The latest update is up, which shows the progress for gluing the engine stringers together. by the end of the month, it should start taking the shape of a hydroplane.
A few weeks ago, I was asked to write a story summarizing up how the 1979 "The Squire Shop" hull restoration project began and where we are today...............no easy task. For those already familiar with this website, that information was already on there.............but UNJ wanted to compile it all into one complete story to showcase on their website for even more exposure and appeal.
I was happy to do this for them, and here is what I came up with. This is the feature story of their 2017 January issue (just released yesterday) and you can find both the online and printable FILE versions below (or on the above tab in the menu).
A couple of weeks ago on December 10th, the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum celebrated 2016 with their annual winter Meeting & Holiday Dinner. The museum recognized each restoration team "crew chief" for their contributions, and "The Squire Shop" team was no different. I was in attendance and was called up to the floor to represent in place of our crew chief Tim Ramsay, who was unable to attend.
Bob Steil even flew up from California to be there, and he was pleased with the progress the team has been making so far.
After taking the past two weeks off for the winter holiday, we're back and ready to keep going!
A few of the team members decided to keep working during the break, and they are ready to begin restoring the boat. It is possible that we may finish up with the hull construction by this time next year, so keep your fingers crossed!
The team has started building the jigs for the engine stringers, and you can compare them to the originals in the pictures below.......then and now.
We will start with building the bottom of the hull first (upside down), as this is the traditional way of building doing things.
If you have ever wanted to learn how to build a vintage hydroplane, now is the time to do it....................come on down and join the team!
Here is the piece from the non-trip we saved from the hull exclusively for Jerry Hopp. Jerry's grandson Saxson picked it up the other day and gave it back to him for us.
Enjoy it Jerry!
As we get ready to start restoring the hull, the topic of what to do about the trailer has been coming up recently.
The one that came with the boat is reported to have been originally from the Fascination, but were not 100% sure.
I have been trying to figure out where the original Squire Shop one ended up, but I have been unsuccesful so far in my search. Here is a picture of it, fyi.
Here's the one that was under the boat when Jerry Hopp campained it, the one from the Fascination.
So here's our problem, what trailer do we want to end up using? The Fascination one faces the opposite direction in regards to what The Squire Shop did, but we have another one in mind we can use instead. So far, it is our leading candidate for various reasons. This particular trailer is already in the Hydroplane & Raceboats arsenal, and it was originally built and used for the 1972 Miss Madison. It is currently paintet up as a former Atlas Van Lines display hull trailer.
This trailer needs some repairs and TLC too, but we can make it work and look the part.
You are correct Leonard, good job!
This was the hull my family and I purchased (for all of 5 minutes) and traded it to aquire The Squire Shop. Back in 2013 when we made the deal, the hull was rough then...............now nearly 4 years later, it's not getting any better for sure.
After about 45 days of deconstruction, I put the following 8 photos together to show how we got where we are today. As you can see, the crew has been busy.
Up next, we start getting the jig ready to start actually building something.
The latest update is now posted, check it out in the restoration updates section in the menu. I added a small photo gallery of the latest from the Pay 'N Pak project below, looking good!