Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Back to steam bending

Steam bending unit
As previously mentioned, the Windshield was cut down to a lower profile.  Decide to add wood trim.  The wood had to be steamed to bend without cracking.  The setup pictured above worked pretty's how it works:  take a length of plastic pipe with a diameter that will fit the girth of the wood you need bended.  cap the ends with aluminum foil.  run vinyl hose to the pipe from the 1 gallon paint cans that you can get at a reputable paint store (empty cans @ approx. $2.50 ea).  turn on the electric burners to high after filling the cans about a quarter way to the top and wait for the steam to rise up and saturate the wood for about an hour......take the wood out and - quick like a bunny - bend it to whatever mold or jig or whatever you have and there you go!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Gonna trim down the windshield

See that blue tape?  That will be the new elevation of the windshield....tell all your friends!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lake Tulloch

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Goin' back a coupla weeks... the boat is against the backdrop of Scotts Flatt week:  Tulloch Lake!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Engine/boat still running strong, took Caruna out for a spin at Anderson Lake in Santa Clara County, CA

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Up and Runnin'....runnin' strong!

Took my boat to Lake Anderson (Santa Clara County) for a shakedown run...right after that went to Scotts Flat Lake (Amador County)....then....Lake Tahoe!!  Ran like a champ the whole time!....knock on woody!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's a complicated process

Took a break this past week, boatin' and campin'......we almost got the engine together for the trip but, alas, the flywheel did not match up!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Something is happening!

It may not look like it by looking at the picture at left but progress is being made!  One thing is we got ahold of a big-ass puller that, even though it is big-ass, barely pulled off the clutch plate from the old engine.....whew!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Something better happen soon....

...considering i'm running out of boat sketches, but as long as nothing happens with getting the boat running what can one do?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

no news is good news?

Still waiting for more to happen on the engine.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

No boat action this week, but.....


.....Chicken wings!!!
Getting the signage together for the Sant Cruz Mountan Brewerys' 3rd annual Chicken wing ding cookoff Jun 19th!!!

I'm cooking up stuffed wings!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

moving towards the goal

Got the new engine mounted on the engine stand....stay tuned.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

engine in!

The engine (long block) is ready for pickup locally.  Time to get on it, if you know what i'm talking about.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just Thought i'd....

....throw in this cartoon of Sandy Driving her boat named "Sandy."  She really shouldn't name a boat her own name.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Hope!

It might just happen tomorrow!....What am I talking about?  I'm talking about ordering the new long block!!  Completion date set at June 1st for putting the boat into water, and i'm not talking about letting it stand in the rain! a frickin' lake dudette's!!  Knock on Mahogany for me please and i'll take you out for a spin!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Return of Stanley!

Stanley came by for a brief visit today!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

gonna use the existing exhaust manifolds......

....after all.  Getting closer, there's a real good chance of this almost making it!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


....we'll start moving on this engine rebuild soon!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

still nothin'

Went away to Tahoe this past week and now it's raining.

Monday, April 5, 2010

still on hold

Continuing with the forensic auditing (and coming up with very good for me stuff).  going to copy off about a ream of paperwork documenting my financial activity since, I'm hoping to get back to the boat soon.

ps: I'm sure everybody is just fascinated with knowing about my auditing skills, feel free to not read the above.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

on court mandated leave of action....

....well, in a soft way anyway.  The court is forcing me into digging deep into forensic auditing.  It is taking up most of my time, as I do this, though, it's hard not to sketch in the margins of my notebook.....and believe me, my notebook is mostly margin!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

10 coats - all done..... least the deck varnishing.  It's finished with a matte finish, by the way, not a gloss finish which is more common.  I suppose i follow a different drummer on that one, though, because I like the matte better.  I'm not going to debate anyone on this.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Yankin' it!

Hoisted the beat engine out of the Crooks - that's the brand name of the boat.  Now we can begin to make it work again.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sanding break!

Sanding 'er down with 320 grit.....wet sanding!  The reason to do this is to smooth it out, if you don't the varnish will have an uneven surface......4 more coats to go!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

4th coat of varnish

This coat was thinned just a little bit - 5% - as the rest of the coats will be.  One thing I noticed is that it took about twice as much varnish this time compared to last time.....think because the layer is thicker (less thinner used).

Saturday, February 27, 2010

varnish - 3rd coat!

This coat was thinned 25% just like the second coat.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Put on the first coat of varnish on the deck.....8 more coats to go!

The first coat I thinned down the varnish 50%

Next coat: 25%

Monday, February 15, 2010

Something happening

Finally, just yesterday, after months of no activity, I started sanding the rub rails with sixty grit.  I looked in my reference material and noted that 120 grit is the final sanding doesn't want to go any more fine on the grit because the varnish won't stick as good.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Nothing happening

Getting my mind in gear for starting up again - resto of the boats - as we get through this winter weather things will begin to happen! for it!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bad news!

The adapter plate won't work, it's made for an automotive application....looks like plan B (previous post) is going to happen.  Otherwise nothing has happened, a lot of rain and it's cold to boot.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekly check in

The news this week is the same news of last week, nothing is happening.  I've tried to make contact with my mechanic since December to see if the adapter plate will work, if not i want to continue searching for this needle in a haystack part.  But time keeps slippin', slippin' into the future and although the season for boating is still a ways away still, plan B is developing in my mind.

Plan B:  With the help of a good friend, reblock (chevy 350) the existing set up with a new one.  By the time March rolls around, if nothing has started with the nailhead engine, i think i will proceed with Plan B.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Haven't done anything with the boat lately

but i did manage to do a sketch of a Garwood.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

When the sanding is finished....

......the sawdust settles, I have a beer and take a break!

Pictured is an artists rendition of the deck portion of the boat which, after months of sanding this thing, is done! least the 60 grit part.  Now I need to come back at it with a cascade of finer grits ending up with 180 grit (or maybe just 120, I forget which one, gotta check my resource material).  The good news is that, by far, the major sanding was knocking it down with the 60 (grit)....piece of cake now!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I'm tired

Mainly, I'm tired of all the bullshit I have to put up with, but to get to the point of this entry, as I've been working on the boat I've been listening to this album, (don't know what happened with the u-tube thing but the song is "I'm Tired" by Savoy Brown) and specifically this song.  It's a song with a message that I take to heart, how 'bout you?.