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Old 12-03-2011, 07:38 PM   #1
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Thumbs up LET THE PROJECT BEGIN! 1977 Classic Mako 25 - 4-6-12 NEW LGC!

Picked up my buddy's trailer yesterday which gave me a chance to practice backing it up into the driveway. My street is TIGHT! This trailer carries a Hydra-Sports 2800 VECTOR. I made some tire tracks in my front yard, but other than that it was fine.

Started out this morning by stopping @ Dunkin Donuts to pick up breakfast for my Co-pilot, Charlie.


Took us 2.5 hours to get it off the stands and on to the trailer. Was my 1st time doing this. Good thing the previous owner was a PRO.

Charile and I stopped @ one of the HUNDREDS of Wawa's in NJ to grab a late lunch and I got to snap a pic of the "NEW TO ME" rig. Could not be happier. She FILLED that trailer right UP!


Got home @ 5:40pm and was @ West Marine by 645. Picked up a couple items for my portable fuel tank to help me with Dunk's decarbing method tomorrow. Bought a cheapo battery from Walmart for temporary power. Plan on pulling and cleaning plugs tomorrow. Getting some oil in the cylinders, turning the flywheel by hand, putting some fresh gas in the carbs and hopefully starting the old girl up. Let her warm up then DE-CARB the old Evinrude 2-smoker.

I am so excited for the POTENTIAL of this Classic Mako. I cannot wait to start digging in.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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Very cool! I love an old mako.. So much so, I got one last winter. Used the hell out of it this summer, and will probably rehab this winter.
Sounds like good times are coming for you and your little helmsman!
I haven't checked to see if you're over there, but there's alot of good info on www.classicmako.com
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:38 AM   #3
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So what are you planning on doing with this project boat? I am in the middle of a project also and would love to see your ideas etc. Give us pictures.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:40 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I am on Classic Mako. Same name. Awesome group of die hard Mako guys on there.

The plan is to see if this old 2-smoker runs well enough to get me through for the time being as I do the restore. Don't have the budget for a new powerplant right now. The new powerplant is 2 years out and that will be my "BOAT PAYMENT".

I have lots of cosmetic stuff to do on the topside. Fill in spidercracks, knicks, scratches and so forth. I want to do away with the in floor livewell. I will paint her inside and out. I will pull both of the fuel tanks and just put 1 new tank back. I will do a new deck, but not sure when I want to get into that project. I need to get a trailer for it 1st so I can take it to a VERY reasonable soda blasting guy in Preston, MD to blast the bottom. Console needs to be pulled and reworked. Needs new switch panels and wiring.

I will be compiling a list today and also using Dunk's method to decarb the engine. Plenty of pictures will follow.

Have a friend of mine coming over on Tuesday with his sign crane to take the boat off and help me block it up. My buddy needs his trailer back.

So the FUN starts today. Xmas came early for me.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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Default Well the engine is an anchor and I have Lake Erie in my fuel tank compartment!

Thought I could get the old Evinrude started, but after I cleaned the plugs, I couldn't turn the flywheel by hand. I bumped the engine to see if she would turn over @ all and it was a NO GO. Siezed up. Kind of expected it.

Then I removed the 6" deck plate just behind the console and revealed about 2" of water in the compartment. SO you can imagine the amount of water logged foam in there and PROBABLY under the deck as well.

So with all that was found, I began de-rigging. Hope to have the console off this afternoon before the Ravens game.

Knowing all that I know now allows me to develop a plan of attack. I did not pay very much for this great hull. I knew what I was getting into. At least now I will have NO false hopes of trying to run it.

I will get her blocked up on Tuesday and really start diving IN!

GO RAVENS!
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:27 PM   #6
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Take your spark plugs out of the heads on the old OMC stray / pour some ATF in the cylinders. Let it sit over night. Come back with a socket the size of the flywheel bolt and a breaker bar (possibly with cheater extension) and that should free her up. I had to do that with an '83 Merc 150 BlackMax a little while back, worked like a charm... I had the motor trimmed up and climbed (all 185 lbs of me) on top of the bar and she released.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:19 PM   #7
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Thanks Alex, but I have already started tearing her down after I found a LOAD of water in the fuel tank compartement. Removed the console and derigged her. Lots of crappy wiring and frankly unsafe for operating anyway.

Removed the fuel hatches to reveal horrible condtions of the foam and fuel lines. So I started removing foam with a keyhole saw and small crow bar. Came out fairly easily. Removing the 2 tanks wont be as simple, im sure.
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Are those hulls foam filled? Good luck, they sure do look nice when cleaned up!
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:35 PM   #9
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This will be fun to watch. Have a great time with this one!!
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Are those hulls foam filled? Good luck, they sure do look nice when cleaned up!
Yes, the older Mako hulls are foam filled. Pain in the ass to tear it out.

But it is just all part of the process.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:46 PM   #11
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I made some tire tracks in my front yard, but other than that it was fine.
Wait for a rainy day to get the lawn soaking wet, then stomp the ruts flat.

Good luck w/ the boat!
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ahhh boat porn!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:16 PM   #14
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Default Got 1 tank out tonight!!!!!!

Well I picked up my boys from school, got home and got right to work. Used my Dewalt recip saw with a 12 inch wood cutting blade and made some passes around the bigger of the 2 tanks. Used a dig bar to wiggle the tank a little bit.

Then I went and got a spare 4x4. Not just any 4x4. It is a 4"x4"x8' IPE (Brazilian hardwood). HEAVY and STRONG like bull!

Used a 10,000# ratcheting strap and ran it under the fill line port then tightened it up. Used the dig bar inbetween the 2 tanks and she started lifting. I could hear the foam popping away from the tank. Eventually she came up and out!

There is some fuel in there, so I will need to get that out. The smaller tank seems to be full! I will have to get that fuel out somehow.............Any suggestions?

The boat is getting blocked up in my driveway tomorrow and then I will start on the other tank. Deck will get cut out soon.

A special thanks to my wife, Nicole for getting dirty and helping out with lighting and a little muscle!
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:21 PM   #15
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thats a SICK project, nice work. thinking about getting into something again myself. looking forward to the process keep the pictures coming
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:52 PM   #16
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Congrats on the boat! You will find lots of technical support on classicaquasport.com. I'm about the same place on my 1976 22-2, so I'll be watching closely. Have fun!
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:27 PM   #17
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Default Cribbing supports made for Stern

Made some cribbing supports tonight for the stern for when I block the boat up tomorrow. Read some good threads on here about how to safely block and support a boat.

Each support is made of 16" long 4"x6" PT lumber with a final 28" long support piece on top. The 28" piece will be in contact with the boat and will cover a lot of surface area. I will also have a ratcheting strap connected to each support for added security.

Same lumber will be used to block and support the keel.

Once this rain stops, I will get back to working on getting the 2nd tank out.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:08 AM   #18
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Buy a Fein Multi Master. It will save you lots of time on things you wouldn't think about. Great for plunge cuts, etc. Not so great for a huge/long cut, but very handy. And next to no dust.

Thank me later.
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Sweet good luck....I would get a better camera though if your going to document this whole project.
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Sweet good luck....I would get a better camera though if your going to document this whole project.
The pics are off of my blackberry. When lighting is bad, the pics are not great.

The point and shoot camera will be used more.
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