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The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 2 weeks ago #38331

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Finally got back to pick up the newest project. It's a '55 FeatherCraft Deluxe Runabout.

It is far from cherry but should be salvageable and restore worthy enough to be worth the time and effort.

Here she is sitting on the mid-fifties Holsclaw trailer(even has real glass tailight domes) that I have been holding on to for a while just waiting for something appropriate to strap on her.





Several issues I am finding ...things like stupid owner choices to cut a hole in the dash for a radio/cassette deck and a mounted AM antena on the deck, some pretty good dings in the hull and various random holes punched etc.

Many more pics can be found online at the following site:

s688.photobucket.com/albums/vv241/tmeraw/FeatherCraft/
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Re: The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 2 weeks ago #38394

Great lines. Best of luck with the resurrection.

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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 2 weeks ago #38397

Lots of work, but it can be a beauty. Do you have a compressor and DA sander? You can also order the proper hammers to knock out many of the worst dents. I've found that a DA with 80 grit will remove most of the scratches followed by 220, 320,600 and 1000.

I've used 3M Perfect It rubbing compound to buff out small swirl marks and then Nuvite to finish up.

You may already know all of this, but thought I would respond.

That trailer is the bomb. Good luck

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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 2 weeks ago #38401

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Thanks for the ideas Mickey. No I do not have a compressor nor a DA Sander but will get another DA sander again soon(last one died after many many hours of use.

I figured that there should be a way to hammer out the dents. What to do about some of the many random holes is another issue.

There should be a lot of help out there from those that have walked ahead of me. I just haven't spent much time looking yet.

Have a nice day.

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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 1 week ago #38671

Don't sweat the holes. Large ones can be welded shut and the small ones can be filled with rivets or rivet look-a-likes.
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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 1 week ago #38672

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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 1 week ago #38673

filled
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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 1 week ago #38675

ground and polished
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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 1 week ago #38870

Wow, you have the much sought after front glove box. The panel is pretty bad. If you want to keep it looking the way it did, simply make a cardboard pattern and cut it out of 6061 or 2024 Aluminum. Rivet in place or spot weld in the same manner Otter did. Or make a replacement from Teak as I did. The area where the stern mount was located, needs stop drilled and a scab or flush patch installed. The dent on the port side will take a little skill to remove. Nice boat,,the seat back...I swear you should have to have a special license to buy a sawzall. You get a couple of rednecks together with a case of beer and power tools,,,no good is going to come from it.
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Re:The 55 Feathercraft is Finally Home 11 years 1 week ago #39160

i luv feathercrafts. would like to score a 57-58 vagabond with the walk thru front seat. ron
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