Re: [omc-boats] ahoy mates!

From: Andy Perakes <aperakes@...>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 23:42:05 -0500

I'd settle for a new fuel tank and fuel filter. Anyone got any leads on where I might find them? I haven't looked for a tank yet, but I've looked everywhere for the fuel filter (looks like a Bundt cake) to no avail.

Btw, I completely rebuilt my interior this year. Those of you chatting about seats last spring got me going on a some overdue preventative maintenance that turned into a major rebuild when I found the rear seat anchors rusted tight (front anchors were fine -- wrinkled flooring trapped water around the rear anchors causing them to rust). My original seats are still in great shape, but the integrated straps were shot and I was afraid someone might step through. After much searching, I found the perfect solution at Home Depot -- Closet Maid wire shelving! Cut the clothes bar off, trim the mesh to clear the seat mechanism then slide it in and let the seat foam hold it in place. The wire mesh is plenty strong and offers a reasonable "spring" rate that strikes a nice balance between too hard and too soft. For flooring I found something called Nautolex and I glued it down with spray adhesive from 3M (also found at Home Depot) so I could pull it up again if ever needed. Its a little thinner than the original Johnson vinyl floor, but the color is nice and it's reasonably priced. I also used this as an opportunity to make the floor completely flat (it previously curved to the shape of the trihull in the front footwells which caused the old floor to wrinkle and tear) by using marine filler and wood struts. Finally, I replaced all the simulated woodgrain fiberboard along the gunnels with a nice oak veneer, all stained and varnished. The floor is a little lighter in color and the gunnels a little darker than original, but it looks great. I'll try to send Phil some pictures to post the next time I'm at the lake. In fact, I'm so happy with how the oak veneer came out on the gunnels, I'm thinking about replacing the simulated woodgrain on the engine hatch and bow with it. I know it's probably not the most robust for heavy, wet use, but I keep my boat clean and dry and I figure if the fiberboard lasted for 37 years, the veneer should be good for at least half of that! The last note is on the seat anchors. I didn't want to tear up the wood flooring (stringers are filled with foam then covered with 3/4 marine plywood then sealed in fiberglass), so after the bolt pulled out I hollowed out a mushroom shape in the foam, filled it with a marine expoxy that is waterproof, drillable, and sandable (also found at the Home Depot in Canada), then I drilled it out for a lag screw similar in size to the rusted anchor being replaced. It worked great and I'm very pleased with the result given what it would've taken to tear up the floor.

Now if Santa can only find me that gas tank and fuel filter I'll be all set for another 37 years!
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Thomas Klauber
  To: omc-boats-digest@...
  Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 10:27 PM
  Subject: [omc-boats] ahoy mates!

  Well the boats are up for the winter and it will soon be Christmas. Time to make out your Santa list of those special parts you are wishing for! ---No, it will not do much good cause Santa is long out of stock, but if it makes you feel good then why not. Lets see - for the 69 Rogue how bought a new rub rail with pristine white vinyl insert - yea the whole thing including caps, screws and nut thingies --- aaaaand a new vinyl top with stainless snaps, logos and all. And don't forget those original sculpted foam seats in perfect white. Thaaats all for this year. Heck, why should the kids have all the fun wishing from Santa! Hope everyone has a safe& happy holiday - Merry Christmas! TK
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