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89Talon18
02-03-2021, 09:04 PM
Hello i just wanted to share and document my viper build. I bought the boat in april of 2019 and started cutting on it that winter knowing it needed a core, transom and floor. I have never owned a hydrostream and wanted the full experience from restore to scaring myself. I did not split the boat because it had a near prefect rub rail. The gel is pretty sun baked and the individual i bought it from refured to it as a non skid finish. Here are the pics from the beginning of the project
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89Talon18
02-03-2021, 09:08 PM
Before i started cutting i added extra bunks to the trailer
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Capt.Insane-o
02-03-2021, 09:15 PM
Get your ass back to grinding.

89Talon18
02-03-2021, 09:18 PM
And the cutting starts. 481791
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89Talon18
02-03-2021, 09:20 PM
Believe me id rather be home finishing up the grinding right now then being at work

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02-03-2021, 09:25 PM
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02-03-2021, 09:29 PM
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89Talon18
02-03-2021, 09:34 PM
And progress from today. I am doing a final finish grind before putting the materials back in.481807
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tnelsmn
02-03-2021, 10:54 PM
AWESOME! Another person to share in the misery, I mean joy, of rebuilding a Hydrostream. :cheers:

You're off to a h*ll of a start. Looking forward to progress updates.
I'm going to be using your line of "from restoration to scaring myself" :D

89Talon18
02-03-2021, 11:20 PM
Actually im really not minding it. Was kinda a good way to not think about the every day BS and drama. Lint roller or masking tape worked great to get the glass out of the skin

tnelsmn
02-03-2021, 11:28 PM
Yeah, my garage has been my "safe space" as they would call it these days haha. Great way to stay distracted. I've throughly enjoyed my build. Looks like you're wearing a tyvek suit in your picture, thats a great first step to prevent itch. I've also found a pair of ladies nylons as a washcloth in the shower helps to pull the glass out after a day of grinding too. Steal an old pair from the wife.

89Talon18
02-03-2021, 11:46 PM
Good tip i will have to try that on the next build.

LakeFever
02-04-2021, 08:18 AM
Nice!

Yep getting lost in your own projects with hard work and focus always makes for a satisfying experience. Stay on it

89Talon18
02-04-2021, 01:32 PM
Got an hours worth of grinding in today before i have to start getting ready to leave for work. One thing im figuring out is the harbor freight grinding disc do a better job then the home depot diablo stuff and at half the cost. Todays advance was about 2 1/2 to 3 foot.481835481836

89Talon18
02-04-2021, 02:02 PM
Here are the materials that are going back in.
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89Talon18
02-07-2021, 10:12 PM
Managed to get out yesterday and finish up the grinding minus the corners where the pad and transom meets.
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tnelsmn
02-07-2021, 11:21 PM
That looks great! I don't envy you working under the bow like that.

89Talon18
02-07-2021, 11:31 PM
Yeah there was core all the way to the bow eye and had to be very carefully cutting it out with a chain saw wheel which made for very quick work

SkywayGT
04-06-2021, 03:21 PM
89Talon18

Have you started putting this back together? Been itching to see your progress LOL

89Talon18
04-06-2021, 07:37 PM
Its been a rough go, hurt my back a while ago and its been a pretty slow process. I had a mentor lined up to point and tell what to do and drink all my beer but i eventually caved and had to hire him to finish it.
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LakeFever
04-06-2021, 08:09 PM
Sucks to hear about your back but good to see you found a solution to the build. If you haven’t yet got one an inversion table is a great back aid

89Talon18
04-06-2021, 08:19 PM
The physical therapist did try decompression which felt great until i got off the table and vertical again. ****y part is it introduce more pain and new symptoms. Can definitely say paying someone to finish this project and watching how its done is worth the money. ive learned a lot so far and would not hesitate to tackle the next one without help.