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Pepperson4
04-18-2020, 09:56 PM
picked up a 83' shadow from another member on here. boats in great shape for its age but I picked up a 250xs for it. but had a soft floor and transom was shot. so boat is at a local reputable fiberglass shop getting new floor, stringers, transom dash etc and then paint. having a new tank made as well. will post as I progress. picked up a side ram steering setup as well. will be running a 12' jack plate. heres some pics so far of the progress. boat had a lot of gelcoat issues so im having it painted. new interior as well. I will be doing all the rigging. going with a simrad display for gauges. will be having the plash well deleted as well.

Sutphil
04-19-2020, 07:23 AM
Looks well worth the effort. Nice boat.

noli
04-20-2020, 12:25 PM
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wow, that transom was done quickly!


very nice!





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vnemous
04-20-2020, 01:16 PM
Are you gonna limit the ability to tilt your engine up with no well?

Pepperson4
04-20-2020, 02:28 PM
Are you gonna limit the ability to tilt your engine up with no well?
shouldn't with a 12' jack plate

vnemous
04-20-2020, 03:57 PM
Guess it may depend on rigging hoses

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Pepperson4
04-21-2020, 10:22 AM
got some more updates. transoms in, total of 3" thick(ply). back deck is glassed on. wanted to do a hatch but the additional cost was out of reach. im already spending quite a bit on this resto so gotta cut costs somewhere. maybe ill put a sunpad on. ill proabably maken access from behind the bench seat. the guys at D&S marine in Rockford are doing a amazing job. very nice guys and update me often. Tank and floor will go in this week then its paint prep. picking up jack plate from powder coat today and sending my injectors to brucato to be rebuilt. anyone have anymore pics of shadows?

scott reierson
04-21-2020, 05:27 PM
Nice!

Pepperson4
04-23-2020, 07:58 PM
got my tank back. same as orignal size 50 gallons just looks big in pics. guys did a awesome job on it!

rgsauger
04-23-2020, 11:24 PM
Thats awsome! I rebuilt my 90 Shadow tunnel myself from ground up. Love it

tux974
04-24-2020, 04:33 AM
Nice work, coming along very nicely!

Instigator
04-24-2020, 06:59 AM
Way cool project.

Love that size and style of boat.

Timeless lines and an absolute blast to drive.

Pepperson4
04-24-2020, 09:01 AM
Thanks everyone appreciate It!

Pepperson4
04-24-2020, 09:04 AM
Gotta love the balsa core stringers! Floor and transom were balsa also, all rotted. Core is good luckily.

Pepperson4
04-28-2020, 04:18 PM
Few pics I got sent. Stringers some floors in seat boxes being made then glassing it all in. Everything full encapsulated

Pepperson4
05-05-2020, 08:42 AM
Few pics of stringer system. All new transom, knee boards, stringers, bulkheads and tank. Built same as factory design but much stronger and more waterproof. No balsa used other than deck. Boat should be getting paint next week!

rgsauger
05-05-2020, 07:15 PM
Few pics of stringer system. All new transom, knee boards, stringers, bulkheads and tank. Built same as factory design but much stronger and more waterproof. No balsa used other than deck. Boat should be getting paint next week!

I added two extra knees to my transom when I redid my shadow. Is easy to do. Just come outboard of the factory knees 14 to 16 inches on each side and you can add in another series of supports.

Pepperson4
05-09-2020, 02:59 PM
Boats getting prepped for paint. Seat boxes and Rae bench bulkhead is in. Floor is fullly glassed. Seat boxes have aluminum plate sandwiched between ply that will be tapped for bolts.

Greg G
05-09-2020, 08:57 PM
Boats getting prepped for paint. Seat boxes and Rae bench bulkhead is in. Floor is fully glassed. Seat boxes have aluminum plate sandwiched between ply that will be tapped for bolts.

Nice work all around. Seat bases will stay put for years to come.

tux974
05-10-2020, 04:39 AM
Coming along nicely.

Pepperson4
05-14-2020, 07:23 AM
Time for some color

berzerko
05-14-2020, 10:24 AM
Time for some color
Looks great

FUJIMO
05-20-2020, 11:16 AM
no splashwell looks good. 1983 boat...that was about the timeframe that shadow went bankrupt, '82-83... wondering who built yours. boat is coming along nicely.:thumbsup:

rgsauger
05-20-2020, 09:44 PM
Can't wait to see this beast finished

Pepperson4
05-27-2020, 09:13 AM
New dash modification is done to accept a 9Ē simrad display, color is almost on

Pepperson4
05-28-2020, 10:16 AM
Just needs a cut and buff and itís time to rig

Bateman
05-28-2020, 10:26 AM
Man, that looks excellent.

Pepperson4
05-29-2020, 05:32 PM
Sheís comin home tomorrow. Shout out to d&s marine in Rockford IL for the outstanding work!

scott reierson
05-30-2020, 01:44 PM
Very Nice!

Pepperson4
05-30-2020, 11:18 PM
Got her home, looks killer. Got some protective film, time to start rigging

Radazzle
05-31-2020, 11:46 AM
I have a 22 Velocity that I raised the transom on. Could you measure the distance from the pad to the top bolt holes.
I assume your running a 20" mid.
Color looks killer, will definitely be a head Turner!

Pepperson4
06-08-2020, 11:54 PM
Well after a week of grinding and what not I finally got floor and bilge coated. Just spent my time making sure any holes were filled and boat was bone dry throughout. Still need to sand the floor and topcoat it for UV protection. This boat will be much better than it was from the factory no doubt. The whole dash core was replaced. Itís a clean slate. Time to start rigging

Pepperson4
06-13-2020, 06:21 PM
sorry for sideways pics my phone sucks. getting the side panels made up. using 3/8" pvc board and will wrap with foma and vinyl.

Pepperson4
06-16-2020, 09:12 PM
carpet is in the sides now

Pepperson4
06-18-2020, 10:03 PM
Managed to get the seat base drilled and tapped. Jack plate and ladder on. Also got my helm mounted up.

rgsauger
06-18-2020, 11:37 PM
Looks great

vnemous
06-19-2020, 08:18 AM
You need about 8" inches of padding in the seat bottom Just saying:D

tux974
06-20-2020, 05:07 AM
You need about 8" inches of padding in the seat bottom Just saying:D

He is probably young and tall.....:D

Pepperson, coming along very nicely....:thumbsup:

Pepperson4
06-21-2020, 10:32 PM
Yep young and tall 😂
got the motor hung finally . Will be finishing up side panels Tomorow and the steering Iím hoping

tux974
06-22-2020, 04:50 AM
Yep young and tall 
got the motor hung finally . Will be finishing up side panels Tomorow and the steering Iím hoping

That's it, slow and steady progress makes for a good detailed finish.....:thumbsup:

BTW, do not mind us old timers.... :D I personally need a high rise recliner for a seat.....:eek::D

starviper10
06-22-2020, 08:52 AM
Managed to get the seat base drilled and tapped. Jack plate and ladder on. Also got my helm mounted up.

That's a really lightweight. neat looking ladder. I haven't seen one like that before. What make/model, or is it custom?

Also, just want to mention that this thread has been great to read, thanks for sharing. I've been debating between a Superboat, Progression, Challenger, and Shadow for my next purchase, and I think this thread alone has convinced me that I want a Shadow.

I'm guessing you're running that on the Chain O' Lakes in northern IL? That will be a great time running it there

Pepperson4
06-22-2020, 09:56 AM
That's a really lightweight. neat looking ladder. I haven't seen one like that before. What make/model, or is it custom?

Also, just want to mention that this thread has been great to read, thanks for sharing. I've been debating between a Superboat, Progression, Challenger, and Shadow for my next purchase, and I think this thread alone has convinced me that I want a Shadow.

I'm guessing you're running that on the Chain O' Lakes in northern IL? That will be a great time running it there

thanks man. Yep I live on the chain so mostly will be rippin around here. The ladder is by r&r designs. Itís a slide master jackplate and I bought them together but it looks like it was built for it because one side of the jack plate has a shorter bolt plate to leave room for the ladder mount. The ladder slides down and then you can fold it down again also. So it goes about 2 feet below the bottom of the boat when all the way down

Pepperson4
06-27-2020, 10:01 AM
Got MFD installed. Simrad go9 with a vesselview link. Also spent a few days and finished the side panels. 3/8Ē pvc board with 1/2Ē foam. I see why upholstery guys charge what they do haha.

Rigaud
06-28-2020, 06:21 PM
Few pics of stringer system. All new transom, knee boards, stringers, bulkheads and tank. Built same as factory design but much stronger and more waterproof. No balsa used other than deck. Boat should be getting paint next week!

Love your thread for this project. I just picked up a Scorpion 21 Offshore, an 89 that I will restore over the winter as well. Pretty much a splash of a Shadow, Progression, Superboat. One quick question..... are you installing the fuel tank with foam? I hate that product, sucks water like a sponge but wondering how to safely keep it intact.

Thanks
John

Pepperson4
07-02-2020, 08:53 AM
No foam! Just welded on tank brackets !

scott reierson
07-02-2020, 03:28 PM
Boy those pics bring back memories of the stuff I did on my 82 Shadow

Pepperson4
07-05-2020, 09:31 PM
Managed to get a little done. I THINK I finally am done drilling holes. I took the time to epoxy coat any exposed core where I drilled wholes for cleats bilges etc. I want this thing to last and Iím not skipping any details. Also got the top coat on the floor interior epoxy. Gloss white. Sherwin williams macropoxy 646 and then their industrial enamel HS for a UV resistant top coat. Not cheap stuff but Itís worth it. Should be getting all my cables and steering in soon and seats. Also seadek down on the floor.

Pepperson4
07-07-2020, 10:08 PM
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side panels turned out pretty killer. lot of time into them. got the gas fill and stern light in. as well as eddie marine rigging tube flange. will get speakers and grab handles in tomorrow! windshield is out getting trimmed as well.

noli
07-08-2020, 06:03 AM
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That is sexy!

One of the best restorations I've seen in a long time




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Pepperson4
07-09-2020, 12:14 AM
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That is sexy!

One of the best restorations I've seen in a long time




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Appreciate the kind words 🙏
oanels all buttoned up. Pretty proud of them for my first time upholstering😂Made sure to through bolt almost everything in this boat. Got seat brackets in.Spent all day trying to get my tilt tube out of my motor bracket to put in the side ram pin. Thing is very very seized. Any tips ? Got both nuts off. Tried some heat and oil, still wonít turn or slide either way.

Pepperson4
07-09-2020, 12:17 AM
Couple more

Pepperson4
07-15-2020, 12:07 AM
Been busy rebuilding my tilt bracket. Waiting on ram pin and bushings to come in. Got battery boxes in , cables ran, power cables for amps ran, oil tank bracket in. Also got stereo in as well as if led paddle trim. Got my accon pop up cleats as well but Iím waiting on bezels for those.

Pepperson4
07-17-2020, 07:31 PM
Put a seal on the windshield mount and drilled and mounted it. Took a lot of measuring but got it straight . Also got my cleats and bezels in.

Greg G
07-17-2020, 07:38 PM
Wow, mad skills you have for sure.

Pepperson4
07-22-2020, 11:56 PM
Wow, mad skills you have for sure.
Thanks man!
Been busy wiring, and more wiring , and cutting 3,000 zip ties, and dripping solder on my chest . Most of the switches are completed. Have in line fuses. Also been busy making and setting up the shift cable bracket . Itís very time consuming setting everything single thing up from scratch Iíll tell ya that .

scott reierson
07-23-2020, 01:43 PM
Beautiful work, that boat is coming along fast.

Pepperson4
07-24-2020, 08:13 AM
Degreased the whole motor. Sending the trim setup out to get powder coated, gotta have it looking fresh

Pepperson4
08-07-2020, 03:02 PM
She progress , lots and lots of wiring

Pepperson4
09-18-2020, 08:44 PM
Change of plans , got a new motor coming in

Greg G
09-18-2020, 08:45 PM
Now I'm really confused?

Pepperson4
09-19-2020, 08:09 AM
Now I'm really confused?

sold the 250xs , going with a new motor

32DougWright
10-12-2020, 12:58 PM
Where did you get your rub rail? How much did you need?

Thanks,

Pepperson4
10-12-2020, 01:43 PM
Where did you get your rub rail? How much did you need?

Thanks,
Thatís actually the original that was out back on.

32DougWright
10-12-2020, 02:03 PM
Nice

noli
10-12-2020, 03:42 PM
sold the 250xs , going with a new motor
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very exciting!

when you say "new" do you mean a 4-stroke?




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Pepperson4
10-12-2020, 04:10 PM
[QUOTE=noli;3238231].


very exciting!

when you say "new" do you mean a 4-stroke?


Should be coming in tomorrow. 2018 g2, 250ho with warranty until 2028😎

Vernardo89
10-12-2020, 08:31 PM
Hi, I have a 21 rally sport, I know it's very close to design as the shadow but not identical. Can you tell where did you get the material for your windshield and also where did you get your bucket seats?

Pepperson4
10-12-2020, 11:45 PM
Hi, I have a 21 rally sport, I know it's very close to design as the shadow but not identical. Can you tell where did you get the material for your windshield and also where did you get your bucket seats?

buckets are sickspeed brand. And windshield is what came on the boat I just trimmed it down. I think itís just lexan or acrylic

Pepperson4
10-14-2020, 06:01 PM
Got the motor in! Also got a 6Ē atlas hydraulic jack plate. Not sure if Iím gonna run my manual or this one yet . Luckily my dad let me put the boat in the heated barn for winter so I can work on it . Definitely have my work cut out with this rigging , haha

Pepperson4
11-27-2020, 08:55 PM
Got the motor on finally. 6Ē atlas hydraulic plate came with it. Total of 12Ē of setback with the g2. Plus the 7Ē notch. Almost have the shifter mounted as well.

Pepperson4
11-29-2020, 07:38 PM
Mocking up the new ignition panel. The Evinrude icon Monitor display will go where I previously had my switches at on the dash. I think this will look much cleaner anyway

2.5-21
12-18-2020, 10:45 PM
buckets are sickspeed brand. And windshield is what came on the boat I just trimmed it down. I think itís just lexan or acrylic


How do the seats attach to boat? are the brackets on the bottom steel or can they come off all together?

Pepperson4
12-22-2020, 01:08 PM
How do the seats attach to boat? are the brackets on the bottom steel or can they come off all together?
The seats have a metal insert on each corner side. The brackets bolt to those, and I just bolted those to the plate I have glasses under the seat boxes.
it came on sliding brackets but I plan I making solid mounts once I get a feel for where I want the seat to be

Greg G
12-22-2020, 01:23 PM
What made you decide on ETEC for power?

Pepperson4
12-22-2020, 01:48 PM
What made you decide on ETEC for power?
Talked to a bunch of people that loved them. Wanted something with a long warranty. Still have 8 years on this motor. Brp is still making parts and is a multi billion dollar company so I have no doubt they will honor warrantyís. Also wanted something with a clean rigging setup. This is just battery cables, and a harness and fuel line. No oil tank in boat, no shift cables to mess with. Rigging tube is fixed as well so that wonít wear out. And the icing on the cake is I can hit a button and switch between hand or foot throttle

Greg G
12-22-2020, 02:17 PM
Switch between hand and foot? Super slick, did not know that. Agree on warranty.