Michigan Squirt Build

Outboard designs up to 14'

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Molly80
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by Molly80 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:39 am

Hi!
One more question did you pre glue the battens and keel?

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by JimmY » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:59 am

I encapsulated the tops and sides of the keel and battens, before epoxying them to the frames. The bottoms I left bare .
-Jim
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by Molly80 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:46 am

Ok thanks!

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Odds and ends

Post by JimmY » Mon May 07, 2018 5:11 pm

I picked up my Squirt on Saturday from the storage facility. If any of you in the SE Michigan area need indoor storage for the Winter at a reasonable price, let me know and I can pass along the guy I used. He had an unheated warehouse with a concrete floor for $250 for the season.

The Squirt doesn't appear to have minded the Michigan winter. I picked up a used PWC trailer a few weeks ago, and spent Sunday tweaking the bunks. Rather than buying bunk carpet, my friend recommend some indoor/outdoor carpet from the big box stores. I bought 2' x 12' for $10 and did a double layer on two 6' long bunks and had some left over. I ordered an extra roller for under the stem, and it looks like it will ride pretty good.

I also ordered license decals with a subtle homage to my alma mater.
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And a little advertising for Glen L...
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And finally a name for the boat ...
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The decals are from Callie Graphics. She got her start cutting decals for R/C planes and is a really nice person. She uses high quality vinyl at a reasonable prices. My custom decal set with the gold and red drop shadow was only $27 and came with frisket paper on to aid with applying them.
-Jim
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Outboard Rebuild

Post by JimmY » Mon May 07, 2018 5:15 pm

I've also finished the re-build of my 1957 Johnson, and it is just waiting for an opening in my friend's paint booth.

The motor was bored out and has new 0.020" over size pistons, new gaskets all around, new seals, new bearings, and fresh re-built carburetor.
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-Jim
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Safety on the water

Post by JimmY » Mon May 07, 2018 5:20 pm

Getting ready for the water, I mounted my home made paddle on a pair of mahogany mounts. Some rubber weather stripping keeps it snug in place. We'll see if this is enough when pounding through the waves.
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Also, I picked up this water proof case at the "Chinese Tool Store" and a few essential tools. This way if I break a sheer pin or need to adjust the carb, I'm not stuck out on the lake.
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Next up is to build a rack to hold the gas tank in place.
-Jim
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by joshuab » Mon May 07, 2018 9:32 pm

Looking nice! I just placed my order for vinyl decals a couple days ago, waiting for the proofs. Really like the colors you picked, matches very well.
I cut twice and it's still too short :mrgreen:

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by BayouBengal » Tue May 08, 2018 7:08 am

All looks great Jimmy. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of you on the water.

BTW, the ACBS International Boat Show is at Lake Huron in Michigan this year. Are you going? Better yet, that show is the same weekend as the Glen-L Gathering in Tennesse, are you coming?

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by BillW » Tue May 08, 2018 1:33 pm

Very Nice!

Did you convert that motor to have a fuel pump, so you can eliminate using a pressure tank?
Maybe it already was?

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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by JimmY » Fri May 11, 2018 4:28 am

Hi Guys,

I'm hoping to go to the ACBS show, I went last year as a spectator and hope to pull the Squirt over there to display.

I'm keeping the motor original with the pressure tank. I've rebuilt the tank and have new hose, and will have the local antique outboard guys check it out.
-Jim
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by mrintense » Sun May 13, 2018 4:09 pm

Geez, I missed a whole bunch of this. She looks great Jimmy. Love the rebuild on the Johnson and the oar looks real nice. Lets hope it only serves as decoration! Good luck with the show.
Carl
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by JimmY » Sun May 13, 2018 5:40 pm

I got into the paint booth on Friday and Saturday. Friday was spraying self-etching primer and the cream base color for the cowl, and Saturday I sprayed red and black for the fuel tank, and 1957 "Holiday Bronze" on the rest of the motor. All of the paint, reducer, and hardener was a bit pricey, but I think the results are worth it...
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The cheapest thing was the $10 HVLP spray gun that I used!

I left the motor to cure for a couple of days, and will pick it up tomorrow night. I need to attached the carb, ignition systems, and set the timing before it an be fired up.
-Jim
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by Ibrew2be » Sun May 13, 2018 5:45 pm

Jim:
Indeed, worth it! Looks great. Can hardly wait to see what it looks like with all of the decals.

Barry
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Re: Michigan Squirt Build

Post by BarnacleMike » Tue May 15, 2018 3:37 am

It all looks GREAT, Jimmy! The boat, the motor... all of it. Forever Young is without a doubt one of the nicest Squirts out there!

Any chance you'll bring it to G12 in September?
-Michael

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