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Old May 20th, 2016, 10:32 PM   #1
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Its not a Jeep, and its not 4wd, but its better and nicer than most the piles of shits I see in this forum. Ok, maybe.

Anywho...... This has been in my family for many years, bought from the original owner (friend of family) who took extreme care with this gem. For the past 16 years its been cared for but not very super. Its solely in my possession now and it's my only means of having a boat. Last year it got a lot of use and it will again this summer but it needs a lot of attention, the interior is rotting away.

The first pics are of what I started with and started tearing out. I'm removing the dog house and building a rear bench and sundeck and tossing the back to back laydowns for dual captains. I'm doing everything, including my own upholstery. And my goal was to have it in the water by memorial day weekend. Plus, I need to do plugs, oil change, water pump, and maybe CV shaft joints.



Here is my progress on the rear seat frame, trying my best to keep it light weight, strong, and have storage under the seats.

My work space LOL
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Old May 20th, 2016, 11:33 PM   #2
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Shaping up the sun deck now.
For anybody that has bitched and complained about how NOT square you house is when doing hardwood floors, or kitchen and bath remodels, LOL try remodeling a boat!

I'm learning that nothing is square and when doing what I am doing you need to build everything in place. Every piece is different. I started this thread in the middle of my rear bench frame part, there is a lot I skipped over that I will hopefully add later.

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A boat that floats and runs is a good boat. Looks good.
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just got my Ranger dewinterized tonight around midnight and finished up the upgrades for the year myself.
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Again, an effort to keep it light, I opted out of 3/4 inch treated plywood and stuck with 1/2" and framed the bottom. It is light but I'm wondering if this is going to be a mistake.

The next pic, I needed the sundeck and under bracing/framing to still allow storage if the Bimini top.

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At 2am I'm cleaning up.

But tomorrow I finish the sundeck and the seat platforms, pick up material and start sewing.

I'll do my best to fill in the gaps of material used and seeing methods and foam and whatever else when I get a chance

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You're using treated wood, correct?

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Its not marine grade, but everything is treated.

This old boat is like 28 years old, I'm not looking to get another 28 years out of it, probably more like 2-4.

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Its not marine grade, but everything is treated.

This old boat is like 28 years old, I'm not looking to get another 28 years out of it, probably more like 2-4.

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That's about what the life will be if it gets too wet.
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That's about what the life will be if it gets too wet.
I have a 14 foot that isnt even fun to be on. my aunt has a boat not far from us and lives on a lake. usually that scratches my itch...



OP: looks like a fun project, and will be fun in the very near future! good luck
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I have a 14 foot that isnt even fun to be on. my aunt has a boat not far from us and lives on a lake. usually that scratches my itch...



OP: looks like a fun project, and will be fun in the very near future! good luck
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I have the same boat but a 187xl. Im currently replacing the long block on it. Nice project.
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Of course today did not go as planned, very delayed on working on this today.

But, finished all the seats and cut the foam to fit.

Was hoping to be sewing by this evening but it will have to wait for tomorrow.
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Today I have begun the sewing. I have zero experience doing something like this, and very little experience with a sewing machine.
I'm actually using my mom's old singer 99. Its capable of this job but I'm finding when I'm making a felled seam and I'm sewing through 3 layers the stitches size lever starts bouncing and starts creeping upward making the machine do tighter stitches. I ultimately want a singer 15-90 but just haven't had the time to find one.

So far I've learned that it crucial to cut the material very square. It will be your guide when seeing. And even at that I started with a 1/2" thread depth and made a cheater line to help me on the backside of the material.
All the material was purchase at Joan fabric, extra high density 3" foam, marine vinyl, and heavy outdoor poly thread.

My test felled seam. Easy on short small pieces.


My layout and cutting area, an old futon.

Making cheater lines. And since I forgot to get a pin cushion full of pins I get to use diaper pins

Not too bad, from 4 feet away LOL


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1If it looks good from four feet, it'll look good drunk! Good job!
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Yup, again not a very productive day, but, well you know......

At least got one panel almost done. Not capped or tucked yet and still need to add some batting but its close.

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Practice make perfect. Keep going.
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don't sell that boat short! It's a great boat.
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My mom surprised me with a visit yesterday and saw her sewing machine being used for this project, I don't think she was very impressed

Goal is still to have it in the water by Friday.
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