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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by KCTA Chris, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
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    I didn't grow up around boats but wanted to try restoring one for my boys and me. Horror stories and lack of knowledge had me shy away from a project but when I saw a $500 Craigslist ad... why not try, hell the gauges and wheel might be worth it. I was surprised to learn there are 50's-early 60's plywood hulled outboard boats for cheap. These boats are often overlooked lacking the quality of a higher priced collector boat, but gives guys like us a chance to have fun with a little imagination and a limited budget. Mine is a 1959 Luger "kit" boat. I wanted to build it as a young man in '59 would do who also was into hot rods. 1 MG_8824.jpg IMG_3792.jpg IMG_3796.jpg IMG_6883.jpg IMG_8124.jpg IMG_8158.jpg IMG_8162.jpg IMG_8540.jpg IMG_8820.jpg IMG_8822.jpg
     
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  2. KCTA Chris
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    These 60's OMC boats look like a Weesner drawing come to life. Affordable and V8 swaps are common. I'd love to see someone give the custom treatment to one.
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  3. F&J
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    I might do a thread here on a decent collection of vintage toy speedboats, aka "runabouts"... windups, clockworks, steam, battery, etc/ quite a few Countries of origin...1920s thru 1960s..but it will take some dedicated effort to get them photo'd..

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  4. Holy smokes Chris that's killer!
     
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  5. NoSurf
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    Angie and I just got our Boater Safety Certificates last Saturday. Hoping to take out our '61 Grady White with Homelite 4 stroke outboard (It's a Crosley motor!!). We live 30 minutes from "On Golden Pond".

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  6. KCTA Chris
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    Yes please.
     
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  7. woodbutcher
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    :D Hi KCTA Chris.Nice looking boat.Bet it rides as good as it looks.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
  8. steinauge
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    from 1960

    Really neat boats!
     
  9. MoePower
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    from Omro, WI

    Any aluminum boats out there ??
    '53 Feathercraft Deluxe Runnabout with a '57 Mercury Thunderbolt

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  10. MojoRacing
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    I dig old wooden boats! The flathead I'm running in my car now came out of a vintage hydroplane from Nabbs Creek Maryland. I dont have too much info the old guy died that ran it before I could get back there. Sure wished I could find the boat, I'd put that engine back in!
     
  11. TerrytheK
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    Well, hopefully this fits in here. Saw this at the MSRA Back to the Fifties in St. Paul MN yesterday and had to shoot a few pics. It's a beautifully restored fiberglass runabout sold by Herter's Inc. of Waseca MN. Herter's was a big mail order hunting/fishing/sporting goods company back in the 50's and 60's, I knew they sold canoes, duck boats etc. but never knew they had powerboats too. I would guess it's fairly rare.
    Totally cool.

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  12. 51 mercules
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    My 1959 Sea King Hornet with 1959 [​IMG]35 Horsepower Evinrude and 1959 Mastercraft trailer. PS it's for sale or trade?
     
  13. Scott Mannion
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    At Last! An opportunity to ask about this! It is sitting down the track from where I used to live. The chap who owned it got it vaguely seaworthy and launched it. By all accounts he nearly drowned. I am not sure what outboard he put on it but it took on a lot of water under power. Can anyone tell me what make it is and what is the correct type of outboard for it? Someone who knows more about boats than I do said that the shaft of the outboard was either too short or too long. Does this make sense? I think the owner is now so scared of it that he may be open to offers ;)
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  14. 55Deso
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    One of those would look right at home behind my F250, I dig it!

    That's a cool looking little boat!
     
  15. southerncad
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    OK, here's my latest it is a 16' 1959 Buehler Turbocraft that has a 327 SBC with a Hamilton Jet Drive. buehler1.jpg buehler2.jpg buehler3.jpg buehler4.jpg
     
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  16. Fedcospeed
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    Yup, Just picked this up in Maryland. 56 Feathercraft Ranger 3, 35hp merc,50s gator trailer. I also have a 57 F.C. Vagabond shell ,57 Lonestar 16ft open-4 bench seats, 62 Meyer 12ft and a 55 Lonestar cruisemaster. Big Lonestar is in my shop being massaged back to life.
     

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  17. papa's 39 koop
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    I bought this in 1966 while I was in the navy in San Diego. Sold it when I got out.
     

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  18. rustydusty
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    My dad won this 14' Alumacraft Torino in a sales contest in 1961. I spent many years fishing and watersking with it. I completely restored it a few years ago. 0714171141.jpg 0714171141d.jpg just
     

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  19. Barn Hunter
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    Cool...I just got this 56 Rocket Runabout at an auction yesterday. 20190804_145014 (2).jpg
     
  20. Thought I'd throw up a few pics of boats I've lettered over the years.
    First up is a 1956 Turn-A-Craft 10 ft.made in Quincy Michigan.The builder is still alive at the age of 94. This is one of two Turn-A-Craft boats I've done for the client. Had to paint the decals on as none were available and also added some striping. He brought the boat to me inside a Chrysler Mini van with the cradle on the top. Powered by a 10hp Mercury.
    Next is another Turn-A-Craft;this one an 8ft that also has a 10 hp Mercury for power. Also made in 1956 it has some very subtle differences in styling.
    Next is a hand-built in 1955 that was originally powered by a 100hp flathead V-8.It now has a Capri 3.0 liter V-6.The owner's dad built it.
    Next up is a glass boat(not sure of the maker)that I lettered and put a devil graphic on the sides.
    The next is another I'm not sure of but it was a mid 1950's vintage as I recall.
    The next two boats I didn't paint but took photos of them because I thought they were unique.
    The Cutter was in a boat yard on Rte 127 in Michigan heading toward Jackson.
    The Skipper Craft was in a client's shop for sale. Turn A Craft 009.jpg 1956 Turn A Craft 8ft 007.jpg JennyB09.jpg Picture 010.jpg Amen07.JPG Cutter1.jpg SkipperCraft1.jpg
     
  21. stuart in mn
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    My dad had one of those Herters runabouts. They were called a Duofoil Flying Fish, they always had crazy names for their products. :)

    His was a 1956, I think the one you saw was a few years newer - maybe a 1959. They were heavy as sin, but also very durable. When we sold off the lake cabin in the early 90s, the boat went with the property; as far as I know the new owners are still using it.
     
  22. 41 GMC K-18
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    Vintage classic boat poster I have had on the wall for years.
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  23. Don't have any info on this combo I spotted at a show near me. Still cool though.

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  24. jimmy six
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    55 Ford 6 volt radio...
     
  25. Inked Monkey
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    @KCTA Chris Well look at there! Same wheel I just installed in my RPU

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  26. nugget32
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    A 1956 mercury mark 55H race motor that I restored, and my dads 1956 mercury mark 25, I also restored that motor. 2017-11-04_14.02.16.jpeg 1011180934.jpeg 1011180933.jpeg 1011180935.jpeg

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  27. Here’s my 1966 Correct Craft. Just finished the transmission rebuild. Fresh 302 is on the stand under the towel and I completely refinished the non-original trailer.
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