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by Don Vogt
Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Hot Tip on Custom Trailers for Chris Crafts
Replies: 20
Views: 13558

hot tips on custom trailers

I can second the comment on Ryan trailers. They are really superior to anything else i have seen out there and they can be completely customized to suit your needs and desires, such as custom colors,etc.
by Don Vogt
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Pre-war life jackets
Replies: 12
Views: 4980

pre-war life preservers

yes, I guess the civilian ones may have been different. There is a merchant marine life jacket photo in the website for the national world war 11 museum; also I think the ones issued to the navy and the air force seemed to have an inflatable chamber on either side of the front and hence I think thes...
by Don Vogt
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:37 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Pre-war life jackets
Replies: 12
Views: 4980

pre-war life preservers

funny coincidence, isnt it, Bill? they look nice but my recollection is that the front part consists of 2 more cylindrically filled pieces, one on each side, rather than a series of smaller tubes in a vest arrangement. I will try to see if i can find a picture of someone in the navy during the war t...
by Don Vogt
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Pre-war life jackets
Replies: 12
Views: 4980

Pre-war life jackets

anyone have a good source for authentic style pre-war life jackets, like a "mae west" or whatever? thanks.
by Don Vogt
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6 Volt trickle chargers
Replies: 4
Views: 3161

On the hard. I wonder if anyone has found a specific brand to be particularly reliable. thanks.
by Don Vogt
Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Orange Deck Stripes
Replies: 2
Views: 2338

orange deck stripe

don ayers or brian robinson may be helpful here.
by Don Vogt
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: All about the 20' Custom 1946-49
Replies: 90
Views: 38618

all about 20 ft. custom

Actually, earlier than that. my 38 deluxe runabout has them. they are wedge shaped to make the step pad flat against a sloping edge of the deck.
by Don Vogt
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: KBL Exhaust Elbow
Replies: 4
Views: 2176

try checking chris-craft parts.com, too.?
by Don Vogt
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Goverment Number
Replies: 15
Views: 6354

As far as the coast guard numbers that were issued prior to the states issuing numbers, (which is different from having a "documented vessel", I checked in the late 80's here with the seattle coast guard and they had thrown out all the records for them in this district, at least. You could check you...
by Don Vogt
Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: 6 Volt trickle chargers
Replies: 4
Views: 3161

6 Volt trickle chargers

Does anyone have a recommendation as to 6 volt trickle chargers for winter time use? I see a number of different brands listed. thanks.
by Don Vogt
Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Factory Original Tool Kit
Replies: 29
Views: 12083

tool kit

I guess what would be helpful for me would be a list of what exact tools were in the little bag don gave us a picture of. Some of the pictures contain quite a few tools. thanks.
by Don Vogt
Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Factory Original Tool Kit
Replies: 29
Views: 12083

tool kit

Thanks much! We now have several pictures with different items. were they all part of the pre-war kit, such as spark plug remover, 4 wrenches, etc? Anyway, as to the manufacture of the tools. A little history. Starting in the later 50's, inexpensive japanese products like cigarette lighters, small t...
by Don Vogt
Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:22 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Factory Original Tool Kit
Replies: 29
Views: 12083

tool kit

Mine doesnt have the pin but otherwise looks like the one in photo 3.
by Don Vogt
Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Factory Original Tool Kit
Replies: 29
Views: 12083

tool kit

thanks, don. this is great.
by Don Vogt
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Factory Original Tool Kit
Replies: 29
Views: 12083

factory original tool kit

funny you should ask. I have a 38 deluxe runabout (71277)and I have the original crank. I dont have any of the other tools, do you? I understand they were basic like a screwdriver and wrench, etc. but not sure what else. would you like a picture of it?
by Don Vogt
Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Six volt vs. twelve volt?
Replies: 10
Views: 6529

If you want a boat that is historically correct, then you need to go for the 6 volt. It is not that much different in performance. However, if that is not an issue for you, the 12 volt will give you a little more oomph.
by Don Vogt
Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Clum Switch Keys
Replies: 17
Views: 10224

sometimes you can find old clum switches at auto parts swap meets. they were used in cars, primarily.
by Don Vogt
Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Clum Switch Keys
Replies: 17
Views: 10224

pat powell the instrument guy does a great job repairing clum switches.
by Don Vogt
Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: steering wheel recasting
Replies: 11
Views: 9153

steering wheel recasting

I can recommend jim ellis of backwards unlimited, poulsbo, wa. He has done 2 for me. Many of his customers are car people showing cars at pebble beach. His quality is top of the line and his prices are, compared to some, quite reasonable. For example, I think my banjo steering wheel, which was littl...
by Don Vogt
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1938 Transom stainless trim???
Replies: 4
Views: 3206

1938 stainless trim

Jim Thorpe, Sagle, Idaho is the top supplier of boat trim with a complete machine shop for whatever you need. His trim is on many first place boats at tahoe, so there is no question about quality and authenticity.
by Don Vogt
Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Steering Wheel Restoration
Replies: 3
Views: 2918

steering wheel restoration

Jim Ellis of Backwards Unlimited, Poulsbo, Wa. (360) 697.1471 is a top notch steering wheel restorer. Does work for the concours at Pebble Beach, as well as boats. If you want it perfect use him.
by Don Vogt
Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: pre-war chris-craft dealers
Replies: 2
Views: 2416

pre-war chris-craft dealers

Thanks, Bill, yes, that was what i found. the only other one I found was in the 1935 Water Ways, that had a list of all the dealers. It mentioned in Spokane, that the dealer was Hatch Motor Co. So somewhere between these two points in time there was a switch (assuming there wasn't a third dealer in ...
by Don Vogt
Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: pre-war chris-craft dealers
Replies: 2
Views: 2416

pre-war chris-craft dealers

I am looking for a 1938 list of c-c dealers. the archives have a brochure with the 1935 list and another with the 1939 list but i am looking for the spokane, wa. dealer as of jan. 1938. Appreciate any help :?:
by Don Vogt
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Fall Brass Bell
Replies: 4
Views: 6157

fall brass bell

Thanks brian for the great article. I continue to be impressed by the quality and thoroughness of your various articles. Hope you keep doing them.