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Old 02 October 2006, 21:44   #51
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Planning for next season

Fortunately, The Luhrs is still in the water so I can still enjoy some fall boating, and plan for some modifications to War Machine. Some of the things we will be doing during the off season:
1. Trim tab installation.
2. weld t-top Bimini frame to boat add brackets to frame, install four floodlights.
3.recover seats, new Bimini top.
4. install tool box on boat trailer.
5. purchase, mount 160 quart cooler forward of front console.
6. build new radar arch with 2 inch aluminum tubing.
7. new speakers.
8. install kick plate/fuel valve access cover main console.
Finally things we potentially may do in addition:
Purchase M2 Browning .50 caliber semi auto.
repower with 300 horsepower Yamaha motors.
build and install electric reclining helm seats.
War Machine is a wild looking boat, it's hard to tell where it is going to end up, one thing is for sure, it is not finished.... stay tuned.



A couple of pics of the bimini frame we are mounting and two of the lights temporarily installed....
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Old 03 October 2006, 15:49   #52
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Old 03 October 2006, 17:44   #53
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Old 15 October 2006, 19:44   #55
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Taking off the tubes

A nice fall day, would be nice for a boat ride but I am having a new driveway put in at the homestead, so no boat ride. I recruited the nephews to take out the rail bolts on the tube set as I am busy getting ready for tuesday's concrete pour. Hopefully they learned a bit, they might be assisting in the spring reinstall!
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Old 11 March 2007, 15:52   #56
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As winter wears down, the tarps come off..

Well, it is time to get cracking again, as the weather seems to suddenly be moderating nicely I have once again dragged the boat and trailer out of the mire and set it up on the packed fill that was set down next to the garage last fall. If you have followed this thread these pictures won't be anything you haven't seen before. As I add new posts there should be updates on fabrication of the new radar arch, installation and welding modifications for the t-top and some other things. A shot of the snow melting away, Yippee!! and one of the boat beside the garage. Man am I glad most of the bad weather is passed.
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Old 14 March 2007, 18:17   #57
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Scrounging at the Scrapyard Part one.

The snow is gone for now so off we go to one of the most wonderful places man has yet built, the SCRAPYARD! Yes there are some things more enticing to the eye but not many when you own an aluminum boat! What wonderful new treasures await us? You never know.. I have found some great things here for my boat. It takes a while to look, sometimes hours, but I guarantee you everything I need to improve or add to my boat is right here, I just have to find it. The gentleman pictured is Steve-o, he has sold me many great pieces for my boat always at good prices, makes shopping here always fun! I am looking for a hand railing for the forward console on the boat and what do we have here? Stainless and partially sandblasted already to make for a cool looking grab rail... excellent! Part two comes tomorrow as I have found some really neat goodies that I will show tomorrow on our next installment of.... Scrounging at the Scrapyard! I just love this place...
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Old 15 March 2007, 16:03   #58
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Scrounging at the Scrapyard Part two... Striking Gold!

Some light snow this morning but not enough to keep us from continuing part two of our saga, "Scrounging at the scrapyard". As I said earlier what makes this Scrapyard so interesting is all the great useful stuff people throw out, it boggles my mind really but scrap prices are high! After consulting with Steve-o regarding good hunting spots (this place is a lot bigger than the pics show) I set off on my quest. In relatively short time (about 1 hour) I struck gold, first, some useful scrap aluminum for things I want to weld into the boat. Then, four really nice stainless pieces, the grab rail, a small shelf I'll mount inside the main console and the two prizes of today's hunt, a really nice gasketed stainless box with hinged lid I'll mount on the trailer as a tool box and a really nice smaller box of the same description I will install between the two seats on the forward console. It will be good for wallets, watches, jewelry, etc. for when people go swimming. I will make both of these lockable, great finds! I shudder to think what they would cost if they were available in a marine catalog which they are not. Pics of Steve-o weighing these up and tallying todays damage. First stainless, then aluminum. The total cost of today's acquistions? A measly $63 bucks... Everybody should have a place like this close by... I am glad I do..
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Old 15 March 2007, 22:39   #59
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The days haul..

The new parts to be... now all I have to to is make em fit!
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Old 16 March 2007, 20:32   #60
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Burning aluminum at Farasey Steel fabricators

As I recently acquired a nice stainless tool box for my trailer it made me take a second look at what I have and I am not happy with what I see. The winch support on the trailer is a little rickety, not for most applications but I like to power War Machine up onto the trailer and I have noticed a "whole lot of shakin" going on when I drive her up and the bow contacts the winch support. This boat has a lot of mass and the factory support is marginal so I am going to improve it. This necessitates a trip down to Farasey Steel fabricators to see my old buddy Joey Henderson. We have drank a lot of beers together on Lake Erie and Joey has an operation that can and does make just about anything out of metal so when I need something heavy or thick cut I go see Joey. First picture is of the winch stand in its current condition. Second is of the outside of Farasey's operation. This building has some history linked to the American civil war, They made cannons here or something along those lines. Third picture is Joey laughing at me when I offer to pay him for burning the aluminum, he always refuses, he also has a free lifetime pass on the War Machine, he has been a huge help in a lot of ways.
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