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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2018, 20:19 
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Finally able to get some work done on the trailer. Disassembled the trailer and stripped all the paint. Cut out the old rusted cross member and replaced it with a bolt on. Two coats of primer, two coats of paint complete. Next I will tackle the axle, leaf springs, hubs, and bearings.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2018, 22:51 

Joined: 12 Jul 2017, 21:42
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Location: Springfield, MO
Wish I would've seen this earlier, I brought an 84 Tournament V17 home two weeks ago with a 60hp Merc.

I really like that vinyl. Unfortunately the previous owner had already started rebuilding mine with tan carpet and included all the materials to finish it, so I opted to use it rather than rip it out and purchase new materials.

I have a question about the rod locker lid. Did you use the old one as a pattern, or did you just measure and cut a straight piece of plywood? I can't tell for sure but I think the side of the boat is curved a little, not sure if the lid needs to be as well. I don't have the old one to trace the pattern.

Additionally, are you going to reuse the old drop in hatch compartments in the rear deck? Mine are badly faded and brittle. Can't just make a plywood lid as there is no lip to support it, and the compartment is not lined.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2018, 13:24 
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MrGiggles wrote:
Wish I would've seen this earlier, I brought an 84 Tournament V17 home two weeks ago with a 60hp Merc.

I really like that vinyl. Unfortunately the previous owner had already started rebuilding mine with tan carpet and included all the materials to finish it, so I opted to use it rather than rip it out and purchase new materials.

I have a question about the rod locker lid. Did you use the old one as a pattern, or did you just measure and cut a straight piece of plywood? I can't tell for sure but I think the side of the boat is curved a little, not sure if the lid needs to be as well. I don't have the old one to trace the pattern.

Additionally, are you going to reuse the old drop in hatch compartments in the rear deck? Mine are badly faded and brittle. Can't just make a plywood lid as there is no lip to support it, and the compartment is not lined.


I didn't use any of the old bins and lids, threw them all away. They were cracked and broken. The rod locker lid is straight plywood, didn't use a template. It is actually longer than the old one. I used the old hinges and put it far enough away from the side to deal with the curve. For the drop in compartments I used plastic bins from WalMart. I painted the outside black. This makes them dark and also the paint won't get scratched from the inside. They are wedged in with pink foam. To support the plywood lids I riveted angled aluminum to create structure (you can see the bins and the structure in some pictures on page 4, I will add some better ones later). For the rear deck. I actually added 1/2 plywood. The aluminum deck was warped and I cut several holes in it to get the foam out. So I used plywood to cover it rather than gluing the vinyl to the deck. I love the vinyl. I planned to use carpet, until a trip to Bass Pro changed my mind. I looked at the new Trackers with the vinyl and I knew that was the way to go. I have learned a lot of things through trial and error on this build, so feel free to ask as many questions as you need. I can hopefully save you some trouble with my lessons learned.



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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2018, 13:38 

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Duke62 wrote:
MrGiggles wrote:
Wish I would've seen this earlier, I brought an 84 Tournament V17 home two weeks ago with a 60hp Merc.

I really like that vinyl. Unfortunately the previous owner had already started rebuilding mine with tan carpet and included all the materials to finish it, so I opted to use it rather than rip it out and purchase new materials.

I have a question about the rod locker lid. Did you use the old one as a pattern, or did you just measure and cut a straight piece of plywood? I can't tell for sure but I think the side of the boat is curved a little, not sure if the lid needs to be as well. I don't have the old one to trace the pattern.

Additionally, are you going to reuse the old drop in hatch compartments in the rear deck? Mine are badly faded and brittle. Can't just make a plywood lid as there is no lip to support it, and the compartment is not lined.


I didn't use any of the old bins and lids, threw them all away. They were cracked and broken. The rod locker lid is straight plywood, didn't use a template. It is actually longer than the old one. I used the old hinges and put it far enough away from the side to deal with the curve. For the drop in compartments I used plastic bins from WalMart. I painted the outside black. This makes them dark and also the paint won't get scratched from the inside. They are wedged in with pink foam. To support the plywood lids I riveted angled aluminum to create structure (you can see the bins and the structure in some pictures on page 4, I will add some better ones later). For the rear deck. I actually added 1/2 plywood. The aluminum deck was warped and I cut several holes in it to get the foam out. So I used plywood to cover it rather than gluing the vinyl to the deck. I love the vinyl. I planned to use carpet, until a trip to Bass Pro changed my mind. I looked at the new Trackers with the vinyl and I knew that was the way to go. I have learned a lot of things through trial and error on this build, so feel free to ask as many questions as you need. I can hopefully save you some trouble with my lessons learned.


Thank you. That is great info.

Does the rod box lid use a piano hinge like the rest of the compartments?


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2018, 21:16 
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Rod locker had two hinges, no piano hinge. I painted them black and used them on the new door. The new door is bigger than the old. I attached pics of the hinges and the old door. Also a shot of the plastic bins.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2018, 19:24 
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Disassembled the axle, hubs, leaf springs today. Bearings are totally shot. Stripped the paint from the axle and put two coats of primer on it.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 21 Sep 2018, 20:23 
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Made a little progress today. Cut bunks, drilled holes and attached carriage bolts. Will remove and cover with carpet tomorrow. Started running conduit for wiring. Hopefully I will get the hubs and bearings installed tomorrow. How do you like my trailer supports? Buckets from the big 3, Home Depot, Lowes, and Northern tool!


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2018, 21:49 
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All carpet installed on bunks and fender covers. Installed new hubs, that was an adventure. I bought hub kits from Northern Tool rather than buy the individual parts to rebuild my hubs, thought it would be easier. How wrong I was. The kits I bought were the only two they had that fit my axle. I should have known better. I could tell by the packaging they had been purchased and returned. I looked the best I could to make sure all parts were there. When I started to install them today, to my surprise there were parts missing. Also the kit comes with two seals, a 1.5 and 1.25. One of the kits I had came with two 1.25 seals, I need 1.5. On one kit they had installed the extra seal in the front of the hub. They actually hammered it in. The hub does not take a seal in the front. It was also obvious they tried to hammer a 1.25 seal onto a 1.5 shaft. The spring on the seal was damaged. This would have been easy if Northern Tool was close, but they're not. Thankfully I managed to get what I needed between Auto Zone and O'Reilly's. Hubs repaired and installed. Although I think I may have damaged one of the bearing buddys trying to get the grease gun off. Going to talk to Northern Tool about their return policy. Anything related to wheel bearings should be no return. Thankful for the progress, it is actually starting to look like a trailer again.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2018, 22:07 

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Looks 100x better in black. :beer:


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2018, 22:09 
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MrGiggles wrote:
Looks 100x better in black. :beer:
Agree



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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 23 Sep 2018, 08:27 

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Great idea on the wiring conduit. I have had critters chew wiring before.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 29 Sep 2018, 22:18 
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Boat finally back on the trailer. Now it's time to get back on the boat.


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 29 Sep 2018, 22:29 

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Been fishing out in mine for a few days. I think you'll really like it. Nice and stable, rides good.

Mine will do a hair over 30 with a 60.

Are you going to run the motor that it came with?


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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 30 Sep 2018, 09:44 
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MrGiggles wrote:
Been fishing out in mine for a few days. I think you'll really like it. Nice and stable, rides good.

Mine will do a hair over 30 with a 60.

Are you going to run the motor that it came with?
That's the plan right now. It came with a 50 HP Mercury.



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 Post subject: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb
PostPosted: 13 Oct 2018, 20:34 
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Still working on wiring. Installed the battery charger, battery trays, and batteries.made some connections, plenty more to go.


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