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by JimF
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: paint polishing
Replies: 2
Views: 2161

I have done this type of polishing, but I think you need to go to a higher quality of sandpaper. I don't think Finesse-It will take out 1200 scratches. You should take it up to 2000. I then use a medium polishing compound, followed by a fine compound. Then it is time for the Finesse-It which is fine...
by JimF
Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Questions abought my finish
Replies: 3
Views: 2436

I don't think I have ever seen a Chris Craft runabout that wasn't stained. The stain serves to blend any color differences in the wood together and make the whole boat more even. If you have no stain now, my guess is that a previous owner stripped the boat to bare wood and then applied just the varn...
by JimF
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Interior Paint Color
Replies: 12
Views: 6058

bilge cleaner

Try getting the bilge damp. Then sprinkle a lot of Tide powdered detergent all over. Let sit for a while. Scrub with a brush and rinse.
by JimF
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: blue linoleum
Replies: 1
Views: 2040

blue linoleum

The hull card of my 1941 utility calls for blue marble linoleum. Does anyone have a source? I have samples from Tony Lauria in PA but they are solid colors. Thanks
by JimF
Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Nose trim piece of moulding?
Replies: 2
Views: 2129

I would think a good welding shop could repair it and then buff it out. I assume it is brass. Some have been chromed. If yours has been, it would have to be redone. To start over, you could find a piece of half round brass stock at a metal supply company and bend it to shape. Drill your holes after ...
by JimF
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: unable to open pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 4115

This is getting interesting! Jim Staib posted 3 hull cards. The first 2 opened but on the third I got the red x. I right clicked and got the list but "show picture" did not do anything. Maybe I should just go back to the age our boats are?
by JimF
Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: unable to open pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 4115

Bill, I was trying to look at the hull card that was posted yesterday or today. When I click the thumbnail, I go to a page that has a small box at the top. In the box is a red x (which usually means file not available or something like that) and the picture caption (1957 Sea Skiff or whatever it was...
by JimF
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: unable to open pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 4115

unable to open pictures

When someone has a photo with their message, there is a small thumbnail under the post. I click on it and get a page describing the photo but there is a small red x. I have clicked on everything on the page but it will not open. Help!
by JimF
Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Model K motor tach adapter
Replies: 8
Views: 3549

Are you talking about the tach cable, which should connect to the base of the distributor, or the temp cable, which connects to the side of the head? If the temp cable, the adaptor is available from Antique Boat Connection and probably others.
by JimF
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Navy Top
Replies: 2
Views: 2119

Al, Thanks for the reply. What is not shown in the picture are the side curtains. They attach to those snaps along the side top edge of the top and then to a row of snaps along the upper edge of the side windshield. My boat clearly shows the row of holes where the snaps used to be. There are also ho...
by JimF
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Navy Top
Replies: 2
Views: 2119

Navy Top

I have a 1941 18' Deluxe Utility which came originally with the navy top. Of course, it is now missing. The Mariners Museum sent me a drawing which gives me a rough idea of what the frame is like. Does anyone know about these? I think the frame is permanently mounted, but can I put the canvas on or ...
by JimF
Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Unusual CC on eBay
Replies: 10
Views: 5493

After looking again, I take back my previous remarks about the vintage. It really looks more like a Sporstman which was available pre-war.
by JimF
Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Unusual CC on eBay
Replies: 10
Views: 5493

E-Bay boat

I think the seller does not know what he has. It looks like a Holiday or Continental from about 1955. The Olds engine would be a re-power. I have seen them before. A local 23' Continental has a 455 and it moves right along. Olds were very popular with the jet boat guys.
by JimF
Wed May 02, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 283 water hoses.
Replies: 1
Views: 1874

283 water hoses.

I have a 283, flywheel forward, which came with no water hoses from the pump. I have 2 outlets from the pump, an upper and lower fitting on the inside rear of the manifolds, and a fitting on each side of the block right near the manifold fittings. What goes where?
by JimF
Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: How would you repair this?
Replies: 6
Views: 5040

Jeff, First, lets get a few terms straightened out. The covering board is actually the side piece of the deck. The front deck of your boat probably has planks with white deck seams between them. There is a board that runs from the very tip of the bow around the deck planks and all the way to the ste...
by JimF
Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: How would you repair this?
Replies: 6
Views: 5040

It looks to me like if you removed the top ceiling board, the one that has the notch for the piece you need to replace, you should be able to see what the cross piece connects to. Probably a side frame. With the ceiling board out of the way, you should have enough room to sneak in the new piece.
by JimF
Fri Nov 03, 2006 5:19 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Traditional bottom construction VS marine playwood - Why?
Replies: 1
Views: 2872

I did a bottom with plywood on one of my own boats about ten years ago. The problem lies in that in the forward part of the boat, the shape of the hull requires the plywood to flex two ways which plywood won't do. You have to run strips, usually 6 inches wide, at approximately a 45 degree angle to m...
by JimF
Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: fuel tank sources
Replies: 3
Views: 3456

They are not in your area but they ship UPS. Rayco in Florida will make a tank for about $350. 941-751-3177
by JimF
Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Log in
Replies: 2
Views: 4860

Log in

I don't log in much but I am a frequent reader. Every time I do try to log in my password is no good and I have to get another like Ad8hnFt. Is there not a simpler system? I have checked the box that is supposed to sign me in every time but that doesn't seem to work. I would like to participate more...
by JimF
Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:31 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 7676

The Austin show, thanks for asking, is October 20-21 and has moved to lake LBJ, a quite smaller lake but with better facilities. The Friday cruise is probably 30 miles at best. I know you were involved with one of the most extensive restoration projects in recent years, the Little Lady, winner of ev...
by JimF
Mon Jul 03, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 7676

I have been a professional restorer in Austin, TX for 25 years. I can give you a general idea of how long it can take to do a restoration. Bear in mind some boats need a lot more work than others. I have just completed a 19' Capri. I started on March 9 (this year). The boat received a new 5200 botto...