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Johnson AD-10 7 1/2 HP Matching Outboard Motor

I was given this outboard motor a year ago last spring.  It worked.  But I stripped and evaluated it.  Realizing that it would take much more expertise than I possessed I brought it to an older mechanic who would have had considerable experience with these when he was younger.  Entirely rebuilt with the exception of the rings, it is ready for use next year…

Before –

After –

To go on this boat (identically painted) –

Maiden Voyage

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An overcast and windy day, yesterday I tested this boat with 3 adults, a 2.7 air-cooled motor, and an electric trolling motor.  There was easily enough freeboard with three adults (7″).  Once on the lake and exposed to the wind the design of this craft allowed no shipping of water in spite of there being chop and 1′ high waves.  The 2.7 hp gas motor propelled it at perhaps 5 mph…although I would expect it to do better with only myself and my dog.  Given the shape of its tumblehome I expected it to feel unstable, which it did, but this proved to be so only initially, and the boat resisted tipping past a certain, initial point.   The bench seating is low enough that it proved extremely uncomfortable given the cramped space; this will be remedied with the addition of swivel seats.

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An adult bald eagle flew by us with a fish in its talons, hotly pursued by two eaglets, born this year.  Circling around it came to deposit the fish in its nest which was readily set upon and fought over by its two offspring, now as large as itself, although still in their immature colour phase.

Final Fitting

Today I was able to finish fitting this 1970 Aluminum Boats and Canoes Inc 11′ 4″ rowing skiff.  I’m very pleased with this primer/paint.  After clunking around installing these seats it at no time scratched.  Removable seat configuration was also added…

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Painting

This morning started out with this: primed, lightly scoured with a fabric pad to sand the worst of the grit, and vacuumed…

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The paint I used was Uno-HD along with its hardener, Uno DH 46.  These, like the 5-Star primer, were excellent with which to work.  But the greatest surprise of all was my purchase of the Anest Iwata AZ3HTE2 centre post gravity air spray gun (Italy).  In the past I have gotten along with $40 spray guns from Princess Auto.  My supplier (a professional auto body wholesale/retailer) talked me into it, but said it would be worth it…and boy is it worth it!  I will never go back to a cheap air gun again!!!  It was pricey, especially as it was only – in my mind – for a duck boat, but it made a most beautiful application…atomized, even, ergonomic, easy to use and clean up…

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Here’s the paint formula.  And again Uno-HD looks like it will be very durable…easy application/cleanup…great colour…olive drab dull.  This man supplies the same mix for CF application on their motorized equipment.

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And here’s the result after three or four coats, inside and out.  One quart of paint with a corresponding ratio of hardener went on smooth and dried quickly…

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…am I happy.  I will leave it for a day and then start installing seats.