Dedicated to those who love and care for Vintage, Classic Boats in America’s Heartland

By Gary Gebhard, Heartland Classics member from Nebraska

Here is my current project, my 1959 Chris Craft Cavalier.   It was needing a much-needed hull stripping above the water line and refinishing after sixty-one years of service.  I am the third owner since 2004.

She needed a new tank that a local sheet metal shop built for me out of 14 gauge stainless steel.  The loose wire is my reminder to ground the new fuel tank.

Here are my progress photos from the past weekend.   Of course, we had 60 miles an hour winds just after I put up the canopy over it on the driveway to start the work.

I am following the book titled “How to Restore Your Runabout.” I am enjoying the results from the author’s in-depth knowledge of the subject.

Pictures in the boat are from earlier boating on the Missouri River.  Can’t wait to get her back to the water again.