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« on: May 27, 2008, 03:50:30 PM »
Hey all...newbie here. Although I\'ve lurked here for a year or so I just registered today.

Here\'s our 1968 MT 20\'. My dad bought this boat in 1976 and it was shot, he restored it and we used it as the family boat for many years...till about 94 I belive, it was in storage since 94  half of the time outside the last half indoors and sorta forgotten about up until 2 years ago when my dad passed away.

My brother-in-law and I went to get it out of storage thinking maybe we could get it running and use it. Well after we pulled what was left of the cover off I stepped into it and my leg went through the floor. Thats when I noticed the racoon droppings all over the place. The thing was in sorry shape.

After talking about it over many beers we decided to restore it. So, after 2 years and many headaches(from the boat not beers) we finally got it done this past winter....and only about three times the amount of money we originally figured.

We had the maiden voyage this past weekend and overall it went pretty smooth...other than a shifter issue that makes docking almost impossible.

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008, 03:53:15 PM »
Here\'s a before shot. I have more but I have to dig them up later.

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008, 05:13:00 PM »
WELCOME ABOARD!!!!!   :D  

You did an awesome job on the MT. We would love to see some additional pictures. Please stick around, we have an incredible family here and we are always looking for new additions.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 10:26:06 AM »
WOW! You guys did an incredible job! I love how they used the wide passenger\'s seat in the 20\'er\'s. What part of IL are you in? There are quite a few of us in the St. Louis area. And I second Dione\'s request, more pics!  8)  Oh, and I like the idea of a roll bar in the boat. Just in case of a rollover!  :P    :mrgreen:
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008, 11:35:33 AM »
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WOW! You guys did an incredible job! I love how they used the wide passenger\'s seat in the 20\'er\'s. What part of IL are you in? There are quite a few of us in the St. Louis area. And I second Dione\'s request, more pics!  8)  Oh, and I like the idea of a roll bar in the boat. Just in case of a rollover!  :P    :mrgreen:

Thanks. I\'m in NW Illinois but we have a place on Castle Rock Lake in central Wis so that\'s where we\'re going to keep the boat for the most part.

Ya, that wide seat is awesome. We where just going to buy some pre-made seats from Overtons but couldn\'t find the wide ones so we ended up rebuilding them and having them re-upolstered. I have some more pics of the interior that I still have to get off my camera...I\'ll try to get them posted today.

You guys could probably help me with the shifter issue. Whats happening is when we pull into our lift or docking someplace when you go to put in reverse to slow down it\'s like theres slack in the cable or something, it\'s like it delays before it pops into reverse if it even does go into reverse and then sometimes it grinds a little bit and you have to wiggle it back and forth. It\'s really nerve racking when your trying to dock and you cant slow down or finese it into a tight spot...which at this point I wouldn\'t even try.

Is it just a matter of a cable adjustment back there behind the motor?

Thanks,
Paul

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008, 03:00:38 PM »
WoW!! That is a really sweet ride...nice to have something in the family for all those years to reminisce about while chuggin down some cold ones!
 Thats a Great Resto job..did you redo your seats your self or did you have some one do them for you?

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008, 04:31:53 PM »
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WoW!! That is a really sweet ride...nice to have something in the family for all those years to reminisce about while chuggin down some cold ones!
 Thats a Great Resto job..did you redo your seats your self or did you have some one do them for you?

Jason

we rebuilt the wood frames using the old pieces as templates where we could and had an upholstery guy do the rest.

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 08:59:26 PM »
sounds familiar.  That is exactly what I did also.  I love my ride.
if it\'s made of wood, I can do it!

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008, 03:14:09 PM »
I\'m impressed for sure. . . do you have anymore pictures?  great job . . .

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 05:09:16 PM »
You might try over at mercstuff.com on the adjustment of the shifter cable. They have a \"how to\" section that rocks!  8)
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2008, 12:54:07 AM »
Here\'s more pics of the old MT.

I dug up some oldies from when my dad first restored the boat and scanned them.

I\'m pretty sure this first one is right after he finished it, it\'s from sometime in 1977.

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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2008, 12:54:49 AM »
dig that fro!

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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2008, 12:59:35 AM »
1978

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2008, 01:02:09 AM »
2006 after we pulled it out of storage

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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2008, 01:05:28 AM »
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