IT’S ONLY A SETBACK

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“The Tower of Power”

Makitas whirl madly, shine returns, and the crazy woman finishes phase II in the Boat House. Now she wants to run the mighty Mercury 1000 (The tower of Power)…….. battery recharged, fuel dumped, tanks cleaned and new 50:1 made for the season. The engine is lowered and a few spoons of water drip out followed by a few drips of oil. The hose adaptor is fitted and I just happen to notice there is a large threaded piece, about 4″ in diameter, spinning free on the prop shaft. Clearly, even though I am not a marine engineer, this should not be ???

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Engine trials are postponed while further info is sought. Not good! Worst case scenario would seem that because we didn’t winterize the motor the bottom portion called “the lower section” could well be toast! All that was required was to let the motor down to the vertical position where these couple of spoons of water would have drained and then  change the transmission oil. Most likely what was left in that lower section froze and then expanded pushing the locking ring out of the alloy casing taking all the threads with it.

However, what is done is done and work continues and Phase III is now complete. On my side, all the side rollers have been removed along with the two heavy steel fenders and have had their first dose of paint remover.

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First dose

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“hubble, bubble toil and  …etc”

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The remaining glue on the front portion where the carpet was has all been scraped off with a razor blade and now awaits a piece of custom marine teak which is being made for us in NM.

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Get scraping!

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A few hours later

Meanwhile “goodies” keep arriving with anchors, paddles, new trailer lights, edge trim, coolers, life jackets and even some boat house décor.

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Retro Coleman Coolers

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Box o’ goodies

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The Boat House gets a “nautical flavor”

Work continues unabated and the seats are clean and the white side panels come back to Scuffy from “scruffy”. The winch gets removed and will be next for the paint shop. Two rounds with the paint remover but the fenders still have more to remove!

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50 years of grime

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I’m impressed!

Decals are next but Brenda is looking for further instructions as these were VERY expensive and WE don’t want any mistakes here!!

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So far so good …… now the BIG ones

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On, with NO mistakes

God knows how many coats of paint were on the fenders but now I’m down to bare metal and a full can of Zip Strip has been used! Highly  recommended, does the job and will burn exposed flesh so BEWARE.

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Ready for painting

The gas tanks were polished and waxed and retain that 1960’s patina and look pretty good!

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Clean or Paint?

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Cleaned up nicely

About ready to paint the fenders and roller stanchions and then replace the trailer lighting just in case the miracle happens and we get called to bring the boat in to inspect the engine.

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Round 1 complete despite the Cottonwood FLUFF!

Grinders grind, polishers polish, and the rattlecans rattle! The tip of the workshop is returned to normal ops and is reclaimed for painting and drying. 1st coats go on and many cans of beer are consumed in these non-stop working days. Still a lot to do, but WE are on target.

TONY DOWN

 

 

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