Please take your time and explore the blog there is much information here about the movie, the boat and my restoration project. I will update the blog as I go with many edits along the way so be sure to keep checking back. I think there is something here for everyone. As you scroll down the blog you will see the most recent entries as I have dated the first few entries with a late date to ensure they stay at the top of the blog.
My guest book will be included in a "Time Capsule" inserted in the boat when finished please be sure to sign it!
I hope to be able to both learn from and educate others while working on my project and expect to make many friends along the way. As always comments and ideas are welcome in any section! I love to hear from followers of the blog!
Therefore any donations from friends of the 007 restoration project will get personally recognized on a donators plaque as the boat makes its rounds at boat shows, car shows, not to mention immortalized in the "time capsule" (see blog) etc...
Sponsorship levels I figured out just for fun would be:
Dr. NO: Any of my friends who ignore my plea for help.
BOND GIRL: Any woman sending in a donation.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Anyone donating over 1 ruble or a donation from Russia
007 AGENT: Send $7.00 and your listed.
GOLDEN EYE: Contributions over $25.00
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: Contributions Over $100.00
LICENSE TO KILL: Contributions that are so big I'd have to kill for you or say thank you very much!
This project is going to cost more than I expected (after reviewing the spreadsheet) to get it right and be true to 007 so... any visitors of this blog than can help your charity is appreciated.
Any amount even $1.00 will help I just need about 9,999 more people to donate $1.00 after that. : )
Honestly I don't expect much but it can't hurt to ask. I just hope someone rich and or famous stops by and likes what I'm doing and feels good about helping out a great guy!
I actually hope to show this boat in boat shows, car shows and contributors will be acknowledged. So any James Bond fans out there that would like to help out just send whatever you can to: email@example.com on PayPal or mail me at 19 White Island Road, Halifax, MA 02338 USA Anonymous requests are accepted too for any famous people who feel charitable. : )
Please be sure to sign the guest book I will include that in the time capsule as well.
The Laite's just recently sent me some older pictures of the boat I think they are from the 1989 period. The boat looks great at the time and I again hope to restore it to better than new condition.
Let the transformation begin...
Now lets get the GT running...
So off I went the next day to buy an ignition what do I know I figured they are all alike WRONG. So I kill myself cramped up in a 1'x1' hole replacing the wrong ignition FUN... Next day I buy correct ignition go back into hole and replace. 3-2-1 she fires up YAY!!!!!!!!!!
Time for a test drive at once I knew something isn't right I've had this boat 16 years and this wasn't my boat. First off its shaking which mechanic says is due to it sitting BS I know better. All stop ahead check all fluids and "wella" I'm down 2 qts of oil after a new engine replacement last year which has never been started. Grrrr......... Mechanics can really piss me off sometimes.
Once again I get her warmed up and up to speed to only hear funny sounds coming from the engine area power is not what I am use to see and in the turns my boat is moving like its pregnant. Time to shut her down and call for help again. Mechanic is due out in a day they claim the timing is probably off. So I wait yet again for something to be fixed and in the meantime I'll buy my boat a watch.
Lets not even talk about the GT yet sorry but I'm going broke fixing the Mastercraft. No worries it will get done eventually.
Update: After a call to Mastercraft they feel it is a battery terminal connection problem. I have two batteries with a switch one of them I know is dead so... In theory if I switch over to the good battery "ONLY" it should turn over. I'll check it out and put a charge on the other dead battery. SO close to being on the water again...
OK, I finally got off my butt this weekend and got out the grinder to remove the stringers and bow pieces of wood. Everything I cut into to release the fiberglass had termites pouring out of it. THOUSANDS of them!!!
I'm not real good with bugs and they were everywhere. With some phobias conquered and a hose I went to war and glad can report a victory. I was too freaked out to remember to take some pics of course which I regret now because it would have made an excellent picture.
Glad to report that most of the cutting is done now I need to clean up the hull and grind off the excess fiberglass in spots. I also need to finish cutting out the transom. Next weekend will be the goal for finishing up the clean out of the boat hull and starting on the rebuild!
I've been a bit lazy with the camera I'll get on it and get some progress pics posted in a few days.
Looks like I am not going to make my project completion deadline but it will get done and I'll be glad I didn't sacrifice along the way. I intend to keep this boat for a while.
Hope all of you are starting to enjoy the nicer weather up north and looking forward to a great summer. Now if I can just find some time I can get some of my to do list done!!!
I brought my boat to my guy Parrot Pete and within a few hours he had half the boat stripped of old stickers and major scratching he then took a spot and used the 3-4 grits with wet sanding and I was floored. Black Glass is back!
My wife will not believe I didn't paint it I think. Thanks to some good advice I may have saved a few thousand dollars. Hope to have the boat in the water in a week or two and finally enjoy a full summer of use. Pictures to follow soon.
Then the moment of truth I must cut out the back of the boat that is fiberglassed to the transom to remove the top. A few well placed cut thanks to some great pictures from some blog friends and it was easier than I thought POP just like that it released. Woke my neighbor from his Sunday nap and the two of us with some help from my wife separated the boat top from the hull.
The dogs thought this was very cool so I took them for an imaginary ride! They seemed to like it. They don't care so long as its nice out and the wind is blowing. I had to make engine noises for effect.
Looking over the boats hull there is still plenty of work to do I must cut out the stringers and with my track record of twice going through the hull I'm not very confident I can stop screwing this up. But what the hell... So I plug in my sawzall and don my mask... *Evil Grin* Here's Johnny!!!!!!!!!
I found my pressure washer and got it cleaned off put some new spark plugs in it and gassed it up. Ready, set, go...... WHOOSH I'm soaked!!! The wand blew up due to a cracked brass valve in the handle. Off to Lowe's for a new wand.
30 minutes later I'm back the wand is repaired the pressure washer is running I squeeze the trigger and dirt, debris, mold, and stuff go flying muhahahahahahaaaa! This is the only way to clean the hell with the scrubbers. Another 3o minutes and my boat looks my my dog after a bath... beaten down, dripping wet, and oh so squeaky clean.
Now for the doggies. "Noah!!! Max!!!! Come! I got a treat for you!" J/K : )
Plus they have a personal shower room with body sprays and steam.
Anyway its all good working on the Glastron has inspired me to fix the Mastercraft back up to par as well. Next year I hope to actually repaint the Mastercraft and bring it back to new condition its been 13 years now that I've owned it and it really is a great boat. To replace it now is $70,000 after sticker discount! Why my wife left me at the boat show and went home alone telling me I was crazy 13 years ago when I traded in my old boat for that one plus $25,000 I still have no idea I told her it was a great deal at the time and I stand by that decision. : )
Well I took off work for a week to get a lot done around the house. Yard work and boat work were on the top of the list. Of course the rain has slowed the progress down but on a good note I did get out there and get some things accomplished.
I have a 1996 Mastercraft Maristar that I bought new in 1997 the vinyl finally gave out on me last year so I had all the seats reupholstered I had to unbolt them all from the hull which was not a fun job hidden bolts in impossible to reach places. I think they bolted these in when the boat was in 2 pieces. Anyway I have repaired the vinyl and the seating is back in. I also rewired the interior lighting and the radio. Batteries are on a trickle charge now and I've got my eye on the long term weather forecast as this boat is an inboard and I must wait until the danger of freezing is over as I've learned this lesson the hard way.
The tilt/trim unit has arrived and I will get to work on cleaning it up and getting it ready as well. Still waiting on a surge of cash flow to get the engine moving in the right direction. A bit of warm weather would put me in the mood but we will see.
All things considered for the week progress is being made.
Well I was hoping my poker winnings would be more than they have been so I could have some play money for this project LOL. Hit some cold cards lately but I am still slightly up overall which is better then being down.
Until I break the bank or get some more of my own time in on the project it will just have to creep along best I can manage. Still I am optimistic about my July 4th kick off but I admit I grow worrisome about the deadline. I must think positive and big and a little luck and or charity would go a long way ; )
The gauges are great and Livorsi emailed me for some finished pictures of the gauges installed for their website/catalog which would be neat to see. Ill get some pics up later as I install them. There is a section in the blog with the gauges posted already.
So... more stuff tools, items, toxic adhesives and resins for the cellar shelves! Cool : ) my wife should have me killed soon I'm guessing.
I already got yelled at for painting the cowling on the back porch but it's what guys do!!! Women just don't understand that now that I've wrecked the porch it just makes me committed to painting it for the spring. See ladies guy thinking 101 at the best here. Let us wreck things it makes us all the more motivated to buy something new.
Ah well my back is feeling better, the weather is warming and the lake is thawed soon I'll be tackling the floors in the boat but for now I'm working on my hood emblems a little at a time.
Well they said I would never find a power trim for this motor, yet alone in good condition. They were very rare and hardly used at the time (1973), and although an option for that engine that year... few in good condition survive.
Bottom line is this boat once done is possibly unsafe with a 135hp engine on it without power trim. So I did what I must to find the one part for the boat that I knew would prove elusive and thanks to esnipe I was victorious.
I get a 1973 power trim in great condition that was used in freshwater only. Pictures below.
Well I started in on the engine this weekend. Prop came off easy enough. I drained the lower unit and it was 1/2 gear oil and 1/2 water hmmm.... may be a hidden problem I'll find out more when lower unit is removed.
Carbs looked good no issues that I saw. I started cleaning up the engine casing and noticed something was a bit off. The hood would not fit back in place. It was never on great when I got it but upon further examination they must have dropped this engine off a truck because the engine case is bent grrrrr.... easy enough fix I guess a bit of heat and a big wrench should do it. I'll worry about that later.
I stripped everything off the cowling to get ready for paint (hood gasket, staples). Inside I removed the soundproofing and cleaned it all with Acetone all shiny new now. So now I need to repair the fiberglass damage from the shipping again I'll save that for a nice sunny spring day in a nice afternoon breeze.
All in all about 3 hrs work without putting too much strain on the back.
I swear if I can ever get healthy and the weather warms I will make progress. I have taken some good pictures of the engine and it looks good... Famous last words right? I admit I'm not an engine expert but should get some help soon from some friends that know what to do. I will watch, help and learn a few things I am sure. I look forward to starting the work on the motor.
I started the paperwork on the engine claim from the damage during shipping who knows it may offset some of the cost.
I uncovered the boat the other day as it was 62 here at home and today it is snowing again, you gotta love New England.
Well I need at least two weeks to heal myself before I can heal the engine. Chow for now.
If there is any good news to this I will file a claim to get some of this fixed again but as I've said it just seems like one step forward and two back. I'll post some pics soon but at least the engine is here and the guts look pretty good so far but until you open it up and look who knows. On a funny note the hole in the engine on the rear of the cowling looks like the bullet hole from the movie so thats a bonus LOL.
No one sent me flowers or the million bucks but ehh... I'm alive right?
I expect the engine here any day now and get to open it up and see what I bought for 750.00 a pile of rust or a very nice clean working engine hmmm.... the suspense is killing me.
My lake is thawing out and already half the ice is gone I am tempted to don my 6mm wetsuit and put the docks in (my way of demanding that winter go and spring to arrive) I look forward to cleaning up my yard which looks like a bomb hit it and uncovering the boats and getting to work. As you may recall I have no garage to work in so I've waited out the cold.
Dogs had fun this winter running around on the ice that finally froze solid for the first time in 2 years so they are not as fat as I am as I did no running but more lounging. I need to start my routine again and get ready for the summer it is coming.... and if it dosen't come soon I'll just get out there with my wetsuit hood and booties and do it anyway. I am done with winter for the year.
Well if I live I'll post again soon if I don't send some flowers. Sure no one wants to give me a million bucks? I'm sure it would make me feel better. Owwwwww!
On the lighter side I should be getting that motor shipped up in a week I look forward to getting to work on it.
Well once again an engine update! Found this time for sure a 1973 Evinrude Starflight 135 hp engine! A lifelong freshwater engine to boot coming out of TX : ( bad for me need to ship it here.
It does not have trim this may be scary but it is "THE" movie jump engine and it should push this boat past 60 and push the 007 on the speedo. It looks to be in good shape with some minor cosmetic repairs but I won't really know until I strip it down and get working on it. I expect I'll probably put a lot into it to restore it as it is a classic as much as the boat.
I hope the search is finally over its been exhausting looking for this engine and many times I was ready to compromise to go with a similar engine that would be close in performance but not the original.
I am very grateful to David Rogers who called me with the engine he had just bought off Craigslist localy. He had seen my ad on Craigslist searching for the engine. It is due to be shipped up here in a few weeks and then we will see what we have. I can hardly wait.
Please make sure you send me a message in facebook as well introducing yourself or I may delete you by accident.
But... I've just been introduced to FiberClassics Boats they are a manufacturer of boats and watercraft right here in Massachusetts remaking some of the best of the older runabouts at very very reasonable prices. Currently they are making the GT150 with custom options and colors and have plans to make the classic G3 in a jet drive version, very very cool!
If anyone wants one of these boats in perfect condition without having to spend the time, effort, and money to restore one you have got to check these guys out!
Mario is the owner and their facilities are below: Tell him Alan from "Shaken Not Stirred" sent you for a sweet deal they have GT's ready to go now for the spring.
Starting price is only $2,500 for a new boat! A bit more with custom options and engine choices.
There is something you all should know about me. I love dogs! Ever since I was little and my uncle Billy showed me how to take care of his German Shepard "Sheeba" I loved dogs. I don't think I've slept alone in 30 years and I don't mean with a woman.
My dogs yellow labs Maximus & Noah do everything with me and do everything I do. Run, fish, boat, jet ski, sleep, eat, you name it they do it. I even had them sitting on the tube this summer behind the boat don't worry they had doggie life jackets and they are super swimmers.
Some of you may know Marley & Me "the movie" comes out this week www.marleyandmemovie.com and my wife Jane and I will be first in line as we have a dog Noah who is "Marley". Noah I adopted as a 1 year old is now 6 and I quickly figured out his last name must be "Shit" because I am always saying NO! NO! NO! aaaaaaahhhh SHIT!
Anyway I came across this article today from the writer of the book Marley & Me and I want to share it with you. I will warn you it can make you cry but in a good way...
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope you have a furry friend (or two) to share it with they can break your heart someday but they also give you your soul.
Woodson & Me
The best-selling "Marley & Me" author shares the secret of his "celebrity" puppy.
By John Grogan
Sometimes amazing gifts come in small packages, and sometimes they come wrapped in soft white fur. So it was with Woodson.
He came into my life at the most unexpected time – as I stood with my wife and 11-year-old daughter on a movie set outside Philadelphia counting my blessings that the comically mischievous canines lined up to portray Marley “the world’s worst dog," were not my headaches to worry about.
After all, I'd already paid my dues on that front. I'm the guy who lived with the real Marley for 13 years and who wrote the book "Marley & Me," on which the upcoming movie is based.
But as we stood off camera watching Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston prepare to film another scene from our life, in walked Mark Forbes, the movie's chief animal trainer, and with him was a little white fur ball with a black nose and bright eyes. Woodson was one of several puppies drafted into service to portray the young Marley, and at the ripe age of 15 weeks, his acting career was over.
My daughter's eyes brightened, and Forbes asked, "How would you like to take this little guy home with you?" She looked at me with the most hopeful expression I have ever seen. I knew the offer was coming and already had told the movie's producers my family would be honored to provide a home for one of the fluffy canine actors.
What we did not know that day -- what no one knew, not the trainers or the producers or the breeders -- was that Woodson was, indeed, special. And not just because he had enjoyed a brief run as a movie star.
From the start, Woodson adopted his new family with gusto. He joyfully knocked over the trash, stole shoes, chewed eyeglasses, attacked pillows and dumped his water bowl just for fun. He was calmer than our famous bad boy Marley, but equally mischievous. It was hard to stay mad at him. Just as he stole our socks, Woodson quickly stole our hearts.
But as the weeks passed, we noticed that our pup seemed unable to do the things Lab puppies do so effortlessly -- leap onto furniture or hop into the back seat of the car. The stairs were almost impossible for him. At first we thought he was clumsy, but with each passing week the signs became harder to ignore.
The veterinarian delivered the news we knew in our gut was coming: Woodson was suffering from a severe birth defect. Both rear hips were so malformed, the balls and sockets did not connect. With each puppy step, bone was scraping bone. No wonder our little actor hobbled around like an arthritic senior citizen.
I called the breeders, not to complain, just to inform. They were mortified. I told them what the vet told me, that it was no one's fault, that sometimes nature delivers surprises. Silently, I counted my blessings that our surprise came with a puppy and not one of our three kids.
"Just bring him back," one of the breeders said, "and we'll swap him out for a new puppy, your pick of the next litter." I have to admit the offer was tempting, like turning in a lemon automobile for a gleaming new model. But dogs are not commodities to be discarded when they break, and I assumed that if Woodson were returned, he would be euthanized.
My wife and I thought about it overnight before realizing there was really nothing to consider. Woodson was part of our family now. I got on the floor with our special-needs dog and placed my lips against his snout. "You're not going anywhere, Woodsy," I whispered. "We're in this together."
And we are. With the help of an excellent orthopedic specialist at the
Woodson will never go hunting or hiking or even on long walks, and that's OK. Some dogs are put on this Earth just to love you.
Animal Rescue League of
PHONE: (617) 426-9170
FAX: (617) 426-3028
If you do adopt a pet please let me know it would mean so much to know that a best friend was saved.
Update: Marley & Me was great go see it ignore anyone who says otherwise.
Well as you can see my project is frozen! Any local fans have a nice heated indoor space to lend me? Perhaps someone with working knowledge of Fiberglass repair and Engine rebuilding is a plus.
Somehow I don't think my hairdryer will help yet... Oh the woes of waiting for spring.
Ah well I can wait but somehow I feel just like my two yellow labs (Max & Noah) with my nose pressed to the window waiting for the world to thaw out.
I'll use a black rim, carbon fiber bezel & orange needle.
Then I gave them the famous 007 logo with the gun for smaller gauges for volt, water and fuel. Should really make the dash pop!
There are some other ideas they presented too but I choose to go with the standing bond gauges.
I must admit spray paint and me are terrible together. I always want to do things in one coat lol We will see if my maturity kicks in and lets me be patient. I went to Walmart and found the etching primer for the new aluminum emblems. Then at the local hobby store I found matching acrylic enamel and some artist brushes. Finally a trip to the local hardware store and I found the Krylon Fusion paint that was a close enough match of the original Glastron colors for the badges.