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Old 04-29-2003, 02:39 PM
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When I bought the "Too Old" Sonic, I got a project!!

I will attach some pictures (I hope) of my progress so far. Much has changed. The engine bay was black & had been sprayed with some kind of asphaltic undercoating-yuck!! 2 inches of gunk in the bilge, all electrics & wiring needed replacing or rebuilding, etc, etc.
Basically, this was a complete strip & rebuild project. Please remember, I have been in a cast for 3 months so progress has been slow.

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The new reupholstered bolsters
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Port accessory power originally supplied by a single 14 gauge wire to stereo, water pump, cabin lights, etc. Now supplied by an 8 gauge cable (battery & ground). Amps will be wired in seperately later.
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Forgive me Fred, but I reworked the dash wiring. It is now removable by disconnecting color coded water tight plugs!
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This is the reworked dash wiring. Now each switch is supplied by it's own 14 gauge fused supply. No more low voltages or dim lights! ALL wiring connectors have been replaced throughout the entire boat. No corrosion anywhere anymore. Good.
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All this replaces the dash power supplied by Sonic through the Merc harness. Now supplied by 4 gauge cable & terminal blocks to the fused distribution block to each accessory switch. Clean, full voltage to everything & no overloads. Power is supplied to the Macerator from this block also.
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Starboard-stern- This is part of the "new & improved" power & switching distribution system. The three bilge pumps are operated off two solenoids controlled from the dash (manual over-ride) & Automatic float switches operate the solenoids to turn on the pumps as each draws over 15 amps and are sequential! No worry about flooding. There are three seperate water tight fuses for the pumps & an 80 Amp fuse block for constant power regardless of the battery switch position. The Mercathode systems (2) is also provided with constant power just in case the lift drops an outdrive in the water......
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Did you every have to locate a good Ground source in your boat?? New custom battery common ground block in the stern for ALL ground sources as in Formula boats (as now under dash also). Never a ground or voltage weakness again.
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New dual Latham hydraulic steering thru hulls with Stainless hoses inside the hull and also outside the hull. Full 1/2" hydraulic lines to the helm. Notice the custome made diamond plate backing plates for the steering hull mounts behind the hydraulic hoses. Also a common starter (4 gauge) battery source for the starters. Notice also, the shift brackets are now mounted to the stern & are painted purple, as it is part of the engine "theme".
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Custom diamond plate battery mount shelf base and brackets, twin bilge pump blowers on each side of boat. All new indicator cables, hangers, clamps & cable sheathing. Billet steering filter below the blowers, new hoses for the tab & trim pumps. Yellow motor mount plates/brackets.
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