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Post by cenger » Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:29 pm

Much progress has been made on hull number 5640. Bottom is done and I’m about halfway through topside planning.

Just got a call from Van Ness that my Chrysler Ace will be ready next week so I’m very excited to finish topside planking this weekend.

Who did you motor work? Looks good.

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Post by Brian Robinson » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:57 pm

We are still plugging away at the '39 19' Gar and our '38 22' Streamliner for the Concours this year. A couple other boats in the shop have taken most of our time of late though.
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Post by Don Ayers » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:36 am

Matt;

Your engine looks great and don't worry, that brass will dull in no time.

On your hull I completely understand. Sometimes you got to let the pros handle it. They have the experience and resources. You have your day job that they can't do. :)

I'm in the same position as my boat will come back and I will do all the assembly. My engine is not done yet with Van Ness but by summer I hope.

Keep us posted.

PS. who is doing your hull work, if you don't mind me asking?
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Post by Don Ayers » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:05 am

Cenger;

Sorry about that. I got confused on the post. I see that your Chrysler Ace is being done by Van Ness.

too quick to answer without paying attention.
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Post by mattbyrne » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:46 am

Don,

I sent the boat to The Wooden Runabout Company. I know it's in good hands with Mike and Kirk, they do outstanding work. I can't wait to get it back, instant results.

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Post by Don Ayers » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:51 am

Matt;

Those guys do indeed do good work and timely too.

Keep us posted on the progress please.

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Post by cenger » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:41 pm

Dave VanNess has done an outstanding job as usual bringing back to life a very worn out Chrysler Ace. If all goes according to plan my Gar Wood will be back in the water for the first time in 37years in time for Clayton. Image

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Post by mattbyrne » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:27 am

Just got my steering wheel back from Dennis at Quality Restorations. It turned out great, Here is the before and after:


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Post by Mark Christensen » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:48 am

Beautiful work. Keep up the good work you Garwood boys.
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Post by cenger » Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:20 pm

Question about the underside of the decks; Should they be painted or just sealed with CPES. On my Chris Craft they were never painted but it looks like on the Gar Wood they have the old original green color.
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Post by Brian Robinson » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:36 pm

Painted. There is a strange detail on most Gar Wood runabouts where the frame bay immediately above the dash is stained and sealed.
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Post by cenger » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:32 pm

It’s been a while since I posted any progress shots so here is a link to a few highlights.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1063775634 ... 7OW66OboBg#

Work (the kind I get paid for, not the kind I enjoy) got crazy this year so restoration is behind schedule but the boat should be completed by Spring/Summer next year. Boat is currently sitting in 2 coats sealer and 8 coats of varnish. I’ll let it gas out over the winter before applying the final 2 coats of Epifanes. In the meantime, I should be able to get the interior put back together and install the running gear over the winter.
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Post by Don Ayers » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:55 pm

Very nice, thanks for posting!!!
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Post by mattbyrne » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:21 am

cenger, your boat looks great nice work.

You've inspired me to post an update. I cheated a liitle and sent my boat the Mike and Kirk at the Wooden Runabout Company this past spring. They planked the hull sides to help move the project along. The lumber they used has great color and grain it should look real nice, if I don't screw it up.

Here's what I got back.
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Currently I'm fitting the covering boards and deck planking. I can't wait to see the entire boat planked. I'm not looking forward to spending "quality time" with the long board though.

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Post by Chad Durren » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:47 pm

Wheel that thing back in to the garage before the kids start using it as a slam dunking platform. Bored, suburban kids will do anything to touch the rim.

Both GWs look great!
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Post by cutwaterguy » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:31 pm

would anyone here know when gw stopped extending the rear cover boards beyond the hullside to keep the rubrail vertical and not laying flat on the tumblehome angle?
my 2 37's have original planking and this detail is still noted. its kinda of a pain in the ass detail, for ease of restore/refinish how many hulls have it faired off over the years? it interrupts the barrel look you know...
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Post by Brian Robinson » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:45 pm

Good question... with exception of the 22' Streamliner in 1938, they did away with the 'step' on all models for 1939.
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Post by cutwaterguy » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:41 am

thanks brian, would anyone know if the 37-16 split cockpit windshield brackets are the same as the 37-16 racer? anyone got photos of original 16 split cockpit brackets on a boat?
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Post by cutwaterguy » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:41 pm

Don Ayers wrote:Matt;

I would like to see if you have any pics of the inner bottom going on with all those little hourglass blocks that GW's are famous for.
I was in my 19 today taking pics of the throttle linkage including stand off for a guy working on a GW with linkage questions.
Anyway here is a pic showing what I think Don was asking about. More like half hour glasses.
Would anyone here have any of these linkage standoffs?
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Post by mattbyrne » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:02 pm

Update! I finally got the boat stained. Big milestone. I'm hopeing not to touch a long board for a long time. Bring on the varnish!

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Post by Don Ayers » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:53 pm

Way to go Matt!!! A big milestone for sure
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FINISHED!!!

Post by cenger » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:18 pm

3yrs 10 months later I am finally finished (except for the winshield that I broke while putting the last screw in the floor). Had a nice day on the lake today with everything working the way it should. Thanks to Van Ness the 78 year old Chrysler fires right up when you breathe on the starter and runs as well as it sounds.

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Post by Don Ayers » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:10 pm

Looks fantastic!!!

What is the show circuit schedule?
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Post by mattbyrne » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:07 pm

Looks great!

I hope to be posting my finished pictures in a month or so if everything goes as planed. Great work the looks fantastic.

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Post by mattbyrne » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:00 pm

Well, it's been almost 5 years working on this boat and I can finally see the end.

I went and picked up the boat Friday from Wooden Runabout Company. Mike and Kirk painted on the lettering, filled in the deck seams and applies the final coats of varnish. Wow, it looks fantastic! Great work.

A big thanks to Chad Durren for being my tow master. My daughter totaled my tow vehicle last weekend(long story), so Chad volunteered to help me out with his truck and make the run to Holland, MI to pick up the boat.

I spent the weekend installing hardware, hooking up electrical and installing the dash. The to do list is a mile long. I should have the engine ready to fire up after another day or two of work. Then it's time to see if it floats.

So the last hurdle is the upholstery. The leather arrives Tuesday!

Here are some pics.


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Post by Thurley » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:50 pm

Congrats!! Nice Boat!

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Post by Chad Durren » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:57 am

Looks like a different boat with the hardware installed.

Stunning boat. Congrats once again!
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Post by MikeM » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:38 am

That looks fantastic, Matt. Nicely done.
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Post by mattbyrne » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:10 pm

I spent the last 2 weekends working on the punch list. Today I was able to start the engine in the boat for the first time. This was only after a little trouble.

When I first tried to start the engine it would start with a little either but die right away because no gas in carb yet. Well the battery is new and wasn't fully charged so after a few tries battery was dead. No big deal I put it on the charger. So I manually filled the fuel pump with gas and after a couple hours of charging decided to give it another try. Then I discovered that I left the key on then entire time charging the battery. When I had the engine restored I add a pertronix electronic ignition, it was now dead no spark. Luckily my engine rebuilder gave the old points all ready to install.

So in a matter of 15-20 minutes I switched out the pertronix for the point switched around a couple an it fired right up.

I think I'm going to stick with the points I would hate to have this happen out on the water.

Here a quick video:

http://youtu.be/tP0ZEAy5RPw

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Post by boatmanscm » Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:50 am

WHAT kind of seats going in/ original or new. got any pics, could be helpful . thanks
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