Tag: rebuild

Update: Dnepr Engine is Removed

Today Enzo and I took a little hike along the old railroad grade.  It would have been a longer hike were it not for the 6 inches of fresh snow that covered the area.  Enzo’s little legs could only take him so far.  So, we went…

Update: ’99 Yamaha Big Bear Roars Again

Today was a perfect day to work outdoors.  Temps were in the high 50s, the air was calm, and the sun was bright.  The unseasonably warm weather was also perfect for working on the Yamaha Big Bear. Yesterday I mounted the rebuilt engine into the frame…

Update: ’99 Yamaha Big Bear Engine Reassembled

Sometimes the smallest thing can have the biggest impact.  A few weeks ago I started the reassembly of Ken’s engine, but I didn’t like how much “free play” the rear drive shaft had.  I did some research and learned that there were minor variances in the…

Update: Pontoon Rebuild Project – All Done

On July 7 the ol’ pontoon boat was launched on a choppy Thayer Lake for its maiden voyage following the rebuild project.  The engine and electrical system worked flawlessly, although one issue surfaced almost immediately.  While backing away from shore, I quickly realized that the steering…

Update: Pontoon Rebuild Project – Coming Together

It was a perfect day in Alden for working on a boat – 72 degrees and sunshine.  It doesn’t look like it, but I put in more than 10 hours of work on the project today, and hope to make more progress tomorrow. I trimmed the…

Update: Pontoon Rebuild Project – Bare Aluminum

Today the remaining decking was removed from the ’87 Manitou pontoon boat.  A few pieces had significant rot, with one spot completely rotted through.  I’ll haul these 4 sheets of old plywood decking to the dump next weekend. With the boat down to the bare aluminum,…

Update: Pontoon Rebuild Project – The Tear-Down

With great weather in Alden during the April 18-19 weekend, I was able to begin the tear-down of the ’87 Manitou pontoon boat.  I had received all the new parts by this point, so it was time to begin ripping it apart. One chore that I needed…

1987 Manitou Pontoon Boat Rebuild – Update

The prep work continues for the pontoon boat rebuild project.  The last of the back-ordered parts arrived this past week, so the furniture is complete.  The furniture is staged in the loft, so it’s crowded up there.  Since the furniture looks fine and I won’t have…