Monday, January 29, 2007


Hi all! I'm moving new posts to our family blog for the time being. You'll find it here:

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Woohoo! Doors fit...KINDA!

The driver's door on Dad's 1980 Scout II fits perfectly! The passenger side door has about 1/2" to go and we're done with that one, too. Whew!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Fishing for dog poo

The boys posed for shots in the boat today after I got a couple rod holders installed.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I broke it.

New Johns Lake + 22 mph + 2 rocks = ripped off skag on rock #1 and bent prop on rock #2. In 10 feet of water even!

$100 later Bismarck Prop Works will have me fishin' again.

If you'd like to know where these rocks are, I can show you. We'll take your boat.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Fish not jumping in the boat yet, but...

The boat's been working great. It could use softer seats (oak isn't exactly forgiving) , a fish/depth finder and a trolling motor, but it's quite nice as-is. We've had it on New John's, Brush and the Missouri without any serious problems or surprises. Starts well and runs great! Now I need to learn how to fish.

So I wonder what's next?

My choices are:

- Finish the Jeep
- Finish the basement
- Build a rock retaining wall at the front of the house
- Build a deck off our lower walk-out

Any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Kart receives a transplant

3hp (if it was even 3) wasn't enough for the kart. It had trouble with hills, turning, tall grass and basically wasn't any fun unless you were on a smooth straight-away.

I fixed the problem with a brand-new 5.5hp GX160 Honda knock-off engine from eBay for $100. What a difference! It's scary fast with the throttle wide open. Never fear, I'm using the built-in adjustable throttle stop so there's still plenty of torque but not much top end.

Another addition was a more conveniently placed kill switch. DJ and Adam helped with that one.

USS Minnow? D.A.M. Boat?

I like D.A.M. boat. Those of you who know my kids will know what that stands for!

The boat received $100 worth of wheels and tires this weekend, along with new lower unit drain plug seals, a new water pump, new prop shaft seals and a new drain plug.

Only things left to do are:
  • Fill rear seat with foam
  • Finish new wiring
  • Clean
  • Go fishing!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Floating: IsPossible

Dad brought over some caulking/sealant tonight and I plugged the 8 holes in the transom from the broken/missing transducer mounts I removed. I used sealed rivets from the boat shop and was done in about 15 minutes.

I also painted the welds where the tongue jack attaches to the trailer, and my father-in-law got the registration renewed, so I attached the stickers.

That's it!