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!