Here we go again! I stumbled on to this 72 Slickcraft for next to nothing, and am really impressed with the construction. This might not be nearly as in-depth a restoration as the 73 Arrowglass Cheetah was.
Looking forward to getting started!!
Nice looking boat and looks very solid. Was there a spark arrester for the carburetor laying around somewhere in the hull? I am no inboard/outboard specialists, but there are plenty of experts on here. It was my understanding that you need to have that arrester on the carb for fire prevention.
Thanks! I was hoping I would find the spark arrestor rolling around under the deck somewhere but no such luck. It's just one of many items going on the "have to buy" list.
The first thing I am planning on once I get it in the shop is to pull the engine, fuel tank (49.5 gal!), and all of the transom parts. Then the engine will get a good going-over to find out what it's going to need. Then I can start evaluating the below deck structure, transom rot, stringer rot, etc.
Well, now the engine is out and all of the stern drive components. I will be replacing all of the stern plywood, decking, engine perches, and decking up to the beginning of the bow section. Won't know the condition of the stringers untill the deck is removed. I think this will be a fairly straight forward task, and will make it a 100% improvement.
The stern bracket is corroded so bad you can see light through it, so will be replacing that. The gimbal housing has one corroded-off bolt, and severely corroded studs so will be looking at replacing that as well unless I decide to extract the existing bolts/studs.
Will wind up removing all of the wood from the transom, deck, bilge floor, and stringers below. The worst part is getting the old half-rotten wood out. Would have been easier if it were completely rotten..ha ha.