed several times on this forum, with several solutions described and shown. Use the search function on this forum to search for "transom bracket" or "corner bracket" and see what you find.

We were all cruising around together a couple years ago in Tennessee when one of the guys had a wood screw pull out of a steering pulley on his transom. The motor kicked over and bounced off the transom and into the lake. Fortunately, the motor hung on via the control cable, so he got it back. These recommendations you're getting here re: no brass and through-bolted are the voices of [sometimes painful] experience!

P.S. I have a Suzuki DF25ARS on my Deluxe Runabout (with original cable/pulley steering) and enjoy it. Several here are using the Tohatsu as well. Equally pleased AFAIK.

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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 07:53 #109732

Bye the way the boat you see in my avatar has over 10k lake miles on her and she has seen 5 states and I hope a hell of lot more but with out these guys I could have made bad mistakes we hope to help you avoid 99.9% if them
Charlie
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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 07:39 #109731

Ok let's get this out of the way thank you for saving a part of history please feel free to ask any questions you may have and pic help and after you get used to used to us pics or I didn't happen thank you
Charlie
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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 02:32 #109727

I'm fixing up a boat exactly like yours! '56 Ranger III. I ordered a 30 HP Tohatsu. I had a hard time deciding between a Tohatsu and a Suzuki. I picked the Tohatsu because it has 30HP and because Nick took me for a ride in his boat that has a Tohatsu.
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1956 Ranger III Rehab Project 11 Feb 2021 02:22 #109726

Welcome aboard

Good luck have fun! B)
Click the link below for information on vintage Mercury restorations

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1957 Clipper / 1969 Merc 1000
Lake life is the best life
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