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    1995 Gambler 209

    The Gambler has been a fun project. I had the chance to do some wet sanding and buffing of the gel coat to try to get it to come back to life as much as it can. It's pretty heavily checked, which isn't fixable without redoing the whole gel coat. At this point, not an option. I've also replaced both side bunks on the trailer as they had rotted off pretty much right after purchase. The gray carpet i used on them is what I am going to be putting on the boat, and I can't wait. She sleeps under the stars for now and a custom cover from Gambler is $600. [-X fortunately I found a Ratchet lok from cabelas in the bargain Cave for half price ($200) \:D/ . When it gets here, I'll go to work on the interior. Going to change the carpet to gray, go from gold to silver on the trim and get a new seat cover for the bench.... Eventually ($550... Ouch). Few weeks ago, I brought the outboard cowling back to life with a good buffing and a new decal set. To me, it has really made the look of the boat. I have a definite fondness for old school.

    Things I will still need after the pretty 'fyin:

    Electronics
    Trolling motor (hello Terrova with iPilot)
    Hydraulic steering

    This is what most of the gel looked like at the time of purchase





    From farther away, it wasn't too bad.





    After wet sanding with 800,1000, and 1500. Then buffing with medium, fine then polishing.









    Up close it's still checked badly, but it's as good as is gonna get. At some point, I may attempt to redo the gel coat, but we'll see.

    Here's one of the finished side bunks on the fender and the carpet I'm going to be using on the boat. I really can't wait to see it on the boat.



    That which I've already done:

    Motor: Replaced starting battery, both voltage regulators, fuel line and starter solenoid. I have the oil injection block off kit ready to install. Need to change the impeller. Need a Trophy 25p prop to replace my 24p.

    Trailer: 4 new tires, new sup r lube cover and caps, repacked all bearings, changed the rotted side bunks. Need to work on brakes, not sure they're even functional and got some surface rust behind both fenders to sand and paint. The rest of the bunks appear to be in pretty good shape. Have a funky ground that makes the lights go on and off on occasion.

    Boat: wet sanded, buffed and polished the entire top cap, replaced steering wheel. Domed decal set. Cabelas ratchet lok cover on the way (yea bargain cave). Still need to install an automatic bilge pump, go from gold to silver on the trim and replace the carpet. Needs electronics, hydraulic steering and a new trolling motor.

    It's been a pricey but definitely fun journey and today was the first day that I could say that is starting to come together. Once that carpet goes in, it's really going to pop.
    Last edited by Mark v; 10-06-2012 at 05:44 PM.

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    #2
    Nice job looks really good, gel checking really sucks not much you can do with it, but it still looks good.

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    #3
    Love the Gamblers, Good color scheme. Looking great!

    Now just add water and go fishing,
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    #4
    looks great. the best looking boats out there but im a little biased lol

    ill be keeping track of this thread to help me with my 209 resto.
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    #5
    Looks great!

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    Looks like its coming together, love the look of a gambler!
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    Started on the carpet this weekend and began on the back as I figured I would be the most straight forward. I will say that I severely underestimated how big a pita it would be to strip the old stuff out.

    What a mess

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    That's better





    Getting all that old adhesive off isn't my idea of a good time. Fortunately a 4" abrasive wheel made short work of it.

    I lucked my way in to a great tool. I measured that I would need 1 3/4" on each side to have enough to tuck under the lid properly. Sure was cool that my straight edge piece of wood was 1 3/4" wide. This took all tape measuring out of the picture. All I had to do was put the lid down, trace the edge then go around it with my straight edge and outline again and I had it perfect.



    Cut up



    Contact cemented



    Corners cut



    Clamped



    I like the results





    Peep show



    That's all I had time for this weekend. I'm going to try to get the rest of the back done tomorrow and see what progress I can make on the rest this week and weekend.

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    #8
    How did you get the back deck so clean after all the carpet rip off? It looks just as good as the entire boat. I just pulled my carpet and it does not look that good and I need to get it like yours.

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    Only had carpet on the section where the pole seat went, and I cleaned it up with some Goof Off and some acetone for the hard parts. The rest cleaned up really well with just soap and water.

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    It looks good. Nice job and keep it up.

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    Really glad i saw this. It will help me with mine.

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    I'm really going to try to push and get as much done in the next few weeks as I possibly can because I just got my offer accepted on a foreclosure house that needs a bit of fixing up. I'm supposed to close next month and with cleaning it up and the move, I can see the Gambler turning in to the red hulled stepchild for a bit.

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    You said you were wanting to swap your gold trim for silver...I'd take any of the old that you have and I also have a silver (chromeish) steering wheel hub that I'd trade you if yours is in pretty good shape. Let me know!
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    I may be up for a trade of the steering hub at some point. I'll let you know.

    Got some more work done recently.

    Back all done except for the polishing of the vent on the other side. Still working on my technique.




    Rear deck done except for the trim that goes on the front. Still working on polishing it back to silver.







    I'm really pleased with the results but this is some slow going work. Going to start on the front deck tomorrow. This bass cat carpet is some really nice stuff.

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    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt."

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    Just me know on the trade...my hub is brand new...I couldn't get a gold one like I wanted so I got this one...not installed yet.
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    My hub has normal oxidation for its age but it feels like solid brass and will probably buff out perfectly. Are your gauge trim pieces silver as well? What I'd prefer is to trade hub, center 'Gambler' cap and gauge trim so I could have an all silver set, and you would have an all brass set.

    I'm closing on my house in a month and am pretty busy with that so I may not be able to do it soon, but we could work out a deal? If you could, please send me pictures of what ya got: mdvirtue@hotmail.com

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    Well, I already have the gold bezels...my boat didn't have any bezels, nice steering wheel or anything. I'm just slowly adding the trim along as I find it. I have the the silver hub and steering wheel cap but the cap doesn't have the "GAMBLER" etched in it. Let me know. I do have a guy local to me that can powdercoat in a anodized chrome, red, anything. Let me know I'd be happy to get those done for you if you would want to mail them to me. Hope I can help!
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    Nice results so far

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    What kind of glue did you use?

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