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Old 23 May 2007, 08:33   #111
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Wow only 4 days to go - can't wait. Please don't rush it though just to meet a deadline. You have been so painstaking in everything - don't let your standards drop.
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Old 23 May 2007, 11:09   #112
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Looking good! Your tube set must be a huge pain in the ass to get back on. I thought our little boat took forever. It's amazing how the tubes never seem to quite fit perfectly. A lot of pulling and tuging and a never ending line of bolts and screws. I can't wait to see War Machine all back together! Time for some action shots of that beast breaking some waves. Oh, and your posts are not boring. I look foward to seeing them all the time. Good to see the progress

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Old 24 May 2007, 07:55   #113
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Wow only 4 days to go - can't wait. Please don't rush it though just to meet a deadline. You have been so painstaking in everything - don't let your standards drop.
Thanks for the support Cod, I don't intend to cut any corners although it is awfully frustrating knowing I could be out on the water this weekend if I did...
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Old 24 May 2007, 08:15   #114
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Looking good! Your tube set must be a huge pain in the ass to get back on. I thought our little boat took forever. It's amazing how the tubes never seem to quite fit perfectly. A lot of pulling and tuging and a never ending line of bolts and screws. I can't wait to see War Machine all back together! Time for some action shots of that beast breaking some waves. Oh, and your posts are not boring. I look foward to seeing them all the time. Good to see the progress

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Yes it is a pain in the ass, the weight is what makes it difficult, in addition to the pulling and tugging routine which you also are now familiar with. Since the repair/upgrade to the sponsons they now weigh right at 500 lbs versus 475 last year. We will be installing tonight, I will put up some more photos showing a few more things. I will get some action shots in eventually, once I have the final repairs/ pieces done to the boat in the next couple of weeks I will be ending this thread and starting a new one with general photos of boaters, boats and places, hopefully it will be interesting...
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Old 25 May 2007, 08:16   #115
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the tube set goes on...

I assembled another motley crew for the sponson install and although we had two more people than the last time we did this it seemed to go slower.... I wonder if the copious amounts of BEER consumed had anything to do with that? Nah!!! Also managed to get the trailer stuck as I was moving it on to the grass as I did not want to drag the sponsons around on gravel. The ground is hard enough to drive around on yet the boat still sank into the earth. Heavy...
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Old 25 May 2007, 08:23   #116
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Old 25 May 2007, 08:28   #117
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installing the tube set con't

Bolts go in, beers go down, on and on it seems endless, especially the beer consumption and I am paying for it! Why oh why did I chose these guys?
Surely a few homeless people who could use a few bucks would have been a wiser choice, well too late now I'm in too deep to bail.. Finally, it ends, the sun went down a long time back and we are all filthy, but it is on, all the bolts are started, all I need to do is tighten em down.
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Old 25 May 2007, 09:56   #118
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It's starting to look like a RIB at last!!!
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Old 25 May 2007, 22:38   #119
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... all I need to do is tighten em down.
Looks like the crew is good and tight already.

Good luck with the bolts. That's on serious hunk of boat!
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Old 27 May 2007, 22:29   #120
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killing time...

The guy doing the powdercoating for my dash panels called me Saturday to let me know he'll have em done Wednesday... that killed this weekend so I stayed home and narrowed down my work list. Painted the inside of the main console with a spray gun used mainly for touch up and it came out pretty nice. The main console on War Machine is vented on both port and starboard sides but the vents are just gaping holes. I measured the openings and cut some of the perforated sheet aluminum I had lying around to those dimensions. Bent a lip on one end and and polished these up on my Baldor buffing lathe. I have thought of getting rid of that buffer many times over the years because it is used infrequently. Time and again it comes in handy, it did today. Shot of the vent opening and pic of the material, then holding it in place prior to riveting.
I also employed a swabby to hose off the deck I was scrubbing down. That look she is giving the camera is the classic "Dad am I done yet and can I go ride the four wheeler?" No... Not yet kiddo.. she did eventually get her ride.. and seven bucks..
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