1931 DODGE 21'6

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1931 DODGE 21'6" SPLIT COCKPIT - this beauty was a full frame out restoration to near Concours condition of a very rare Dodge Runabout.  Found by the current owners father in the 1970's behind a service station in the Muskokas she was in semi derelict but decent condition.  Bonus was the original numbers matching engine was still there and most all of the hardware save things like the Mermaid, a few Cleats, the Hatch Rails and the Rear Windshield which had been modified at some point.  Virtually all the African Mahogany on the boat was replaced with new with the exception of the stringers, a few frames and the bulkheads.  In consultation with the owners it was decided to go with an Epoxy style bottom using Marine Mahogany plywood and then a layer of Fiberglass cloth to the waterline.  Careful attention was made to imitate the lines of the inner bottom to reflect that style.  All the Hulls side and Deck planks were screwed in from the inside using thousands of the same style screws and washers as factory.  Original Mahogany salvaged from the hull planks and deck were used to rebuild the missing parts of the bulkhead and any other areas that needed it.  The Lycoming Straight Eight engine was sent to noted Classic Marine engine specialist Jim MacNeilly in Seattle for a complete re-build.  Attempts were made to find an original aluminum Exhaust manifold but with no luck the decision was to retain the aftermarket or custom made Brass & Copper manifold that it had been replaced with likely in the 1950's?  Also missing was the correct Distributor so a near match from an early 1950's Chrysler Hemi was adapted to work.  Another upgrade was to convert to 12 volt and add electronic ignition. The whole wiring was done using period style wire using replica staples and wire ends.  The Gauge Panel was re-finished along with all the gauges to original look but with 12 volt adaption where needed.  The upholstery color and grain/texture was replicated in modern vinyl and foam replaced the springs. The whole boat was finished to 15 coats of Epifanes varnish and polished.  Since completion the boat has been in several significant shows and there are plans to possibly enter it in the 2016 Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance show in August.  With that in mind there are thoughts of replacing the upholstery with Leather and going back to the original Spring style seats.