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ROTAX454 11-18-2010 04:24 PM

Project Awesome - Author responses only please
This thread is my way of sharing with you my experience with rebuilding and upgrading my boat. It sorta took on a life of it's own. You know. "I will just change out the motors and do the other things next year" Yeah, right!!!! This will be an ongoing thread, so please in the interest of keeping it condensed, Please DO NOT post anything. Post any comments over on the "Project Awesome responses". Will help in looking over the posted pics----speed wise. So without any further delay, let's begin. I will try to give each new pic a header describing briefly what is going on.

1-2) Cockpit Dash and Center Console
3- ) Cockpit area

ROTAX454 11-18-2010 04:44 PM

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The original pic when I first purchased "her" back in 2003. Seems like ages ago. Original build package was very basic. Merc 7.4 Magnum 330HP carb motors. Bravo Drives. Basic instruments and Morse controls. Did have thru hull water pick-ups and IMCO offshore steering system. Mitcher T paint was a plus and did help sell the boat. Manning trailer was the original owner's and was not included in the boat deal. Dennis was kind enough to let me use it till I purchased an aluminum trailer.

ROTAX454 11-18-2010 04:55 PM

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The 1998 Hull/motors had low hours on the clock when I purchased "her". According to what Jim told me, this was the Awesome 1998 Miami Boat Show model that was displayed. Dennis rack stored the boat during the summer month's and back on the trailer and into storage for the winter. Super clean and not misused.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 09:56 PM

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Original dash layout. Faria instruments and Morse controls. Plastic machined panels. Non-tilt wheel. Basic stuff. Awesome did choose a great cockpit interior package. McLeod Design.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 10:04 PM

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Dash attachment was greatly reinforced by GlassDave (he is in Toledo) from OSO. Lot's of grinding/fitting for the new gauges. When I say the dash was gutted, IT WAS GUTTED. Nothing remainded from the past. The original wiring---Gone!!!!!!! ALL NEW.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 10:33 PM

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New aluminum panels were designed for the upper and lower sections of the dash. Center console too. CNC milled for precise fitment of the new gauge group. Lot's of time fitting each component. Livorsi gauges and controls.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 10:52 PM

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Dash looks like a cobbled mess, but it really is very strong and was reinforced to hold the new aluminum panels and about double the amount of gauges. Fitting new panels to the dash for drilling purposes. No sheet metal screws for attachment. All S.S. machine screws.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 11:03 PM

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Dash was modified/reinforced in many area's. Original dash housing was not designed to carry the weight that I am now going to have there. Dave did a get job in this area.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 11:13 PM

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Fresh paint and pre-drilled with the blank dash panels, time now to install all of the gauges in the panels and start wiring.

ROTAX454 11-19-2010 11:25 PM

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Fitting and drilling the holes in the new (unpainted) dash panels. Usinng SS machine screws. No sheet metal screws used here. Final fitment before painting of panels.
Start-Run-Kill switch panel done. Military spec toggles should do the job nicely. Merc Kill Tethers.

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