Including Updates From The Lucas Palookas!

August, 2018

Dils Rendezvous Stirs up Cypress Springs!

The WBA is grateful to Rendezvous hosts Jeff and Stacey Dils for organizing a wonderful event at Lake Cypress Springs on Saturday, July 28! A number of WBA members and their boats, including Phil and Mary Wolff, Scott and Thuy Myers, Jim and Rhonda Wolfe, Gay Perry, Rex Hoecker and David and Loretta Sheets, came out in the warm Texas sun for some fellowship and time on the water.


Beginning with a launch and cruise, followed by lunch at Tall Tree Marina, with more lake frolicking in the afternoon, the day was capped by cocktails and snacks at the Dils' lakefront home. Beautiful day, beautiful lake, beautiful people. Thank you, Jeff and Stacey for a great event, and for sharing your Texas lake lifestyle with the club! (David Sheets photos)

Mahogany & Chrome Show at Grand Lake Sept. 6-9!


Several WBA members are already registered to attend the 25th Annual Mahogany & Chrome Boat Show on Grand Lake, Oklahoma, September 6-9! Registration is still open, with earlybird rates expiring Aug. 17.

This event is the only judged boat show within Heartland Classics Chapter, ACBS. Each year home port is at Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina in Afton, Oklahoma.

On Saturday the 8th, this year’s event will include the Paint-A-Boat children’s activity, and spectators and members will have a chance to vote for their favorite classic boat for the People’s Choice Award.

The Awards Banquet will follow the day's event on the 8th and will be held at Cherokee Yacht Club & Marina.

You can find out more about the show on the Heartland Chapter web site. If you're ready to register, the link to the registration form is here. It's a great show in a beautiful venue. Hope you can come!

Myers Presents Restoration of "Ngo Said Yes" Chrysler Crown

WBA Vice-President Scott Myers told the restoration story of the Chysler Crown engine of his Gar Wood Ensign, "Ngo Said Yes" at the July 19th monthly meeting of the club. Above is the engine just after the wiring was disconnected in preparation for removal from the boat, with wires carefully labeled with blue tape. You'll notice that the engine is painted in incorrect grey, and there's little brass work to be seen,


Once the engine was removed and disassembled, Scott sent the short block off to a machine shop, where it was bored anew and new pistons fitted. Scott then stripped and polished all the brass plumbing. With a correct spray of Alpine green paint and a hand painting of the red engine lettering, the engine is better than new. Since the restoration, Scott and Thuy have had the boat out on several successful outings. Thanks, Scott!

Project Update from Lucas!

(Above) Robin McGeorge fastens the "Chris-Craft" decal and chrome "Cavalier" emblem on the starboard side of Belinda Patterson's boat. Note that the rub rail has been installed (thanks for the hand, Jim Donovan!) and that a correct, restored Chris-Craft steering wheel is on.

(Above) The Ford Interceptor V-8 from Dennis Fisher's boat is looking good after a good measure of cosmetic work done by Dennis.



(Above) Dennis Fisher and friends are making progress on their Chris-Craft project. They've thoroughly cleaned the hull inside and out, and have identified a few areas for wood repair or replacement. They'll soon flip the boat and begin work on a West System bottom.

(Above) Next step will be to get the powerplant running, which shouldn't take too much work, given the completeness and condition of the engine.

Next WBA Monthly Meeting August 16th, 2018. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Lane. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out a classic boating book from collections donated by Pat Baldwin and Troy Marshall to a lucky winner.

Our meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow WBA members and to talk shop on questions on everything from paint and varnish to carburetor kits. We'll be swapping stories of our various boating and project adventures. WBA member Ray Harvey is slated to bring us a presentation of his recent visit to Italy, where he toured the Riva factory. And, of course, we'll have generous helpings of fellowship and Italian food.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy prior to the meeting. We encourage you to join us for dinner, so we'll always have the required minimum number of diners to avoid a room charge.

Shop Talk and Musings

As you may know, Bob Adair earned the name "Bass Boat Bob" during his tenure on the design team of Chrysler Boats in Plano back in the day. But did you know that Bob's 1976 Chrysler boat (which is now for sale) is his own personal design, incorporating all the features he always wanted in a bass boat? With its 85 hp Chrysler outboard, center console and jet ski seat, the boat can be at one moment, a very spunky personal watercraft, and transform the next moment into a well-appointed bass boat complete with pedestal seating, trolling motor, live bait well and numerous storage compartments for all your gear. Bob has generously offered to donate any margin above his reserve price to the WBA! Asking $6000. Let Bob know if you're interested before this baby goes up on eBay!

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you can donate to the Club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup.