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1  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: tips for veneering a wooden boat deck on: June 22, 2007, 12:13:57 PM
oh and one other thing, do you guys think it not a good idea to flip over a boat like mine so I can more easily attend to the bottom ?. I could put it on truck innertubes on the lawn maybe, but am worried I might damage it.
2  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: tips for veneering a wooden boat deck on: June 22, 2007, 12:09:33 PM
Hi Rob,
Thanks for that. I do have a pull scraper on loan from 'newboater'. I have been doing the heat gun then scrape routine and as you say, it makes the job soooo much easier. I had not thought to then put paint stripper on after that for the flecks, so will give that a go. Still chasing the oxalic acid..
Regards, Andrew
3  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: tips for veneering a wooden boat deck on: June 20, 2007, 08:00:14 PM
Hi David,
Thanks for that. The deck wood is very solid and not lifting, so I shall definately investigate the oxalic acid for the grey bits. For the back and sides which were painted, I will check out the Coopers restoration products as suggested by Rob. Now I just have to find all this stuff. I do have a relative who owns a hardware store so will investigate with him.  I love the pictures of your StyleCraft. It is very inspiring, and in a lot of ways a similar boat design to mine (bar that mine is a clinker). I have also stripped the back of mine right back, so it is great to see how good yours looks when finished. Makes me rethink about painting the sides all white as well....
The strip plank effect on David Browns boat is also excellent. If restoring the existing deck fails, I shall be looking into this.
Regards, Andrew
4  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: tips for veneering a wooden boat deck on: June 19, 2007, 11:27:01 PM
Thanks David and Rob,
I have attached a few pictures. The front deck was replaced 18 years ago, lacquered, and left under a carport with the sun attacking it from the sides. It has never actually been in the water with the new front deck !. It has suffered from lots of grey weather marks, which for the foredeck are mostly the problem. Perhaps if I stain it a dark colour they wont be so visible.... But I only get one chance and dont want to blow it. The sides and back deck as you can see were painted, now mostly stripped. I will look into that product for removing the white flecks, thanks. Re the veneer and gunwhales Rob, that should not be a problem, as the gunwhales have a rubber strip along the edge which would cover it. Did you also mention ply instead of veneer ?. Is that an alternative ?. Sorry for sounding so indecisive at the moment, it is hard to know which way to go !
5  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / tips for veneering a wooden boat deck on: June 19, 2007, 01:00:47 PM
My boat is a 17 foot hunts unique clinker, with  plywood deck. The deck was originally painted, but I have stripped most of it back initially with the idea of staining and varnishing it. However it now seems I will never get it ready for this, as too much sanding risks going through the old ply top layer (seems to be a very dark - possibly cedar ply top layer at the moment. So, I am thinking recovering it with veneer might be an option. Does anyone have any suggestions re a good place to get boat veneer, and what type of glue to use, how to do it etc. ?
Thanks, Andrew
6  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: May 09, 2007, 09:03:29 AM
Hi David,

Sorry for the late reply. We did eventually get to the bottom of it. Tried lifting the tank to the same height, to no avail. Also checked all the hoses for leaks, and replaced all clamps, still to no avail. We then tried a direct hose from a can of fuel (syphoning) but still no go. We had replaced all fuel pump gaskets, but eventually found the little metal valve with spring inside the pump was sticking. We removed and loosened it and put it back, and it is now going like a charm !. I saw another evinrude fisherman on ebay for parts which went for $75 in Brisbane, and I am kicking myself I did not go for it - although I dont know how I would have picked it up. Anyway, you will see I am also interested in the 75 spotted by John.
Regards, Andrew
7  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: 75hp Evinrude on Ebay 1966 on: May 09, 2007, 08:55:36 AM
Hi John,
I have an Evinrude 75 Super Sea Horse on my boat, and this engine from the photos looks very similar, including the shaft length. If I am not treading on anyones toes I would be interested in keeping an eye on this motor - it would make a good spare / backup if the price is right. I do however live in Sydney, but a weekend drive to Melbourne might be nice. I think there might be some photos still posted of my engine in the 'for sale' section 'Hunts Unique'. - (Not for sale anymore).
Regards, Andrew
8  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: March 26, 2007, 07:04:11 PM
Thanks for that. It certainly did not occour to me the height of the tank could change things. I tried the engine out on the back of a small dingy on the weekend, and whilst it was better, it still occasionally ran out of fuel and needed a squeeze from the hose pump. It could well be air leaks in my hose connectors - I will replace those as well as my diaphragm.

Regards, Andrew
9  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: March 23, 2007, 07:09:54 PM
Thanks for your comments - now I just need to learn how to take decent footage and it could be good. Anyway, re your question Mercman, yes it was dying when Bob pumped it. We did replace most of the bits in the fuel pump - springs, gaskets, but admittedly not the diaphragm - I could not find one in my box of replacement parts which came with the motor, and was too slack to go and buy one. We at first thought it was an air leak via the gasket at the back of the pump, but fixed this and it is still having trouble. So I will buy a new diaphragm... . The fuel tank is quite old and definately no vent seal problem there - the gasket on the screw cap has gone so it gets plenty of air !

Regards, Andrew
10  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: March 23, 2007, 11:58:30 AM
My Evinrude Fisherman is now fully back together and working. I have a video of it on You-Tube on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7pJKdwQzKI
Video shows Bob - my 90 year old neighbour, who has done all the work rebuilding this engine. It has not been prettied up yet, but works beautifully after replacing coils, condensors, plugs, leads, carby kit, fuel pump, water pump, thermostat, gearbox seals, etc.

Andrew
11  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Building the Vintage Javelin story on: February 28, 2007, 12:59:51 PM
I also would be a starter for the meeting, as long as my Hunts Unique woody would fit in with all you Javelin enthusiasts !. Do you have a design for the T shirt yet ?
12  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: February 26, 2007, 06:39:03 PM
Hi Mark,

Thanks very much for your advice. I will try for the 1970 part you recommended. I suppose the cork is to seal oil from the engine, or maybe to stop any possible water getting up there via the shaft ?
Regards,
Andrew
13  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Att: Akadakaar on: February 26, 2007, 06:35:31 PM
Hi Mercman,

I do unfortunately do live a bit far away - I am in the Blue Mountains, Paul is over East (work in the middle at Penrith). I spoke to Paul and certainly will come if needed, however Paul seems to think you strong blokes will have it nailed !. Thanks anyway for the invite !
Andrew
14  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: February 18, 2007, 10:04:56 PM
Hi Oldenrude,
Just thought I'd let you know we glued the part back together with Devcon glue, and it seems like it might be ok. We have put the lowerhousing and gear box back together and so far so good. Just one more question. We are now up to putting the motor back on to the drive shaft. I have the pin in the driveshaft, then the brass spring retainer, then the spring, o-ring retainer and o-ring, and finally the metal washer with ridge on it. The exploded diagram on the web site (as recommended by you) shows on top of this last washer a washer shaped gasket, which I dont have. I was thinking of making one. So, my question is, what is this gasket normally made of ?. is it thick gasket paper, or maybe nylon, or a rubber washer ?. I assume a similar setup is on most evinrudes so I am hoping you know !
Thanks,
Andrew
15  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Attn. Akadakaar on: February 08, 2007, 08:45:04 AM
Hi Oldenrude,
It does look remarkably similar to mine, except mine has broken right off. I bought some davcon glue as you suggested, so will give that a go and see how it turns out. If unsuccessful, can I give you a yell, as I may yet be better off with your part.  I am in W.A for work for the next 2 weeks (Newman), so probably wont have any progress updates till around 18th. I have my 90 year old neighbour helping me with the outboard, and I did give him the glue, so might know more before then.
Thanks very much for all your help so far !
Andrew
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