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The Honeymoon Phase - 1963 Brunswick Larson Lapline#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_5679.JPG
The Honeymoon Phase - 1963 Brunswick Larson Lapline
What seemed to be minor fixes soon became much more. Partly out of necessity, predominantly out of my neurosis. I just can't stop. So I embarked upon what many know..
The Honeymoon Phase - 1963 Brunswick Larson Lapline
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What seemed to be minor fixes soon became much more. Partly out of necessity, predominantly out of my neurosis. I just can't stop. So I embarked upon what many know..
Hull and stringers#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_5685.JPG
Hull and stringers
The port side stringer was toast, completely detached. The starboard side was also loose. They were hollow fiberglass, so grinding and reglassing was best option. Later I'd know the consequences the loose stringers would have dealt the hull…lots of cracking in lap lines and a spongy hull.
Hull and stringers
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The port side stringer was toast, completely detached. The starboard side was also loose. They were hollow fiberglass, so grinding and reglassing was best option. Later I'd know the consequences the loose stringers would have dealt the hull…lots of cracking in lap lines and a spongy hull.
The name plate#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_5701.JPG
The name plate
So this eludes to the mystery of the boat. I soon came to find out that few of these exist online for reference. I have yet to find one exactly like it. I suspect this could have attributed to the turmoil of Brunswick selling back to Larson in 1963. Literally a plate over a plate and no model #. I can see them perusing the warehouse and coming across spare boats and liquidating…"just throw a Larson stick on it"…amend the name plate and sell it. While I don't have its full history…what I do know is it what located in the Central Valley of CA in the seventies.
The name plate
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So this eludes to the mystery of the boat. I soon came to find out that few of these exist online for reference. I have yet to find one exactly like it. I suspect this could have attributed to the turmoil of Brunswick selling back to Larson in 1963. Literally a plate over a plate and no model #....
1964 Evinrude Lark VI#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_5698.jpg
1964 Evinrude Lark VI
Pretty solid…except it the prior owner said it had a power issue and leaked from the lower unit.
1964 Evinrude Lark VI
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Pretty solid…except it the prior owner said it had a power issue and leaked from the lower unit.
Restored stringers#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_6181.JPG
Restored stringers
Glassed in the stringers with West Systems Epoxy and fiberglass cloth. In hindsight, I would have gone with heavier cloth..not because I'm sure I need it, but because I didn't know about the option at the time…piece of mind. Restoring these really stiffened up the hull.
Restored stringers
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Glassed in the stringers with West Systems Epoxy and fiberglass cloth. In hindsight, I would have gone with heavier cloth..not because I'm sure I need it, but because I didn't know about the option at the time…piece of mind. Restoring these really stiffened up the hull.
Cracks in the Hull#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_5731.jpg
Cracks in the Hull
Observing it on the trailer didn't quite prepare me for what was ahead… I did note these cracks.
Cracks in the Hull
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Observing it on the trailer didn't quite prepare me for what was ahead… I did note these cracks.
Continental Trailer#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_8389.JPG
Continental Trailer
It seems that one becomes blind looking at a boat project initially, because you think "boat…I can fix that" then there's the trailer, motor etc… So to keep my spirits up whilst I prepared to grind out and fill hundreds of spots on the hull…I figured I'd have the trailer sandblasted and powder coated. It came out stellar. Near all original except for rollers. I even restored the winch.
Continental Trailer
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It seems that one becomes blind looking at a boat project initially, because you think "boat…I can fix that" then there's the trailer, motor etc… So to keep my spirits up whilst I prepared to grind out and fill hundreds of spots on the hull…I figured I'd have the trailer sandblasted and powder coat...
The Hull Truth#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_7320.JPG
The Hull Truth
Nothing can describe the punch in the face that I received when I turned the boat over. 50 years of multiple owners, multiple shoddy fixes, cracks, holes, gel coat blisters, impact marks…this was easily the longest phase of the restoration. She was upside down for 7 months as I pushed through with my dremel, sand paper and Epoxy and Resin. I used Westsystems on the heavy stuff and Ad Tek Resin on small cracks, careful not to mix resin with epoxy repair. Roller damage really hit the back hard. I elected to fix as best I could/reinforce, but ultimately left the indentations as they were.
The Hull Truth
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Nothing can describe the punch in the face that I received when I turned the boat over. 50 years of multiple owners, multiple shoddy fixes, cracks, holes, gel coat blisters, impact marks…this was easily the longest phase of the restoration. She was upside down for 7 months as I pushed through with...
Ready for Paint#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_0260.JPG
Ready for Paint
Ok, so when anyone tells you lots of sanding..they aren't kidding. You will do so much sanding that you'll not need to do it again in your life…till your next boat. Grind, patch, sand, wipe down, patch, sand, wipe down, patch, sand…sand the whole hull, wipe down….then finally…Paint.
Ready for Paint
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Ok, so when anyone tells you lots of sanding..they aren't kidding. You will do so much sanding that you'll not need to do it again in your life…till your next boat. Grind, patch, sand, wipe down, patch, sand, wipe down, patch, sand…sand the whole hull, wipe down….then finally…Paint.
Hull Finished#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_8412.jpg
Hull Finished
I have the luxury of a neighbor who has a body shop. So he hit it with epoxy primer and a nice white with a touch of gray..he was also nice enough to do some finish/minutia on the surface with resin prior to paint. The result..stellar.
Hull Finished
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I have the luxury of a neighbor who has a body shop. So he hit it with epoxy primer and a nice white with a touch of gray..he was also nice enough to do some finish/minutia on the surface with resin prior to paint. The result..stellar.
Topside#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_0596.JPG
Topside
And there I thought I was close, but had to work on the topside. While not as extensive as the hull. Still lots to do. I opted to fill every hole to allow for placement where I wanted with whatever cleats/lights etc. I wanted.
Topside
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And there I thought I was close, but had to work on the topside. While not as extensive as the hull. Still lots to do. I opted to fill every hole to allow for placement where I wanted with whatever cleats/lights etc. I wanted.
Marine Ply#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_8583.JPG
Marine Ply
So with the boat back over, I laid down a 5/8 piece of Marine Ply and adhered it to the strings and hull with Westsystems and one of their additives to help bond. Only after I had it down did the top layer start to delaminate …so had to cut and reglue that too..dang it.
Marine Ply
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So with the boat back over, I laid down a 5/8 piece of Marine Ply and adhered it to the strings and hull with Westsystems and one of their additives to help bond. Only after I had it down did the top layer start to delaminate …so had to cut and reglue that too..dang it.
The Motor#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_0941.jpg
The Motor
So work began on the motor. I disassembled and rebuilt the lower unit, replaced fuel lines, sand blasted the LU and prepped for paint. I opted for a good etching primer and Polycromatic Evinrude paint from a place online. Not cheap, but man it coated nice.
The Motor
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So work began on the motor. I disassembled and rebuilt the lower unit, replaced fuel lines, sand blasted the LU and prepped for paint. I opted for a good etching primer and Polycromatic Evinrude paint from a place online. Not cheap, but man it coated nice.
Selectric Shift#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_9059.JPG
Selectric Shift
The remote control unit was hammered pretty good. Plastic handles and buttons suffered from severe sun damage, so I replaced them all with better versions. (not easy to find), replace the switch, sanded/painted and I even design an identical decal and applied.
Selectric Shift
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The remote control unit was hammered pretty good. Plastic handles and buttons suffered from severe sun damage, so I replaced them all with better versions. (not easy to find), replace the switch, sanded/painted and I even design an identical decal and applied.
Panel#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_9061.JPG
Panel
I did obtain a new "overheat" assembly and plate, cleaned up the ignition plate and amp meter.
Panel
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I did obtain a new "overheat" assembly and plate, cleaned up the ignition plate and amp meter.
Near Done#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_9056.JPG
Near Done
All that's left - windshield (easier said than done), restore the steering wheel and ultimately a convertible top. Of course a run as well…to vet the engine.
Near Done
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All that's left - windshield (easier said than done), restore the steering wheel and ultimately a convertible top. Of course a run as well…to vet the engine.
Lark VI#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_9052.jpg
Lark VI
with new paint. Note: I didn't tackle the lettering etc. yet…still trying to make up my mind on that. Often the attempt results in something worse than the original IMHO
Lark VI
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with new paint. Note: I didn't tackle the lettering etc. yet…still trying to make up my mind on that. Often the attempt results in something worse than the original IMHO
Finished floor and interior paint.#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_9063.JPG
Finished floor and interior paint.
I used Interlux Non Skid paint on the inside of the hull with prime kote primer. Vinyl flooring to match and two lounge seats from Wally World online.
Finished floor and interior paint.
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I used Interlux Non Skid paint on the inside of the hull with prime kote primer. Vinyl flooring to match and two lounge seats from Wally World online.
Restored Tanks#phocagallerypiclens 463-phocagallerypiclenscode-jcsmith529-restoratio-5cf4/IMG_9068.JPG
Restored Tanks
I had these sandblasted and powder coated red. Purchased new stickers online and rebuilt the rest and hit with gas resistant paint.
Restored Tanks
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I had these sandblasted and powder coated red. Purchased new stickers online and rebuilt the rest and hit with gas resistant paint.
 
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