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1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #88636

Hi everyone, I'm a noob. Here is the beginning of the long and fun process of restoring a fiberglass boat. Mine has the original 1959 Johnson Super Sea Horse 50HP V4 "Fat 50" outboard. LOVE IT!

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #88714

Welcome to neighborhood!

I am just wrapping up a 1964 Crestliner Explorer Imperial restoration. I have just a few hours of work left on it, but just waiting for a little warmer weather and a few more hours of daylight.

So how about some photos of your new old boat?

Dean

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #88757

Yes welcome aboard. Pics are always a must we love boat porn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Bob

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89515

Well I am having trouble uploading pictures. Don't know why. But here's the flickr link to all the pix. The top is where I'm at now, but the entire process up until yesterday is there.
www.flickr.com/photos/94984654@N04/

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89519

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Welcome, You did a beautiful very detailed job on your 50! It really turned out nice.

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89520

Hey, nice job so far. Still loving the cowl rehab!

Gotta post up the decals info, the fellas @FG could probably use them too.

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89527

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dude, great job on the motor looks amazing

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89546

Excellent, she's coming along nicely and the motor looks fantastic!

Bob

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89568

Jim L wrote:

Welcome, You did a beautiful very detailed job on your 50! It really turned out nice.


Thanks! I was shooting for acceptable, and it turned out better than I had hoped. Good to hear the compliments and show them to the harbormaster. She's a skeptic.

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89569

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Hey, nice job so far. Still loving the cowl rehab!

Gotta post up the decals info, the fellas @FG could probably use them too.


Hey JB!
I got all of the decals from www.discontinueddecals.com and if they didn't have what I wanted, they asked me to participate in the creation. So the Crestliner hull logo decals and the V50 decals on the back of the motor were made just for me, with all my drawings picture and measurements. And now they sell them on their site. Toni was a joy to work with. Thanks for the compliments ..... two times. :-)

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89570

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dude, great job on the motor looks amazing


I appreciate the compliments! I see you have a '58 fatty?? Best looking motor EVER (IMHO)!

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89571

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Excellent, she's coming along nicely and the motor looks fantastic!

Bob


Thaks Bob. You look pretty happy in that boat in your profile pic. :-) Boats can do that.

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89611

What is the best 1/2" core material to replace what was in my boat? The original core was balsa, but not even end grain. Just 1" x 1/2" strips about 12" or so. I have heard of some core material that has reinforcement like fiberglass or even kevlar. But let's not get carried away. Remember economy and not over investing are the rules. While consideration for strength and ease of use carry weight. What do I use for bedding, and since it is poly, can I (should I) use epoxy? All in all the boat is small so material will not be compounded by sheer scale. Also, there are two little keel ridges on the hull bottom in the aft portion. These were filled with balsa strips but were not ffilled or sealed. Can I just use CSM and epoxy to fill these? Thanks in advance....
Dave

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89860

ALL wood was soaked wringing wet, so out it came. I still need help figuring out what to use moving forward. Anyone have glassing experience?

Boat pix
www.flickr.com/photos/94984654@N04/

Engine vid

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89862

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Can't help with the "core" question Dave, but the Johnson sounds great! ;)

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89869

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Can't help with the "core" question Dave, but the Johnson sounds great! ;)


Thanks man!

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 8 months ago #89885

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nice motor man looking nice

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 7 months ago #89897

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nice motor man looking nice


'preciate it. Spent about $200 to this point, probably will need a little more in carb work and water pump. So now it sits until the boat is done. I gotta go out to the boathouse now.

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 7 months ago #90212

Last Saturday I made all the final cuts to get all the wood out of the "problem" areas. Up in the bow, the spoonbill hull portion of the keel had some heavy glassed in areas that needed additional attention. Along with the edges of the entire perimeter cut offs, the wood is ALL GONE!!!! From the floor that is.

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good job man coming along nicley, hey when you painted your cowl did you use a spray gun?

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 7 months ago #90242

STN19 wrote:

good job man coming along nicley, hey when you painted your cowl did you use a spray gun?


No, just Rust-oleum cans. But NEVER spray one past 3/4 empty. They will start to spit. Just find other stuff that can use the remainder.

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 2 months ago #98453

Well I named the boat so now I can move forward. Someone told me that the name should be written on the transom before it gets painted. So the name is "Bluebeard". Now on to glassing rest of the inside. It was 101 degrees in the boathouse yesterday. I need an a/c unit in here!

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 1 month ago #99289

Here's a new video of the "kicker" engine. I'll be using this when I go exploring into the shallow waters south of Marco Island. I just got the impeller and the other stuff in the mail. Should have a new video of it running this weekend! I've been told that it needs to be out on open water to really adjust the low speed jet. Oh well, it will be still fun to see how well it runs now. I had it running before, but gas was running out, and it was really weak. I found out that the one plug wire was completely cracked in half. So it has new plus wires and boots, rebuilt carb, new impeller, points, condensers. I hope it runs good now, we'll see............

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 4 years 1 month ago #99294

Very cool, need one of those for my boat. lOL

Bob

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 3 years 8 months ago #105318

This is the finished cowl. I'm starting the lower half now. Man there are so many parts!!!

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 3 years 4 months ago #110704

Motor lower unit is done too.
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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 3 years 4 months ago #110709

Got these done as well.....
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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 3 years 4 months ago #110778

NICE!

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Re:1961 Crestliner Arabian Deluxe restoration 3 years 4 months ago #110782

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VERY NICE!

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