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Well I think it's time to start my build thread. This is my second heavy round keel barge the first was a 1975 and this is a 79. I fell in love with the deck when I was a kid and even though it will never be the fastest thing on the water I have learned enough about them to make it respectable.

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Very cool. Can't wait to follow the build. I have a special place in my heart for the double step eliminators.
 

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Ditto, my project slowed down to a stop for now too.
What Transmission are you going to use?
 

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Sorry, meant the clevis eyes that screw through the shaft.
 

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A little progress! Plugged water pickups and straightening out bilge area before gel.
 

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Mocking up=love this foam engine block ( I rented it from a hot rod shop for $25. ) I tore this thing apart like the first day home and needed to see how things fit since changing a few items.
I was planing on powder coating all of the aluminum for the sake of easy maintenance. What say Yee?
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So body work done, had to clean up it was driving me nuts! Time for primer and gel. Going to make ski racks under the bow and replace front fuel tank mounts.
 
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Where did you find the foam Block to rent, do they rent a complete foam 454?
How Firm is the foam, hard enough for some torque?
That would be so cool, I'll be ready for a mock engine in June
 

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What did you decide to do about closing the prop wash gap on your Cav plates?

this is what my Campbell has, It's just 1/4" Plate bolted in the bottom from the recess
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Where did you find the foam Block to rent, do they rent a complete foam 454?
How Firm is the foam, hard enough for some torque?
That would be so cool, I'll be ready for a mock engine in June
Rented it from American Pastimes on auburn blvd for $ 25. Yes rigid =all holes in block gave thread inserts.
 

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Made new floor mounts, originally lag bolted to top of stringer so I plugged the holes and through bolted 2x2x1/4" aluminium angle drilled and taped top to bolt down floor
 

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Looking good, I feel itchy looking at it. LOL
You will love those angle aluminum to mount your floor to.
I did the same thing to my Campbell.
 

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Need more tig practice. Strut, rudder, cavatation plate shaft and trailer tongue headed to polish/chrome!
 

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What’s that chassis gonna be when it grows up?

Glad to see I’m not the only one with the sickness!:D
 

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F***! Had a gun malfunction and primer started to go off in it! Caught it just in time.
 

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Oh and my $50.00 air compressor bit the dust after 10 years lol so had to get a new one stat!
 

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Tools and Equipment get toasted on these projects all right.
I almost Gel gel coated my Campbell, But I wanted to have the wood look and no extra $$$$
Your Gel looks great.
 

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Gel in ski locker not perfect but will clean up way better than the coby cloth that was there.
 

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That strut is going nowhere, you could do a tug a war and it would never have a problem.
 
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Well I took a rest from this for a while and now back at it. I miss calculated how far V drive was moving forward
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and had to get a new prop shaft. So new shaft in and v drive and braces mounted, now to put bulkhead back in and modify floor.
 

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