Thursday, August 9, 2012

Moved: Project Jetflite

I moved to a general blog site for all my ADV (adventure) projects.   HERE IT IS.

The Jetflite project blog is started here:

The Glastron is for sale (to the right person) for $6,000

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fixed and cruising

I fixed the windscreen a while back, took a lot of time and effort to get it in place.  All the custom work I did last time on the arms, connections, etc had to be re-customized.  This is cause the plastic is never the same and multiple curves on multiple planes really makes it tricky.  I can see why newer CVX's don't have the top frame to remove complexity!  This one is plexiglass(R) and shows little heat waves in the bends.  But it was a lot cheaper.  I went with Edston if I didn't mention that.  Last one was Polycarb, cold bent.  All in all, no one could tell the difference except me.

Above is a 6 hour tour we did of the lake last month (with a support boat for fun!).  It was a blast to check out this boat for such a long period of time.  Its fun but waves kill you.

Some more:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Windshield plastic being fabricated

Well, lots of delay here.  First, a guy on Classic Glastron's group offered me a top brace, but disappeared (after I paid him $45).  He may come around and pay me back (couldn't get the plastic out of the frame) or send it with the plastic cut.  Either way, I had mine re-bent into shape.  I got a couple quotes, one from WEMFG out in CA (who did it last time) for $575 plus I have to send the frame in (good for accuracy, bad for shipping costs).  Locally, they wanted $1,000 since they had to make jigs, etc.  Finally I got a decent price out of Edston, in MI.  He's on it right now and has made many, so I don't need to send the frame.  Should be back in place in a couple weeks.  Our lake is at record high (3 feet above flood) which is amazing considering how big this lake is, so there will be no G-troning for a while anyway.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Top frame bent back into shape

Outside!  Not working on the Jetflite tho.  The top frame got back from a Pro metal guy and it looks great.  Hard to tell there was a bend in it except for the marks left by some gripping devices.  Wow, I'm impressed.  I'll cancel the purchase of the top frame from some guy on the Classic Glastrons site (who hasn't sent it in 4 weeks).  I paid for it too.  Here I am sanding with 160 around the dents, then 260 the whole thing (to get the anodizing off).

Plan lots of discs removing anodizing. 
I went thru 6 on this one part

You can see the dents from the tool

Dent flush

Complete with 360 wetsand back and forth for the brushed look.
That way it'll hold the clear I plan to apply.

Nother shot of the finished part.  WooWee
Now off to the plastics house (local this time I think) to get some quotage.  Oh, btw, the lower frame now looks like poo poo with this new top part.  Oh well, 6 more discs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Removing the windshield

Rear cannon damage from a boat I was chasing

I've been needing to replace this since Q is on another project.  I forgot how tight it is between the dash, the seat and the steering wheel.  About one human body width, contorted to an "S".  

Looks muscle without the screen

I think we'll try to bend this top extrusion back to shape with some heat.  Any tips from the gallery, please, chime in. I may make some kind of bending die.

Alum extrusion (top windshield) bend

Next is take the engine off to re-glass the back deck to hull, but I think I'll wait for warmer temps to do all this in a day.

Man, I keep looking all over this boat expecting to see more damage but don't see any.  Weird to think how much snow was on it.  One bent windshield frame and a chip out of the paint.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


This is the last thing I wanted to do on a cold February day.  Seeing the little boat smashed with a mountains worth of snow on top was a downer but with so much in front of me, it was "get to it" time.

The little white tent was no match for 14" of heavy wet snow (probably caved at 6").  Smashed the windshield and chipped the paint in a small spot (the bent frame hit there).  Aside from a good thousand pounds resting on it, it came out unscathed.  Amazing, really.  I have a new (used) top frame coming and I'll check the best place to get a new windshield.  Its worth it for this boat.  I keep looking at it to see what else is hurt but can't find anything!  The picture was taken well after I removed most of the snow sitting on the boat.  It looked totally smashed when I came upon it.  It's not stored where I live, so it's sometimes hard to watch the snow buildup.  Live and learn (but I probably won't).

Friday, November 19, 2010

Moving along

It's been a couple years (and two Hobie Cat refurbs) and time to get moving on another project. I'll post the new link here in another couple days. It is a boat. It is free. It will be a slower project as I'm in the busy season for sleds. Any guesses? Small.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Remember that old Holsclaw trailer?

A year and a half later (took that long to get him from $300 down to $200) I have the trailer of my dreams. Well, future dreams, with a coat of paint and new carpet this baby will be a chariot. It really is a chariot now in terms of ride. Look at the springs and there's even shocks on each side to boot. It's now fitted perfectly to the many keel rollers, bunk rollers. I cut off a foot on the back, and a foot on the front (was a 17 footer), am working on the bow stop rubber and a broken roller. Not sure when I'll get around to sandblasting the thing but soon! Holsclaw made some tough trailers but went out of business a few decades ago. Thick steel, little rust for the age, very nice ride.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Parting thoughts

I've been told I could get many thousands for this boat I guess based on the classic, uniqueness (pimp my ride) appeal. Of course you couldn't post it on craigs list-- 15 foot '79 Glastron, $10,000. HA! But positioned at the right visual location with high end cars-- maybe more.

This is the kind of project made for busy minds and bodies. To make it fun, it has to be creative. To make it possible, you have to have the space and tools. Not just the basics but things like compressor, tons of clamps, multiple grinders, taps, hole saws, punches, extra log drill bits, engine hoist and snap ring pliers.

Winter is project time, so space in warmth is key. Summer is too nice to work on anything but Cubs games, and Tennis and Corona.

It was fun overall and kept me really busy. I'm thankful to have parents willing to give up space, food and tools, a fiancee to live life simply, be and let be, and dogs who love to hang out while I work. I needed this outlet in the tough start-up business life.

I think I kept to the original philosophy of keeping it true to the roots with an updated appeal. Not as corny as I would have liked but thats a tough one with only one boat to play with. Corn edges on tacky which is not quite what I had in mind. Better to stray on the classy side of tack.

I think some cars are retro'd right (Beetle, Mini) but most are not (PT, Camaro, Mustang). The difference is the detail that was once there in the oldies (cool metal trim for nothing but bling). The Camaro looks like the shape of one old version but there's no chrome, emblems, scoops, stuff! It looks like 69 Camaro that was left on the streets of Harlem for a week. GM, c'mon, follow my lead! This is what people want. Not a shape.

Dunno whats next but I'll fire up something this fall. Ultralight? Glastron CVX 16? House stuff?I'll get a trailer and customize that sometime and start tinkering with the Evinrude.

Thanks for watching, have a good summer.

Dad and I looking at the rotten, holey, bent, faded hulk the day we got it.
What I didn't know then!

Over and Out.