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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 7 months 2 days ago #138654

Finally decided that my boat and I are not getting any youngetr and I need to resume a restoration. If I decide to begin a build log, am I in the correct forum? Looking forward to any and all advice....

Thanks to all!

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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 5 months 5 days ago #139029

Just finished painting and detailing my super seahorse....

Now onto my boat and trailer....

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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 4 months 2 weeks ago #139161

Yes, you're in the right place, please post pics of your progress.
Really nice job on the Johnson!
I did a couple for my Glastron
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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 4 months 1 week ago #139235

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How's the Tomahawk restore coming along? Curious.

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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 4 months 1 week ago #139265

Its coming along pretty good...ive been on vacation for a week which has been great but im looking forward to picking back up where i left off.

Still filling and sanding the bottom but hope to move on to priming and painting soon. Cant wait to get this thing flipped over and get the rest done!
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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 4 months 1 week ago #139266

Love the pictures of the twin settup! I notced your starbord motor has a generator. Was it difficult to find the parts for that? Id love to add one down the road at some point....

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I find that a couple sky hooks work well for flipping.
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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 4 months 1 week ago #139274

A generator is not hard to find. It originally came as a kit. You'll need the generator, bracket, belt and voltage regulator which requires changing the cover of the junction box and 1 SFE 4amp and 1 SFE 20amp fuse to go in the fuse holders in your existing box.
Ammeter is optional, but a good idea. It will go in you key switch plate.
I also have the wiring diagram, if you go ahead with it.
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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 1 month 2 days ago #140292

Finally got some primer on the topside...progress has been slow but steady this spring and summer!

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Slow but sure is a winner. Looks like you're making great progress. I'm curious about the floor. Did you put that in or was it there when you got it? I've done both a '59 and a '60 and neither had/has a floor. All the floatation is the sealed air compartments under the bow and front and rear seat bases.
If you read the last section of the description for a 1961 model it lists a floor covering for an extra $20.

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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 1 month 2 days ago #140295

The floor was in yhe boat when i purchased it a few years ago. The previous owner told me he had replaced the existing floor approximately 10 years prior and that was as far as he got before losing interest in the entire project. Im not sure what materials he used but i can see a distinct honeycomb pattern below the layers of the fiberglass floor. Cosmetically, i need to do a little work to it however it feels very strong.

Im hoping to finish sanding the topside primer and actually completing the color sometime this week. Ive been dodging alot of thunderstorms here in lower Alabama lately and ive got to time my painting.

Im using the Rustoleum Topside paints and plan to mix the white and Navy blue with a bit of green to achieve a blue/teal final color....

Then its on to finishing the interior and building seats...

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I've used the Rustoleum paints most of the time on both top and bottom and never had any problems. Suggest that you use a hardener along with the paint. That will bring out a higher gloss and make it flow even and dry to the touch within a few hours. It will be sandable the next day for recoat or polishing.
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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 1 month 1 day ago #140310

Thank you for the advice on the hardener! I had forgotten about using that...about how much would you add to a quart? Ive got to run to lowes or home depot and see if i can find some. I remember seeing a similar product at Tractor Supply but im not sure if they are all the same...(enamel hardener)?

Cant wait to get some color on this thing....its been a bit of an eyesore for a while!

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They are the same. Directions are on the can. DO NOT mix a whole quart!!
Just enough in a smaller container to do your job. Working time is about 15 - 20 minutes once they are mixed. after that you will have a quart of jelly. If you are going to spray use about 40psi otherwise a roll and tip works well also. I splash a small amount of lacquer thinner if you think it's too heavy.

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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 2 weeks 2 days ago #140528

Moving along...finally got some color on my boat. Had mixed and painted two different colors which i wasnt happy with. Finally got a shade i like...sort of a seafoam green. Just added the aluminum trim to the dash along with the pleated fabric. Just need to trim the material. Had to hand bend each piece of aluminum which took several hours between cutting, fitting, attaching, detaching, and finally getting the material in place.

Im out of town for a few weeks so further progress is on hold for a bit....
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Returning member...1960 Tomahawk restoration 2 weeks 2 days ago #140532

Looking great so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob

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