RCB restoration project

ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
Welp, operation RCB Restoration is nearing completion. .

Before I presume, any interest out there in seeing the picture timeline between then and now? Should have closure in about two weeks. Beware I've said 'about two weeks' for about 4 weeks now...

I didn't have the liberty to post as it went, so you may get the fast-motion movie, but without the tedium of waiting for progress.
We're about 700 man-hours into the restore at this point, consumed much the winter and spring after work and some weekends

You may recall the 99 I found last October, pound rescue..





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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,493 Mega Baller
    Would definitely be interested in final results and recap. These are great boats.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    Ok, here we go...
    Last October multiple Power washer and magic eraser, razor because we don't need no steenking badges...








    MISkierALPJrbraindamage
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    Interior gutted mid November
    Looks like the rear seat bottom the only thing that doesn't need attn

    First part bought was a functional and sturdy trailer jack

    It took weeks to eventually determine what colors the boat is


















    MISkier
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    December, goes inside, and my friend and I hit it hard, as we have some heat

    Part of the plan is to replace all soft parts, hoses, control cables, etc as we go

    Fuel tank and exhaust come out
    Driveline comes out

    Oh look at that, strut is bent. Still amazing it was undetectable on the test drive like that. Still would have bought it..

    Lots of buffing till arms ache occuring in-between these pictures





























    MISkier
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    Raw water pump rebuilt,
    New brakes, backing plates, pads, cylinders assembly, hard and soft lines, brake actuator

    All stern hardware removed, including wedge

    Alternator and brackets a crusty mess, new alt, and brackets were ground, primed, painted

    Buffing, buffing, buffing

    Determine the boat is Natural/regal red/black/opal white/ (reversed under rub-rail)













    MISkierDaveDALPJr
  • VermontSkierVermontSkier Posts: 62 Baller
    This is awesome! Was this the one that was for sale in Mass and was on Facebook marketplace for a while? Great job, psyched to see more!
    aquaman35
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    Indeed Spencer! that's the one. we must have both watched it all last Summer.
    More to come
  • VermontSkierVermontSkier Posts: 62 Baller
    @ReallyGottaSki sweet, this is going to be an awesome ski tug, keep the pics coming!
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    Steady supply of parts coming in

    Started dialog with Gabe's very early, glad I did as we needed that time

    Choosing white/tan/red accent instead of black accent it had

    Throttle repacked with grease

    All three new cables, helm, pinion and tilt

    Peeled up the dry rubber mat on the driver's footwell

    Restoring dash soft parts

    Ruder dropped and greased,
    Tiller pivot changed from nut/bolt to a fixed stud









    ALPJr
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    Heater, new fan and new core, wet and dry hoses, is relocated to in front of the driver's feet, to maximize access to the bow storage

    Speaker holes on the dash....I have a plan..







    ALPJr
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Test holes under tank and under driver's seat, she's soaked like I suspected.pump the brakes..

    Hey at least the pylon is polished at this point.

    Pylon bearing was restored, actually didn't have to buy one











  • GarGar Posts: 322 Baller
    May want to consider getting rid of the HDS box.
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited June 30
    A little teaser from Gabe

    It *would be some time till we are ready for that



    @Gar , yes, valid concern
    Skipping ahead, this hds tested out, it's a good one, at least for now
    MISkier
  • GarGar Posts: 322 Baller
    Curious how did you test the HDS?
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,940 Mega Baller
    This is an epic resto! I redid a bunch of that stuff in mine last year but you're going WAAAY further than I did. My vinyl was still good. I started needing a new strut bushing, which turned into:

    Since I need a strut bushing I will need to drop the rudder so I should probably just pull out the back couch and the gas tank and since I've got that all out, I may as well just rip up and replace the yucky carpet and since that stuff is all out I guess I'll redo the exhaust hoses and fuel lines and as long as I have the flooring up, I may as well re-glass and level the floors and since I have all the upholstery out, I may as well have my mom sew on some new strap to the top of the gunnel nets and...
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
    DragoISP6ballReallyGottaSki
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 2,216 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Wow! I really admire your spirit and desire to fix her up. From a strictly financial standpoint that boat should have been sent to the landfill and you could have found a similar model/year and got to pristine condition for much less effort. Is there something that made that boat special and worthy of going the extra mile?
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
    rockdogReallyGottaSki
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 713 Crazy Baller
    This is a huge effort @ReallyGottaSki. Desire to finish can easily wane on an epic like this, congrats on your mental toughness here.
    ReallyGottaSki
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    @Gar , there was some faith and hope, then it got a wet test two weeks ago for a shakedown. Leaks at risers, rear plug, circ pump, and one muffler had a weeping crack. But hds appears sound, and stringer çavities stayed dry

    @UWSkier , thank you, yes I'm privy to the mushroom effect, yours sounds great!

    @Bruce_Butterfield indeed, luckily we don't charge ourselves shop rates ! else pure lunacy.
    No attachment to it aside from the energy investment so far. I'm a chronic turd polisher, hence my 82 supreme, that performs quite well, efficient, great wake, but remains hull -limited regarding space and spray.
    This model has been a desire for 10 years or so. I was aiming for a well cared for boat with engine issues. I moved on just the opposite.
    Pure hobbyist endeavor. Going full retard. Time aside, I should have something uniquely custom to my uses, for 16.5 counting all expenditures.

    @rockdog , thanks, yes there were some pondering after certain setbacks, like the foam, pushing through. Great support and assistance from a great friend too, helps bunch. Supportive girlfriend as well!
    Bruce_ButterfieldDaveD
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    So after some research, and courage in our abilities, proceeded to drill 11 5-6" holes in the floor, and prepare for a foamectomy surgery.
    A 65 and sunny degree day in February was approaching , and it was go time.

    What you are viewing is a stout power washer, with a variable angle attachment and 'turbo tip', that pulverized the wet foam into mush, and had two shop vacs rotating to keep up, taking turns nozzle or shop vac.
    Surgery took 6 hours of spraying, but 95% of hull foam is gone.

    Separated the water, Three contactor sized bags of foam into the dumpster

    Then it went back to the garage with fans for a couple days.

    Some holes, like under the tank, seats and bow, got an access plate. 7 others each got a layup of 22 progressively larger layers of glass and epoxy.

    Then leveled the floor with epoxy w/ filler

    Without the foam, the floor needed further strengthening, so it got three layers of glass and wetted out with more total boat epoxy



    Short video..
    https://youtube.com/shorts/iJ2_BV4B8EA?feature=share




















  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Constructed some block off plates for the dash speaker holes, and added 3" defroster vents , for those dewey morning sets.

    Mufflers painted, new hoses and tbolt clamps. New fuel lines, naturally.
    Spark plugs, cap and rotor.
    The new in box 515 that came with the boat, is ready for installation.

    Windshield frame was prepped, etching primer, and semigloss black











    Stern hardware is starting to go back on at this point
    Swim lights were just for the fun of it











  • ImperfectPassImperfectPass Posts: 3 New Baller
    What paint and primer did you use on your windshield frame? It looks great!
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Tank went in, new hoses, centrifugal blower, for continuous, quiet operation

    Water separator, since these didn't have one

    Accent led lights under gunnel, just cuz

    Access panel, from plywood, got three layers of glass, then strips of HDPE to build it up to 1"

    Bottom polished. Pulleys polished

    My friend extended the prop guard a half inch, because it only had a 1/16" clearance to the prop. Looks and feels seamless. We had to heat and tweak the bends for the new angles











    rockdog
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    @ImperfectPass Donny I think it went steel wool, prep solvent, perhaps duplicolor or Rust-Oleum etching primer, then Rust-Oleum semigloss black, in the silver professional series can
    ImperfectPass
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,940 Mega Baller
    I can tell by your attention to detail that this thing is going to be an absolute gem when you're done. These are such amazing boats to drive and ski behind (not to mention some of the best lines ever on a ski tug). Love seeing them get some resto love!
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
    ReallyGottaSkiISP6ball
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Trunk lid, not savable...

    Platform, not savable...
    Thought about reusing some slats with a new frame, no go.

    Platform hardware restored

    Time to do rug..
    My first purchase arrive some time ago, I put it aside till I needed it.
    Go to use it, and it's just an inferior product, not usable.
    It will line the trunk, and makes a good worktable surface for upholstery.

    Local marina scored me a big roll of a sturdy product, sand color and strong backing

    Used the old pieces as a template to rough-cut the new carpet in one piece

    A local legend in our lake came over to supervise the glue-in after after the test-fit.




















  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Engine cover, stripped

    Perfect pass tidied up, and defroster ducting in place

    Access cover carpeted as well

    Eva foam in the driver footwell

    Girlfriend - can't wait to ski it















  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Yay! foam arrived, time to make seats

    Start with the easy one...









    MISkierImperfectPass
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    Heater, finally settled
    Starboard outlet to the driver's feet

    Center outlet splits to the defrosters

    Port goes to the pull-out tube. The vertical tubes are fresh air from the cowl to the hollow stringers that also act like ducting







  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    edited July 1
    Platform construction
    More like wood machining, if you're one who had done this

















  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    More seat work..
    Slow going, don't want to mess up











    MISkiercruznski
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