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Old 01-23-2018, 11:08 AM   #21
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:49 AM   #22
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The boat is outside, under a carport waiting on me and its driving me ape **** nuts!

The Mrs is waiting on me to paint the inside of the house we just bought and Im scheming on how to get time in the boat

Mark, fill the hole from the drive, build/attach/glass a longitudinal across the top of the transom on the inside (did this on the last Sonic and was a huge improvement) then knees from inside transom to stringers.

Goal is for it to look factory when done.

Karzrus, fingers crossed that theyre still good. Previous owner replaced the floor over tank and would hope he checked while it was opened up.
One I do the 454ectimy, Ill also pull the tank to inspect.

Im anal on projects like these cuz in my mind, theyre only fun at 9/10+ in chop and I dont want to worry about me or my passengers being safe.

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I broke a ram on a Bennett tab on my first 24' Sonic, giving him a ride in Lake Erie chop.
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Cool project looking forward to seeing how it comes out! And welcome to Morrowtucky I'm north of Mt. Gilead...
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yeah, stringers, this getting old sux
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And welcome to Morrowtucky I'm north of Mt. Gilead...
Very cool!

They didnt tell me about the morrowtucky part until we were in

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Yea.. kinda... More like parts of a boat. I had a thread going on here about the rebuild, but stopped updating it when Photobucket screwed everyone. One day I'll sit down and redo all the pics. In the meantime I have a duplicate thread in OSO under transom replacement on checkmate 281.... The project may have spiralled out of controle....,
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After waiting till April (weather) to start my new shop.......(ugh), its done and Im in and so is the boat.
Didnt get any free time to start tearing stuff apart until a couple wks ago.

So far so good, and no real surprises.

Found there is 10" of foam forward of the fuel tank. This equates to approx 10 more gls of fuel.
I was considering making this a step down to cabin, aiding entry but I dont like the shift in weight that moving the tank back would create and, at this point the additional fuel capacity is more important to me.

The motor beds came out intact, rock solid and bone dry.
And they're 32 yrs old!

Floor over tank was recently replaced and was reattached to stringers w/2" pan head screws and NO sealer on them. Bottom of that section of floor already has evidence of water intrusion, so w/the screws driven into the top of the stringers how long until they rot?
When they do, is it the wood/Checkmates fault

Had to remove to the cabin bulkheads to access forward portion of floor for removal.
No idea what will go back in but it wont be these.

One huge engineering challenge for this project is adding an opening hatch over the cabin doors (as the 24' Sonics had) which will require complete removal of helm/dash area.
Still pondering that one.

Built a new pod for the controls.

Motors are bought ('98 250 hp V-6 looper OMCs w/250 hrs that I used to own) and paid for pending an inspection by Paul. Assuming that passes, probably road trip to La. for motor p/u in Nov.

Plan to finish tank removal today. It has severe corrosion on top so I'll have to determine if can be expanded safely or needs replaced.
Hopefully there are no hidden (rot) surprises bellow it. Top of stringers tap solid.
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Sorry Chris, missed the memo about my membership expiring, meaning I couldnt post pixs above.
I know a bunch of members have gone to facebook but Im done w/it and I think many others are/will also and will be back here.

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The tank came out today.
The good is I thought I drained the fuel when I brought it home and had not, and drained 40+ gls out of it that the truck and the Mrs's Jeep is now running on.

The bad is the tank is junk due to corrosion.
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