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Got a few more hours in today. Made a mock-up of a hatch and I need a spacer under my lid support frame work in order for the lid to sit flush with the floor. Cut out some hatches and framed them in. I love working on these types of projects in the winter. Not enough ice yet and the ramps are froze up. Guess I'll bang away on my tin.
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Hatches in the front.
Hatches in the front.
Hatches in the rear.
Hatches in the rear.
This is my mock-up hatch.
This is my mock-up hatch.
This is the plastic spacer material that spaces the support frame down allowing the hatch to be flush when closed.
This is the plastic spacer material that spaces the support frame down allowing the hatch to be flush when closed.
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Looking good!
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Installed the bilge and ran a wire way from the back to the front. I will have a 12V and 24V system. The 24 is for the new Minn Kota I ordered yesterday and the power will be in the nose. The 12V will run 2 depth finders, bilge, nav lights and maybe interior lights. I pulled wire to the front for the nav. lights and a depth finder. Have to wait until next week to finish the electrical (waiting for an order).
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Bilge pump, wire way and 12 Volt (U1 size) battery.
Bilge pump, wire way and 12 Volt (U1 size) battery.
Bilge exit.
Bilge exit.
Wire way (PVC) thru the back bench.
Wire way (PVC) thru the back bench.
Wire way (PVC) thru mid section.
Wire way (PVC) thru mid section.
Wire way (PVC) to bow for depth finder and nav. light.
Wire way (PVC) to bow for depth finder and nav. light.
This is the 24 Volt battery mounted up in the bow.
This is the 24 Volt battery mounted up in the bow.
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Trimmed up the hatches for carpet clearance and cut the rod locker lids. Need to touch up the lids and coat the added wood with "spar" so carpet can get glued.
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Bow hatch configuration
Bow hatch configuration
Rod locker lid
Rod locker lid
Rear hatch configuration
Rear hatch configuration
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The new 24 volt trolling motor arrived and it appears to fit just fine. It came with a free Hummingbird depth finder. I am going to attach the transducer to the motor so I can leave it up front. I am running the motor with a single 24 volt deep cycle battery.
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A single 24 battery will power that monster. It is a BIG battery but lighter than 2 - 12 volt batteries.
A single 24 battery will power that monster. It is a BIG battery but lighter than 2 - 12 volt batteries.
70# of thrust should handle any wind or current...I hope.
70# of thrust should handle any wind or current...I hope.
Looks like there will be plenty of room.
Looks like there will be plenty of room.
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Hey Scott, do me a favor. Take a couple of pics of how you run your transducer cable up the trolling motor shaft. I did mine a couple of years ago and I ended up ripping he cable in half. Gracias!
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As soon as I do it I will send you the photos. I know it will be tricky but it can be done. I think it will involve several cable ties and maybe some high quality tape. I am not crazy about tape but cable ties do not prevent rotation around the shaft. I'll let you know. Good fishin'!
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wow very nice so far. keep it up!
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I've been a little concerned that my 1957 10 hp Johnson would struggle getting my project up on a plane because of the added weight so I set out in search for a more powerful motor. Not that there is anything wrong with my 10 horse but running on a plane is where its at. After countless hours of searching, calling and e-mailing I found a dimond in the rough (there is a ton of rough out there). I picked up an original unmolested 1963 18 hp Johnson and I can now get back to work finishing the task at hand.
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1963 Johnson FD 17 - 18 hp
1963 Johnson FD 17 - 18 hp
That is original paint.
That is original paint.
Looks good for 50 years old.
Looks good for 50 years old.
Appears that this was well taken care of.
Appears that this was well taken care of.
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i want to know more about that 24 volt batt.
have you used one before

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Scott Mac wrote:I've been a little concerned that my 1957 10 hp Johnson would struggle getting my project up on a plane because of the added weight so I set out in search for a more powerful motor. Not that there is anything wrong with my 10 horse but running on a plane is where its at. After countless hours of searching, calling and e-mailing I found a dimond in the rough (there is a ton of rough out there). I picked up an original unmolested 1963 18 hp Johnson and I can now get back to work finishing the task at hand.
The new motor looks great. Nice Find. =D>
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I have used that 24 volt (GC2 size) battery before but not on a boat yet. I will be testing it out this spring on my minn kota 24 volt motor. We have put them in golf carts with amazing results. Golf carts require 48 volts and we have done both (2) sets of 24 volt batteries or (4) 48 volt batteries. We have reduced the weight of (4) 12 volt batteries by 30%, reduced the charge time by 50% and increased the capacity by 30%. It is a lead acid - bipolar battery that we are getting ready to market very soon. We build them in Clare, MI and that is where I work.
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Scott, you have done a really good job on your tin. I have an old Lonestar that I will use some your ideas on. Keep up the good work

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Thanks BrazosDon,
I have to get back to work on it, there is sooo much to do. I see you have a couple older OMC motors. I have been very pleased with that older iron they tend to be reliable, easy to work on, great looking and you can still get parts. How do you like yours? Thanks for the nice words.
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I got these two motors this last summer. The big one is a '57 Evenrude 18hp and the smaller one is a '59 Johnson 3hp. My mechanic said both of the motors had good compression and less than 10 hours on each one, like brand new. I got less than $800.00 in both of them. Not a bad deal. I have them on an '74 Alumicraft 14'x48" MV.
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