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    1978 Viking rebuild

    Here is my '78 Viking that's been in my family since '81. Grew up with this boat, learned to ski behind it, lots of good childhood memories. Like all of them, it needs it all. My brother and I started this process 12 years ago and tore out the rotten core, stringers, and transom. Split the deck to the windshield to replace the transom without doing a splash well delete. At that point ran out of money. It sat outside, uncovered, and neglected since. Sadly destroying what was beautiful factory gel coat. I've decided that it's time to finish it.

    At this point the plan is to completely pull the deck and do the full recore and replace the transom agin. Planning to respray the gelcoat and metal flake to look like the day it was new. Big plans, I know.

    I'm thinking the first step will be to get the boat off the trailer and flip it so I can build a cradle to support the hull during the rebuild. Planning to build an exoskeleton of sorts with plywood and lumber to support the strakes. The core-less hull seems very unstable and moves quite a bit just on the trailer bunks. I'll use a piece of aluminum along the pad to keep it as flat as possible.

    I don't have much, or any experience with fiberglass, but I've been a metal fabricator/TIG welder for 10+ years, so I can work with my hands and tools with ease. Hopefully with some help here I can finally pull this off. I plan to document the full process and post it here.

    Thanks in advance for any advise! Tony.

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    Cradle competed page 3, #37
    Tear down completed page 4, #56
    Transom completed page 6, #89
    Core completed page 8, #110
    Stringer/bulkheads completed page 12, #170
    Floors completed and one year mark page 14, #203
    Inside of hull completed/gel coated page 15, #213
    Deck completed/bonded to hull page 15, #223
    Blueprinting and primer page 18, #260
    Bottom gelcoat and metal flake page 19, #277
    Bottom finished page 20, #293
    Deck gel coated/metal flake page 21, #314
    Deck completed/fiberglass work finished page 22, #327
    Rub rail fabricated/installed page 25, #362
    Wire harness completed(mostly) page 27, #397
    Engine installed page 28, #406
    Splash video page 31, #451
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    Looks like your going to have some fun!
    You will get good help here for this, there are a lot of good people here that have done what your beginning. Some professional and some hobbyist.

    I am doing a 79 V-King now and am almost done with my glass work. I am not a professional, and maybe done some of mine incorrectly, as I tend to "overbuild" stuff.

    One thing I know...we love pictures, and your off to a good start.

    Scribbed !!

    I need to finish adding pictures to the restore thread on mine over on Hippie's site.
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    James H. W2F a V-King... Want 2 Fly a V-King

    Dedicated Site for Hydrostreams >> http://hydrostreamforums.com/
    My Project 1979 V-King restore >> http://hydrostreamforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2761

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    Cool, post away we will help ya.....

    83 V-King, Mercury 3.0 back on the transom
    Stop wearing the face bags people. Don't be a sheep!
    Rebuild thread:
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    http://www.screamandfly.com/showthre...cs.&highlight=
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    Easily one of the coolest boats ever.

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    Team Junk

    No sparkling wiggles in here, only dump truck grinches.

    "Screamin Heathen"

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    And your pictures are right side up .... "Great Start"

    a little tip ... Johnson's Baby Powder ...
    Wriggleys gum makes me think of boating, "Double your engines, Double your fun"



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    There are many of us right around ya! I am no professional but it is relatively simple if ya do your homework. If I can help, let me know.

    RJ


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    1973 Viper
    1978 Viking

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    You chose the right forum to post up about restoring a core thats for sure. Theres a wealth of knowledge, info, and good times to be had here! Looking forward to seeing your build come together
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    Thanks for all the response! I haven't made any progress with it yet, other than vacuuming all the crud out. I need to get a few welding projects off my bench before tearing into the boat. Plan is to get if off the trailer and start on the cradle this weekend.

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    Fairly rare "Moonshadow Elite" flake on that one I believe.....Very nice look on a Viking.

    83 V-King, Mercury 3.0 back on the transom
    Stop wearing the face bags people. Don't be a sheep!
    Rebuild thread:
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    http://www.screamandfly.com/showthre...cs.&highlight=
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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    Fairly rare "Moonshadow Elite" flake on that one I believe.....Very nice look on a Viking.
    I've been trying to find another with a similar paint scheme for quite some time. I've only found about two or three photos online. It's mostly all silver flake with a touch of blue flake mixed in. Then the line of blue flake across the dash and along the deck/hull seam. I dig the color and hope it can be matched. Plan for Friday is to get it in my buddies shop and use his pressure washer to get the black tree gunk off. I'll post some pictures of it cleaned up to give a better idea.
    Last edited by tnelsmn; 11-21-2018 at 04:05 PM.

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    Got it into my buddies shop and got all the tree sap cleared off. They have some great degreaser that won't damage paint. She looks so much better now! Unfortunately the top side of the bow is pretty damaged from so many years uncovered outside. I've been planning on new gel since the start, so oh well. Now to order up some piles of sand paper. Hope to have it off the trailer Sunday. Heres some more pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnelsmn View Post
    Got it into my buddies shop and got all the tree sap cleared off. They have some great degreaser that won't damage paint. She looks so much better now! Unfortunately the top side of the bow is pretty damaged from so many years uncovered outside. I've been planning on new gel since the start, so oh well. Now to order up some piles of sand paper. Hope to have it off the trailer Sunday. Heres some more pictures.
    Cleaned up quite nice and I do love that paint scheme.
    I was looking for one these when the checkmate fell n my lap. But I'll have one soon. Awesome boat!

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    Sharp boat.

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    Off the trailer and flipped so I can make a cradle. Looks like a fair amount of damage to the hull. I've got my work cut out.
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