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January 21 2017 at 3:01 PM
Mike DeLayo  (no login)

Response to Restoration photos

I am in the Marine A/C business for the past 37 years and one of my customers has had this boat sitting inside a building on a rack for almost 12 years untouched by human hands. The customer had a bill that was never paid and he never picked it up. It took me 4 years to convince the yard I wanted it before they cut it up and put it in a dumpster. I paid them and picked it up with a brand new trailer I bought for her. The boat was pretty much original with the brown interior and Shag carpeting. I don't understand what they were thinking with that carpet in a wet environment. I proceeded to completely gut the boat including interior, wiring, fuel tank engine and out drive. After careful thought along with talking to people smarter than me, I decided to upgrade to a Mercruiser power plant and drive. The reason for this is the way I plan on using the boat. I live in South Florida where we boat all year round. I plan on using the boat in the ocean and plan on taking the boat to the Bahamas, which is 60 miles away. To the Florida keys and maybe visit some lakes around the state. I need something reliable and versatile. Having power trim in the shallow water is a blessing which the Volvo did not offer me. I plan on eventually rebuilding the original LT1 engine and mating it back with the boat in the future. I guess you can say I am making her into a resto-mod like I did to my 1970 Chevelle SS. I know you purists are freaking out right now but I am sure when you see it all done your gonna like it, it will be done better than new, and done tastefully. My goal is to make it to the Antique boat show in Tavares Fl on March 24 2017 to show it off.
More pictures when I get some color on her.

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