Success! After applying 4,416 square inches of material ( big thanx to SUNRIDER), one gallon of glue, 28 milliliters of accelerator and 25 man hours her tubes are reinvigorated!
I worked out the small leak issues by regluing but with more pressure in those areas and then on top of that I seam taped the whole thing, tested , and then put the cap patch on. I did this to both sides and after a few days of little sleep and serious MEK/Glue hangovers , she finally holds air with no leaks (48 hrs at the same pressure)! I also took of the stock boarding traction pads and added polyethylene diamond foam( this stuff requires a lot more gel then hypalon) and redid the transom straps. Not too bad for 10 year old tubes
Now on to electrical and mechanical fun
-- Replace timing belt and leg fluids( thanks I LOVE RIBS)
-- Replace throttle cable
-- Replace second fuel filter
-- Replace timer
-- Verify all senders
-- pump out old diesel ( anyone know if it would be fine to mix old with new ? if so at what ratio?)
-- pull out Cobhams ROVIS and SINCGARS
-- Verify all electronics and senders
-- Install VHF
THEN WATER TEST!! its so close
OH, has anyone sold their intercoms from these units? is their a market for them and if so what was your asking price?