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Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 9:22 am
by AusAnzani
Progressed the resto a tad further this weekend, and learned a few things along the way. Some good, some not so good!

Anyway, following pics tell the story, but will kick off with a snap of some information received from Barry Sheltrum, son of Len Sheltrum founder of the Riptide Outboard Motor Company.

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First task was to make the gaskets needed before reassembly could commence. Ended up using 1.2mm compressed fiber rated at 400C albeit that the temperatures will never get that high.

Moved on to the trunk thinking I could then use this as a work platform only to realise that I don't have any spare outboard stands. No big deal, it needed to be reassembled anyway.

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The blue stuff is just high build primer overspray all of which has now been removed.

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Repainted the base section inside lower cowl ie to reflect the original paint scheme.

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Single gasket for engine and exhaust ie again to reflect the original set up.

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Looking a lot more respectable under here now.

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Just a point to note. Water pick up must be connected before the mid-section is refitted. Will be leaving that till next week. Probably wise to seal the tube to the rubber grommet ie to prevent any possibility of it falling out during water pump/impeller replacement.

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Support bracket, fuel bowl and crank case fittings

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Carb and magneto fitted for the purpose of checking operation of synch ie with linkages fitted. This confirmed the bend in synch plate was excessive, causing it to foul against the linkages as the magneto was rotated throughout its range. Straightened the synch plate. It now clears the linkages and provides WOT which we didn't have before. Carb will be removed again to facilitate re-assembly of the forward/neutral linkages and allow for shift shaft adjustment.

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More next week.

Regards,

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 9:47 am
by Collector Inspector
Crikey!

Well Done S!

Very Swish Aye.

B

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 10:08 am
by notav8
Fabulous attention to detail, as usual.
Looking forward to the next instalment .
Cheers

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 9:50 am
by AusAnzani
Thanks CI and Notav8.

AA word of thanks must go to "Chair" of "The Board" for supplying images of his Riptide Sportsman.

I've been able to use Davids photos to piece together what the decals would have looked like. Not 100% sure about the 'R' just yet. Had to use creative license on that as there was nothing really to work from. So all considered a work in progress for now, with some 10-12 hours already invested to get them to where they are.

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Will scour the net for more images, hopefully get that 'R' 100% perfect before going to print.

Regards,

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:53 am
by Collector Inspector
You can make Decals?

B

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:13 am
by AusAnzani
Well, not exactly.

I do all the artwork on MS Powerpoint (less than ideal), export as a jpg or similar and send the file out to a print company.

They then print on super thin vinyl decal material and send back to me ready to apply to the outboard. The vinyl is UV resistant and can be sprayed over with a clear coat if required.

They're not exactly same as original (most were water slide back in the day) but add considerably to the look of a restored outboard.

I do them as needed and now have available artwork for Anzani Pilot, Gold Cheetah and Riptide Sportsman.

Regards,

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:13 am
by Collector Inspector
Jungle Drums indicate there could be smoke out of a barrel shortly?

8)

B

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:23 am
by AusAnzani
A tad optimistic maybe.

Heading to Sydney next week and to Brazil (dates to be confirmed) next month. Subject to other commitments I hope to finish the Sportsman in between ..... otherwise it'll be after the Brazil trip before it's finished and ready to fire up.

Thanks again for the advice on the gear oil. Much appreciated.

Regards,
S

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:05 am
by notav8
Hi AusAnzani,
It seems you would rather go overseas on holiday ? than work on your outboard in the cold and wet LOL.
But seriously,
I do find that the weather makes a big difference to enthusiasm. I also find that the more birthdays you have, the less drive you have. :lol:
Cheers

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:38 am
by Hugz
Here is an article from the Magazine Seacraft March 1959

Left click once and then left click again to enlarge enough to read, but you all know that.
Riptide March'59.JPG

Riptide1.JPG

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:18 am
by Oyster 49
a proper job as usual. Highest respect from me. 8)

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:03 pm
by AusAnzani
Thank you Hugo for sharing. Just looking on my phone at the moment, but will view enlarged on the computer tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the read.

By 59 ownership had transferred to Westcott Hazel, and by 63 (I think) it was all over for Riptide Outboards.

Thanks again and regards
S

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:10 pm
by AusAnzani
Oyster 49 wrote:a proper job as usual. Highest respect from me. 8)



Thank you Oyster,

This one (as well as several others) have been sitting unassembled and waiting for parts for several months now.

Will have to pull my finger out and finish them soon.

Melbourne weather not the best this time of year (unless you come from England of course lol). I do all my work out doors, so it's a struggle for me to stay motivated in this cold.

Spring is not too far off though. Can't wait.

Regards
S

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:14 am
by Hugz
Dec '56
Riptide Article Dec '56.JPG

Riptide Article 2.JPG

Advert Dec '57
Riptide Dec '57.JPG

Re: Australian Riptide Sportsman

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:15 am
by Hugz
Dec '59 Fisherman, Eyes right to my Avatar... look familiar 8)