Starting the rebuilding process
I had literally been talking and thinking about the redesign and how I wanted this restoration project to go for a couple years. I have been in the automotive industry my entire life, working on cars, jet skis and about anything you can think of. I started hanging out in a body shop when I was 4 years old, most of the time doing projects for someone else and not for myself. That made this a special project for me because this Super Jet is a special girl that needed to be fixed up right.
Most of the time, when restoration projects like this get started they never get finished. I have seen a lifetime of project cars that are started with enthusiasm, never to be finished and end up in project heaven. So, I went into the build with a firm idea of what I wanted out of it. I knew there were certainties, it would cost more than originally thought and it would take longer than I thought.
- I wanted to change the impeller
- Rebuild the carbs to get rid of the low-end bog
- Change the plugs and filters
- Replace the reeds and intake gaskets
- Replace the factory air intake system
- Go through hoses, fuel lines, and clamps. This is a 12-year-old ski that has been used hard
- Repair the small collision damages that happen over the years, mainly to the bottom
- Repaint the top and bottom, removing the old graphics and replacing the hood seal
- Remove and replace the old pads with new fresh pads, including the chin pad cover
Now, this doesn’t sound like a project, easy enough to just throw some fresh paint on it and put a couple plugs in?
So, I am a tiny bit OCD when it comes to things visually. Over the years I have to come to expect this from myself and am okay with it. To get around this, I started sketching the SuperJet over and over again, knowing the bodyline on the hood would be the largest visual challenge. Did I want to go with really bright obnoxious colors on the ski or make it really classy and timeless? So many choices!
After overanalyzing it and thinking about my long term happiness with the ski, I decided to go with a classy look. I chose a charcoal metallic Honda color for the bottom, handle pole and nose cover. I went with a bright blue metallic that was a BMW color for the hood and body. This was also done with the PPG Envirobase waterborne paint system, which is, even more, fitting for a watercraft!
The first step from here was to get her off the lake and into the shop at Heritage Body and Frame – 4 Points, where I will start off on Part 2