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'57 Constellation Refurb

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Ken Hodge
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'57 Constellation Refurb

Post by Ken Hodge » Thu May 21, 2015 1:51 pm

I am in the process of refurbishing a 35' '57 Constellation and want to remove and refinish the stanchions. Right now the hull (in great shape) is being being refinished and the engines are out for rework. Moving forward a step at a time.

The time will come when I will begin to refinish the deck and that leads to a question. Can someone tell me how the stanchion bolts are attached to the underside of the deck? Are they large screws (doubt it), or bolts? And, if bolts, do they turn into a loose nut, a captive nut or is there a threaded plate that is held in place by screws? Last thing I want is to back out a bolt and then hear a loose nut fall into some unknown location.

Questions. Questions. Questions. And this is just the start.

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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by Doug P » Thu May 21, 2015 2:22 pm

Maybe Troy Hersom will see this post. I believe he just went through this.

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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by RRGadow » Thu May 21, 2015 5:18 pm

Welcome to the club! We have a 58 35' Connie, but we never finished because we bought our 1940 33'. The stanchions are top screwed/bolted till you get towards the aft deck...then they get abit more tricky with the bolts being thru the bottom. I took mine off and got them powder coated.
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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by tkhersom » Fri May 22, 2015 5:01 am

As Doug said I am also in this process on a '58 38' Connie, however I have yet to take off the supports that attach to the deck. I suspect there are nuts under there, but have not climbed down there to figure that out.

I have been planning on glass beading my parts than painting them with rust-o-lium, but powder coating sounds like a very good idea.

I also purchased some copper never seize for the reassembly.

Since it is now the end of May I suspect my rails are going to go back together without being completed and I will take them apart again next year to do the next step. It's time to "Go Boating!" as John in VA would say. :D
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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by tkhersom » Fri May 22, 2015 6:10 am

PS: The reason I suspect they used nuts is because I know the stern cleats are attached with nuts.
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1991 Formula 36PC "Band Aids"

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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by joanroy » Fri May 22, 2015 8:05 pm

The radar mast on Joan Roy is factory powder coated. It was installed new six year ago and the finish is popping off. I've been told by a couple of very experienced boat guys that powder coat doesn't hold up in the salt environment and it's hard to touch up to match with paint. Looked great for a while, but it looks like crap now. I'd go with the paint. At least you'll be able to fix it when it starts to pop off.

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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by Doug P » Fri May 22, 2015 10:19 pm

I have found that in salt air a very thin coating of petroleum jelly (Vasoline) on metal parts will retard the salt action. :roll:


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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by tkhersom » Sat May 23, 2015 4:41 am

I am always amazed at how much information I glean from other peoples threads. :D

Thanks Guys! Sounds like paint and Vaseline to me. (Can I say stuff like that here? Am I on the right site?) :wink:
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1958 CC 38' Connie "American Beauty"
https://www.chris-craft.org/boats/22607/
1985 Formula 242LS "Gottago"
1991 Formula 36PC "Band Aids"

Life Is Too Short To Own An Ugly Boat

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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by mfine » Sat May 23, 2015 5:42 am

If corrosion is an issue, try Eezox instead of petroleum jelly.

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Re: '57 Constellation Refurb

Post by tkhersom » Sat May 23, 2015 6:27 am

mfine wrote:If corrosion is an issue, try Eezox instead of petroleum jelly.
That's a new one on me! Thanks Matt! :mrgreen:
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1957 CC 21' Continental "Yorktown" (Mom's boat)
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1958 CC 38' Connie "American Beauty"
https://www.chris-craft.org/boats/22607/
1985 Formula 242LS "Gottago"
1991 Formula 36PC "Band Aids"

Life Is Too Short To Own An Ugly Boat

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