This is as close as I've ever come to a barn find. This has been sitting untouched in a garage in Richmond for the past 25 or so years. That was also the last time it was on the water in Clear Lake. These are the "as found" pictures that I took. I'm now just the second owner having purchased it from the gentleman that bought it new back in 1959. Surprisingly the tags for the boat and trailer are current.
Need to figure out if this 1958 Mercury two stroke will be allowed on the local lakes. They do permit some two stroke motors but I think they have to be 1999 or newer. Will find out for sure and see if I need to start searching for a four stroke replacement.
Tires were flat so I had to haul it 70 miles on a flat trailer. Could have got new tires but didn't know the state of the bearings. Got several thumbs up on the ride home.
Pictures below are after bringing it home January 6th 2017
These tires hold no air but after decades still hold their shape.
Leo is trying to figure out how this will affect his frisbee time.
Got the new tires. Just need to bead blast the rims and paint them before mounting.
A little polish and it shines like new.
Seats look like new after a little cleaning.