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Post by Bobsbaits » 19 Jan 2014, 22:15

Been a little while since I posted, but I've been working away. I finished getting the back end together and started putting some carpet on. Except for some hatch lids, I finished carpeting the back. I also have the foam in and am ready to put the floor in. Unfortunately I don't have the aluminum yet for the floor and front deck but I should be getting it tomorrow. My boat used to have folding drink holders which were knowck off everytime I stood up so I fabricated a drink holder out of aluminum to be mounted on the floor right in front of the livewell.
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Post by JoeGree61 » 21 Jan 2014, 16:05

I really like what you have done so far. I very interested in how you add the storage and modify your front casting deck. I want to bring the deck back to the console. I also have a 83 TX175 that I'm restoring. I removed the original livewell and installed a 37 gallon plastic tank. It is snowing today but I will try an post you a couple of picks this weekend.

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Post by Bobsbaits » 21 Jan 2014, 21:37

I'm running a Fishing Show this weekend for the Firehouse so I wouldn't get anything done, but I'll be back on it next weekend. I would be interested to see how your planning that as well. My main idea is to make a normal rod box and larger front deck compartment so I can organize my tackle and move both trolling motor batteries to the front to help balance the weight a little.

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Post by jhef » 26 Jan 2014, 15:07

very nice build.Are you going electric only? or are you putting a outboard back on it? reason i ask is i have a 90 model tx17 and my set up is electric only. i had to move all batteries to the rear of my boat. reason is with no outboard all the weight was up front and the bow would sit really low with me up front fishing. i still have to fill livewell completely full to keep nose up enough to level out the boat while im fishing etc.

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Post by Bobsbaits » 26 Jan 2014, 21:15

I am putting the 70hp jet back on, but plan to move my batteries to the front since I have the opposite problem you describe

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Post by Bobsbaits » 01 Feb 2014, 20:44

Had the show last weekend so I didn't get much done, but I did get the 1/8" aluminum floor in and carpeted. Also carpeted the sides and will install those next. Hope to get a work day in soon and make some headway.
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Post by lpotter » 03 Feb 2014, 11:52

Really Nice Project!!!!!!.......I have an 82 BassTracker 2 I picked up for $1000 and am looking at doing something similar......What about a cost estimate to this point......I know the point is saving an old boat and anyone that plans one of these may never get their money out of it, but I just wondered where you were on it.......Thanks!!!! =D>

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Post by Brine » 03 Feb 2014, 13:43

First time seeing the build. Looking great.

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Post by Loggerhead Mike » 03 Feb 2014, 15:09

Love the beer holders

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Post by rscottp » 03 Feb 2014, 18:05

Loggerhead Mike » 03 Feb 2014, 15:09 wrote:Love the beer holders

You can never have too many!

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Post by Bobsbaits » 03 Feb 2014, 21:54

I saved all my receipts in a bag, to be honest I was a little afraid of adding them all up till I was done for fear it might stop me from doing something I wanted :D Although I could have probably done some things cheaper I had to decide whether I should buy a new boat or fix the old one. Knowing it was worth almost nothing based on the transom and leaks with soaked foam and after looking at the builds on here and knowing what I wanted and the fact I really like the boat I decided to bite the bullet and go for the build. At some point I will add it up and post. I will tell you if you plan ahead, shop ebay, fishing shows and online sales you can save a lot of money. If you buy things when you need it, you will almost always pay a premium. As much as I like to shop local, it would be hard to buy a lot of the parts you need from a local boat dealer and get good deals.

As for the drink holders, these will be harder to break and spill the beverage of choice. It seemed I knocked the originals off every time I got up.

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Post by lpotter » 05 Feb 2014, 15:56

Thanks, I can't wait to start on mine...I appreciate the tips and when I get into it I will have some more questions......I hope mine turns out as good as yours.....I have already lined up a friend that can weld aluminum......lol

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Post by Bobsbaits » 09 Feb 2014, 18:14

got a some work done this weekend. Working on getting the sides installed and the console base ready. Went ahead and attached a speaker and fuse box before I installed so I didn't have to stoop so much. Had a friend cut and bend the long rod box lid I had a little shorter so there is still some leg room for the passenger. Started the rod box framing, but didn't get it finished.
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Post by Bobsbaits » 17 Feb 2014, 21:51

Spent most of the weekend working on the rod box. I thought this was going to be a lot easier, but all the measuring, cutting riveting takes some time. I was looking for golf tubes for the rod tips, but couldn't find any big enough for the spinning rod eyelets to go thru. Would probably be fine if the rod box was longer, but I wanted to passenger to have some leg room. I bought a piece of Starboard off of ebay to use for the tubes and the rod butts. Cut real nice, almost like working with wood without the splinters. For the rods I finally settled on 2" PVC, was an easy call because it is big enough and I had the tubes left over from the original. Since I had originally planned on more rods and because I bought a couple golf tubes to test out, I went ahead and cut them in around the bigger tubes. I figured this would give me more rods and I can put shorter baitcasters in these. Didn't quite get the rod box done, but I got it in and mostly done. I started putting the carpet in and need some couplers to put the PVC tubes in. I also added a battery tray as I plan to move the 2 trolling motor batteris to the front. I read alot about the batteries bouncing more up front so I put a ratchet strap in to hold them down. I also added a fuel water separator in the back.
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Post by Bobsbaits » 24 Feb 2014, 23:08

Did some work over the weekend and figured I would catch up the pictures here. Finished the rod box, except for the lid. The starboard worked real nice. I also framed out the front battery compartment and cooler area. Lot's of time spent, but it doesn't look like a lot done for all the time. I also cut out the front deck and added a recessed foot pedal tray. I really like how these work. I took the old wiring harness and cleaned it up. There were wires cut off in the middle and there was old trolling motor wires that were too thin for anything other than 12 volt. After I cleaned it up I rewrapped it and ran it threw the boat. I see I screwed up and should have ran the harness before I attached the driver side panel, whoops. Now I'll have to figure a clean way to cover the harness. Next weekend I hope to cut the top over the battery area and do some wiring. Before I put the front panel back on, I added some pour foam in to replace what I took out.
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New rod box. I used conduit box connectors to run these thru the star board and connected the 2" pipe with couplers on the back side.
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Front deck on, I glued the carpet inside the battery compartment, hence the clamps and bricks.
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