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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2018, 13:12 
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This has been a long time in the making, I had these pods made for me a while back. I made cardboard templates that I should have done a better job on, I dropped the templates off with Jason owner of uncle j boats in Louisiana last summer when I made a trip down there. Buddy of mine picked up the finished products for me when he went down there on a family vacation. Anyways yes it took me this long to get around to finally mounting them as this last year has been busy moved homes both my fiancé at the time and I bought a house together moved into it together and sold our previous homes. Built a garage onto the new to me home, did a bunch of other work on it. Have a full time job, and in the Army Reserves the Army always seems to have me gone more than I'd like eliminating a lot of weekends I'd normally have for fishing/hunting/working on projects. Also got married so it's this last year has been busy to say the least.

Anyways due my not so great templates the pods when put on the transom flush angled up much more than necessary. So I ended up cutting scrap pieces of 1/4" thick aluminum to make filler pieces to angle them down more. The pods were made from 3/16" aluminum I can't fault J's work at all the angle issue falls on my me and my templates he made them from. Pods themselves are really well made and were a darn good price. I welded them on with the bottom edge almost inline with the bottom of the boat did them maybe a 1/4" above the bottom of the boat. The back of the pods sit about 1 1/4" higher than the front. I did this to ensure when on plane they wouldn't cause excess drag and slow me down. I also angled them that much so I can manage to trim the bow up at lower speeds for rough water.

Installing the pods took some time I first had to get the original paint off the back of the transom which was a pain. My boat is an older excel hull they painted it with some kind of truck bud liner kind of coating. That crap does not like to come off. I had to use a combination heavy wire wheel, and flap disc on my grinder to remove it.

Once I got the paint removed and down to bare clean aluminum I positioned my pods in place and at the angle I wanted using jack stands along with some scrap wood shims. Once I got them positioned how I liked at the angle I thought would work I tacked them on. I doubled checked that the mounting location and angle looked right then fully welded the bottom seam, and up the sides as far as I could before the gap became too great to weld. I still have my little hobart 190 welder with a spool gun which I have been very pleased with. I've had it around two years now I think it's been great and it's what I used to do most the welding on this project. I'm still getting the hang of welding aluminum with the spool gun. I'm more experienced with tig welding aluminum as I've had my tig welder longer. So some of the welds aren't the prettiest but they've been holding up just fine.


File comment: this is close up to show how I put the pods a little higher than the bottom of the boat.
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File comment: just another picture showing the positioning and angle
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File comment: positioning the pod showing the angle the gaps I had.
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2018, 13:21 
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sorry the one pic is flipped thought I had it right.

anyways continuing:

Since I didn't do my templates quiet right and had to angle my pods down more rather than just welding them on flush with the transom I had a gap on the sides and top to fill. I cut some pieces of 1/4" aluminum plate for my filler pieces, I would have rather used some 3/16" as it wouldn't have taken as much heat to weld it, but the 1/4" was some free scrap I had lying around.

To cut the aluminum I primarily used my plasma cutter this past spring that was my big tool purchase for the year a hypertherm 45xp plasma cutter. It was expensive, and I compared plasma cutters for a couple of months before settling on the hypertherm. I considered hobart, miller, lincoln, and some others. I ultimately decided on the hypertherm despite it being the most expensive I was considering. A good friend of mine who works for chief automotive a metal welding/cutting company of Rotary Lifts. He works in there tech support for their welders/plasma cutters and he told me to go with the hypertherm. Pretty well said that despite his company selling other cutters, hypertherm makes the best ones. So far I'm very pleased with it, it's one of those tools I wish I had gotten long ago. I went with the 45xp model despite the 30 being cheaper as it could be used on a cnc plasma table, maybe some day I might have one. If not it's still a great machine on it's own.

Once I cut the filler pieces I started to tack them in then fully welded them in. I got the right side pod on fully first then did the left side. After I got both welded in fully with the mig I went back over some spots with the tig that I didn't the best of job on with the mig. Once I got the pods on I welded on a bracket L bracket for mounting my transducer so I wouldn't have to drill through the hull to mount it. Also put on a piece of angle aluminum to finally be able to bolt a spray plate as well. I also welded on some pipes on the back to be able to use some fiberglass spud poles for shallow water anchoring. So far I like having these a lot as well.


File comment: the free pieces of scrap plate aluminum I started with to cut filler pieces.
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File comment: top filler pieced tacked in before getting welded up fully.
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File comment: showing the side gap I had to cut other pieces to fit in and weld in as well.
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File comment: top filler piece welded in fully
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2018, 13:25 
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more pics of pods welded on fully before paint with the spud pole mounts the transducer bracket and spray plate mount


File comment: the right side all welded on
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File comment: ducer bracket not pretty but it should work
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File comment: the other spud pole mount
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File comment: spud pole hole
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2018, 13:32 
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continuing with the build paint prep/paint time:

After all the metal work was done I used a SS wire wheel on my grinder to clean up all the bare aluminum to prep it for paint. Since I was going to be at it painting the back of the boat I went ahead and painted my motor to match at the same time. Some on here will probably cringe that I painted the motor the same ugly flat green the boat is, but I don't care. It's an old ugly duck boat that needs an ugly green motor to match. I mostly painted the motor as the original paint on the hood was flaking off in big chunks badly it looked like crap anyways.

To strip the hood and engine of the remaining decals I used an astro tools pinstripe removing eraser tool. It was pretty cheap and worked great if you ever have old decals, stickers, pin stripes, or anything like that you want to remover from a painted surface with minimal damage to the paint it works. I have used them before to get rid of decals and stickers on cars. I used the alumahawk paint so far I'm pleased with it, it was really thick, but the old ten dollar harbor freight cheapy spray gun layed it on decently. The hardest part about painting the motor was just getting it cleaned and scuffed up. I used a DA sander on the hood to remove all the old flaking paint. The rest of the engine I mostly used coarse scotch bright pads to scuff it and get in all the nooks and cranny's.

I just followed the alumahawk directions for prep the aluminum was scuffed well from the wire wheel, had the motor/hood suffed well, then washed it all down with soap/water, blew it dry then wiped down with acetone, and then a tack cloth. The paint shot on just fine and so far is holding up well. I think the boat overall all looks better with the motor somewhat matching now.


File comment: the eraser wheel these things are great.
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File comment: midway through removing the midsection decals the astro wheel works great for this.
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File comment: my ugly hood with big bare spots, this is midway through removing decals as well. After stripping the decals I sanded the all the hood down to white base layer.
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File comment: decals on the midsection removed didn't really harm the paint at all.
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2018, 13:35 
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more pics of the paint this is when it was still wet just sprayed.


File comment: the hood painted I ended up filling in the holes from the 70hp badges leaving them off going to put the evinrude badges back on after I get them painted flat black/tan.
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2018, 13:40 
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Finished product few pics from this past weekend


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File comment: paint dried to a color closer matching the boat I ended up misting over some rustoleum flat hunter green to get it a little closer to the boat color came out decent.
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
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What size is your boat? What kind of performance gains have you saw?


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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 17 Sep 2018, 18:21 
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Where did you get that transom saver for a jet foot?



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 Post subject: finally got my pods on
PostPosted: 19 Sep 2018, 08:55 
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Riverdog wrote:
Where did you get that transom saver for a jet foot?


I made the transom saver started as a normal one I just took the plastic pads off and bolted on a piece of angled metal that allowed the foot to sit on flat. It was some cheap red neck engineering I can take closer pics of it if you'd like.

Thought I kind of summed up the performance gains already. I haven't noticed a drop in top speed at all the way I mounted them angling up so they don't drag while on plane. Where they have really helped is my static draft has been reduced by a few inches, and getting on plane with a heavy load is much quicker now. My boat is a heavy 1554 older boat made by excel the bottom is far from perfect it has hit it's fair share of rocks, loggs, and been run aground more times than I care to admit. They seem have helped reduced chine walking in sharp fast turns for me. The boat will still chine walk if I try to turn at too high of a speed, but they seem to have helped reduced it. They also help it stay on plane at a slightly lower speed, I can stay on plane maybe another 1-2mph slower which doesn't seem like much but it can help it tight areas where I want to be on plane but have to avoid lots of obstacles. So far I'm quiet pleased with them.


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