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RITA's Restoration Progress

First the engine and fuel tank were removed. Then the interior components were carefully dismantled, 
labelled, documented and stored.  

The ribs and frames are the first to be replaced. Starting at the bow, we cut out every fourth rib to maintain 
structural integrity. We needed to cut holes in the existing planks to accommodate clamps that would persuade 
our newly steamed ribs into position. New ribs are then scarfed and glued to the remainder of the existing rib. We repeat this 
procedure until all ribs are replaced, stem to stern. Frames and stringers are fabricated and installed. All of 
these new components are treated with three coats of sealer prior to installation. 

Zoom Boom reaches in through overhead door for engine extraction.

The Sterling engine was a tight fit with less than 1 inch to spare.

Terry wrestles the fuel tank free.

Paint is stripped from hull to remove rivets holding ribs to planking.

Every 4th rib is replaced during careful deconstruction to 
maintain shape and structural integrity.

    New planking will replace exposed butt-joints from old repair.

Substringer ready for scribing.

Guiding the hook into position.

The Sterling 6 cylinder marine engine circa 1930's.

New ribs are held in place with F-Clamps.

New ribs installed and coated with sealer in this section.

Terry working in the engine room.

Sub stringer fit to ribs and frames.