Michigan Squirt Build

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby hoodman » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:47 am

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Postby JimmY » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:28 pm

I took the day off work to finish up the Squirt. Started this morning wet sanding with 1500, and then started with the 3M rubbing compound. Half way through the deck, my make-shift crassman buffer starting making noises. So, off to the Harbor Freight store to buy a new DA polisher. Best $55 I've spent ($69 - 20% off coupon). Not sure how long it will last, like anything HF, but it puts a lot more power into the buffer head and made quick work of the next two levels of compound. The deck came out nice, much better than before. I roll it out in the sun and no big scratches.

I hosed it off inside and out to get rid of all the sanding residue. At least I know it will hold water in. After that I waxed the deck and started final assembly. I had a blow out with the Boat Life Calk, the bottom of the tube let loose and ruined another pair of shorts! :cry: As of 5:30 tonight, everything is on, except for 3 screws on the anchor light socket and the battery. No idea where those screws went to. :? I'll run out to grab a few screws, pick up a tractor battery, and fill the tank with pure gasoline at the one place in town. I need to make a few adjustments to the trailer, and tie it down.

My friend on the lake is all prepped for tomorrow.

Many thanks to everyone here on the forums for their encouragement, experience, and willingness to help. You truly are a great lot.




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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby TomB » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:56 pm

It looks fantastic Jim! Have a great day tomorrow, you've earned it.


ps. I find lost screws with my trailer tires...You might check there.

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby Ibrew2be » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:45 pm

Utterly fabulous. Looking forward to your account of launch day.

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby DSR » Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:17 pm

I can't wait to see how it looks on the water. Congratulations on a beautiful boat Jim!! :D
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby garrech » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:12 pm

Wow, that looks awesome!

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby chugalug » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:43 pm

:D Awesome boat.I gave my old Johnson 18 to my nephew a couple years ago.Looks exactly like it.1958? should run nice :D
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby BayouBengal » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:50 am

That is flat out beautiful work. I'm very excited about your launch and think that's probably the perfect motor for a lengthened Squirt like yours. Wish I had the time and money to jump on a flight to see you launch it firsthand. Please post lots of pictures and video of your big day.


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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby BarnacleMike » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:59 am

That is absolutely beautiful, Jim! Congratulations on a stunning boat!

Have you given her a name yet?

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby DrBryanJ » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:36 am

She's a stunner Jim. Hope you have a blast today. Please post pics!

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby BillW » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:27 am

Hi Jim,
That's really beautiful.

In your third photo above, it looks like the rubber pads under the clamp brackets are made from the red color material.
I was told by the hardware store guy that the red stuff will not stand up to gas and oil. He said to use the black, so I did.

When I suggested to you about using rubber gasket material, I mentioned not to use red color. But, I did not elaborate
about the reason. Really sorry for my oversight.

Perhaps this is a non-issue. I really don't know, but the black is fine on my boat. I did not try the red.

Looking foreword to your photo's in the water.


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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby vupilot » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:05 am

Fantastic Job! I cant wait to see some photos or video from your launch!

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby JimmY » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:59 am

Hi All,

Photos and videos of the launch are in the "launching Ramp" forum.

@BillW, the red rubber is what we had here. I'll keep an eye on it, and hopefully if will be fine for the rest of the season. I'll try to find a replacement over the winter.

Still working on a name. The family has not been a big help in this area, so I may just have to decide.
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby Evan » Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:25 am

Looks great, congratulations on the launch

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Postby mrintense » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:06 pm

Congratulations Jim, looks very good. I think it's really cool that you and others got your boats all splashed this weekend. That outboard really looks the part on your boat.
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