1998 Tracker Transformation/ Remodel

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Bearclaw
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Location: Pageland SC

1998 Tracker Transformation/ Remodel

Post by Bearclaw » 25 Jun 2018, 21:20

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Guys I've been messing with this boat on and off for a long time. Many members on here have answered a lot of questions and been very helpful. I don't have a lot of step by step photos as some do. This boat had sat outside its entire life and was pretty rough. Here goes trying to post some pictures. The first picture isn't clear but gives you an idea of the interior.
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I removed everything from the inside, a big storage compartment that was in front of the console that was about 30" of the front deck. I like to fish in the boat not on the boat, and the livewell was removed. I welded 3/4" tubing lengthwise of the boat for more structural support for the new 1/8" aluminum floor.
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Added some sliding doors and a built in tackle box at the back. Also added a built in tackle box in the console. I had to make it because the console was too small for the prefabbed ones. I have one in my big boat and love it, I have all my crappie jigs in it.
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I put that foam workout mat stuff in the floor,looks good but I'm sure it won't last very long..the driver side seat is on a storage box,it's flipped up in this pic. Added a cutting board at the back as well
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Painted the diamond plate front deck and added a little storage under the bow. I left the door unpainted
The exterior was faded bad and the graphics were cracked all up. I decided to paint it and boy was that a job,it was the toughest part of this thing so far. I really struggled getting the graphics off,used eraser wheels,heat gun and scrapers a couple different kind of removers,goof off and such. Xylene worked on the sticky residue the other methods left.
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The exterior has a bit more shine to it now
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Rod holders will be the next addition.
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I hope you guys n gals enjoy the pictures. I think I've got one outta place
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2000 Princecraft 19'
79. Polar kraft 16
96 Tracker 17'

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Bearclaw
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1998 Tracker Transformation/ Remodel

Post by Bearclaw » 25 Jun 2018, 21:30

Every hinge was pop riveted on from the factory and every single one was broken off of the door/ hatch it was supposedly fastened too. Now each and every hinge has Stainless steel screw with lock nuts holding them in place, either 8-32 or 10-24 I can't remember. The shouldn't break
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And here's one with me working on the console tackle box
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And a picture of a limit of SC crappie for good measure
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2000 Princecraft 19'
79. Polar kraft 16
96 Tracker 17'

Weldorthemagnificent
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Re: 1998 Tracker Transformation/ Remodel

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 26 Jun 2018, 07:15

Nice job!


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LDUBS
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1998 Tracker Transformation/ Remodel

Post by LDUBS » 26 Jun 2018, 12:32

I really like the layout. Any idea on whether it weighs more, less or the same as original?
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xFORBESx
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Re: 1998 Tracker Transformation/ Remodel

Post by xFORBESx » 27 Jun 2018, 20:35

Looks good!

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