Just restored this boat does anybody know the year and model?
After rescuing the boat from its 18 years of watching the sun go down in the middle of a hayfield, I just found out that the boat was originally owned by my wife's great grand father, and brought tears to her grandfathers eyes when he saw what i did to that old boat. I'm so glad to know a bit of that boats history.
Here is a pic of the finished product of 240 hrs of labor complete 57' trailer restoration, 57 boat and 62' johnson FD16A 18HP motor complete tear down paintjob and rebuild enjoy.
Dec 30, 2010
I managed to snap a few shots of my custom windshield for my aerocraft its not mounted yet and the constructing bolts have to be cut yet but Iset it on the boat and every thing came out as planned this part of the restoration was a big pain in the a** it took me about 12 hrs between annealing the alum channel sanding and polishing that and then cutting and fitting 50yr old glass without breaking,my wife told me that im too anal for my own good somtimes. Also here are some pics of the start of the motor restoration and paint job,i did manage to find the time to start the emblems. I hope all enjoy, let me know what you think.
"I think I'm ready for my shot of old hawk now"
Annealing the alum:
So, first step is to get some 1/4 in channel from lowes or local place, I guess you could make a jig of some sort depending on the curvature of you bow, this one was about a inch higher on the top center than the sides so i did this by hand and eye bending a bit then placing it on the boat about 300 times and do not forget as you get to the front corners the channel has to be twisted back to conform to the bend of the glass, the easy part is makeing the alum soft take a set of torches, place your channel on a non burnable surface and ignite just the acetline you want to cover all of the alum with that black soot, then turn on the oxygen and adjust to a nuteral flame and burn off the soot be careful not to give it to much heat and melt the alum, after this is done start your bending get everything bent and fitting well together, then disassemble the whole thing and sand and buff to a mirror finish.
The aerocraft is a great ship well built and uniform it will last forever and hopefully it will now be passed on through the next generations of my family long after im gone to remind them of a time when quality products were once built in AMERICA.
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