Day 4. Day 3 was dedicated to power washing the house and other non fun stuff. Day 4 I finished stripping the outside. Removed the steering wheel . It's so cool. I want to have some cast. The front seat is a mess. You can tell by design it was never meant to be ridden in . The whole seat and support is collapsed. I drilled it out, removed the original bottle of 1940 Old Hawk . The foam underneath would not have floated a bucket. Here is a vid on drilling out rivet heads and some stills. The seat is going to take a whole new redesign. Wish Piper was here ! I could use the help.
Very nice find - congratulations. Glad you are an airframe mechanic - all of those skill required. Can't wait to see the final results.
What is amazing to me is how a piece of iron/dissimilar hardware combined with a little acid rain can corrode an aluminum hull. I suspect the galvanic reaction was producing enough stray current to power a light-bulb for more than a few years!
Ok Day 2. Got the whole outer hall stripped. Went and got a spray can of Air Craft stripper. JR swears by it. I never had any luck with it. But figured what the hey. Bottom line,,,Dad's strips a lot faster with a whole lot less waste. The canned stuff ends up everywhere.
With all of the paint off I'm finding the curiosity stuff and the Ugly stuff.
Curious , The fold up back seat is reinforced with a beautiful strap across the back of it. Brass I think.
The FC emblems up front are just stamped feathers. No embossing or engraving.
The left side of the transom had the aluminum handle replaced with a iron one that caused dissimilar and Galvanic corrosion. The upper portion of the left and right transom will have to be re-skinned. No biggie. The keel is in two pieces . The bow splice goes down and stops about 2" from where the keel begins. Right where the factory skins come together. Big mess right there. Something is missing there. A splice or something. I need the guys with 48-49 boats to look at their keel layout. Rogers is nothing like mine. I plan to flip it tomorrow and get at the bottom. Damn I love doing this !
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Eagle Keeper wrote: His daughter just started to drive. If he or I turn it in,, his insurance will go up more than the couple grand it will take to repair it. George, did the spark gap patch the faulty coil problem ? My phone is dead.
You can still take it to a body shop without having to notify either insurance. Done it a couple of times myself. Ca$h usually brings down the quote too.