Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Warning Pic Heavy

*****This section is for Full Boat Projects Only*****
You must be a registered user to be able to read the posts in this forum
Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Warning Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

Hey Guys, This is my first thread on Tin Boats. I've been lurking around quite a bit getting ideas from everyone else for a recent purchase and first boat.

A little background: I wanted at least a 16' jon boat that was wide as well. I've been out on my buddies 1648 and loved how much room we had. So I began the search for something that I could build to my liking and not spend a fortune.

Found this 1967 16' Ouachita on a 1995 Hualrite trailer with a 1990 15hp Evinrude for $1200. The prior owner had used it for duck hunting and said there was just a "minor leak". Once I got it home for further inspection, I found a small crack in the center rib towards the front. The top of the boat is camo and the bottom had a rubber coating like that flex steel or 3M's rubber under coating.

So since I had read so much about SteelFlex on here and wanted to do the boat right the first time. I decided to strip the whole boat down to raw aluminum to find any other issues it may have, have it welded and then prepped for SteelFlex. Below will be some pics of the process so far.

I've gotten it stripped down. Past 5 layers of paint, fiber glass patch, JB weld in some areas and the rubber under coating. Not fun at all even with a grinder and flapper disk.
Last edited by Slick17 on 16 Jun 2014, 12:20, edited 2 times in total.

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build

Post by Slick17 »

Transom that is rotted and will need to be replaced. Go figure that the transom brackets are riveted and welded. So its not going to be an easy task if I want it done right.

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build

Post by Slick17 »

When it first came home. I have a bunch of pictures, but it seems I have to re-size them all in Photobucket before I can put them here.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build

Post by Slick17 »

Image

Started sanding the old paint off and removed the center seat. So I have some rivet holes that I'll have welded up.

Image

Back of the transom that was covered with stickers and then painted over. You can see what steel bolts will do to aluminum. It just eats away at it. Another fix on the list for the welder.

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build

Post by Slick17 »

You can see a good amount of holes in the transom with it all stripped down. Good amount of space now that the middle seat is outta there.

Image

Starting to remove the transom supports. I had to cut the top welds and then bent them forward.

Image

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build

Post by Slick17 »

Look at all that decking space I have now.

Image


Finally got the old rotted out wood out of the transom. There is too much daylight coming through there from what I can see.

Image

I don't think this wood looks that bad if its the original from 1967 since it was welded closed. Two pieces of 3/4" plywood.

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

The beginning to the new transom. Since the last transom was two 3/4" pieces. I decided that I wanted to do two 1/2" pieces and two pieces of 1/4" aluminum shaped the same as the transom wood pieces to sandwich the wood. That way I would have a good back piece of aluminum for the welder to have a good backing when filling in all those holes.

The free aluminum that I'm using for this came with the boat that the prior owner was using as temporary decking with some carpet glued to it.

Image

After sanding and 3 coats are Spar Urethane

Image

Two aluminum pieces cut and prepped.

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

Image

Image

Big piece of aluminum in as a backing for the welder on the outside. Then the new wood.

Image

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

All in and used a clamp to hold it in place while I drill the new holes through for all Stainless Steel hardware. Don't want any corrosion going on anymore with this thing.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

screamensemen
Posts: 65
Joined: 09 Jun 2014, 13:29
7
Location: Fort Pierce

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by screamensemen »

I am actually having my transom cut out and a new thicker piece of aluminum welded back in place. Whoever had the boat before me used PT plywood and I had some heavy to moderate corrosion with a bunch of pin holes. looks like that way may work as well. Lookin good so far.

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

Here are some of the goodies. This has all came in over the past few weeks after getting the boat and some of it came from the trip back after getting the boat. The other half wanted to make a pit stop at Bass Pro on the way home so she could pic the color of the seats "She" wanted in it lol. She did a great job. On sale too. $29.99 and the cheek seat was $21.99. The pedestal sets were on sale also for $30.

Image

Had to order a new tank and bulb. The old tank was stamped 5/19/84. So this thing will be a good spare.

Image

Delivery from Fascoe. I know that I wanted to do the whole outside and the inner sides some and the back transom area. I also have an old 10' boat that I could use this stuff on. So I ordered 2 gallons with Grey pigment.

Also some stuff from Amazon came in. I found a 1200 GPH bilge at Wally world on clearance for $5.45. Miss marked, but they gave it to me. So I had to order the bilge kit and a new Stainless Bow Eye. Also thought I'd like to try the new trailer tongue handle out and the rod holder.

Image
Last edited by Slick17 on 16 Jun 2014, 11:51, edited 1 time in total.

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

Stickers and Maine trailer tag came in the mail last week. Want all that here for when the boat is finally done. Wanna get this thing in the water as soon as I can.

Image

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

screamensemen » June 16th, 2014, 11:40 am wrote:I am actually having my transom cut out and a new thicker piece of aluminum welded back in place. Whoever had the boat before me used PT plywood and I had some heavy to moderate corrosion with a bunch of pin holes. looks like that way may work as well. Lookin good so far.

Thanks, I actually just got the boat back from the welder this past Saturday. Just still trying to re-size all these pics so everyone can see a running time line.

Yours should be bullet proof if you are going that route.

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

And on..... to the bottom of the boat for sanding/grinding. The sides and the transom were easy. That part all the prior owners must've sanded prior to painting. Now for the bottom, I don't think its ever been sanded. I had to end up using a sanding flapping disk on my grinder to get through it all.

For a almost 50 year old boat. This thing had some paint lol. The original color was green then white, yellow, red and then black. On top of that was a layer of resin in some areas and a 3'x2' section of fiberglass that was covering 3 hidden cracks in the middle rib which were filled in with JB Weld. Then on top of all that was a layer of the rubber undercoating.

Glad I finally got through it all, but man was it a pain. Thank god for my girl helping and for the suggestion of leaning against the house. Back Killer! leaning over grinding.

You can see the Bow Eye is too high. Found out that it was moved up when a old eye was pulled through lower and also cracking the weld from the bottom and the bow. The welder and I fixed it up good though.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Slick17
Posts: 39
Joined: 27 May 2014, 21:17
7
Location: Jefferson, MD

Slick's 1967 16' Ouachita Build - Pic Heavy

Post by Slick17 »

This is the attempt at sanding first which didn't go over well. So I moved onto Aircraft Remover. This ate the rubber coating off and stopped at the layer of resin. :x

So that's when I got the flapper sanding disk out on the grinder. Worked like a charm.

Image

Image

Image

Image

You can see the layer of fiberglass that I was able to pry off the section they had it on.

Image