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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 24 Mar 2024 13:15 #128440

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Alan beautiful boat to revive! I wish I had of thought of soda blast. Maybe you could sneak a fast back picture in with this vagabond. Good luck with project your elbow grease is showing how great these boats really are.
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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 21 Mar 2024 04:05 #128389

Getting it into shape. Sanded the quarter inch plate to a acceptable finish. 
Countersinking the screws further so the motor mounts won’t hit. 
1955 Vagabond
1956 30hp Evinrude Lark
1959 MK 58A
1973 Glastron GT 150

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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 05 Mar 2024 02:55 #128255

You need to be a young/strong man for the Cyclo.....  Charlie has mine, I believe.

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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 03 Mar 2024 18:53 #128222

I've never seen or used a cyclone polisher, but I heard they work wonders.

Good luck with the project, I am certain it's going to look fantastic when you are done.

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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 03 Mar 2024 16:53 #128219

320... What are you going to go up to till you break out the wheel?

 
After many trials and hours of experiments with all kinds of methods and products I’ve found that Using a Cyclo Polisher with Perfect polish Nuvite F-7 and wool pads will take out 600 sanding marks, then if you want to continue polishing, “nobody really wants to continue” the next step is Nuvite C with terrycloth on the pads and then finally Nuvite S with terrycloth on the pads.  This method keeps me from sanding all the way up to 1000 wet then going the Tripoli route with a buffing wheel like I did with my Vagabond on ONE side till I found out how much time is saved with the Cyclo with two 5” pads doing a far greater amount of surface area at once on the other side.  It still sucks doing it but its far less time.
1955 Vagabond
1956 30hp Evinrude Lark
1959 MK 58A
1973 Glastron GT 150
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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 03 Mar 2024 00:11 #128209

320... What are you going to go up to till you break out the wheel?
 

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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 01 Mar 2024 19:53 #128205

Here is a picture of the transom plate I cut down on the sides to reveal the whole serial number. The black sharpie line shows how far out the plate was before getting cut down. Why would anyone cover up such a cool serial number?  I mean really, it literally starts with a V8!  Has anyone ever seen an extra V on a serial number area?  Maybe someone started to re-punch the number?
FYI the 320 is my reminder of what grit sandpaper I’m on, If your not on it everyday one forgets.

   
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1959 MK 58A
1973 Glastron GT 150

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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 27 Feb 2024 02:29 #128157

After a few hours of pushing metal around with a variety of body tools and a hammer and back and forth with a little heat at times I think I have the transom acceptable to move onto the sanding stage.  I like the 1/4” aluminum plate that someone put on the outside except the fact that the serial number was partly obscured.  I will be cutting down the shape to reveal the serial number and sanding the surface to some degree for a better visual appearance.  Probably overkill on the screws but I just have to fill the holes now that someone else already put the holes in there. I got tired of being careful sanding around the rivets that go to the braces through the transom and will just replace them all after I’m done sanding.  A fair amount of corrosion under the aluminum plate so when I get ready to assemble the aluminum outer transom plate I will be using Sika flex 221 adhesive sealant to seal the whole package up between the two pieces of aluminum.  It’s a great product that gives you quite a bit of time for assembly and is available in a few colors and if anyone ever has to take it apart it’s not a total destruction job. Getting further down the side
1955 Vagabond
1956 30hp Evinrude Lark
1959 MK 58A
1973 Glastron GT 150

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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 16 Feb 2024 21:19 #128091

You may have to shrink the sheeting at that dent on the transom.
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Biltz Boatworks '51 Vagabond Restoration 15 Feb 2024 16:32 #128081

If I get tired of sanding there is some dents and irregularities on the transom that need addressed.
    
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1956 30hp Evinrude Lark
1959 MK 58A
1973 Glastron GT 150

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