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by Matt Smith
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: 1947 18 foot utility restoration thread
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: 1947 18 foot utility restoration thread

Post pics for sure. Also the ones of you in the mental institution. Those are the fun ones
by Matt Smith
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 Manifolds
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: 283 Manifolds

You can have them X rayed and a machine shop. It will show all the flaws. Thats the ultimate way. They are not that hard to find. To be double sure have your local Machine shop clean them and bake them and check for stuff then.
by Matt Smith
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Boat shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Boat shipping

I am in Eastern VA on the Northern Neck. Matching color isnt that big of a deal, and depending on where the damage is, they may have to take it all down to the wood anyway. Did you ask the shop? If not the go to guy is John Freeman. He tows boats allover the place. I dont recall the price though, an...
by Matt Smith
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Boat shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Boat shipping

And this is why DrRot is THE KING!
by Matt Smith
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Boat shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Boat shipping

Jim is right. But if you get someone from the place thats doing your hull, they can come from there with an empty trailer. Might help, the boat repair place I am sure is motivated to help you. Also, there are places on the east coast that can do amazing work on your hull. What state are you in.
by Matt Smith
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: exhaust fumes
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: exhaust fumes

Not to do a shameless plug here, but! https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2020/1 ... -solution/
by Matt Smith
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: exhaust fumes
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: exhaust fumes

Same issue and some engines do it more than others. Just like Bilge Rat said. And I suppose Mrs Rat hates it even more. One simple fix is to change the oil. I did that and it cut it way way down.. Many of our engines dont have filters. It is a blow by and on an older engine can be because of the rin...
by Matt Smith
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Swim/boarding ladder
Replies: 9
Views: 793

Re: Swim/boarding ladder

The one at Freedom is amazing and the right one to have. It can be stowed away and all thought through. Also anything off the transom has to be screwed into the boat, and your feet are near the prop, which is insane dangerous. YA NEVER KNOW.
by Matt Smith
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: wire colors for a 1939 19 ft Barrel Back with a M
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: wire colors for a 1939 19 ft Barrel Back with a M

Good god, thats detail to an insane level. NICE MIKE!
by Matt Smith
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe Storage Cradle
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Re: 1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe Storage Cradle

Each model had a different cradle. So you would want to match one up to your boat. Hope this helps. BTW, I use metal ones that have wheels so I can move the boats around. But thats for working on them in the barn.
by Matt Smith
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Looking for restoration shops in WI area
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Looking for restoration shops in WI area

Ya? I agree. You get what you pay for. I recall doing a story on this topic. https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2019/0 ... ood-thing/
by Matt Smith
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Clutch problem ?
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Clutch problem ?

Its normal. Water also keeps it from squeeking. And Drot is right. They will move on ya. And start in gear as well. It will move while up on land. BTW, when running it on land. Make sure you have water in a 5 gallonbucket with a hose running from it to the water pump. Let the waterpump suck in the w...
by Matt Smith
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Soaking
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: Soaking

Hi David, great boat! You are doing it all, but you need to drop in in the drink. On a trailer for a bit. Have a bilge pump. Note that in cold water it takes longer to soak. Also if you fill the boat from the inside it can swell from the inside out vs outside in. Try it in the lake. But it may take ...
by Matt Smith
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support

And to add to that. Check with Algonac Casting. they may have the cast for it. They made all the original stuff. http://www.algonaccast.com/cast-products/
by Matt Smith
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support

And to add to that. Check with Algonac Casting. they may have the cast for it. They made all the original stuff. http://www.algonaccast.com/cast-products/
by Matt Smith
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Riviera hirn
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Re: Riviera hirn

A Hirn? LOVE IT. First off, good luck finding one. They are very hard to find. There is a thread on this for a Barrel Back, and I think???????? Its the same Hirn. I went out to my Pals Riv. and looked and he had removed it to repair it. So no luck. Here is the thread https://chris-craft.org/discussi...
by Matt Smith
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 55' Holiday, does this look right?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: 55' Holiday, does this look right?

POP Yachts over prices a lot. Kl is a great engine. Lots of power. West bottom can be tricky depending on who did it and the age. Everything is bonded together forever. No swelling, like 5200 Allows that to happen. This is a 10K boat, not 20. The boat in in Florida, someone in the SUNNYLAND chapter ...
by Matt Smith
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 55' Holiday, does this look right?
Replies: 11
Views: 884

Re: 55' Holiday, does this look right?

They are 100% correct. Comments and boat. I like these without all the fancy stuff. The seats look off? As to cosmetics. THE BOTTOM is where the money is. BOTTOM BOTTOM BOTTOM. Engine is also another deal, but not as costly as a bottom. Easy 20K job. As in an easy 20K. So if the boat has an original...
by Matt Smith
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support

OH GOD! That is a sign of the apocalypse. 2020 is such a strange year. Here is a list of places I look. Some very obvious, some not. 1. Classic Boat Connection 2. Ebay 3. Here on Boat Buzz. 4. And if you send me photos of the part. [email protected].com And your boat, I will do a story to reach out t...
by Matt Smith
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: 1941 16' deluxe hatch support

Jim Staib at FineWoodBoats.com He prob has 100 of them.
by Matt Smith
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Pre war Chris Craft welting/Piping configuration?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Pre war Chris Craft welting/Piping configuration?

Its Andy Chuddys barn find. Dont have shots of straps. Here is the original story I did https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2018/0 ... w-winners/
by Matt Smith
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Pre war Chris Craft welting/Piping configuration?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: Pre war Chris Craft welting/Piping configuration?

Hi Joe, since no expert has replied, I will try. Sorry. The question is kinda confusing. The welting on the cushions? Or the seat backs? Cushions are all the same with welting all around. The seats, SOME, had welting dividing the sea backs. The photos attached are a 1939 17 Utility. UNTOUCHED. ORIGI...
by Matt Smith
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Hercules KFL engine noise, help appreciated
Replies: 16
Views: 1095

Re: Hercules KFL engine noise, help appreciated

Put the video on youtube and post a link.
As to the sound and issue. It's the internet, so it will most likely be one of 4000 things. HA.
by Matt Smith
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Interior for '50 Special Runabout
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Interior for '50 Special Runabout

Okay, got some info. Two cushions. Piping wasn't until later. I am seeing in the book, it may have been two colors yellow and black tolex, or just red, or black. Your Hull card says red, so red it is. So.. THere yago. Also they came with B, K, and KL engines. Your hull card should indicate that as w...
by Matt Smith
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Stripped out Screws
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Stripped out Screws

DAMMMMMM! That is genus.. I am so doing that, doing a story on it. maybe make Woody Boater tee's! Oh hell ya!
by Matt Smith
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Interior for '50 Special Runabout
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Interior for '50 Special Runabout

I also saw this in a 1950 ad. Looks like three cushions the rear seat.
by Matt Smith
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Interior for '50 Special Runabout
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Interior for '50 Special Runabout

Gotta say, finding an original photo of your boat is not been easy. Too bad the orig owner doesnt have any. Attached is an image from katzs marina of a Rocket with the white piping. Looks very cool. I think..??? thats red Naugahyde. So sorry to be dragging this out.
by Matt Smith
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Interior for '50 Special Runabout
Replies: 16
Views: 1147

Re: Interior for '50 Special Runabout

It's all personal taste at some point. If you wanted your seats made out of pink leather chris craft would have done it. The story of the original owner saving up by mowing lawns is amazing and wonderful. Thats passion and love and that love is in your boat. You kinda are at a crossroads of sorts. G...
by Matt Smith
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Stripped out Screws
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Stripped out Screws

hi Steve, don't feel bad, we all have a screw loose... Oh come on, how many times in your life do you get to use that line and it makes sense.. I carry on board small peices of wood for this vary reason.