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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 4 days ago #138023

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Just finished a down-to-bare-wood refinish job on this 1958 Chris Craft Continental. Try not to look at the trailer.





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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 4 days ago #138026

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What a beauty Jan, nice work as always sir.

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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 3 days ago #138032

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Nice trailer. I hate working on trailers!
That stern pole looks somewhat extreme, is it original length or does the owner want to fly holiday colors?
Other than that, beautiful work as always. GM 350? single exhaust.

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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 3 days ago #138034

Yep OUTSTANDING job as always Jan!!! I'm with Cal on the stern pole, flying a pretty big Ensign with that thing! Definitely not original. lol

Bob

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Hey Bob. I knew an old salt would catch that one :)

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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 3 days ago #138037

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Yeah...that stern pole is way up in the clean air but it came with the boat and mounts into the fitting perfectly. The engine is the original Chris Craft/Hercules flathead, single exhaust.

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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 2 days ago #138041

Thanks Cal ;)

Jan, excellent, I'm guessing a custom made obviously.

Bob

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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 2 days ago #138046

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That stern pole is not easy to duplicate. If it's what I think it looks like it's oval on the bottom with a special top for the light. Had to make one for my '63 Century using two pieces of African mahogany glued together but had to route a slot in both halves to accommodate the wires running up inside then lots of planning and shaping. A lathe can't do that.
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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 2 days ago #138047

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You are correct about the shape and difficulty in replacing a stern pole like that. I had to build a tapered mast for the 1940 Elco in the same way, only 16' long!

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1958 Chris Craft Continental 2 weeks 1 day ago #138050

Yep that's definitely a by hand operation! Lucky for me the '53 Resorter has the round tapered pole. ;) One came with the boat thank goodness, I have enough crap to do! lol

Bob

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