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    <<<Mid Section Cutting Service>>>

    We have been cutting down 20" mid-sections in house for a few years now.
    We have several customers running our mids both in racing and pleasure with much success.

    Stock 20" straight leg cans are cut, milled, welded then we add straps to the inside for added strength to prevent cracking.
    We can do straight leg, and offshore cans both smooth and ridgeback style.
    All cans are finished off cosmetically, painted with base coat and then a clear coat

    We rough cut all housings then fixture both pieces on the mill to surface the mating surfaces for a good true fit. The housings are then fixtured in a jig for proper driveshaft alignment.
    All welding is TIG
    Swivel brackets are machined on mill then we install a new lower swivel shaft bushing in the bottom.
    We remove the top motor mount (tiller) arm, index for spline alignment, shorten the shaft and re-attach the arm with welding.
    We will also cut your water tube, shift shaft and can have your driveshaft cut and re-splined
    All work done in house except driveshafts.

    Price for cutting and finishing is $700.00-$750.00 plus shipping back to you. Driveshaft cutting will be extra.

    Call us for details at Calhoun Marine 803-897-3806 Mon-Fri 9-5 est. If no answer or after hours call 803-539-4908

    We have several mids we are working on now that will be up for sale when completed, we can cut yours or send you one done and you send us a core.






    We also build custom swivel brackets for those looking for lighter weight applications they can be done in 12" and 15" versions. The brackets take the place of the heavier Merc clamp and swivel bracket assemblies and are a tremendous weight savings. The 12" versions a little longer than the Merc Champ mids but give the ease of a shift shaft without drilling the rams in a champ mid. These are approximately the same weight as the champ mids when complete. We cut the big single trim cylinder to fit the bracket and will install new fittings on hoses for hook up to the trim pump. These brackets are custom tailored for your needs.
    The 15" models are much lighter than the Merc 15" offshore. I'll post individual weights here soon. Call for details and pricing on the custom brackets.

    15" custom bracket shown with cut down straight leg can. Trim cylinder mounts inside where you see the holes machined in the side of the bracket. This unit has the set back incorporated into it which eliminated the weight of the jack plate. This boat had a 15" Merc offshore mid section with a 12" jackplate, after converting to this set up we removed 70 lbs. of weight off the transom!!!

    Custom 12" shown on my 1/4 Master.




    12" custom bracket unfinished, this version is for fixed trim, the same bracket can incorporate a trim cylinder, this version also is for wing plate and cable steering. We have other versions in the works for mechanical cable steering as well as hydraulic, available in 15" also.


    This fixed trim bracket weighs 20 lbs.


    15" custom bracket with vertical adjustment incorporated, eliminates the jack plate.

    Front plate on 15" has grommets for trim lines to route through..

    Swivel bracket being mocked up for fit. We cut the plate from templates and then fit all pieces to check for alignment then "tack" with the welder before final fit and finish welding.



    Feel free to contact us for further info and pricing. We accept trades on mid section components to help with the money savings. Custom mids are priced according to your particular needs.
    Thanks,
    Michael
    Last edited by M.CHAPMAN; 01-22-2013 at 10:08 AM.
    Michael Chapman

    Calhoun Marine
    803-897-3806
    1166 Midway Rd
    Elloree S.Carolina 29047
    quartermaster22@gmail.com

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    Very nice work Michael.


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    Thanks Ralph!!! I appreciate the compliment!!!

    -Michael
    Michael Chapman

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    Nice work Micheal need some video of your boat launching ,taken from the rear ...!!
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    Thumbs up

    The work looks awesome!!

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    How about cutting down a Yamaha V4? It looks like roughly 4" can come out. Can you do it and $ ?
    Does the price include paint?
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    Cutting and finishing the housing is no problem. Sometimes you run into a clearance problem with the forward area of the housing that extends forward below the bottom motor mount yoke and the bottom of the 3 ram trim assembly. There are ways of doing it though. Prices include painting and clear coat. Driveshaft shortening isnt a problem either. Feel free to call and we'll dicuss it.

    -Michael
    Michael Chapman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Foley View Post
    Nice work Micheal need some video of your boat launching ,taken from the rear ...!!
    I wish I had some footage Tom!! Thanks for compliment!!!

    -Michael
    Michael Chapman

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.CHAPMAN View Post
    Feel free to call and we'll dicuss it.

    -Michael
    Will do that...Thanks.
    13' Biel tunnel AKA "Flight Risk"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
    Will do that...Thanks.
    That cat would look killer with a 12" mid on a custom bracket

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    I had Mike cut down a mid for me and the finish is perfect. Looks like it came from the factory. very well done I wouldn't hesitate to send him another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd D View Post
    That cat would look killer with a 12" mid on a custom bracket
    Right now it looks like Im being chased down the river by R2D2.
    13' Biel tunnel AKA "Flight Risk"
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    Michael, how about your video at SITC with your camera
    On dash facing rear. Michael does awesome work ! How's
    Bengi doing on his 1/4 master ?
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    That looks great! Very nice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmassm View Post
    Michael, how about your video at SITC with your camera
    On dash facing rear. Michael does awesome work ! How's
    Bengi doing on his 1/4 master ?
    We're working on his....swivel bracket in the pic with the turn buckles is for his boat.

    -Michael
    Michael Chapman

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    1166 Midway Rd
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