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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2018, 22:50 

Joined: 22 Feb 2018, 21:36
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I'm the proud owner of a 1982 mod v alumacraft. She has a 1990 25 HP Mercury 2 stroke. I was born in 82 so maybe it was meant to be.

I found her on Craigslist for $1500 (firm he said). She had a title, and a solid hull with no drunk bumps or Diy welds. So I paid full price, greased the wheel bearings, kicked the tires (literally) and hauled her home with some magnetic trailer lights from the local tractor supply.

I had no idea if the motor ran. I did pull on the pull cord and she passed the redneck compression test. So I invested in a battery, fuel filter, spark plugs, and a new fuel line/bulb. I had a half gallon of my true fuel 50:1 and stuck the new fuel line into that true fuel can.

I sprayed some carb cleaner in each cylinder when I changed the spark plugs. I said a prayer and turned the key. And boom she fired up! And then died after about 5 seconds. I was excited! I then tried to start it and it would fire and die. After about 6 or 7 times, I thought I might be rebuilding the carbs. I decided to check the spark on both new cylinders and when checking the second one she fired and idled great! So I disconnected the spark tester, hooked up the water flush kit and hoped she fire back up again.

Sure enough she did! I let her idle for 20 minutes or so and ran some seafoam mixed in with the gas. And she never died.

Now I'm confident I've got a boat and a motor and can work on overhauling the rest.

I'll share pics along the way and certainly appreciate ideas - I've seen some very impressive work on the forum.

My next priorities are to change the impeller and the lower unit oil. I'll clean and dry out the old gas tank. And most importantly is clearing some space in the garage to work on it!ImageImageImageImageImage


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PostPosted: 27 Feb 2018, 22:54 

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Looks like you have a good solid boat to begin with. Should be worth the work.


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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 01:45 
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Great boat have fun


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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 08:03 
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Location: Twin Cities, MN.
Sounds like a good deal. Congrats! :)



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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 21:56 

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The fact that it came with a Minn kota edge 40 (with foot control) and a color fishfinder was a really nice bonus.

My first two questions for the group are
1. The floor was carpeted and terminated into a riveted strip a few inches up the side. Should I remove and reinstall this? Maybe I could leave and tuck the new carpet into it? I have not riveted before but seems straight forward enough. Or should I just run the carpet to the edge of the floor and not worry about it.
2. I have lots of adhesive residue after pulling up the old carpet. I have read about some ways to remove including chemical from zissner, wire brush and disc grinder attachments. Has anyone used citrus strip? It works wonders on furniture with paint and varnish layers. I like how easy it is to work with.

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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 22:02 

Joined: 29 Jun 2016, 19:36
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Location: middle of NC
The citrus stuff took the paint off mine. I guess the floor is wood?



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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 22:33 

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water bouy wrote:
The citrus stuff took the paint off mine. I guess the floor is wood?
No the floor is aluminum. But no paint to speak of on the interior.


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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2018, 22:51 

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With some scraping it took the glue right off but I made sure to rinse it all out so I didn't wake up nekid in the morning.



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PostPosted: 10 Mar 2018, 22:35 

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Today she got a new impeller and lower unit oil change. She definitely needed both.

I forgot a rubber washer over the drive shaft the first time and realized quickly she was not pumping water. The second time I dropped the lower unit it only took 15 minutes! Boom she pumps like a champ!

Remember no extra parts allowed and it won't pump with that washer!

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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 00:23 

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Finally got room in the garage now that the motor is tuned up. I managed to get all the boat cleaned out and vaccumed.

Looks like lots of mice lived here at one point. I'll be replacing some of the foam. Cleaning up the wiring for sure.

I'll also be adding some aluminum support in the back deck where the pedestal seat will go.

My kids picked out some possible flooring. Any serious opinions on these snap together rubber mats? Would adhesive hold them down fine? I have them as flooring in the kids play house and it seems basically rot proof. I doubt it would get too hot. ImageImageImageImageImageImage


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PostPosted: 13 Mar 2018, 13:18 

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Loctite makes a marine adhesive sealant that seems to hold just about anything. I found it at Lowes or maybe it was HD.



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PostPosted: 14 Mar 2018, 09:03 
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Your boat, your decision on the floor. :D
I'm sure it would glue down just fine, but I would be concerned with it's ability to hold up to extended sun exposure or solvents like gasoline.



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PostPosted: 04 Apr 2018, 21:10 

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A little progress. Got the old decking out. No big issues. The backing for the u bolt under the bow that connects to the trailer winch was a goner. New sealed ply, stainless, and locking nuts. Easy fix. ImageImage


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PostPosted: 04 Apr 2018, 21:13 

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New tires and wheels. Actually trailer tires! I didn't realize that it had two different sizes it until I took the old ones off. Now one of the old ones is a decent spare.

$100 for the pair on Ebay and seem to be decent quality. Time will tell. Image


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PostPosted: 04 Apr 2018, 21:17 

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Put new support in the rear for the deck. All free aluminum I had on hand!

Also added some foam where I had some additional dead space. ImageImage


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