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Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:56:38 PM »
It's been years coming, but it's finally happening. Four years ago I designed this unlimited for myself. I had Hobie build it, and I learned a lot in the process. The finished board was designed for someone over 250#. The more I raced, the more weight I lost. I was soon too light for the board. Hobie had glassed it for durability more than racing, so at 37# it was on the heavy side. Everyone said to just sell it, and make another one. I tryed, but for what people wanted to pay for it, I would end up paying another $1,500. at least for the board I wanted. My board had plenty of foam / volume that could be cut out, and ultimately get the board I want out of it. The bottom was S-Glass, and the deck was carbon. So I decided to reuse the deck, and re-work the bottom and the rails. So here we go.....
It's not overhead to me!
8'8" L-41 ST and a whole pile of boards I rarely use.

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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 09:58:16 PM »
I started the design in AutoCad, then plotted it out full size to make my templates.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 09:59:21 PM »
Now off with the deck pad.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 10:00:38 PM »
Pad came off easy with that nice multi-tool.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 10:02:24 PM »
Next was the mock up.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2012, 10:05:17 PM »
Now I sanded through the glass were I intend to lap it. I might add that I found a ton of spackle under the glass. It was almost an 1/8" thick.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2012, 10:09:30 PM »
Then I started to peel the glass. Because of all the spackle, the glass peeled relatively easy and clean.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2012, 10:12:11 PM »
Once I got all the S-glass off the rails and bottom, I weighed it. 14# of glass!!! on the bottom alone....
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2012, 10:16:56 PM »
Positioned my template.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2012, 10:19:04 PM »
It's time to crack open a beer and start cutting....
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2012, 10:21:55 PM »
Lets get rid of some width and volume.....
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2012, 10:26:45 PM »
Rough out line is cut, and I'm feeling the speed......... Bottom is next week, I hope.
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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2012, 12:14:21 AM »
This really look like an interessting project, 26 ' wide sounds good, have you got an idea of the volumen of your re-shape?

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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2012, 04:51:46 AM »
Looks awesome. You're a brave man  ;D

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Re: Complete makeover of my unlimited.
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2012, 07:51:23 AM »
Talldude,your hardcore!
Looks like its going well..great thread.
One thing I learned working production board building(the hard way) is laying the power pad face down(like pic attached to grinder) or on its side will cause the fine thin metal in the pad to bend,its pretty much done after that.
Just tryin to help out  :)
Shawn

 


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