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83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Restoring your Hydrostream or just giving it a small makeover? What better place than to show off your project. Big or small.
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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by 83VKING » Mar 25, 2017 9:57 am

Thanks i have a very good idea on how to recore ! its still to cold to fiberglass here. i am going to gather some materials together before I start the job.

I plan to copy hydrostreams design in the bow. drop down for extra leg room then back up to finish all the way to the bow. when i was taking it out i found what was a fiberglass air box. is this a structural design hydrostream did?

Hey Russ thats great, once i finish this stream we will have to meet up.
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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by Hippie459MN » Mar 25, 2017 10:23 am

It does serve as a little bit of support. You could also just put a bulkhead in and not do the air box and have some storage up front. I put the airbox back in mine. The vertical face of the airbox is the bulkhead for the structure and then the airbox itself I think is so odd the boat does go down, it will float bow up.

Here is how we (Brian) did the airbox in my vulture. It's all fiberglass, no wood. Plus makes for a good spot for the foot throttle mounting pad.
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Hope that helps some.

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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by 83VKING » Mar 25, 2017 11:33 am

Huge help, that vertical face will be my main focus then i will continue with the airbox. good picture to represent the airbox. i see you went all the way down to the hull for the most leg room. little more custom design thats great. i noticed Wayy up in the bow there was a small piece of wood glassed in. you can see it in the picture. maybe an after thought Hydrostream did in 83?

Is that white Gel coat? i was thinking the same thing once the floor is in. did Hydrostream put a gel on the floor as well? more for sealant and keep water beading off more often? This is a picture of the day i picked up the stream. and there was black gel on the transom and the floor. last owner did this? If this was Hydrostream, i would like to do the same.

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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by Hippie459MN » Mar 25, 2017 12:19 pm

My 77 vulture had that little piece of wood up there too. And no hydrostream did not put gel down. Just fiberglass then carpet. I am not putting carpet back in. Went white gel with black gel spider web for a slight texture. Main reason I did not put carpet back in its carpet holds water. Plus, I can just pressure wash my interior if need be and 20 minutes under the sun and its dry.

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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by AdamDK » Mar 25, 2017 7:34 pm

That strip of wood in the bow was so that they could lift the hull out of the mold. It's perfectly OK to remove it.

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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by Hippie459MN » Mar 25, 2017 8:32 pm

Yup, mine didnt get put back in. :)
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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by 83VKING » Mar 26, 2017 9:37 am

That is interesting for sure thanks for the history. If there is no need for the pice to go back in then it won't. Do you think after the fiberglassing then putting gel down is a bit much? I think what I will do is just the stern with gel. This is were the fuel, battery, trim pump will be and there will not be any carpet there. I will just leave it fiberglass underneath the carpet. (save on cost as well). Your option to go with no carpet is nice, it eliminates a soaked carpet.
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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by Hippie459MN » Mar 26, 2017 11:00 am

No carpet. :up:
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I would probably gel where ever you won't have carpet. And surprisingly, a gallon of gel isn't all that much.

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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by 83VKING » Mar 26, 2017 4:24 pm

I will start with a gallon and go from there. That floor looks solid! How much resin did you use roughly including transom.
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Re: 83 V-King (Bruiser) Restoration

Post by Hippie459MN » Mar 26, 2017 5:57 pm

My vulture used somewhere around 15-20 gallons of resin. The core will soak up a lot of it. I bought it in 5 gallon pails.

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