Rush

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  1. Hey eato0054, Welcome to MidwestSportsman. Please feel free to browse around and get to know everyone! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to introduce yourself. We're glad to have you.  eato0054 joined on the 01/16/2017. View Member
  2. Hey Duenorthmarine, Welcome to MidwestSportsman. Please feel free to browse around and get to know everyone! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to introduce yourself. We're glad to have you.  Duenorthmarine joined on the 01/14/2017. View Member
  3. Hey LukasBraziulis, Welcome to MidwestSportsman. Please feel free to browse around and get to know everyone! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to introduce yourself. We're glad to have you.  LukasBraziulis joined on the 01/12/2017. View Member
  4. Perfect for a garage. Nice yob.
  5. Thanks, Turbo!
  6. Thanks! I love to use that fan because it, along with the little Clam fan I have on my top hoop really helps circulate the heat. With the D cells, I only got about 3 days of light use out of it. The main problem is that I can never remember to buy those batteries when I go to town & I live too far from anything to just go & specifically buy them. I haven't gotten a chance to use the 6v yet because I did this mod the day before I left for CA. I'm almost sure the runtime will be longer, but even if it is the same, the rechargeability is a huge advantage. If anyone does the battery mod, you don't really even need to solder. You can just take a length of wire and put a male blade terminal on one end, and a female blade terminal at the other, effectively making an extension cord to reach the battery cubby. One for the + wire and one for the - wire, of course.
  7. Anyone who has a Big Buddy knows the pain in the butt that is the D cell batteries that operate the fan. Here's my solution; a rechargeable 6 volt battery. Also, I've left my fan switch on so may times because when you're outside, you can't hear it. I solved that problem by adding an LED power indicator so I can see at a glance if the fan is on. Here's how:
  8. Thanks! It was nice. Shovel made me dinner and then off to bed early to get up @ 2 to get on my flight to L.A. Now, I'm just kicking back in Cali. Yay!
  9. Hey Fatboy, Welcome to MidwestSportsman. Please feel free to browse around and get to know everyone! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to introduce yourself. We're glad to have you.  Fatboy joined on the 01/05/2017. View Member
  10. LOL!! @cheeseman, I'll see what I can do when I get home at the end of the month.
  11. After I finished restoring my Alumacraft Dominator, Nunnu asked me if I'd be willing to re-do the interior of his boat. I made him wait until the off season so he wouldn't bug me about it being done the next day. lol! His interior is really trashed, but he earned it. He uses his boat more than anyone I know. So far, I've come across one somewhat rotted deck which I'll replace, but I guess we'll see if there are any more as I get more of the interior taken apart. So far, the huge difference between an Alumacraft of my era vs his era (1996 vs 2004), is that they made drastic improvements in construction, flotation and layout. His livewell is serviceable, mine was not (but is now), his flotation is contained within plastic bags to reduce the chances of it getting waterlogged, mine was completely waterlogged and had to be removed. His decks are much easier to remove than mine because you can access the fasteners and very little of it is riveted. His dash is a sturdy fiberglass, mine is plastic and his electrical is wired way more sensibly, where mine was all willy-nilly. Even though his carpet is completely trashed and shredded in many places, it's coming off the panels pretty well intact which will make for beautiful patterns when cutting the new carpet! What a relief! Nunnu put all that aluminum angle stock all over to cover the shredded carpet and to try to preserve the edges of the wood. Here are some pics: Notice the greenery growing all over the place! Of course, no boat build is complete without a wasp nest! I swear they are in EVERY boat! Starting the tear-down: About 15# of sand was lurking behind this panel Next, comes the dash/console which is always a treat. Stay tuned!
  12. @cheeseman !! Thanks for the birthday wishes, guys! On my way to L.A. tonight, but I'll be back for February fishing!
  13. Thanks, Chris! It's a "boatload" (ha!) of work, but they're so beautiful when they're finished. @nunnu I'm so glad you're happy with it! It's exciting to have a new boat! Now, about those 2017 graphics...
  14. Nom!!
  15. Thanks, guys! Yep, new seats. For what they cost, it just doesn't make sense to re-cover. Stock Alumacraft seats are made by Tempress, & these are the same ones, minus the Alumacraft logos. @fishesforskunks, I laughed REALLY REALLY REALLY hard at your post!!!!! OMG! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Yes! Same boat! lol! I guess that explains the 100+# of mystery sand!
  16. Oh! Cool! I thought about experimenting with that, myself.
  17. Holy moly!! $30??
  18. Nice! Are they powder paint or do you use something else?
  19. So, as a wrap, Before: After: A huge thank you to Lisa for her helping hand! You're a great student and I'd trust you in my sopp anytime!
  20. Nunnu came & got the boat today, so it's photo dump time! I'll try to put them in some sort of order.
  21. I like the idea. In my mind, I see them with a fast drop & tantalizing action once they get there. I've got some little bitty ones like that that I can't wait to test out!
  22. Wow! Way to enjoy retirement, GJ! Make sure you bring that shiny new helmet!
  23. Pricey shipping, but beats $150. Nice!