Dyrek's Restoration Project - A 20' 1962 Chris Craft Holiday Super Sport
A Glutton For Punishment You Say??
Yup, but I just can't resist this one. I've convinced myself that it's equivalent to restoring 3 antique dressers, 2 old kiddie rides and a pop machine, all in one easy do-it-yourself project (without instructions). Who needs instructions anyway? It takes longer to find the English section these days then it does to just get after it, right??
Okay - Blanca and I have been looking for an old wooden boat since we got married. We found one in Hays about 12 years ago, but didn't have the funds to purchase it as newly-weds. We feel very blessed to be able to attempt this project.
We found our "dream boat" while stuck in construction on a road trip to an Ayre family reunion in Michigan (Summer of 2007). The boat was spotted from the road in the small town of Vandelia, Missouri under a car port. There wasn't a phone number to be found, so we had to ask a nearby local to help locate the owner. As it turns out, the boat was for sale and was recently acquired from a cancer benefit auction.
What We've Learned About The Boat So Far...
The boat was built in 1961 at the Chris Craft Corporation in Pompano Beach, Florida. The motor is an original 431 Ford V-8 and was manufactured in Algonac, Michigan. The same engine (non-marine) was used in the Ford Lincoln cars in the 60's. There were two engine sizes available on the Chris Craft 20' Holiday - the 283 Chevy (175 h.p.) and the 431 Ford. The 431 was used in the Super Sport model and packs over 275 h.p. at the prop! I can't wait.
Before Photos Below - July 2007