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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #140 on: September 18, 2023, 03:59:22 PM »
Well I couldn't leave well enough alone...

I had a great time sanding gnats off my clear coat, 567 of them to be exact...Anyways I used 320 grit by hand to carefully sand away until the bug remnants were gone. Once that was done I scuffed the whole surface with a red then gray scotchbrite, solvent wiped, tack ragged...Yesterday I shot the final 2 layers of clear they came out perfect! I'm really digging the look, personally I prefer the more subdued metallic look than the original large flake look so I'm very happy with my paint choice.

One thing to note was I accidentally sanded through the white in two spots while removing  bugs, so I ended up having to repair those before reshooting clear, I sprayed them and then blended the edges into the existing white, and that came out great too, could never tell I had to repair it :)

For those in the future that may be considering using Awlcraft SE/2000, I thinned to the recommended percentage for all coats, sprayed at 29 psi with a 1.4mm tip, let all paint mixes induce for 10 minutes. If you want to use the two-rag method for solvent wiping use Awlprep solvent T0170 as it stays on the surface longer than T0008. For all coats I mixed in 1L batches, that way I could reduce time between gun refills, the pot life is something like several hours so definitely not as stressful as gelcoat... Also, buy more reducer than you think you need.

The gun I used was a devilbiss SLG (might be a clone) that I bought at a garage sale for $20 last year.

Plan is for it to set and cure for 2 weeks while I figure out the logistics of getting it flipped back over and put on the trailer.

-Andrew
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #141 on: September 18, 2023, 04:01:28 PM »
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #142 on: September 18, 2023, 04:03:08 PM »
Spray gun
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #143 on: September 18, 2023, 05:20:37 PM »
Great job getting the bugs worked out lol.
Personally, I prefer the giant flakes, but nothings going to take away from the awesome job. You?re doing on this boat, that metallic blue is beautiful.


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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #144 on: September 18, 2023, 05:50:05 PM »
Ya .. Love the blue .. almost looks "satin like" for lack of a better term

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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #145 on: September 30, 2023, 07:55:45 PM »
Well its been another busy couple of weeks. In preparation for flipping the boat, I had to finish up a couple things on the trailer, painting the rims and putting air in the tires. The rims got a good 10 foot paint job with some rustoleum (yes I painted the side walls of the tires, plan to buy three new tires eventually and couldn't be bothered to mask off the tires). Once that was done I took a little trip to a weigh station to measure the trailer weight, 640 pounds. Once the boat is done I can re-weigh and subtract to find the total weight of the boat. This will be nice to know because I've been working on some spreadsheets to estimate prop pitch and max speed based on the book "Propeller Handbook," by Dave Gerr. Most of the calculations require total vessel weight which I have been guessing at for now based on those written in the 1974 brochure. Anyway, I'll attach the spreadsheet if anyone is interested, maybe try it out with your boat and see how close it correctly estimates prop pitch, diameter, and top speed for your boat. My calculations resulted in a 15 x 23P prop and top speed of 58 MPH.

The exciting news to report though is that she is back on the trailer! We used a standard engine crane on the stern with a plate that bolts to the keyhole, and then our gantry on the bow with some large sling straps. The lift went fine and I was able to pull out the stand from underneath, then we backed the trailer in underneath. With some generous manpower we flipped the hull over in mid air and gently lowered it onto the trailer. Unfortunately though we did end up scratching the stern in one spot...it can never be 100%...so I'll have to fix that soon, prefer to just get it done now before winter.

That's all for now, once the paint scratch is repaired I'll likely switch to winter mode and focus on some small tasks like getting all the metal trim pieces cleaned and brushed or chromed. Maybe I'll start rebuilding the seats too who knows

-Andrew
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #146 on: September 30, 2023, 07:57:03 PM »
More pics and spreadsheet
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #147 on: September 30, 2023, 08:03:56 PM »
She looks like a boat again!

In other news I think I mentioned working some exhaust flange adapters a while back because I really want to use a pair of aluminum manifolds, and they just don't exist for an old ford small block...Anyways here are some snapshots of the adapter I came up with. Adapts from 302W to LS, 7/16" thick. Sometime this winter I'll throw a piece of plate on our CNC mill and actually make one, until then I made some 3D prints to prototype.

Ok, that's really all for now :)

-Andrew
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #148 on: October 08, 2023, 05:49:49 PM »
As fall continues to approach I am trying to find things to keep me busy on the project during the winter. First on the list is metal finishing. I gathered all the metal hardware that goes on the boat, all the aluminum parts will be brush finished, and everything else will be chrome plated. Luckily I did end up finding a jetson-style stern light on ebay (similar but not exactly the same as the factory one), however it isn't compatible with the socket that came on the boat. What I'll probably end up doing is buying a brand new light and socket and swapping the jetson part over to the new tube and socket.

In other news, since I have the boat right side up again for the first time in two years, I couldn't help but throw the engine in and play around with some exhaust piping. I have a couple options, in all cases I intend to run the exhaust over the top of the stern rather than thru-hull. See pics for what I am thinking. I really like the look of the 45 degree pipes tilted off to the side. I also have some 3" silencers that I want to use as well, so I may end up cutting the 45s and welding them to the silencers. I also wheeled the drive up close to get an idea what she might look like when done. It's nice when a vision of what you've been working so long on starts to become real!

I'm really glad we decided on getting the gantry hoist, it makes putting in and taking the engine out super easy! 

The paint scratch is visible in some of the photos, unfortunately I'll have to wait until next year to fix it, the temperature is too low now to paint... oh well...

Anyways I hope everyone is doing well and getting in their last rides of the season.

-Andrew
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #149 on: October 08, 2023, 05:50:50 PM »
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #150 on: October 08, 2023, 06:06:34 PM »
Ian just installed a V6 in his CV16SS ..
Looking for more pictures of stern ...

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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #151 on: October 08, 2023, 06:14:24 PM »
Ian's CV
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #152 on: October 09, 2023, 10:45:37 AM »
I like the look of the exhaust tips at a 45 angle. I'd opt for the silencers since it make cruising a bit quieter and more enjoyable. I used muffled tips from Dennis Moore on my thru hulls.
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #153 on: October 19, 2023, 01:59:25 PM »
@Hyperacme Funny enough I saw Ian's setup not too long before you posted, I like how he has implemented it.

@Glastronjohn18 Oh I agree, I think I'll have a local weld shop cut and re-weld the silencers into the 45 pipes

Well fall appears to be upon us, all the boats have been winterized and covered for winter...  time to change gears.

One of the things on my list was to paint my Holley 4160 a different color, the black paint job that came with it left a lot to be desired. Originally I bought it from ebasicpower as a refurbed unit. Be warned though, when I disassembled it I found there was no power valve gasket and the secondary float spring was missing...maybe that explains why I saw fuel dripping out the venturi's the last time I ran the thing? Based on this I decided to do a full rebuild in case they made any other errors. Anyways I wanted something close to the factory Holley Gold finish, maybe a bit nicer. So I opted for duplicolor engine enamel Gold DE1604 for most parts, and duplicolor Aluminum DE1615 for the throttle plate.

While metal finishing will be a winter long project, the next sub-project I plan to tackle is rebuild the shifter, it's pretty rough...

-Andrew

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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #154 on: October 19, 2023, 02:00:38 PM »
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #155 on: October 21, 2023, 05:00:12 AM »
Keep up the good work man! I cant wait to see you hit the water with her all done. After my first resto job, I am more into a quick and dirty job for my future projects. But I still love to see someone take the time and do what you are doing. Do you think you will be hitting the water this next spring or summer? You seem like you are getting so close man. I would love to come over to your side of the state with one of my project boats and join you one day when you get her wet.
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Re: Project Carla: 74' CV-16SS Restoration
« Reply #156 on: October 23, 2023, 07:49:47 PM »
That carb paint job came out very nice. Looks Good. For Holley carb parts and service  I use Allstate Carburator, check out their website  https://allcarbs.com/
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