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    looks killer great job!
    SEEBOLD CHAMPBOAT MERCURY S3000

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    Not much happening lately, just fine tuning everything again. I finish sanding all the original paint off, and block sanded all the facets with 150. Still have a few spots to touch up. I made a front cover (�� David) with plywood and mounted it with four screws
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    I will seal the wood with a coat of "bar-top" epoxy before primer and paint.
    All that's left to do for bodywork is to make the centerpiece for the false NACA ducts, or as I have been calling it "the vent wings. I will cut it out of 1/4 inch poplar and probably cut it with Epoxy or filler before I have my buddy "JB" "weld" it in, and because I like overkill I'll throw in a few screws from the inside. Once I blend the corners in it will be ready for the first coat of epoxy primer.

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    Was supposed to be a Symbol for you David.

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    I set a 1/4" ss bolt on the top rear of the engine ( in the bolthole that used to hold the bracket for the old cowl, dabbed a little epoxy on the headof it then set the new cowl in place. After which i braced the bolt with an aluminum bracket and epoxid the crap out of that. Now I have a rigid firm "pin" that lines up perfectly at the top. There is about a quarter inch gap between the base of the "pin" setup. A few rubber washers Will allow the Cowl to slightly rest on it taking a load off the bottom pan. I think that should be enough support for this. I don't know, maybe I'll set the front side the same way to
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    Made The center pieces for the "vent wings" with 1/4 inch poplar and shaped it before I epoxied it into place. Although Epoxy itself is probably more than strong enough I went ahead and drilled holes along both sides to allow the epoxy to seep into ( I know, it's ridiculous) and of course I'll throw in a few small screws underneath it to further overkill on top of my overkill just in case some fool tries to use it as a handle and snaps it off I want to know it's not because I didn't bond it good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite85 View Post
    I went ahead and drilled holes along both sides to allow the epoxy to seep into ( I know, it's ridiculous) and of course I'll throw in a few small screws underneath it to further overkill on top of my overkill
    They have medicine for that now.

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    So I guess I lied... About the 5 intake vent holes on the top. At first I didn't mind (that they were bigger) but the more I looked at it the more it bugged the sh!t out of me. The way it looked stretched across too far ( was more like 1" than 1/2") seemed to throw off the dimensions and I know i'm the only one who would think that. Maybe I really am crazy! But it wasn't very hard to fill a couple of holes in. It took about 10 minutes of work with 20 minutes of wait time. So now I have four vents holes instead of five and I'm glad I did it. In looks much better to me, and the engine was still breathe just fine. I've seen earlier models of these Cowls with 3,4 and 5 vents.
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    Epoxy primer is next!!!

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    Very cool... I was kind of doubting it would be possible (that you would end up with just a pile of jigsaw pieces) when you started - but it looks awesome.

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    So now that you have one under your belt I would like to send you maybe 15 or 20 old clamshell cowls to convert. You OK with that?

    Rock

    BTW It looks really good.
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    god damm looks killer, u might want to start a little side business ,im speechless ! GREAT JOB BUDDY!
    SEEBOLD CHAMPBOAT MERCURY S3000

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    Been wondering what it weighs. Have you had a chance to check it?

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    [QUOTE=rock;2860306]Been wondering what it weighs. Have you had a chance to check it?

    Rock[/QUOTE

    Top cowl-15 lbs
    pan-7 lbs
    front cover-1.6 lbs
    so altogether it is just shy of 24 pounds. Certainly not a lightweight version, I just can't compete with molded plastic. But it's almost 1 1/2 pounds lighter than the old cowl I'm replacing it with and if my calculations are correct that equates to 100 h.p.

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