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New  Jon Boat Project!

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Hey guys I started on my new boat project today. I went and bought a new Tracker 1436 Jon boat about a week ago that i picked up as a scratch and dent for half price! The seat was pushed in but i pulled it back out and now its fine other than the dents in the floor. Anyway here are some picks ill keep updating as a work the next few days.

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OK how do i add pictures to a post...i have them all on photo bucket...just need to get them here...

Thanks

Joe

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ok thanks

here is my boat bone stock from the dealer.

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The first thing i did to it was add a seat base for my seats on the rear.  I used stainless toggle bolt and 3m 5200 for good measure

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Next i started the framing after taking it out a few time to see what how it balance.

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This is as far as i got tonight before i had to call it a day the front framing will have a hatch that will hold storage like anchor and whatnot

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The rear frame in will house a custom cooler i will build.  If you noticed the deck will come up flush with the middle seat that way i can still use the livewell in the seat.

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Gotta buy more aluminum and rivits tommorow.  future mods include a cd player.  floor between middle and rear seat.  rear deck lighting and some other mods.  I will continue to post pics as the project moves on i hope to finish it this week.  wish me luck!

Thanks guys

Joe

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REALLY looks nice so far!!! Like the framing you are useing. Keep us updated...

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I've got the same aluminum holding my floor up. Solid as a rock, love it. I used 5/8" ply on top instead of the typical 3/4" and have had no issues.

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Hey thank for the comments everyone.  Thats good to know i was wondering what plywood i should go with i wanna keep as much weight off as possible.  I though about using aluminum for the floor as well but its expensive and i think using wood will be easier to build the hatches with..

Joe

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Lookin good so far, you will be glad you used alum, I did one in a long time ago in wood and after it sucked up humidity fer a few weeks, you could hardley pick the darn thing up, man wood can really hold some water. Funny place the maker put the coast guard sticker, seems like I have always seen em on the transom. Ya mite outta make sure that can be seen later if ya do any river stuff. We are gettin geared up to do ours, came across a couple plastic foot lockers to house my batteries at wal-mart over near the auto stuff, they are real sturdy and the price was rite. (Acid and alum dont play nice together). We plan to place the batteries center and low with cable to where it is needed, sure made the last boat real stable.

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I tried to post some pics to give ya some ideas, but being newbie it would not let me.  :)

Keep your eyes open, I will get the ten posts soon and hook ya up.

Dont be scared to take the benches out, it reall frees up some space and using the lower floor will make her really stable. We did a 1436 back in 1991 that morphed a couple times before we got it right. fill rivet holes with 1/4" s/s bolts and silly cone and nylon lock nuts, frame new stuff the same. It really worked great for us. A boatyard guy showed me to do this, I was skeptical but will be doing it agai  her real soon.

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What size is the alum. you are using for the framing?

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Thanks guys i diddnt get to work on it today due to work but am going to get some work done on it tommorow.  The aluminum i am using is 3/4 inch 1/8th thick.  now i got all the supports in its sturdy as a rock and once get my ply on it i dont think ill have any issues.  Best part about it is it only added about 5 lbs so far and man is it easy to work with.

More pics tommorow guys thanks for the help!

Joe

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Hey everyone just an update due to the rain last night and work today i havent dont any new work yet ( man i hate being at work)but i did have a few questions.  My first question is this boat is rated for a 15hp motor i was wondering if i could get away with a 20 hp since i keep seeing them everywere but no 15s.  And my second question in i want to carpet over the rear bench seat and as was pointed out earlier my capacity sticker is there.  Has anyone ever removed theres and moved it to a new place without destroying it?  Thanks for any help.

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Looks excellent.  Great use of materials, weight will be excellent on this one :)

Keep the pics coming please :)

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Were doing about the same thing to the same boat :) I used wood supports though and I did the deck slightly different. I would be a lot farther but I couldnt get carpet today.

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Sorry guys i havent been able to update for a few days but work and rain has kept the build at bay.  But i took a trip to west marine and picked up some lights and a switch panel and a bilge pump.  I got to work on it today though got alot of the front deck done plywood and all.  heres some pics for you guys.

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This is the front storage compartment

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Heres the rear compartment( i abandned the built in cooler idea for now.)

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By jirwin6985, shot with 503 at 2008-06-28

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And heres the whole deck...its pretty sturdy.  on the very end of the sides it flexes a little more than i would like.  i thought about making a braket that bolts it to the sides of the boat anyone have any ideas?

Enjoy

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Thanks your boat looks awsome man.  So befor it started raining on me again >:) I fixed the flexing problem.  I pulled up the ply i laid and added another angle along the sides that really stiffend it up.  And while i was at walmart i found the perfect cooler to mount were i was going to build a cooler in.  I found it cheep so its easier to modify this cooler to fit then to build a new cooler from scratch.(gotta have somewere to put the beer ;D)  Anyway if we ever get a break from this rain im hoping it will be done by this weekend.  Thanks for whoever is still watching..

Joe

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Hey guys got some work done today on the boat i know the pictres look the same as befor but i changed some plans.

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I changed some framing and added some more angle on the ends wich has fixed the flexing problem.  I also abandoned the fiberglass cooler idea for this coleman i found for cheap.  Fits perfectly.

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Pic with the floor ontop in place

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Last one

sorry the progress is slow but work and weather seems to be working against me right now.  i want to run the electical next thanks for looking

Joe

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Got the front of the boat done gonna sart working on the rear now but the front deck and floor is done so let me know what you think so far..

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enjoy..any suggestions?

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You do GOOD work, my friend ...

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