Meanwhile Back In The Barrel Back Barn
While we wait on the report in from Hessel Michigan, we thought we would update you on the barn find progress. The goal here is to start her up once the new RAYCO fuel tank gets here. And possibly take her to the big 50th anniversary Smith Mountain Lake Show for her public debut.
Her bilge is completely clean and we are starting to apply a fresh coat of bilge paint. If anything, its covering a lot of stinkyness from turds. The boatress will actually walk up to the boat now and not smirk. Between the old gas and animal issues.. We also are painting the engine the correct pre war blue.
YEAH YEAH, I know.. Its a cosmetic thing. BUT, after the engine was cleaned, lots of exposed metal was there and its a protective thing, and it drives me nuts to have a wrong color on anything.
We did test and start her, so we arn’t painting a dead engine. That would just be foolish, not driving 12 hrs to buy a boat you have no idea what it is foolish. See there is a low bar that sets every other thing we do as smart!
Stay tuned for updates as they happen, and for a fantastic report from the big Hessel show. Also a huge shout out to Steve Natale for his reporting from Tahoe!
She’s cleaning up real nice. Can’t wait to see her on the water. I’m a little superstitious about changing boat names. I’d just go with
Name it “Nameless”
Also, is that kayak the correct Pelican post war blue? Is seems a touch too dark.
Starboard or PORT windshield bracket??
Is there by chance a pattern number located on the inside or bottom of the bracket that could identify the windshield bracket? I may know of someone who could help
Fixed, Thanks. My brain was saying port and I wrote Starboard. So much for earlry morning reporting
Great find! If I may ask, what is the correct color code for a pre-war engine?
larry, member of chris-craft. abc? if so send me pm and i will respond.
Don, sent you a pm from the Boat Buzz
Reminds me of old my shop before I sold it Love it!
With all the events focusing on the 50th anniversary of SML, our club would be thrilled to have the racer making it’s debut here at the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”.
I’ll even call our local Sheriff to let him know that he should give you a special escort for the Red, White, and Blue boat. Hell, between you and Miss America IX, the docks will be buzzing!
This is about the neatest story I”ve ever read on this site. I love barn finds and this one is so close to operational, it’s sweet.
Matt, did you quiz the previous owner about the whereabouts of the missing windshield, etc? Sometimes, after a little prodding, their memory kicks in. Maybe the wife or friend might remember a story that was told???? Reuniting the original equipment is the icing on the cake. (or the hardware on the deck)
Awesome find, Matt.
In my humble opinion, the new blue engine paint looks a little out of place, as does the bilge. Reminds me of my 90 year old grandma wearing hot pink lipstick.
I know. But that bilge stuck to high heaven. And when we get that thing started and in the water I want to be able to see stuff clean. The outside may stay the same. Although it looks cool in photos but not all that cool in real life
Looks Great Matt and it is cleaning up nice. American Pickers would be proud. You are right, fantastic show in Hessel. It was overcast but the rain held and the boats shined.
Not sure if I am more envious of the boat or the boat shop. The racer looks perfect already.
Neat chit ?
When is the SML show. Sandi and I are talking about doing a getaway after our daughters wedding. That would be a very cool getaway!
I almost don’t want to post this, but please move the battery away from the gas cans. It is making me nervous…..And of course, awesome find! Awesome shop! Awesome Woody Boater 🙂
Ouch. The gas cans are the empties but regardless. Not sure when that happened. Can someone say boom!
How about naming her Barnie