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FOR THE VINTAGE 280 cu. in CLASS HYDROPLANE
Dayton Nationals 1980
Photo by Phil Kunz
At the APBA Region 10 meeting last fall, one of our vintage buddies, Ron Morrison, announced that he had gone out and had an original Ron Jones Sr Racing Hull logo reproduced. Of course he had to buy a minimum number. and
with the setup, he was wanting to sell some of his "surplus". Well, as you can imagine, this was an opportunity one cannot pass up! In talking to John Leach a while back, I mentioned the logo and he had not been able to get any. And since Ron Sr. didn't have any more, this was a great deal!
Last Update: January 31, 2013
New Hull Photos
Construction Log Update
On October 17, 2009, I became the third owner of this 280 class, Ron Jones, Sr. hydroplane. The hull was brought from Anaheim, CA. to Sammamish, WA. on November 28, 2009 by me, Gordy Gillmer, Dave Compton and Andrew Compton. The first order of business will be to remove the deck and inspect all structural members. Once the inspection and any subsequent needed repairs are complete, the boat will be rolled over and the repair work that is needed on the bottom will be done. THEN...back on her feet to be re-plumbed, re-wired and re-decked.
Keep checking back as I get the website refined and more information gets posted.
January 31, 2013
Busy Summer, busy fall and starting to be a busy winter. Since the last update in May, we had Jimmy LaBrie come over and paint the bottom. I turned her over and painted all the compartments that will be covered up by the deck. Then, it was time for deck battens. For those of you who have done decks before, you know that it really takes time to be sure everything is nice and faired.
So it's been time to start fitting hardware and getting things lined up to getting ready to put down the deck. I decided to put in modern deck hatches rather than the "pie eyes" that were originally on the boat...more room to work and it will look, in my humble opinion, better.
So, I thought I had nailed down the color. As it turns out, one of the people who did some painting on the Streaker when she was racing was Dale Vanweiringen. Dale calls the other day and says, "I found a folder that had Dalton Coors name on it." "It's got the paint codes inside, you want them?" Uh, yeah! "chrome yellow" was right next to 59119 which turns out to be the color Dale had down. Oh well, it looks like the bottom will be a shade lighter than the deck and non-trips. It's nice to know I got the right color tho...
Fitting plywood decking
Well, I couldn't help myself, (this is what just about everyone I talk to who is doing a restoration says...) I haven't quite finished fairing all the battens, but the ones I did, I just HAD to see what it would look like with decking on it. So I rough cut a couple of sheets and screwed them down to see what I had. Now I'm even more excited to finish up the fairing and get the deck down. Starting to look like a hydroplane again!
Current Restoration Photos
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Steve, Mary, Ryan and Eric Compton
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Sammamish, WA 98032