We have removed nearly all traces of the "Thor Racing Team" from the hull now, all that remains is what's left of "The Squire Shop". We are close to ordering materials to start rebuilding the hull, so we should be turning the corner sooner rather than later.
Also, update #8 is posted...........see the hull now after the pressure washing has been completed.
People who know me know that I like to salvage the deck pieces from hydroplanes, whether they be from active teams or retired ones. I have pieces from many hulls over the years, some from crashes.......some from restoration projects.
I have pieces from the 1977 Atlas Van Lines, the 1971 Miss Madison, the U-37 Beacon Plumbing, the U-11 Peters and May, and many others. So its no surprise I would save pieces from the Thor Racing Team as well. So when I pulled off the section in the picture below, I knew I wanted to do something special with it, but not for me.........but for the entire restoration crew. These are the people who makes these machines come back to life, and they should be honored and appreciated for their sacrifices........this will do just that.
After a couple days of thinking over my options I decided how to best utilize this piece and pay respect to the Thor Racing Team as well.
I don't want to spoil it outright, but here's a preview of what I'm starting with..........any guesses?
I'll let you all know on November 28th what it's ultimate fate will be, but just know it will be salvaged just the way it is.........trust me, it will be great! It's the largest piece we salvaged intact from the tear down, fyi.
This is it gang, we have trimmed the hull down to the point that we can now evaluate what we truly have to work with. We have cut out the "Thor Racing" sections from the hull, and all that remains now is "The Squire Shop" portion........woo hoo!
Update #7 is now posted, and you can see more pictures in the photo gallery.
Come on down this Tuesday and lend a hand, we can always use more help!
Updates #3 and #4 are now added to the restoration page, check out the photo galleries from each!
Also, here's our first side by side comparison photos of the hull from when it was built brand new and in it's current condition. Not a lot you can tell between the two right now, but some similarities for sure.