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  1. #1
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    Default '98 Outback Transom repair/ restoration

    I picked up this '98 Outback from close to Jacksonville, FL almost two months ago. It was obvious it was never taken care of, never covered, and never waxed, but it only had 320 hrs on the clock. I knew it needed a little work, all new interior, and some gel coat work but didn't know it would need a Transom repair. There were gel coat cracks all around the swim platform mounting brackets and I could actually pick up on the platform and watch the transom flex around the brackets. I could also see it had been messed with before because there was blue rtv around the bolts and brackets.

    Luckily I only paid enough for it that after the repairs I would still be right at the NADA price for a boat in "good condition." Plus I figured that for what I paid, I could at least part it out for that much.

    Here's what it looked like when I bought it.




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    After I got it home I started tearing into it. Ripped all the interior and carpet out and removed the windshield to get repainted. I also started digging into the transom to see what repairs it would need.





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    Also started cleaning up some things like the gas tank which was filthy. You can see the access holes the previous owner cut into the floor to access the swim platform pieces. He put in two small pieces of steel plate and washers on the bottom two holes of the brackets. He cut out the mounting "pad" with a hole saw to put the washers in with thru bolts. This is why the transom gel coat cracked so bad because it was just a thin layer of fiberglass and gelcoat supporting the swim platform.




    More to come.
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    Here's a few shots of the transom after everything was removed. I also cut the floor back a bit to get a look at what I was dealing with. I forgot to get before pictures of the "pads" that the lag bolts screw into before I cut them out. They were just square piece of plastic sandwiched between fiberglass and glassed to the transom.





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    Sweet post. Nice pics of the progress. That motor looks really good, especially compared to the rest of the boat.
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    Here's a few pics of the windshield. I decided to get all the parts powercoated flat black instead of painting it since it should be a little more durable.
    Before


    After


    Also a shot of about a 1/6 of the boat wet sanded and buffed (no polish yet) before it went to the fiberglass man.
    I'll say it should turn out pretty well once I have a chance to finish it.

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    That is awesome. Props to you for stepping up and saving this boat. Most of the time, boats in this shape end sitting in someones back yard for eternity. It's great to see folks not afraid to tear into projects themselves. In a two or three years, once I get a V-drive, I am going to do something similar to my Outback, as it needs new carpet and vinyl. My wife also wants a dedicated ski boat, so the tower and all that stuff will be removed. My windshield needs a repaint to, maybe I will go the powdercoat route.

    One thing I have noticed about our boats when looking about replacing the carpet,you can probably see how it is underneath the seat bases and hull top. To do a carpet replacement of factory quality, I am planning on splitting the hull at the rubrail. With your boat at this level of deconstruction, you might think about doing the same. All that is required it to pop off the rubrail insert, and then remove a bunch of screws, and the top can be lifted off the bottom. It m,ight be pretty flexy and it might require a few extra hands to lift it off, but i seems that it might make the carpet install much easier.

    Good luck, and keep the posts and photos coming. Very cool!
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    Its really coming along!
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    Awesome job on the resto man hope everything goes well on the lake for ya

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    Tow her out to westpoint if you need a wing man for her maiden voyage.

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