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1948 Meteor Restoration 03 Aug 2022 22:00 #121607

Amazing work and my thanks to everyone who is making this possible! 

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1948 Meteor Restoration 03 Aug 2022 21:46 #121606

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Top notch repair guys.  Bravo.
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1948 Meteor Restoration 03 Aug 2022 21:44 #121605

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Locomotion that looks professional amazing craftsmanship!
1957 Ranger IV
Love the Feathercraft!!


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1948 Meteor Restoration 03 Aug 2022 20:58 #121604

A little more progress on the Meteor, Nick came over and bucked the rivets on the cutwater repair.
I have also been drilling out the rivets for the stringers, about 300 so far and not halfway there.
I picked up the aluminum sheeting for all the patches and the transom and the stringers.
One 5’ X 10’ sheet that got cut up to make the ten-foot stringers and one 4’ X 8’ sheet that got cut up for the eight-foot stringers, and the left-over sheeting is going to be cut up to make the transom and all the patches. No scabbed together stringers this time!
Nick also bucked the rivets that hold the Rocket emblem on my 56, photos of that to come later on that restoration thread, I couldn’t do all I do without Nick, and Charlie has been working his magic on the sheeting, but we have skipped around and mostly been experimenting to see what works where, photos to come, Many Thanks to both!







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1948 Meteor Restoration 30 Jun 2022 16:53 #120920

I will use about a 2” wide strip on something like this seam.
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1948 Meteor Restoration 30 Jun 2022 15:14 #120919

... I also use a fiberglass seam tape between the sheets to keep from squeezing all the sealant out when it’s riveted...

What a great idea! Do you put the fiberglass tape (I use this stuff to glue sandpaper to my sanding block, btw), on the entire piece or just on the edges?

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1948 Meteor Restoration 30 Jun 2022 14:01 #120918

As a friend of mine often says (normally in reference to one's guitar "collection").  Nothing...succeeds like excess.

M
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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 29 Jun 2022 11:19 #120899

How do you seal this to make it waterproof? I assume you may have to use some sealant...







I use a Loctite brand marine sealant and on any seam below the water line. I also use a fiberglass seam tape between the sheets to keep from squeezing all the sealant out when it’s riveted.
I picked that up from building special trackwork for the railroads, we built assembly’s called frogs that were held together with about twenty 1-3/8” bolts torqued to 1,800 foot pounds and glued with two part epoxy with the same type fiberglass webbing between the parts, you learn there is no such thing as overkill when you’re building parts that have billions of tons of steel wheels rolling over them ;-)

www.homedepot.com/p/Loctite-PL-Marine-10...nt-2016891/206156418

www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-2-in-x-150-ft-Ce...5Q/207178367#overlay
 
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1948 Meteor Restoration 29 Jun 2022 08:28 #120898

OK guys I have to say this working with Ray is an opportunity to learn and the skill level that Ray has is way beyond anything I could do on my own I can make a boat pretty but Ray makes them as good or better than feathercraft did thank for letting me tag along bud i can't wait for the next phase of the project 
Charlie 
 
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1948 Meteor Restoration 28 Jun 2022 13:21 #120892

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That's a beautiful part Ray! Have to agree with Mark, better than the factory did it.
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