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toddster88
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Hey there. Ive been lurking for a long time on this site and finally decided to post my build. Just gotta say how much I love it on here and how many cool projects Ive seen. Ive got a lot of ideas from you guys out there!

So I recently acquired a new tracker topper 1436 about a month or so ago. There are a few reasons I chose a 1436. First of all, Ive been looking for a small tin boat for a while with no luck. Every time Id happen to stumble upon something on craigslist, Id end up gettin screwed over in some way or another. So I priced new ones and the 1436 was something I could afford and make some mods to it n such. Secondly, I usually just fish by myself or with another person. Ive been studying on here a lot about boat sizes and stability issues, and I think this will work for me great. I only weigh about 155 pounds and Ive been fishing for a long time in a kayak (and ive been in some pretty deep and rough water as well!), so Im really not worried about what others say about stability. Others on the site have done some pretty extravagant things to their 1436's, and they seem to have no problems at all.

Im looking forward to hearing anyones input, thoughts and hints. And Im sure Ill have many questions along the way. I know how much I love seeing everyones pictures and progress on here, so Ill be sure to post many of my build. So, here she is... (ps, dont mind all the junk in the background, Ill just say my brothers an idiot and leave it at that lol)
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Overall im happy with the quality of the boat. I do have a couple of complaints though. I dont like the quality of the paint. I dont know if others trackers(or any other boats for that matter) paint rubs off so easily or what. And is anyone elses boat outa whack when they did their initial measurements for their build? I am building a small deck in the front, and Im a bit of a perfectionist so having the boat off a little drove me nuts lol. Heres some pictures of the front deck getting framed in.
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toddster88
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I got some 1/2 inch outdoor plywood for the deck and where the seats go. All the 2x2's and plywood are covered with fiberglass resin. I went with the brown outdoor carpet from lowes. I really like the way it looks in the boat, plus I planned on getting brown seats with camo cushions so it would match best.

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What I did with the galvanized brackets that would be touching the boat was to coat them with a few coats of rustoleum and smother them in silicon too. They are fastened to the boat with a couple stainless screws. The 2x2 frame is also attached to the front seat with a couple brackets and some stainless screws and its rock solid.

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I know the deck is a little small. I maybe shoulda brought it back a little further. But all in all im very pleased with how its coming. Im no sure how I want to utilize it yet though...for storage, for a casting platform, or maybe put a seat up there too? (I did end up buying 3 seats in case I did decide to do this) The seats were on sale on gander mountains site. The reason I ordered them instead of going to the store was because most of the time they only have that stuff in realtree camo in stores...but Im a mossy oak guy! I also got the pedestals and mounts from GM, they were on sale too so I couldnt pass them up. So heres some more progress of the seats and such.

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One problem...I dont know how I want to mount the platforms and pedestals to the boat? :? I hear about everyone using toggle bolts, which is what I used to mount my deck in the front,but I dont know how to go about this on the seats? And I dont want to use screws at all.

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Built my little door for the front deck. Really like how this came out. Now just have to make another trip to lowes and figure out what I want to do about a latch and a handle.

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Mounted my all around white light on the back of the boat. Best part about it was that its free! Came with another boat I had and is like brand new.

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rmzachar
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Post by rmzachar »

Very nice progress so far!

toddster88
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Just picked up this bad boy the other day. It's a 1980 Evinrude 7.5 hp and it runs great! Hope it'll push the boat pretty good.

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The paint on the lower unit is in great shape, I cleaned it up real good the other day. There was some heavy gunk and grease on it but some engine degreaser helped clear that right off. Washed it all off with some soap n water and she looks great. The engine cover needs some attention though. Im going to strip it down, paint it white again, and hopefully have my buddy who owns a decal shop make me some new decals for the motor as well as my registration numbers too.

If anyone has any questions about prices of anything, if you wana see close up pics of something, or have any other input dont be afraid to chime in

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Thanks a lot rmzachar, I appreciate it! Ive got a lot of other things I wana do with it and some ideas Ive been throwing around, so Ill be sure to post it all

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Post by BaitCaster »

Looks great!
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RamHemiTX
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Are you considering adding a seat to the front deck? If it were me, I would put some more support up there before adding a seat.

toddster88
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Thanks for the replies guys. Yea, I plan on putting a seat up there. The pics I have posted are just an outline of the frame. I didn't get around to taking a final picture of the frame in the front before I put the carpeted deck on, but there is more support under there than the pics I posted show. Sorry my fault for that, I'll try n get a pic of that up soon

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Nice!! I like the deck. You are right about the paint it just flakes off real easy.
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RamHemiTX
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Post by RamHemiTX »

In my last post, I forgot to say "JEALOUS" Mine is a 14' Lowe that is too skinny and shallow to deck. I am on the hunt for a new one though! Great looking work so far!

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Thanks guys! Ive still got some work I wana do to it. I want to add a hinged part in the stern of the boat to hide the gas can n such. I need to get a new pedestal and seat mount for the front if I decide to go that route (I want to take her out on the water and test her first though!). I also was thinking of making a piece to extend from the middle seat to the rear seat (out of plywood and carpet like the rest of the boat) that runs along the side that I could mount some cup holders or rod holders n stuff on, I think that would look neat. I dunno if I explined it enough so you get a mental picture or not, but Ive been throwing that idea around, just dont know how Id mount it. Ive got some other odds and ends Ill post too. I also need to work on that darn trailer!
Wld Fowl wrote:Nice!! I like the deck. You are right about the paint it just flakes off real easy.
Yea Im not too crazy about the paint. In the process of fitting the front deck and frame, a lot of paint got scratched and flaked off, so I ended up painting some of those pieces with some rustoleum (dont know if you can see from the picture of the hatch I made). But Ill probably end up putting floors in it so itll hide that.