1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

*****This section is for Full Boat Projects Only*****
jpfieber
Posts: 46
Joined: 13 Jun 2008, 00:48
11

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by jpfieber »

UncleTork wrote:What size pipe fitting is it?
Where did you find it in stainless steel?
Is your plug just a standard boat drain plug?
I ordered the parts from McMaster-Carr, a great place to get just about anything you need. Here are the parts I used:
#4452K675 Type 316 Stainless Steel Threaded Pipe Fitting, 3/4 Pipe Size, Locknut, 150 PSI 2@$6.62
#4452K171 Type 316 Stainless Steel Threaded Pipe Fitting, 3/4 Male X 1/2 Female, Hex Reducing Bushing, 150 PSI 1@$6.16
#9191T38 Quick-Snap Expansion Plug with Stainless Steel Handle, for 13/16 Pipe Size, Stainless Steel 1@$11.85

I put 3M 5200 around the opening in the boat, and on the outer threads of the bushing. I've ground down the inside of the bushing so it's smooth (removed the threads) and the plug is still a little tight, so I'll have to grind out a little more. Instead of the 13/16" plug, you might want to try the next size down, 3/4".
1954 12' The Lifetime Aluminum Boat
1954 Mercury Mark 20
1982 Mercury 7.5

UncleTork
Posts: 5
Joined: 10 Nov 2015, 15:00
4

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by UncleTork »

Sounds good, thank you for your help.

CMOS
Posts: 353
Joined: 12 Nov 2014, 11:32
5
Location: Magnolia, TX

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by CMOS »

jpfieber wrote:
UncleTork wrote:What size pipe fitting is it?
Where did you find it in stainless steel?
Is your plug just a standard boat drain plug?
I ordered the parts from McMaster-Carr, a great place to get just about anything you need. Here are the parts I used:
#4452K675 Type 316 Stainless Steel Threaded Pipe Fitting, 3/4 Pipe Size, Locknut, 150 PSI 2@$6.62
#4452K171 Type 316 Stainless Steel Threaded Pipe Fitting, 3/4 Male X 1/2 Female, Hex Reducing Bushing, 150 PSI 1@$6.16
#9191T38 Quick-Snap Expansion Plug with Stainless Steel Handle, for 13/16 Pipe Size, Stainless Steel 1@$11.85

I put 3M 5200 around the opening in the boat, and on the outer threads of the bushing. I've ground down the inside of the bushing so it's smooth (removed the threads) and the plug is still a little tight, so I'll have to grind out a little more. Instead of the 13/16" plug, you might want to try the next size down, 3/4".

How did you grind the threads off the inside of the fitting???

CMOS
1982 Johnson 15 HP - in pieces, in progress
Currently boatless :(

jpfieber
Posts: 46
Joined: 13 Jun 2008, 00:48
11

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by jpfieber »

CMOS wrote:How did you grind the threads off the inside of the fitting???
I used an aggressive round file, and I found a small bit from a mill I had laying around that I put into a drill. Takes a long time as the metal is pretty hard, and I still have a little to go. There's probably a better way, but this is the way I'm doing it...
1954 12' The Lifetime Aluminum Boat
1954 Mercury Mark 20
1982 Mercury 7.5

g0nef1sshn
Posts: 127
Joined: 10 Jan 2015, 22:17
5

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by g0nef1sshn »

I see a lot of people shrink wrap and refrigerate their 5200. All I ever did was plug the tip with a unused rivet and re poke the hole when needed. never had a major issue doing that. even after a month or more on the shelf.

jpfieber
Posts: 46
Joined: 13 Jun 2008, 00:48
11

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by jpfieber »

ScouterJames wrote:Try contacting the company? Looks like they're still around - maybe have some info or brochures in their old archives.... Looks like the same company - says they made boats briefly.....
Thanks to the lead that James gave me, I contacted the company and was initially told that they didn't have any info on the boat, and that the original owner had retired 5 years ago. Then this morning, my inbox lit up with 10 emails of pictures that the previous owner sent them for me. You have to read the newspaper article in the first photo, just awesome stuff. Even a picture of them making the boat in the factory. I'm hoping I can talk more with the previous owner, it's really intriguing learning about this 60+ year old boat!
A must read!
A must read!
Boat 2.jpg
Boat 3.jpg
Boat 4.jpg
Boat 5.jpg
Boat 6.jpg
Boat 7.jpg
Boat 8.jpg
Boat 9.jpg
Boat 10.jpg
1954 12' The Lifetime Aluminum Boat
1954 Mercury Mark 20
1982 Mercury 7.5

User avatar
Fire1386
Posts: 259
Joined: 12 Oct 2015, 20:13
4
Location: Ohio

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by Fire1386 »

The pics and story are an awesome find on the story of your boat....:)

User avatar
Bigwrench
Posts: 270
Joined: 30 Mar 2014, 09:51
6
Location: Extreme Southwest Virginia

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by Bigwrench »

That is an amazing discovery ! I love old history and trivia stuff ! Thanks for sharing the info !

VinTin
Posts: 66
Joined: 20 Dec 2014, 13:23
5
Location: Atanta GA area

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by VinTin »

jpfieber wrote:
ScouterJames wrote:Try contacting the company? Looks like they're still around - maybe have some info or brochures in their old archives.... Looks like the same company - says they made boats briefly.....
Thanks to the lead that James gave me, I contacted the company and was initially told that they didn't have any info on the boat, and that the original owner had retired 5 years ago. Then this morning, my inbox lit up with 10 emails of pictures that the previous owner sent them for me. You have to read the newspaper article in the first photo, just awesome stuff. Even a picture of them making the boat in the factory. I'm hoping I can talk more with the previous owner, it's really intriguing learning about this 60+ year old boat!

The attachment Boat 7.jpg is no longer available
If you notice the photos don't include the huge press that stamped out the one piece hull. It looks like they are adding the finishing touches there in the shop on hulls they most likely received already made from Reynolds. It seems unlikely that a small company would have an identical mold. It's been reported that these are very tough hulls.

Here's a Reynolds ad from 1947 and a few photos of a 1949 Reynolds boat.
reynolds.jpg
reynolds.jpg (8.28 KiB) Viewed 1134 times
ResizedReynoldsCraft.jpg
DSC01558.jpg
DSC01557.jpg
Attachments
DSC01558.jpg
Last edited by VinTin on 20 Nov 2015, 21:01, edited 1 time in total.

jpfieber
Posts: 46
Joined: 13 Jun 2008, 00:48
11

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by jpfieber »

VinTin wrote:If you notice the photos don't include the huge press that stamped out the one piece hull. It looks like they are adding the finishing touches there in the shop on hulls they most likely received already made from Reynolds. It seems unlikely that a small company would have an identical mold. It's been reported that these are very tough hulls.

Here's a Reynolds ad from 1947 and a few photos of a 1949 Reynolds boat.
Thanks VinTin, it's been mentioned before, but with your pics, it's now obvious to me that the hull is the same (and the rest looks VERY similar as well). Very cool, I'm getting a better understanding of the history of this thing, and it's fun and interesting! If anyone else has pictures or info about Reynolds hulls from this time frame, please share!
1954 12' The Lifetime Aluminum Boat
1954 Mercury Mark 20
1982 Mercury 7.5

VinTin
Posts: 66
Joined: 20 Dec 2014, 13:23
5
Location: Atanta GA area

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by VinTin »

Glad to help.

I love old tin boats!

Here's another ad from 1948 that I found online. One is the whole ad and the other is a clearer version of the text.

https://books.google.com/books?id=o_I1A ... ry&f=false
Untitled.jpg
Untitled1.jpg

ScouterJames
Posts: 19
Joined: 12 Apr 2015, 13:45
5
Location: Langley, BC Canada

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by ScouterJames »

jpfieber wrote:
ScouterJames wrote:Try contacting the company? Looks like they're still around - maybe have some info or brochures in their old archives.... Looks like the same company - says they made boats briefly.....

Glad it worked out for you! Just got lucky with some googling - VERY cool all the info!!!!

James
Tell me, and I might forget.
Show me, and I might remember.
INVOLVE ME, and I'll LEARN.

jpfieber
Posts: 46
Joined: 13 Jun 2008, 00:48
11

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by jpfieber »

VinTin wrote:Here's another ad from 1948 that I found online. One is the whole ad and the other is a clearer version of the text.
Nice find, thanks!
1954 12' The Lifetime Aluminum Boat
1954 Mercury Mark 20
1982 Mercury 7.5

User avatar
Kismet
Posts: 1132
Joined: 21 Apr 2012, 17:11
8
Location: rural SW Wisconsin

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by Kismet »

What a neat boat, neat find, and great thread with the history. Say "Hi" to the orignal boat company owner for us.

:mrgreen: =D> :mrgreen: This is a treasure.
Kis
Enjoy every sandwich

1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=25386
1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
https://forum.tinboats.net/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35326
1956 Alumacraft Model RB
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=39249

bonz_d
Posts: 216
Joined: 27 Mar 2013, 14:34
7
Location: S.E. Wisconsin

1954 12' Lifetime Aluminum Boat build

Post by bonz_d »

jp, where about are you located? I'm down near Lake Geneva, border of Walworth and Kenosha Co. .
1988 Alumacraft Classic 16, 50hp Johnson on a Shoreland'r trailer.
1984 Sea Nymph Pike Attacker, 30hp Johnson on old Gator tilt trailer

Post Reply