HillJack Boat Modification Complete!!

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by brother hilljack, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Finally got up the nerve to take the last step in making my boat Big Fish compatible! I used to have two livewells in the front of my boat. Both of these were perfectly capable of handling a 20 pound catfish and I have done this in several tournaments without too much of a problem. I knew that they were insufficient however and the fish I caught at the Big Cat Quest proved it! It was only a 26.5 pounder, but man that thing BARELY fit in the livewell. Had no trouble keeping it alive however so that was ok.

    I took out all the decking in the front of my boat. Took out the old live wells and installed this truck box. Mathmatically it is around 40 gallons. Not the perfect solution, but it is what I have and what I can afford at current time.

    I really like the way the project turned out and minus the box (already had it), I was able to complete it for about $75 bucks! Of course I recycled the existing pumps/connectors, but it seems to work great in the drive way!:roll_eyes: Will still have to put it too the test! Here are a couple of pics of before/after.
     

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  2. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    dang shane, that looks really good.
     

  3. rrssmith

    rrssmith New Member

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    looks good, i wish i had the nerve to do mods on my boat
     
  4. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    Good job Shane, thats a good looking job.
     
  5. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    Shane

    It looks good. Now you need a new PB to go in it.
     
  6. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    OUT, Did I say OUT???Yup OUT,Yes I'm mean OUTSTANDING Brother Hilljacker !!!!! :wink: J.D.
     
  7. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Shane it looks great .How much of the old framing did you have to rip out an redo ? just wondering :cool2:
     
  8. ammo warrior

    ammo warrior Member

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    Looks like you planned it out well...live well...lol. nice job:cool2:
     
  9. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    It was much easier than I would have guessed. The original deck was removed in 1 piece. That was very important because I was able to use it as a pattern for the overall shape of the new decking.

    Because the old livewells supported the decking, I had to install a 2 inch angle iron (aluminum) just in front of the tank to support the middle of the deck. Carpet was a remnent that I picked up at the lumber yard for 5 bucks!

    Thanks everyone, I am very proud of how it turned out
     
  10. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    Good looking job Shane, now go slime it:smile2::smile2: Stay safe and stick a pig!!!:wink:
     
  11. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    around here we call it adapt and overcome, and of course it has to look and operate good also. I personally like to make a silk purse out of a sows ear, and it looks as if you have done just that. Good job Brother Jack. Later Andy
     
  12. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    looks real good, nice job. are ya gonna replace the seat post mount?
     
  13. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Nope, I don't really use it anyway so it is not really needed. I may change my mind later, but as of now, no.
     
  14. restorerancientiron

    restorerancientiron New Member

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    Great looking job.I wish I had the nerve to do it.I think all boats should have a large 30 gallon up livewell.Even people panfishing need more room than the small ones most boats come with.Thanks for sharing
     
  15. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    good job Shane it dont look out of place at all perfecto
     
  16. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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  17. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    dang man i love the way that looks i would love to have somethin like that mounted to the front deck in my boat for some storage since i have Zero storage as of now. i had been plannin on building one but your post actually gives me some new ideas.:big_smile:
     
  18. katmax

    katmax New Member

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    looks good shane......now after the diaper changing...all you have to do is talk mamma into letting you go and try it out....:smile2::smile2::smile2:....lol
     
  19. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Maybe mama will let me hit the water this morning. Will have to wait and see how she feels however