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andrewallan
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« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2017, 07:21:54 PM »

Well, you've done an amazing job.
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« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2017, 04:54:14 PM »

Lovely job mate, a credit to you. When are you going to find a Stilletoe?
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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2017, 06:52:03 AM »

Hi I sand blasted most of the aluminium covers except the gearbox then primed with Epinamel PR250 then  Colourthane PF330 primer filler ( hi build primer ) top coat is Colourthane C Series. The fiberglass cowling was sanded back then just the PF330 and the C series top coat , these are Wattyl 2 pack industrial products I used them on a 40ft yacht I had, for an outboard a bit of over kill  but I was familiar with using them.  The Engine block I just primed then top coated. If you decide to go this way make sure you read the safety sheets and buy the best mask and filters you can. Wattyl trade centre in Springvale helped a lot to colour match the white & Polycromatic blue.

Cheers Mike G

What a fantastic result. I'm very impressed.
Was there any need to sand between primer filler and top coat, or can you spray one on top of the other soon after the primer filler has cured?
I have read about some products where you can do just that!

I really think the blue colour you have chosen, matches the blue of my 1960 10hp 'rude. It will certainly require a paint job as soon as its back together again.

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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2017, 08:33:44 PM »

Hi, no you can wet on wet without sanding  and that’s good for less cosmetic areas.
Mounted the motor back on today so far all good, sea trials soon”

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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2017, 08:55:42 AM »

Outstanding results.
Now, what have you used on your trailer? Was a prime or rust converter necessary?

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« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2017, 09:12:57 PM »

I’ve just about finished my restoration of my 1500.  It has a slightly modern take on the original as I could hardly find any photos when I started.  She’s come up pretty good for a 50 year old boat


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« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2017, 01:04:51 PM »

Hi Mercman
The Trailer i just hit the rust with a power wire wheel on a angle grinder not fun then rust converter then Wattyl single pack cold gal , wattyl primer then Hi Chem silver grey hamertone, not a lot of time spent but should do for a few years.

Juzzanaut, Nice job on your 1500, i am curious as to the paint you used and also the SwiftCraft emblem on the dash did you have it recromed? Again nice job. 
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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2017, 02:50:01 PM »

Hey Mercman

I gave it a light sand, 2 pac primer filler and then a 2 pac color.  The blue is actually vinyl wrap over the top.

It had all the original fittings on the boat.  And yes the SwiftCraft badge was rechecked along with all the other fitting.  Wasn’t cheap but came up a treat.
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« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2017, 07:13:53 PM »

We had a day at Tarwin Lower on the river,the engine ran beautifully apart from eating the fuel up more than i had hoped but still very happy.
I had a little bit of fish tailing the steering cable has a spring on port & starboard should it only have 1 spring? anybody know?.

Had to make a new windscreen the origanal one's visability was dangerous so more late nights in the shed.

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« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2017, 07:18:37 PM »

New perspex screen, looking forward to using the boat after all the work.

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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2019, 08:38:45 PM »

Hi Mike,

you did an amazing job on your restoration of the 1966 SwiftCraft 1500. Have you made any further changes in the last couple of years?
Also, I found a picture of a boat for sale on the net, and I just wanted to know if it was a Swiftcraft. If you have time to have a look and let me know, that would be appreciated.

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« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2019, 07:29:16 AM »

Hi Julian,

Yes the boat you posted is a SwiftCraft 1500 looks to be in good shape.

I have enjoyed using my 1500 and have decided to not repaint it at this stage, i like the old look.

Cheers Mike.
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« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2019, 12:16:08 AM »

Hi Mike,

thanks for getting back to me, I really appreciate it.

I don't think your decision to not paint your 1500 at the moment is an issue, as it looks amazing as it is. You must have received a few compliments from other boat owners, when you have taken your boat down to the boat ramp.

I just had a final question for you. Coming from a family who have made such a significant contribution to the recreational boat building industry in Australia, do you have an opinion on how we as Australians look after our classic boats and the history surrounding them. It's hard not to compare our country with America, as there seems to be many similarities in our boat building industries. However, looking from the outside, the Americans seem to really treasure their boating history and preserve their classic boats better than we do. Although, the huge difference in population, their large and lengthy boat building industry and the fact that many of their classic boats have spent their lives in fresh water obviously makes a difference.

Having restored your own classic boat, do you have any thoughts on this?

Julian   
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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2019, 08:46:08 PM »

Hi Julian,

Yes my boat does receive compliments but mostly lots of questions as to its age, the most recent was 2 fisheries officers wanting to take photos of the engine and 5 min later a couple of hardcore trawler crew taking photos and asking questions.

And i guess this brings an answer to your question, i have found there is a growing appreciation of Australian built boats, one is in the offshore rigs like big old Hains Hunters, shark cats ect but also in early ski boats, a few i follow on facebook are- Classic & Vintage Power Boats 1950 to 1972.   Australian Old School Trailer Boats.  Old School Swiftcraft boats , there are a lot more. Yes the Americans do have a massive following and i agree withe population ratio ect.
I have enjoyed working on one of the boats my father built it is a treasure to me something i will keep tinkering with and use as it was intended to be.

Cheers Mike.
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« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2019, 10:13:18 PM »

Hi Mike,

Yes, the engine looks great and is a real classic in itself. You also did an amazing job in painting it. I have seen people in the US paint engines like this, but I haven't seen it done so much in Australia.

Thanks for mentioning the facebook pages you follow. I also follow Classic & Vintage Power Boats 1950 to 1972, but I am not familiar with the other pages you mentioned. So I will have to check them out.   

Yes, working on one of the boats that your father built must be an amazing experience. I would think that it could also be quite an emotional experience, as well.

Thanks Mike for letting me know your thoughts on classic Australian boats. It's good to hear that there is a growing appreciation of Australian built boats out there.

Julian
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