Ouachita 1648

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Re: Quachita 1648

Post by meonline06 » 13 Jul 2018, 08:18

I pulled the boat off of the trailer a few days ago and started spraying some paint. The trailer had a lot of surface rust, so I used a combination of my pressure washer and an angle grinder with a flap disk to prep it for paint. It's not perfect but it looks way better. With my wife's help, we managed to finish painting the hull and motor also. I'm not sure about the shade of paint we put on the motor, but it won't be changing at this point. Painting is one of my least favorite things to do.

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I won't be able to work on the boat this weekend, but I would like to have everything back together and on the water next week.

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Quachita 1648

Post by LDUBS » 13 Jul 2018, 19:19

Motor looks pretty darn good from here. Nicely done.
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Re: Quachita 1648

Post by meonline06 » 14 Jul 2018, 06:26

LDUBS wrote:Motor looks pretty darn good from here. Nicely done.
Thank you LDUBS. I should always trust my wife when it comes to aesthetics.

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Re: Quachita 1648

Post by meonline06 » 17 Jul 2018, 07:17

I repacked the trailer bearings yesterday. My original intention was to replace them, but they were in good shape. I plan on taking a little trip tomorrow and wanted to make sure everything is in good order. The hubs already had bearing buddies, and today I will try to pick up some new dust caps.
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Sorry, I didnt take any pictures after everything was cleaned up.

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Re: Quachita 1648

Post by meonline06 » 20 Jul 2018, 00:05

I took the trailer on a road trip and came back with this guy.
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It's a 2000 14' Tracker with a mod v hull. I haven't decided what I will do with it yet. The main thing is that the trailer pulled great. I had it at highway speed for 8+ hours, which is the longest trip I've had it on, with no issues. With that out of the way, I tossed the boat back on the trailer and mounted the motor.
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The plan is to button some things up and get on the water tomorrow.

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Re: Quachita 1648

Post by meonline06 » 21 Jul 2018, 22:02

I got all of the motor cables run yesterday. My plan was to do some light modifications to the throttle and shift cables to marry the Evinrude motor to some Mercury controls. It wasn't until after I had everything hooked up that I realized the throttle action for the two manufacturers are opposite. Evinrude cables extend (at the motor) to advance the throttle, while Mercury cables retract to advance throttle. So...the day was a bust. And now I have to find an Evinrude control box. I did manage to mount the ignition switch to the console, so I truly just need the throttle/shifter. I also got the console completed and wrapped in carpet, unfortunately I forgot to take pictures after the whole throttle debacle. I probably won't get an opportunity to work on the boat for another week due to work and a road trip so stay tuned....I'm looking forward to water testing the new setup as soon as possible.

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Re: Quachita 1648

Post by Travm70 » 28 Jul 2018, 18:11

This build is awesome!
Great job!
I’m in the RVA as well working on a build... but it’s taking me way too long.


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Re: Ouachita 1648

Post by meonline06 » 19 Jun 2019, 20:18

I haven't posted in a long time but I have been constantly working on the build and fishing. The biggest changes/ additions include repowering to a 1976 70 hp Evinrude that I picked up at an auction. I was originally just going to flip the motor to make some money, bit it was so clean that I threw it on my rig. I also made a new switch plate out of aluminum. I made some reinforcements to the decks just to get rid of some creaking sounds when I walk around. They were already plenty sturdy, I just needed to secure the deck boards in more places.

I have enjoyed working on and fishing out of this boat for the last few years, but it's time to move on to my next build! I have already picked up a tracker grizzly hull and plan to get started by next week. So the Quachita is officially FOR SALE.

I made a video walk thru that I uploaded on YouTube:

For those interested, I have a how to video on rebuilding a water pump with the 70hp Evinrude:

And here are some pictures of the build as of this week:
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