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1948 Meteor Restoration 14 Oct 2022 20:22 #123083

Ray, you are amazing.
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 14 Oct 2022 19:51 #123081

I use an air 3X rivet gun.
I think the impact from the gun swells the shank of the rivet a little more than a squeezer. And of corse the rivets on the bottom there’s no other way.
“There’s always more than you know”.
Tommy Prine

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1948 Meteor Restoration 14 Oct 2022 18:47 #123079

Holy batman that is a lot of rivets and clecos! Are you using a rivet gun to rivet the the two stringers together? I have a hand squeezer that make that kind of work pretty easy.

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1948 Meteor Restoration 14 Oct 2022 17:49 #123078

Ray,

All I can say is WOW , incredible work as always!  Hats off to you and the folks assisting you. 

I really can't thank you all to the extent you should be!!!  Have great weekends. 

Best, Jim
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1948 Meteor Restoration 14 Oct 2022 16:04 #123077

The decision to replace the stringers was due to the condition of the stringers and the fact we have corrosion that is widespread, and I did not feel good about not looking under the stringers to see what was there.
Once removed (which involved drilling out 300 rivets precisely enough to not damage the holes in the bottom sheeting), the corrosion under the two center stringers is there but not too concerning, but their condition is another subject.
They are broken in several places, corroded badly in several places and surprisingly, they are fabricated with a number of splices from the factory, each stringer was made from six separate pieces.





I fabricated these from 10’ sheeting to eliminate the splices, once riveted together they had to be curved vertically to match the contour of the bottom.
I missed getting photos of that process, but I will be sure to get photos of bending the two outer stringers when I do them, they will get a side bend and a vertical bend.







New continuous stringers clecoed in place.
This is what 300 clecos sticking out of the bottom of a Feather Craft looks like.
Joe (timberwolfe) came over and helped position the stringers while I match drilled them through the bottom.






Now on to drilling out the 100 rivets that hold the outer two stringers and fabricating and bending the new stringers to match.
“There’s always more than you know”.
Tommy Prine

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1948 Meteor Restoration 11 Oct 2022 03:33 #123039

Is that a high-speed outfit? We know you Ray…….

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1948 Meteor Restoration 10 Oct 2022 19:47 #123032

You know there are parts of this work that is not too much fun!
Updates coming soon ;-)


“There’s always more than you know”.
Tommy Prine

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1948 Meteor Restoration 09 Aug 2022 14:46 #121775

Did you hear that from your neighbors..........?

hahahahaha,

I sometimes refer to my back yard as a silver tarp city.

M
1957 FC Rocket -'58 Evinrude Lark 35
1958 FC Hawk 1-'59 Evinrude Lark 35 (and J-55)
1960 Starcraft 12' open boat-'76 Evinrude 25
1965 era McCorvey 3-point hydroplane-'52 Mercury KG-7H

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1948 Meteor Restoration 09 Aug 2022 11:25 #121770

There goes the neighborhood  ;-)
“There’s always more than you know”.
Tommy Prine
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1948 Meteor Restoration 09 Aug 2022 02:18 #121766

I really wish Ray was my next door neighbor! 






You underestimate the noise Nick and Charlie and I can make ;-)

I wish you both were my neighbors...But you'd regret it.. 

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I'd even move to PA or TN.....

 

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