Well I decided to go for it!!!
My girlfriend is away for a week so I have been able to get loads of bits and pieces done
I have swapped the old speedo for a rev counter that I got help with on a previous thread, finally got round to buying a compass, fitted a new steering wheel and greased the hell out of the helm unit so it moves really smoothly now.
For the colour change, I back filled in all the old holes and then put a glass patch on the inside, then gave everything a rub down with wet and dry, acetone and then sprayed it with 3.5 cans of paint.
It looks so much better than before so I hope it stays on....
The only thing that is bugging me now is the throttle controls, they are also stiff! I have tried to dissemble it but can't figure out how to really take it apart?