Just picked up what appears to be somewhere around a 1956 Larson Falls Flyer. Looks mainly complete, and I plan to restore it not necessarily to museum quality, but to usable-but-aesthetically-pleasing quality. To that end, just looking for advice and general do's or don'ts regarding this type of boat. There are few obvious items like re-chroming hardware etc, but my first issue to address is likely the 3 screw holes beneath the waterline that look like they may have been from an old speedometer or something similar (see second photo below). Also, there are some superficial cracks at the top of the transom (though the transom itself feels solid) and likely those could be reinforced. As for paint, it almost looks like it was either hand-painted, or 'refreshed' by hand at one point. I suppose I should scrape and repaint... Anything else I should particularly watch out for or avoid or? Yes, I realize this is a totally open ended question, and for that I apologize. I already have a voicemail in to John Monahan who has restored several of these himself.
You're in good hands with John Monahan. I know him personally as do several others on this site. I don't think anyone knows more about Falls Flyers than John. I recommend that you be patient. It sometimes takes John awhile to get back to you.