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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #104987

It was great being there and seeing what a great job you have done. You really accomplished a lot since I was there last year. Looking forward to a ride on the lake when I come back next year. Enjoyed our visit immensely.
Thanks for having me.
Fred

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #104995

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Andrew, Terrific progress, glad to see you're not letting up. Your mounting for the fuel tank is similar to what I did on the '57 Herters I rebuilt except it had a "V" hull. I glassed supports to make a level area in the bow and built the exact angle iron frame upper and lower. Worked great. Only problem that surfaced was I had such a sharp angle in the filler hose that it took forever to fill the tank without spilling on the deck. Here's the boat after I sold it. I mounted the tank in the bow to help distribute the weight because the Herters was already low in the stern without 12 gallons of fuel. You can see how she sits (not the buyer that's standing :))
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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105001

Nice looking stern from here!

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105002

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Hey 63 Saber, I didn't have an inch to spare under the bow. So I had to locate the filler directly over the opening on the tank. It's a straight shot! Haha pictures to come of the connections...
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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105003

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Click the red omc link in my signature for more up to date info on my Deluxe.

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105032

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Time to sort out the instrument panel...

This is the original configuration, 4 gauges, 2 idiot lights, and a bunch of switch location.


Stripped clean, now I want to figure a way to install 6 modern gauges, keep all the switch locations, and not look like a hack job!



Back side of the panel.



Proposed location for the new gauges.

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105042

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What if you recreated the dash cluster out of wood or aluminum, or anything else for that matter? Just saying because there can't be that many originals out there.

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105044

A piece of engine turned aluminum cut to fit area on gauge panel. Cover the entire elipse shape

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105045

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Great ideas! This what I came up with... A very tough piece of aluminum. It is in white primer at this point.

An I carefully opened the housing to make room for the gauges.

So far so good...
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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105047

Looks good!

Bob

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105056

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Perfect solution, and execution. Love to see it with the gauges / switches.

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Great to be on board.
Rick

Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105070

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Thanks for the compliments guys... This panel is important to the entire project. It's where all eyes will go first, whether good or bad.

Test fitting the gauges... looks pretty good


I took a page from Jan Hadley's play book, the engine turn decal!

I wanted a contrast color for the switch locations though. The original panel did something similar.


The engine turn decal has to be lined up properly, the pattern has to be centered and straight... You would "see" it even if you didn't realize it.


Painted the housing...


Looks pretty decent I think...

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105071

What's covering the switch areas that don't have the turning decal?

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105072

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jbcurt00 wrote:

What's covering the switch areas that don't have the turning decal?


I painted that area with gold/bronze paint, then clear coated. I overlapped the decal about 1/8th of an inch with the clear to lock it down. No peeling!!

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105073

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Looks great Andrew, love the attention to detail!

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Mark

Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105074

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I second the above!

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Great to be on board.
Rick

Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105076

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Andrew, you definitely have talent. Makes the rest of us look like second class boobs
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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105082

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I really appreciate the kind words... It's not that big a thing. I spent 2 months reading all the posts here and taking notes from all you guys. I used some grid paper and an old street sign for my aluminum. Be surprised what you can do with grid paper. Once I had the problems worked out it was a matter of center punching the all the hole locations. Finished dash pics coming soon!
Thanks for all the help!

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105083

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Omg, if this doesn't give you a hard-on, I don't know what will. I never imagined it would turn out like this! Very happy!

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105093

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That just looks so darn good. If someone didn't know I'd think they would think its OEM.

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Rick

Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105098

WOW!!! Excellent !!! What else can you say !!

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105104

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Thanks so much for the compliments, you guys are too gracious. I spent 2 months and a lot of thought on this instrument panel. Now I've got to wire it up and make it work!

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105159

Sorry late to the party again, Outstanding job Andrew!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105442

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Here is a short video of a test run on the engine in the boat today...

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105443

She sounds GREAT Andrew!!!!!!

Bob

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105467

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Love it! Like what you did with the trailer also.
Cal

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105470

Ya andrew looks and sounds awsome..very nice toy ...i just restored a small 8 foot sail boat im puttin a 7 horse on..and followed what u did with body repair and i was very impressed how mine even came out...sure is worth all those frustrating moments...sanding with a block in perticularly lol great job..id love to see yous in person..whats your idea on taking it to your first show?

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105473

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Thanks so much for the compliments.
I have a series of pictures covering the trailer rebuild that will be posted soon.

I haven't thought about any shows, I still have a ton of work to get done before summer. We plan on using her this summer for fun and then decide next years improvements.

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105474

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dmdesighns wrote:

Ya andrew looks and sounds awsome..very nice toy ...i just restored a small 8 foot sail boat im puttin a 7 horse on..and followed what u did with body repair and i was very impressed how mine even came out...sure is worth all those frustrating moments...sanding with a block in perticularly lol great job..id love to see yous in person..whats your idea on taking it to your first show?


I'm glad you were able to get your sail boat restored. Did you use gel-coat for repair and then paint?

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105483

Ya i used jel and rusto pro..was amazed.but the jel was expensive..any cheaper ideas on brand or types? Or places to get it

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105484

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dmdesighns wrote:

Ya i used jel and rusto pro..was amazed.but the jel was expensive..any cheaper ideas on brand or types? Or places to get it

Have you tried www.USComposites.com ?

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MarkS wrote:

dmdesighns wrote:

Ya i used jel and rusto pro..was amazed.but the jel was expensive..any cheaper ideas on brand or types? Or places to get it

Have you tried www.USComposites.com ?


I agree, US Composites is where I bought gelcoat, resin, and other glass supplies.

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Test fitted dash to the Deluxe





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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105522

Looks fantastic!

Bob

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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105523

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Smokin!!! What's up with a steering wheel, any plans yet? Oh yah and don't forget to punch a hole in the dash to mount that old compass
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63 Sabre wrote:

Smokin!!! What's up with a steering wheel, any plans yet? Oh yah and don't forget to punch a hole in the dash to mount that old compass

That crappie old compass is history!
This is the original steering wheel from 1964, May as well restore it too!

Wires wires wires!
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Its really coming along. That dash is over the top!

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Great to be on board.
Rick

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Cracked steering wheel...
I opened all the cracks up, cleaned the metal and treated the rust.
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Re:1964 Johnson Deluxe Resto-Mod 3 years 2 months ago #105560

Im sure u gota game plan but thats one thing i have done for classic auto steering wheels...kitty hair works great or if someones tryin to save some money they have bondo hair at walmart for 12 a quart..i have been very impressed by that stuff..doing steering wheel grooves always sux no matter what lol

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I used a 2 part epoxy putty, mixed and packed into the cracks...
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