New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Thu May 31, 2018 3:49 pm

Thanks Stan good info. I guess I am disappointed in the current condition when counter guys at a parts store actually had working knowledge of what they were selling. Now days without a part number popping up on a computer people have no knowledge other than what the computers says.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Fastjeff » Thu May 31, 2018 4:30 pm

That's what happened since family auto stores got replaced by the 'big box; deals.

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Fingerlakeskid » Thu May 31, 2018 11:19 pm

In today's world if you want to find anything other than an oil filter, you have to be your own parts man. Nobody knows anything anymore. If it can't conform to the questions the computer tells them to ask, forget it.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Fastjeff » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:29 pm

Is there a problem using stainless rivets?

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:05 pm

The second attempt at fastenall was for hardware for the transom, I already found solid rivets elsewhere.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:55 am

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:01 pm

Side shot with the back rest
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby bayoumerc » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:04 pm

Looking good
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Fastjeff » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:51 pm

Great work.

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:19 pm

I can't wait to get the old mahogany cut to fit for the backrests.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:41 pm

Looks a little better in blue
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Dan Smith » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:31 pm

Fingerlakeskid wrote:For future reference, McMaster Carr offers threaded hardware in aluminum as well as numerous types of solid rivets. I bought most of my fasteners from them when I did the restoration of my Alumacraft FD. Here's a link to the aluminum screws ----
https://www.mcmaster.com/#aluminum-mach ... s/=1d2xlqd

Another good source of marine fasteners is Jamestown Distributors, although they don't offer anything in aluminum. They do have a great selection of other hardware including silicone bronze and brass.

https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/u ... &page=GRID


The problem with the alumacraft screw replacement is the screw head.  Alumacraft used 10-24 Truss Head Slotted screws on the transom and you can't find them anywhere in aluminum in the lengths needed.  

You can find stainless in the truss heads at longer lengths, but not aluminum in the length needed.   If you look close at the original screws, Alumacraft used longer aluminum screws and after tightning them up, cut the ends to length with a snipper.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:55 pm

Yep they sure did, made it a real treat to remove the screws. I ended up going with stainless steel philips head.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:55 pm

Got the back rest in.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Genel » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:33 pm

Beautiful job. How do you keep that aluminum looking so bright? do you coat it with something after buffing? Looks like chrome, just gorgeous. icon_thumbup.gif
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:07 am

It never sits outside and the shop is 70 degrees and 45% rh. Never Dull is quick and easy.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby justsum1eyeguy » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:30 am

I use a Product called  Pro-40 from Zepfer . Same place you got your buffing wheels. Works real good,  helps with the shine. Also acts kinda like a wax. If you have a buffer I would use a black foam polishing pad, it will take out all swirl marks and make it shine very nice.I used it on my Sea Nymph...    Dale       :arrow:
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:23 am

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:03 pm

Got the gasket on now just have to mount the windshield.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:34 pm

The motor that will be going on the boat when Chuck is done with it.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:33 am

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I am getting closer to having the hull done. Being that I am putting a 40 hp motor on the hull it will be slightly over powered. I have some trim tabs to put on it if it has prop torque. Found the step and trims NOS never been installed.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Tom Brockmeyer » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:02 pm

Deep C wrote:I have some trim tabs to put on it if it has prop torque. Found the step and trims NOS never been installed.


Very cool accessory!  I would put those on my boat whether I had trim issues OR NOT!  Thanks for sharing all the pics of this project.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:11 pm

Got the motor back from Chuck. Progress will be pretty much stopped till the snow flies have lots to get done.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:06 pm

Carl sure was a diabolical engineer, have to remove the carb intakes and fuel line to mount the starter. Removed the charging system as well as the electric choke. Have some wires to change out and modify glad I am not rushing to launch this project.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:10 pm

I had to move the boat to cold storage for a while. I filled my buck tag last night and will be processing the deer Wednesday, then moving the boat back in the shop. We have snow on the ground now so it is working on the boat weather.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:16 pm

Shipping the lower unit up to Hayward to have John put new seals and bearings in it. Looks like I am on schedule to have the boat ready for ice out.
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Re: New project:  Alumacraft Flying D

Postby Deep C » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:08 am

Yeah that lower unit was junk, rusted garbage. It is a good thing that the motor was in neutral when it rust fused together. It explains why Chuck found the shipping mechanism to be bent, the previous owner tried to force it is gear. I found another lower unit on the e-bay and shipped it up to John's place in Hayward I still have a lot to do to get the boat ready for water.
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