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    Re: '73 Tahiti restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by MACRacing View Post
    Here is my restoration thread. I haven't made any progress this summer but plan on restarting soon with the bow and fuel cell this winter.

    http://www.vintagejetboats.com/showt...-Tahiti-Torino

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    My bad, I've followed your thread. Very nice work!

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    Re: '73 Tahiti restoration

    I cant take much of the credit so far I only tore it down, most of the rebuild was hired out. Yours on the other hand looks great and your doing your own work so congrats on that.

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    I'm looking for any tips or tricks for removing the intake from the hull. Judging by smell, epoxy was used to seal mine up. I have cut along the four sides with a fine grinding wheel to remove as much as possible. Any pointers, greatly appreciated.

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    Re: '73 Tahiti restoration

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    I'm looking for any tips or tricks for removing the intake from the hull. Judging by smell, epoxy was used to seal mine up. I have cut along the four sides with a fine grinding wheel to remove as much as possible. Any pointers, greatly appreciated.

    I am am sure someone smarter may have a better idea especially considering fiber glass, but I always use a heat gun or torch to heat the metal object and pop off the epoxy.

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    Re: '73 Tahiti restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by polishedball View Post
    I am am sure someone smarter may have a better idea especially considering fiber glass, but I always use a heat gun or torch to heat the metal object and pop off the epoxy.
    Put a jack under it to push up while you heat..
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    Put a jack under it to push up while you heat..
    Great idea but its upside down. I'll try heat and see how that goes.

    thanks

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    Success!!!!
    heat did nothing to loosen the bond. Just kept cutting away at it with a cutoff wheel and a Fein multi-tool near the corners. Then shims in the rear opening to break one corner loose. After that it just took some prying to get it all loose.

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    Last edited by T8er S.; 02-13-2016 at 04:10 PM. Reason: doing work

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    Hopefully I can now focus on finishing this hull. The next picture I post should be of a nice shiny hull with new gel.

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    Re: '73 Tahiti restoration

    Howns the motor coming? What cam you going with. Keeping factory rockers or going roller?

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