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    Still working on fitting the new trailer and can not find a local source for galvanized tubing.... there is a place I believe back East
    http://www.easternmarine.com/Galvanized-Trailer-Tongues
    - and they have huge inventory of all kind of trailer tubing and more - I am just concerned about shipping charges etc

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    have had the trailer winch stand cut and welded to reverse an angle of it - to bring the winch closer to the boat - happy with the results.
    2017-10-24_10-18-19 by Wojo Walczak, on Flickr
    Last edited by 2dogsnight; 10-24-2017 at 12:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dogsnight View Post
    have had the trailer winch stand cut and welded to reverse an angle of it - to bring the winch closer to the boat - happy with the results.
    2017-10-24_10-18-19 by Wojo Walczak, on Flickr
    Glad to hear you are making progress Wojo. I want to see that boat in the water!

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    thank you Chris!
    Working on it.....next is 6' hitch extension.

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    Looking good!
    Likewise waiting for the big splash.

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    thank you Ned!
    ......I have a feeling that we will have less rain this winter - need dry sunny days - for the splash
    6' extension next.....

    2017-10-25_10-23-43

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    ..............a foot long piece will not go over the 2"x2" one - there is a weld inside of it that needs to be removed. I can grind it off with a Dremel tool, but only a couple inches in to it .......any ideas? Tried a hand file - not working well.

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    Argh! No useful thoughts here Wojo, sorry. Maybe a single-handle hacksaw and patience would do it? That would take a LOT of time though. I'd be tempted to take it to a metal fab shop with a full complement of tools and let them sort it out for me.

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    Take a small grinding wheel, clamp it on the end of a long 1/4" bolt with double nuts and washers. Cut the head off the bolt and put it in a drill press. Need an 8" bolt to get 6" of depth.

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    I've done a couple of yards of seam weld over the years. If you are only doing a couple of inches, a 1/4" die grinder and a stone. For die grinders they have stones mounted on 1/4" shafts. Carbide burrs work as well but they tend to catch . 1/4" Air die grinders can be had pretty cheap if you have air. The electric ones are expensive. Maybe a rental ? I've used an electric drill. For depth I have Bosch hammer drill that does 2000 rpm, a little less than the 20,000 rpm the die grinders do. To get deep , I've used a drill extension. They are 1/4" as well. Irwin and DeWalt sell them.

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    after reading the tutorial :-) from robm and Downwindtracker2 I knew that I just need to press on with what I have - the other ways are out due to lack of larger air compressor - don't want to get one either.
    Thank you both for the advise!
    With my Draftsman rotary tool so far I have flattened total of 6.750" of weld - the piece is a 12" long, so I may be able to do it with just the tool I have.....need to get more grinding wheels .....

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    Not an easy little task to do at home no matter how you approach it. It looks like you are nibbling your way there.

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    Something seems wrong about the extension being on the truck side of the ball joint. Won't the tendency when the trailer bumps be to flex the extension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ONeillBoatworks View Post
    Something seems wrong about the extension being on the truck side of the ball joint. Won't the tendency when the trailer bumps be to flex the extension?
    the extension is to be used ONLY at the boat ramp.
    I have seen extension that are made for towing - but they were much shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    Not an easy little task to do at home no matter how you approach it. It looks like you are nibbling your way there.
    thank you Ned
    ........If I was still working for a machine shop this would be done long time ago......we had so many tools that would do the job - here is just one of them:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/G4g2GZ]2017-10-31_09-11-46[/

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    Lol, .... I was thinking exactly that tool. However, at home with a one time requirement, ....... it ends up being nibble nibble, nibble.

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    Ned, the nibbling ended, weld is gone .......also turned out that I do have a flexible extension to my little Craftsman tool, that did help to reach little deeper ....

    2017-10-31_01-50-02

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    working on it...................5/8 silver deming drill $18 at Lowe's

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    mechanical part of the hitch extension done.
    Now just needs to be degreased, few coats of etching primer, British racing green enamel and a clear coat or two............


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    Looks great Wojo. BRG gets my vote every time for sure. Rustoleum dark hunter green is a decent match if you are looking for paint. That's what I have on Petrel now. Not *quite* dark enough for true BRG but not too far off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dogsnight View Post
    mechanical part of the hitch extension done.
    Now just needs to be degreased, few coats of etching primer, British racing green enamel and a clear coat or two............


    2017-11-08_12-26-34
    Is that the Mill Creek yak? It's a nice looking little boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben2go View Post
    Is that the Mill Creek yak? It's a nice looking little boat.

    Sorry to hi-jack.
    yes Ben, it's a Mill Creek 13......plans from CLC
    .............just listed all my boats and motors in "signature" part of the postings
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dogsnight View Post
    yes ben, it's a mill creek 13......plans from clc
    .............just listed all my boats and motors in "signature" part of the postings
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    Spring is pretty much here.....so I am looking forward to try my Fontana.
    Thinking about the salty water eating my Atomic 4, I was looking for some sort cooling system salt water flushing additives......does anyone uses any of the products here :
    "Salt-X", "Salt Away", Salt Terminator"
    ????
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    I won't be any help on the engine flush Wojo, but I'm glad to see you getting back to Fontana. Looking forward to that launch...

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    Got the info in engine salt water flush Chris - currently I am saving plastic containers to carry supplies of fresh water to flush the motor after use. Run out of ideas for kayak projects - so I think this is the year of Fontana - need to come up with a name for this boat !!!!
    Had great visit with my daughter - went kayaking of course!

    Kayak10.jpg

    Looking at the Fontana trailer - the rusted out sharp metal edge is bringing up uncomfortable thoughts ........

    trailer 2.jpg
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    Beautiful paddlers.

    That fender does appear to need a good tending to. Update your tetanus shots.

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    try coating the fender with ospho then coating it with cold galvanizing that you can get in a spray can.

    jim

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    thank you ben2go and MADOC1 !!
    .................started planning for few things to do on the LittleBear (yes, a new name for Fontana, well the boat didn't have name - so technically is not a new name)
    Need a bilge pump...….here is one off Amazon - good, bad?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WW2593...a-455905281332

    Fire extinguisher...…
    https://www.amazon.com/21008634-Kidd...e+extinguisher

    Need to run wires to power position lights - have no wiring on this boat at all - looking for ideas / wire gage size etc
    Last edited by 2dogsnight; 06-02-2018 at 11:29 AM.
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    You're welcome.

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    I use salt away on my outboards and a few other things, it functions as advertised.
    I'd think you could hook up some not too complicated system to flush the mill out at home each use.
    Good idea prolly, keep the Atomic pristine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    I use salt away on my outboards and a few other things, it functions as advertised.
    I'd think you could hook up some not too complicated system to flush the mill out at home each use.
    Good idea prolly, keep the Atomic pristine.
    ……...I am thinking to have few plastic containers with salt away mixture on board, and run it trough the motor right after getting out of the water - or if left on the mooring - run it after each use.
    Last edited by 2dogsnight; 06-07-2018 at 09:21 PM.
    1955 Fontana 18' - 1958 Atomic 4
    1960 Skippy 12C FeatherCraft - 1947 Mercury KD4 Rocket
    1985 Glen L15 - 1980 Johnson 7.5 hp
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    Got the boat name font figure out - thinking of carving the name on a piece of cherry wood and attach it to a transom...….or going with a print shop, not sure yet.

    sign.jpg

    finally got a bottle of Ospho at the West Marine store for trailer fender project - need to get an old tire to cover the sharp edges there......
    1955 Fontana 18' - 1958 Atomic 4
    1960 Skippy 12C FeatherCraft - 1947 Mercury KD4 Rocket
    1985 Glen L15 - 1980 Johnson 7.5 hp
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    Looks great Wojo!

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    I like it. Can they do an imitation gold leaf?

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