1986 Tracker rebuild

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Ncdeere
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Ncdeere » 24 Sep 2019, 06:41

I picked the boat up a few months ago and came across this site. I'm not going to document my entire build because its all been done here before. I would like to thank Derek, Bowlershop and Jigngrub for their build threads. They all paved the way and made my job easier. The hull was in great shape, old rotten floors, soaked foam and a rotten transom, everything that I expected.
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Ncdeere
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Ncdeere » 24 Sep 2019, 06:50

I didn't take a lot of documentation photos, like I said these guys had all done it before. I stripped It out to the bare hull and removed the decals. Did a lot of cleaning and replaced the foam in the floors and then replaced the wood with marine ply covered on all sides with epoxy. I hate wet carpet so I went with the Nautolex. I let my wife pick between the blue and gray and its bright to say the least.
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Ncdeere
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Ncdeere » 24 Sep 2019, 06:52

Started with the Nautolex. I like the color and its easy to install. I used contact adhesive that came in a 20lb cylinder with the hose and gun.
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Ncdeere » 24 Sep 2019, 06:55

I wanted to update the decals like other builds so I had a friend make them locally to match the newer style Tracker but I had him print my NC registration numbers on the decal.
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Ncdeere
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Ncdeere » 24 Sep 2019, 07:01

It came with a great running Johnson 28 SPL but I wanted a little more power and picked up a newer Yamaha PRO50 with low compression on one cylinder. When I tore it down I found that a small clip had gotten into the center cylinder and bent the top ring groove just enough to make the rings stick in the piston and would not make over 30 PSI. I ordered a rebuild kit with new pistons and rebuilt the engine and carbs. The previous owner had removed the tilt and trim so I picked up a CMC. I'm just about ready for my first test run at this point. I'm waiting for engine decals and I have to replace trailer wheel bearings and bend come Lexan for a windshield. I hope to be on the water next week.
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Ncdeere » 24 Sep 2019, 07:06

I made one change in the way the rear deck and compartments were configured. At least the way they were when I got it.
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Post by Ncdeere » 02 Oct 2019, 06:26

I fabricated and added two braces to the transom and splash well. With the 50 HP hanging it moved more than I liked. It really stiffened that area up.
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Post by Ncdeere » 02 Oct 2019, 06:27

Engine decals done. Ready for a test run.
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by Bowlershop » 12 Oct 2019, 00:02

Looks nice!

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thedude
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1986 Tracker rebuild

Post by thedude » 12 Oct 2019, 10:25

Wow great work! Let me know how the flooring works out. Or have you used that material before?



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Ncdeere
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Post by Ncdeere » 14 Oct 2019, 12:16

Bowlershop wrote:
12 Oct 2019, 00:02
Looks nice!
Thanks, not as nice as yours but I tend to fish in pretty tight spots and hated to paint it and end up scratching the sides.

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Post by Ncdeere » 14 Oct 2019, 12:30

thedude wrote:
12 Oct 2019, 10:25
Wow great work! Let me know how the flooring works out. Or have you used that material before?



I found the Nautolex here on a thread I think was named Totally Nautolexed https://tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.ph ... ex#p232118. Its really easy to install and tuck corners on. Its waterproof so it will help protect the wood underneath and it is very tough. Picked it up from Defender Marine.

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Post by thedude » 16 Oct 2019, 22:47

Awesome. Thanks.

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