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1988 Original 21 Eliminator Daytona

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Time for a project! After years of convincing we finally got my grandpa to let us redo his daytona for him. He built in new from eliminator in 1988. This boat has been his baby since day one and even though its 33 years old you would never know. He has done his best keeping it in great condition but everything gets old with time. It boated for a few years in needles before he took it up to Idaho where it has been for over 25 years. My family learned to ski on this boat and our kids are going to be learning to ski in the next few years and this will be one of the boats they will be on. This project means alot to us and my grandpa is really excited for his baby to be brought back to life like the day it rolled out of the factory. Here's a run down of what we are doing.

New Interior- We are keeping the exact same layout, color combo, and stitch and roll stitching. Still trying to decide who to use, Eliminator is always an option, Arko in havasu possibly. Both are booked out till January but we don't mind waiting till then. Are there any other shops you would recommend?

Color sand and buff- The gel is in great shape but while we have it we might as well get it done for him

New rub rail- The rub rail is definitely showing age. We are trying to decide what to do with it, put it back the same or add a stainless rub rail?

New Gauges, wiring, stereo and electrical. Most of the gauges don't work and the stereo hasn't worked since i was a kid. WOT Marine in Oceanside is a friend of mine and he will be tackling all of that for us

Trailer- Trailer is definitely showing its age the most. Repaint, rewire, new LED Lights, I want to do some new wheels but keep it classic with some low profile chrome or polished wheels like Boyd Coddington or something along those lines. not sure who is going to do this work either, possibly adrenaline in Havasu

I'll post more as we get going with things but this should be a fun project to watch. If you have any recommendations that we should do while its here let me know! Also any shop recommendation is welcome!

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Time for a project! After years of convincing we finally got my grandpa to let us redo his daytona for him. He built in new from eliminator in 1988. This boat has been his baby since day one and even though its 33 years old you would never know. He has done his best keeping it in great condition but everything gets old with time. It boated for a few years in needles before he took it up to Idaho where it has been for over 25 years. My family learned to ski on this boat and our kids are going to be learning to ski in the next few years and this will be one of the boats they will be on. This project means alot to us and my grandpa is really excited for his baby to be brought back to life like the day it rolled out of the factory. Here's a run down of what we are doing.

New Interior- We are keeping the exact same layout, color combo, and stitch and roll stitching. Still trying to decide who to use, Eliminator is always an option, Arko in havasu possibly. Both are booked out till January but we don't mind waiting till then. Are there any other shops you would recommend?

Color sand and buff- The gel is in great shape but while we have it we might as well get it done for him

New rub rail- The rub rail is definitely showing age. We are trying to decide what to do with it, put it back the same or add a stainless rub rail?

New Gauges, wiring, stereo and electrical. Most of the gauges don't work and the stereo hasn't worked since i was a kid. WOT Marine in Oceanside is a friend of mine and he will be tackling all of that for us

Trailer- Trailer is definitely showing its age the most. Repaint, rewire, new LED Lights, I want to do some new wheels but keep it classic with some low profile chrome or polished wheels like Boyd Coddington or something along those lines. not sure who is going to do this work either, possibly adrenaline in Havasu

I'll post more as we get going with things but this should be a fun project to watch. If you have any recommendations that we should do while its here let me know! Also any shop recommendation is welcome!

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Damn that's nice with a big old Johnson 2 stroke outboard on it. I like it, Definitely worth doing

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Well this is awesome!

After all of the work I put into mine (the StressEliminator), I ended up using stainless rubrail because the anodized aluminum is so hard to find. I really wanted to keep the anodized blue on mine to be period-correct, but actually, I’m glad I did the stainless because it’s much tougher against the dock if it happens to touch.

Good luck with your project, and keep giving us updates. Cool legacy for your family!
 

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I will be out in Havasu on Labor day and get a bunch of pictures of the boat as it sits and post them up
 

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Damn that's nice with a big old Johnson 2 stroke outboard on it. I like it, Definitely worth doing

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We blew up the motor last summer. We had it repaired but it was a hell of a time to get the parts for that old of a motor. Definitely happy we got it fixed though, keeps the boat period correct
 

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Thank you for linking those! exactly the look we are going for!
A build like this I’m always playing on the internet at hotel for work send me a list I’m sure i can find a few things. But a set of old Centerline Hellcats is what i was searching for, no idea why i saw those in my head with this build be regardless some nice polished old Eagles fit as well.
 

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Love that you are doing this Daytona for grandpa! Mine is a 94', and the only thing wrong was the interior side panels, rear seats, and my driver seat. They were all rotted. I also wanted to keep it with the original 90's theme, and it also helped that any quote I received for new interior was close to 10K!! I ended up building the new interior pieces myself (Baltic Birch and Systems epoxy) and carefully reused the covering. Turned out great, along with 50% new wiring. Good luck and keep that old 2 stroke around.
 

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We brought home the boat from Havasu this weekend and its time to start! The boat is insanely dirty from the drive home and rain yesterday. First things first, we are pulling the interior out today and taking that to the upholstery shop. The boat is going to WOT marine this week and they will work on all the rigging, New stainless steel rubrail, the swimsteps and jack plate are going to be polished (we don't like the black), All new wiring and gauges, Color sand and buff, and anything else that WOT thinks is necessary. I'll keep updating as we go along


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We brought home the boat from Havasu this weekend and its time to start! The boat is insanely dirty from the drive home and rain yesterday. First things first, we are pulling the interior out today and taking that to the upholstery shop. The boat is going to WOT marine this week and they will work on all the rigging, New stainless steel rubrail, the swimsteps and jack plate are going to be polished (we don't like the black), All new wiring and gauges, Color sand and buff, and anything else that WOT thinks is necessary. I'll keep updating as we go along


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I’ve been on the lookout for a while for an older eliminator. I’ve always loved these boats and as a kid wanted one. As soon as the right one comes along I’m gonna buy it. I’m really looking forward to seeing this one done. Awesome project for grandpa and to keep in the family for the next generations to enjoy!
 

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We pulled the interior and the boat will be off to WOT marine in the morning! Not nearly as bad as i thought it was going to be but WOT marine is going to have some fun with the rats nest of wiring tangled up in there. Random wires were added at different times when something would go out so its basically going to be a full gut and rewire. Interior came out easy enough. Some of the wood needs to be replaced and all the foam will be replaced. We are keeping the exact same design and colors for the interior, tuck and roll with the brightest colors possible

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Are you gonna do one of those fancy steering wheels? 😂
 
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