Picked up a vintage Performer T-bird off craigslist and am attempting a restoration. I assume it is a 1958 or 1959 model, the lower end of the two available in the product line. The transon was rotted, and some idiot drilled holes into the hull. However the rest of the boat was unmolested, including the original 1958 Scott 40HP outboard. Got the motor running last fall. Split the top/bottom and removed the seating boxes and prepping to glass in the new transom and repair the hull bottom. The remote controls were in terrible shape, having 60 years of gunk in the gears... i was able to 3d print replicas of the gears and with some paint and custom printed decals it looks as good as new. I plan to upgrade the cable steering to a rack/pinion setup from the early 60's.
So much to be done, but i will try to update as i cross things off the to-do list. This is my first boat project so any tips or tricks are appreciated.
Here are some additional images of the replacement gears- i printed them in PETG using 100% infill. The old nylon ones were warped and cracked.
I just finished restoring an old OMC 6gal fuel tank that i will be using for this project. I got 2 tanks from my grandfather's estate, this one was pretty rough on the outside. I am pleased with the results.
Finally got the 1st transom board installed and glassed into place. Going to double up the plywood the whole transom (the original had 2 layers of 3/4" ply for ~6" from top then single layer to the bottom of the hull).
Next step is to prep for adding 2nd plywood layer and then adding fiberglass layers