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1984 Bullet 19V Resto-Mod ... Now with Transom! (pic heavy)

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    1984 Bullet 19V Resto-Mod ... Now with Transom! (pic heavy)

    I've been working on my 19V getting a lot of the hillbilly-riggin' :xDOH: taken out and prepping the boat for a fairly complete restoration/modification. I'm posting all of this here to share the process as well as to provide me with a reference of what I'm doing and what's been done. As of right now, plans include:

    • New carpet
    • Extended/raised front deck with additional storage
    • Center rod locker
    • Windshield
    • New seats
    • New (to me) 24V trolling motor with improved mounting location
    • Wet sand/buff/polish and possibly spray clear gelcoat on cap
    • New fuel hoses and lines
    • 3 New batteries
    • New bilge/livewell pumps and hoses
    • Re-wire and upgrade the current bird's nest
    • Upgrading from the '84 2.4 200 Black Max to a '98 150 EFI :eusa_dance:
    • 10" jackplate to replace the current 6"
    • Carbon-fiber dash
    • Carbon-fiber bow panel, extended to use more available space
    • Replace the rotten compartment floors and walls (found this after removing miscellaneous chunks of wood that were hillbillied in there) :mad:
    • New bow light with improved placement
    • There are some areas that need fiberglass repair such as the top of the seat compartments (cracked) and the fuel tank/battery dividers in the rear compartment
    • Carpet inside of storage compartment behind driver's seat
    • Change hinge position from rear to side on compartment behind driver's seat
    • Add lights and gas-charged lid supports to compartments
    Sooner or Later plans:
    • Changing boat colors to charcoal/gunmetal with blue pins when new gelcoat is applied after filling some holes in the cap that should never have been put there... :mad:
    • New Bullet stickers and emblems
    • Hydraulic steering
    • New steering wheel
    • New control box
    • Livorsi gauges
    • Updated graphs
    • New and additional bunks (all repositioned higher to avoid keel scrapes)
    • Rebuild and extend side steps
    • Aluminum diamond plate on side steps rather than old ratty carpet
    • LED lights
    • Complete rewire
    • New jack
    • New winch
    • New hitch
    • New wheels
    • New tires
    • Sand, prime and paint trailer
    I've already started on some of the items in the lists. It has been and will continue to be a lot of work but it's a fun boat that deserves much better than to rot away from years of neglect from previous owners. Not to mention, it's paid for!

    Here are some pictures taken by the previous owner around July, 2007. These pictures show the boat condition when I bought it, although the pictures do not show much of the smaller items such as the carpet edges being worn/loose, rear compartment rot, soft spots in the floor, seat base cracks, a dozen or so holes in the bow, and so on. Also the boat being in the shade during these images hid many of the cosmetic issues which are easily visible in my pictures.

    Carnage pics to follow... :cry:

    ** Warning!! ** The following contains graphic images of Bullet boat guts which may not be suitable for those wanting to see "bling" or shiny stuff or those who may be offended by such images. There may also be images of the Bullet being "stripped" (aka naked :wscared: ) which may offend some. Viewer discretion is advised.

    ** Disclaimer ** I did not trash the boat! What you see is the revealing of the true boat condition. Also the bright sunlight in my pictures has a tendency to make flaws stand out much more, which are not apparent in the previous images.

    The following set shows the trailer's condition. Mainly the trailer tongue, winch, spare tire, side steps, lights and bunks.

    Also notice the hokey aluminum plate on the transom with caulk...

    Also notice the hokey aluminum plate on the transom with caulk... :aano:

    Another nice view of the aluminum transom plate


    The bow light was moved forward (see shiny area behind it?) to make room for the trolling motor. This light will be replaced with a light base and moved back to its original position.

    Dash and Bow Panel

    Front and Rear Decks, carpet removed

    I have already removed the old carpet glue and residue in this picture

    Original Rod Locker

    Rear Compartment Rot :wSick:

    Cracked Seat Bases :wSick:

    Got the old motor off. You've been fun Max, but see ya!! Has a few holes in the side of the engine anyhow... oh and a connecting rod hanging out of one of the holes. :eusa_shifty:

    Pulled off the jackplate (strange 2-piece model) and the hokey aluminum plate on the transom and over the rear of the splashwell.

    Transom looks like it's starting to get a little weak. :eusa_eh: I can push in on the top and it moves about 1/8 of an inch. Seems like the plywood is in the beginning stages of delamination. The transom is still quite solid. :eusa_think:

    Cracks in the splashwell

    Notice these bubbles in the gelcoat here? That transom plate wasn't sealed up very well and some water apparently sat between the plate and the gelcoat, causing these blisters (aka osmosis) :zbangingHead:

    Decided to let the transom sit for a while so it can think about what it's done (close as I can do to timeout or punishment :chuck: ). Moved on to other things.

    Been doing some wet sanding and compounding on the cap. Came out pretty well. Should look even better after microglazing and a couple coats of wax.

    Got the boat and trailer separated - don't try this at home.

    Also wet sanded the sides three times - will be compounding next.

    Stripped the trailer down to frame and tires

    Will be working on the trailer mostly at this point so I can set the boat back down on it and get busy on the boat interior repairs.
    So much to do, so little time.

    Transom looks like it's starting to get a little weak. :eusa_eh: I can push in on the top and it moves about 1/8 of an inch. Seems like the plywood is in the beginning stages of delamination. The transom is still quite solid. :eusa_think:
    That's what the "hokey aluminum plate on the transom with caulk... " is for.

    If you are going to put a big motor back on the boat I would replace the plywood in the transom and glass it back in.
    Sometimes it's fun to just sit back and watch the circus.....


      looks like a long project it will be worth it in the long run:2thumbsup:keep us updated, we all want to see pics when it's done, good luck:rock:
      there's nothing better then the great outdoors


        Well, it's been really eating at me to know what's going on with this transom. I've had a gut feeling that I should replace it, but really, really want to go fishing... I guess common sense won out this time.

        Decided to do some "exploratory surgery" to get a better idea of the transom condition. What I found is the center of the transom is rotting out. Looks like a transom is part of this project now... :zbangingHead:

        Still haven't decided how to go about the repair - whether to pull the entire cap off or just cut the rear of the cap and pull that section. Will be calling Bullet Boats to get their opinion.

        So much to do, so little time.


          Originally posted by ArizonaNative View Post
          Still haven't decided how to go about the repair - whether to pull the entire cap off or just cut the rear of the cap and pull that section.

          Just like you're dad said, Do it right the first time! I would like to know what bullet say; keep me posted.


            Check out this restore project. Bateau2 - Builder Forums :: View topic - 1988 Skeeter SK2000 Transom/Stringer/Sole Repair


              It's been a while since I posted an update, so here we go. Decided since the floor had several soft spots and I didn't want to cut the cap that I would go ahead and pull the cap. I had been warned it was a lot of work to pull the cap and let me tell you, those warnings were dead on. After getting the obvious cuts made there was the challenge of taking apart the rigging compartment and finding all the patches Bullet placed to bridge the cap and hull together. Finally, the cap is off and the rest of the fun can begin.

              The entire rigging compartment and bilge was rotted to one extent or another. The fuel tank and battery platforms were junk, floor was junk, transom was completely soaked (boat hadn't seen water in about 8 months at this point), even the knee braces were rotted out. So it all came out after taking a lot of pictures and measurements for reference. Here's the end result:

              You can see in the picture the transom is completely wet from side to side and top to bottom. No way any of the other transom "repair" methods would have done the job.

              Figured it's down this far, may as well replace the stringers while I'm at it since they have minimal rot and are 24 years old. I haven't got the stringers removed yet but that's the next step. Livewell is out, cooler is out (and will stay out, converting it to a dry storage area) and we're down to stringers. Did notice the core had some rot as well under the cooler where somebody drilled a little too far when making the under-seat drain and also under the livewell, so part of the core is being replaced as well. I'm in too deep now to turn around so may as well do a full restore on it.

              Here's a current picture:

              Transom (almost) prepped and ready for rebirth:

              The plan is to bring the stringers back all the way to the transom and tie them in to the transom which will give the hull that much more rigidity.

              So much to do, so little time.


                Cool pics. Keep us posted this looks like a cool project.