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Old 10 February 2015, 07:33   #1
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Avon Supersports S3.45

Hi Guys,

This is my new project for the winter which I picked up for a steal and was in need of a lot of TLC and hadn't been started in 2 years. I was assured it ran fine up until it was winterised and had been stored in a garage for 7 years.

It pulled over fine so I took a gamble!

Here's how it looked in the ad and when I got her home:
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Old 10 February 2015, 07:42   #2
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I just about got her the 100m home from Hove to Bournemouth with one very dodgy wheel bearing and a tyre that went flat half an hour after getting home!

Luckily I got two new wheels/tyres in the deal and fitted with new bearings, Removed the seats and cleaned the deck down and looks x100 better with just a rust mark from the tank which doesn't want to shift.

You may notice in the original picture the seats had gone a pink colour but some diluted bleach and a scourer made huge difference.

Thanks for PeterM some fairy power spray, green scourer and elbow grease made a huge difference to the inner right hand tube (although I did both inner sides by the end of the day)

The hull was filthy too and this was just a quick jet wash.
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Old 10 February 2015, 07:50   #3
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The bonus was it had electric start but the key didn't turn in the ignition and appeared to be a copy of the original with no ID on it, so I ended up taking the control box apart and getting the Key number off the ignition barrel, 4.29 on ebay and 2 days later a nice new key from pacer marine which worked perfectly!!

I also ordered a set of plugs, cleaned the tank out with fresh fuel, cleaned the fuel filter and charged the battery and after 5 mins she was up and running!

Unfortunately theres no water flow from the tell-tale so its a new impellor and possibly a t/stat.

The steering is also seized and looks like no amount of WD40 and specialist tools (big hammer) is going to free it up so may need a new cable.
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Old 10 February 2015, 08:40   #4
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Top work.... Hang on.. Aren't we both supposed to be working? :-o
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Old 10 February 2015, 09:05   #5
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Lunch break Pete! (not now opps!)
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Old 10 February 2015, 17:02   #6
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Matt i had a sticky steering cable on ours not long ago, but after much wiggling and shaking and baging and spraying it freed up fine, if you take the cable off try and get some diesel into the tube/sheath of the cable (it will free almost anything) and try some gentle heat after letting the derv do its work for a few days (WD40 is poor in comparison to regular pump derv when it comes to freeing rusty stuff..) while tapping the end and shaking the wheel....

Or buy a new cable....
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Old 11 February 2015, 05:12   #7
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thanks for the tip! I will get the tube out and stand it upright and see what I can do.
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Old 11 February 2015, 10:29   #8
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What did you use to clean the tubes as I need to do ours they are looking a bit grubby and spotted in places.
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Old 11 February 2015, 10:50   #9
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I used Fairy Power Spray (2.99 from Asda) and that thick green scourer, it takes a lot of elbow grease but they come up good in the end, I also tried Cillitt Bang power cleaner with bleach (in the bottle not the spray) and that worked great too.
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Old 11 February 2015, 11:29   #10
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Nice looking tub there, Matt.. you gonna come out wavejumpin n shit with the motley crew?
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