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#106 CC-John

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 02:04 PM

I keep peaking...but................................................................................ B)

 

I'm hoping as soon as these trees quit raining all this crap in my pool service routes I can come up for air and get back to work on the boat.. I already have all the materials, the plywood, fiberglass, and resin have been waiting patiently in the garage since last year.. I did manage to snag a good Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago and get the tabbing cut and peel up the rear half of the port side floor.. The flotation foam is still good & dry, I just need to get some white oak 2x2 stock to rebuild a few rotted deck beams that were lurking underneath the rotted floor..


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#107 CC-John

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 04:50 AM

Sorry about the lack of updates, work has been keeping me tied to the whipping post.. Been busy beating the bushes for new service accounts to replace all the ones I lost to sellouts from the flooding of Hurricane Harvey.. I'm back to within 2 accounts of where I was before all the floods hit, hope to have those slots filled by next spring..

 

Over the summer, I decided to replace my old 1999 F350 Diesel Long Bed Super Cab service truck with something newer and more maneuverable in our crowded city streets.. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I "bleed" Ford Blue, my family has been LOYAL Ford owners back to the days of the Model A.. I patiently waited for Ford to release specs and pricing on the new Ranger, but the limited engine options left me cold.. The only engine choices were a four cyl. turbo diesel or the 2.3L EcoBoost four cylinder NO V-6 options at all.. Since I do most of my own vehicle maintenance and keep my vehicles for 15-20 years the EcoBoost was a non-starter with me and I didn't want another diesel.. That's when the Nissan Frontiers started looking real good from not only a pricing standpoint but because they are a solid old-school truck with the availability of a simple to work on large displacement naturally aspirated V-6..

 

Snagged a helluva deal on a 2018 Nissan Frontier SV King Cab with the 4.0L V-6, $21,091 out the door.. I've already racked up just over 5000 miles on it and have been totally pleased with my choice.. With 261HP and 281 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood, the little 4.0L six has plenty of grunt to merge into freeway traffic hauling the nearly 1000 pounds that's loaded in the bed of it..

 

Here's a few pics of it after I finished getting it all rigged out and ready to work..

 

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44965577034_f1338e3a5e_b.jpg000_0105 by cc_john67, on Flickr

44965576124_1d1fa5a1ac_b.jpg000_0106 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

More to come...


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#108 CC-John

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 05:15 AM

Now for the update most have been waiting for...

 

In my last post on the boat, I mentioned getting the floor peeled up on the port side.. Well I've also been slowly pecking away at a few small projects on the boat over the last few months..

 

Here's a few shots after getting the floor peeled up on the port side.. Also filled in the old lag bolt holes for the engine mounts with hardwood dowels epoxied into the stringers before remounting the rebuilt engine beds.. This will allow the engine mounting bolts to have fresh wood to bite into..

 

45936514371_51e8672219_b.jpg100_3025 by cc_john67, on Flickr

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The rebuilt engine beds reinstalled..

 

45936512081_6ac0c453a5_b.jpg100_3022 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

Spent a weekend restoring the transom step and reinstalling it on the boat.. Used some 0000 brass wool with kerosene to polish out the chrome plated brass railing before a final buff with some Never Dull.. The teak step tread got cleaned, bleached and several coats of teak oil brushed on before being reinstalled with new matching stainless fasteners..

 

45212368434_cdb80b393c_b.jpg100_2958 by cc_john67, on Flickr

45024309495_8c65a77cfc_b.jpg100_2959 by cc_john67, on Flickr

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Had some nice weather one weekend and hauled the table saw out in the driveway to rip up some plywood for a set of new floor panels.. Brought the boat home this weekend to start fitting them before they get fiberglassed in for good..

 

Here's the new panels for the port side on their first trial fitting.. I still need to do a bit more grinder work in the boat for the rear panel to fit in place, but everything is looking good so far..

 

45024356905_16f52083b1_b.jpg100_3021 by cc_john67, on Flickr

45024356855_004d606f1e_b.jpg100_3020 by cc_john67, on Flickr

 

A few more nice weekends and I might have a new floor on the port side then I get to do the same thing on the starboard side before I can start reinstalling the engine and interior..

 

 


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#109 Euphoria

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 01:46 PM

It's really looking good John. Definitely a labor of love for sure, but it's really coming along nicely. And as an aside, I like your new truck, and I am still running my 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup, (that I bought in the middle of 2003 when they first came out.) Been running it for well over 15 years now, and no signs of it letting up or any sign of fatigue anywhere. You can't kill these little rigs. They just keep on going.

The boat is coming along great.

 

Time to go have a good stiff drink and burn a good cigar.  :danc:

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#110 CC-John

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 04:12 AM

Thanks Greg!!

 

I'm hoping that I can get my momentum back that I had before I had to stop to rebuild my business after Harvey.. Most of the work I posted was done over the past few weekends, we've actually been having some nice fall weather on the weekends between cool fronts..

 

I've really been pleased with the little Fronty over the past three months of working out of it 8-10 hours a day 5-6 days a week.. Nissan has been building these trucks for so long with nothing more than minor upgrades that they've pretty much hammered all the kinks out of them.. The 4.0L V-6 in it has impressed me the most, it's bottom end torque rivals that of most small V-8's.. This is my first vehicle with less than eight cylinders under the hood and it's almost made a convert out of me.. I say almost because there has never been a V-6 that has ever had a pleasing exhaust note when compared to the romantic burble of a finely tuned V-8.. But that's what I have my tweaked & tuned F150 Crew Cab with 5.4L V-8 breathing thru a 3.5" MBRP cat-back exhaust system.. The whole neighborhood knows when I fire that beast up in the mornings, it roars like a NASCAR race car!! I also have that little Mopar in the Century to shatter the morning silence on the lake with it's dual 3" straight pipe exhaust.. :ph34r:  B)   :ph34r: 


Edited by CC-John, 19 November 2018 - 04:13 AM.

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#111 Jerrybob

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 08:17 PM

John...nice truck and good job on the boat.  Always enjoy your updates....glad the business is back for you.  Can't wait to see that boat on the water.  Have a good holiday season.  Safe travels, 



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Posted 25 November 2018 - 06:08 AM

John...nice truck and good job on the boat.  Always enjoy your updates....glad the business is back for you.  Can't wait to see that boat on the water.  Have a good holiday season.  Safe travels, 

 

Thanks Jerry!!

 

Yeah, it was nip & tuck for a few months last winter, I was moonlighting at a friend's machine shop afternoons & evenings wrenching on cars & trucks to pick up the slack.. I'm chompin' at the bit to be able to splash this little boat in the spring, I haven't had it in the water since I bought it..

 

Happy holidays to you too!!


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 05:25 PM

Over the summer, I managed to procure a period correct FWC (closed cooling) system for the little 318 so I can run it in the salt & brackish waters around Galveston without exposing the engine's cooling passages to salt water.. A buddy tipped me off to an old sunken houseboat that was being cut up at a storage yard and that it had a pair of early 70's FWC Chrysler 318's in it.. I almost couldn't get down there fast enough when he told me that I could have anything I wanted off the engines.. I stripped all the necessary conversion parts from both engines and managed to assemble a pristine set of parts to go on the engine along with a set of spares..

I just picked up the heat exchangers from the radiator shop this week, unfortunately one of the heat exchangers had a bad tube bundle and is scrap but the other passed a pressure test with flying colors.. I need to prime and paint the good heat exchanger before it gets mounted on the engine.. Here's a few pics of all the parts needed to convert a raw water cooled 1972 Chrysler LM318 to a closed fresh water cooling system..

46109346321_3965abd1aa_b.jpg100_3034 by cc_john67, on Flickr
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46109345781_3e2b25756b_b.jpg100_3036 by cc_john67, on Flickr

Here's the parts as they'll be assembled on the engine.. The heat exchanger will be mounted below the port side exhaust manifold..

44293060930_45ab7cd58c_b.jpg100_3032 by cc_john67, on Flickr
46059365372_fce6533b52_b.jpg100_3031 by cc_john67, on Flickr
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#114 Jerrybob

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:49 AM

Very cool....one man's junk is another man's treasure!  Great find....should work well!