12' Lund Revival

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#BirdDog
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My father has had this old Lund sitting in the back 40 since I was in grade school. I recently got a burr and decided to break it out and clean it up. (Thanks to this forum I'm sure.) I've taken it out a few times over the past few years but not so much as I have recently. I got a few weeks vacation from work and made my way to eastern Washington. Cleaned up the boat and replaced the trailer lights with LED submersible lights from Harbor Freight, then I went fishing every day for about a week. Did quite well and have a dozen new fishing stories to boot. So I repacked the bearings and drug it back the 300 miles to my home, took it out a couple more times, (just couldn't help myself) then I started working on cleaning it up. Here is what I had to start with.

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It had an old 2 stroke motor on it and somehow over the years it went missing. So a run to the local pawn shop and I picked up a 2000 Evinrude 6hp 4 stroke. Runs great, it's nice and quiet, under the hood it looks like new, and it just sips the fuel. A weeks worth of fishing and I only went through one tank of fuel.

Threw the new motor on it.
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And a depth finder.
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Running the depth finder from a 4ah lead acid gel cell battery for an alarm system. So far it's been used off and on over the last month and has yet to need a charge. Fits nice under the rear seat. I've also recently mounted a Garmin GPS next to it.

Decided to start at the front and work my way back. First thing was to tackle the tongue. It was getting a bit rough, the spare tire was all weather checked and the old winch needed a lot of love. I decided to replace the winch with a new one, and the spare I'm going to just toss. I replaced the wheels and tires that were on the trailer even though the tires weren't in bad shape. I will keep the better of the two for a spare. So I tore it apart, scuffed the paint, primered and painted the tongue and put everything back together. Just a taste to get me started and keep me motivated as I take on the larger parts of the project.

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Got the new tires and wheel mounted.
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Picked up the bearing protectors and the grease but haven't installed them yet.
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For some reason over the years someone decided to paint over the original orange Lund paint with some nasty green stuff. They didn't take much care or time in doing it and it turned out awful. So I am planning on taking it back to the original color. I own a vinyl cutter and plan on putting the "retro" Lund decals back. So I've started stripping the paint, using some Kleen Strip from Home Depot. So far so good, it's working quite well. I'm following that up with some 150 grit sand paper to clean up the stuff that I didn't get with the stripper. So that is were I am as of today. I plan on having the primer on by the end of the week. I'll keep you posted.

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The plan is to take the paint back to the original color with the retro decals, I'll probably use the roll on bed liner in the inside bottom, just so there is some texture to stand on. And I'll paint the inside a light grey. The two seats that are in there now are going to be replaced with some that are a bit more comfortable. The trailer will get a fresh coat of paint just for looks. Then I plan on fishing these lakes like a mad man!

#BirdDog
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Still fighting the urge to buy a new boat. Hopefully that will pass with a couple coats of new paint.

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rickybobbybend
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Post by rickybobbybend »

Welcome, #BirdDog, and thanks for posting. My first boat was also one my dad had, a mid-60s Alumacraft. It was a lot of fun to fix it up and start catching fish with it. And lots of good memories. I was never sorry I kept it and brought it back to life. You are making great progress on the project, it will look great in original Lind red. I am glad you are paying attention to the trailer. For a lot of folks, the trailer is just a necessary evil, but for me, it is a key to safe and relaxed boating. Bearings, axles, tires and the like are often ignored and can easily result in a spoiled trip, or worse. Good luck and keep us posted with lots of pics...anxious to see your progress.
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rickybobbybend wrote:Welcome, #BirdDog, and thanks for posting. My first boat was also one my dad had, a mid-60s Alumacraft. It was a lot of fun to fix it up and start catching fish with it. And lots of good memories. I was never sorry I kept it and brought it back to life. You are making great progress on the project, it will look great in original Lund red. I am glad you are paying attention to the trailer. For a lot of folks, the trailer is just a necessary evil, but for me, it is a key to safe and relaxed boating. Bearings, axles, tires and the like are often ignored and can easily result in a spoiled trip, or worse. Good luck and keep us posted with lots of pics...anxious to see your progress.
Rick
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Post by bgeddes »

BirdDog,

That trailer axle looks like an old Holsclaw trailer axle, but the rest of the trailer looks rebuilt. I have a 50's Holsclaw that is all original and still works well. I have been told they are the upper end of boat trailers. Mine has small coil springs between the lower portion of the axle and the upper beam. It also has small shocks. Even empty it rides smooth and does not bounce.

It might be worth your time to get the suspension back into your setup. As RickyBobby said, trailers are the bain of boaters. Not getting to the water takes a lot of fun out of boating.

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I'll have to take a look. As it is now it gets pretty bouncy. I'll look in to it. Thanks! You don't happen to have any photos of that suspension set up do you? If not no biggie I'm sure I can find it somewhere online.

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After using the Kleen Strip stuff from Home Depot, I broke out the Dremel and wire brush to get the little spots that were missed. Got it nice and stripped, taped it off with Scotch brand Edge Lock painters tape and some paper. Just got the first coat of Rustoleum Aluminum primer on. It's a thin coat, I'm trying to take it slow. Seems anytime I try to rush something it turns out a disaster. Time will tell...
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#BirdDog
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First coat of color! Looking pretty sharp! So far only 1 run, hopefully it'll wet sand out. If not I'll put some decal over it.
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Put the final coat of paint in. Looks a TON better. Here's a before and after.
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Have to give it 48 hours to dry then on to the next project. Not sure what I'll work on next.

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Today I pulled and inspected the old wheel bearings, they were just replaced last season so they were in good shape. All cleaned up, packed with fresh marine grease, bearing buddies installed and greased. This boat sure is coming along.
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Progress will probably slow a bit as I return to work tomorrow. Vacation sure was nice, but taking a month off kinda makes me feel guilty when the paychecks keep coming. Not too guilty tho ;)

#BirdDog
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Haven't done anything with the boat since winter started. Was just talking with my wife about all the good times I had in it last year. We figured last year I took the boat out 15 times.

I went out to check on it to find that my tarp had slipped at the boat was full of water... Well at least it doesn't leak. It's draining now and I plan on moving it back into the garage and completing a few more things on it. Hoping to finish the facelift on the trailer and shoot the inside with a grey color just to clean it up. Then hopefully I can find some comfy seats before next season.

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Post by Nowakezone »

Not sure why no one is commenting on your project but it looks great!! Keep up the awesome job
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Looks really good.

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Post by kjames »

Looking good the shock idea on the suspension sounds good did you figure anything out with that

#BirdDog
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Nothing yet, I'm thinking about adding a couple coil springs but haven't begun trying to figure that one out.

Between work, sick relatives, and my wife's "honey do" list, it's hard for me to find much time to work on it. But now that I'm about sick of winter I'm going to pull it back into the garage and try to think summer thoughts while I work on it. ;)

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