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1948 Meteor Restoration 01 Mar 2024 13:11 #128204

Here are two images that show the Paragon name plate on the boat as well as a Paragon advertisement.  It also shows the exhaust port  
 












       "An Affiliate of Feather Craft Inc. Atlanta, Georgia"
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- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1737

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1948 Meteor Restoration 01 Mar 2024 12:25 #128203

Here are two images that show the Paragon name plate on the boat as well as a Paragon advertisement.  It also shows the exhaust port  

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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Feb 2024 22:04 #128184

Ray,
Where will the exhaust exit the hull?








In the original location through the transom, I’ll post a photo later.
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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Feb 2024 19:40 #128183

Ray,
Where will the exhaust exit the hull?
Mike
1950 Skipper on Holsclaw Boat Roadster trailer
1954 Skipper w/ ’54 Johnson 10hp
1954 Deluxe Runabout w/ ’54 Johnson 25hp
1954 Vagabond w/ '57 Johnson 35hp
1955 Alumacraft FD on a Gator trailer
1956 Alumacraft FD

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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Feb 2024 12:03 #128181

Usually whenever you deviate from stock there are problems. 







It depends on your definition of problems. ;-)
I wouldn’t have wanted to ride in this boat with the “stock” motor mounts, steel fasteners and scabby stringers.
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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Feb 2024 11:59 #128180

I’m shocked to find that the work on this boat, that appears to have been done by someone other than Feather Craft, might have actually been performed by a boat builder. The poor workmanship on the motor mounts, and the doghouse and center deck, and the use of inappropriate Aluminum alloys is what led me to think it was done by someone who had no experience in boat building.
This boat, having been built in 1948 might have been a prototype, especially considering some of the methods and workmanship. It’s obvious the main part of the hull was built by Feather Craft from the methods, materials, and workmanship, it’s also obvious part of the boat was built by others.
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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Feb 2024 04:17 #128179

I doubt if there was any connection between Paragon Gear Works , Inc. of Taunton, Massachusetts and Paragon Marine Construction Company, located first in Chicago, Illinois, and in 1950 moving to North Miami Beach, Florida. I list Paragon construction through 1954 building a 21’ molded plywood cruiser. They did build a “FeatherCraft” inboard in 1950 with the standard doghouse engine cover.  Here is a photo of another inboard from 1950 showing their 13’ Racer. 
Lee

1955 Vagabond
1947 AlumaCraft Model B
1957 AlumaCraft Model RB
1957 Larson Thunderhawk
1971 Larson All-American 166

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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Feb 2024 04:01 #128178

Usually whenever you deviate from stock there are problems. 
John

1958 Vagabond II & 35 HP Evinrude
1955 PlastiCraft 12 Ft. Delux Runabout
1957 Clipper & twin 35 HP Evinrudes
1957 AlumaCraft 14 Ft. FD

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1948 Meteor Restoration 28 Feb 2024 21:09 #128174

One of the issues with the motor swap in the Meteor is the shift arm is on the wrong side of the transmission and the arm is right over the inner stringer. We need the shift arm to be on the other side and inside the stringer.



This Chris Craft Model B engine has a Paragon transmission. Paragon started making transmissions for the marine industry in the early 1900’s and made them through at least the early 1980’s but are no longer around. They made a wide range of transmission models including the larger ones for big block Ford and Chrysler engines. Jim and I have speculated they may be the same company that partnered with Feather Craft to produce the Meteor, but we have not found any real evidence, other than the name, to support that idea. This trans is designed so the shift arm can be reversed side to side. While I had the shaft out, I cut the keyway longer to make it possible to move the shift arm closer to the housing and I’m hoping that gets it inside the stringer.








The exhaust pipe that came with the motor clears the shift arm but it makes it’s bend too sharp and too soon leaving the pipe way too high for the floor level of the Feather Craft. Resto-mod life ;-)

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1948 Meteor Restoration 23 Feb 2024 01:57 #128137

Well ,all I had was a Ford Leyman 120 HP diesel.... 6 mph at 1.5 gallons.

 







Just saying there’s nothing wrong with cable steering ;-)
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