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1979 Squire Shop

Restoration of the 1979 Squire Shop unlimited hydroplane is under way. Designed by Dave Knowlen and built by Norm Berg, this was the boat that legendary driver Chip Hanauer used to scored his very first Unlimited victory.

Follow the progress of the restoration here and by visiting the 1979 Squire Shop Restoration Blog.

Website: http://www.79squireshop.weebly.com
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Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2020

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Comment by Gary Laws on November 13, 2016 at 6:46am
Excellent work guys, I wish I could have been there!
Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 12, 2016 at 6:14pm

Okay a quick change of plans, the left sponson is now off of the boat as when we started to remove the cockpit it was very clear that the left sponson was in a much bigger hurry to come off than the cockpit was.

A special thanks to Steve Compton for the hard work to get this off today, Tuesday will be another day and we'll begin removing the right sponson then..

Comment by leonard feeback on November 10, 2016 at 8:09pm

Hi Gary, your going to need some really big shop vac's from the look inside that left sponson. Most of the hull looks pretty good for being out in the weather for so long.

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 10, 2016 at 7:16pm

The decks are off and the cockpit is close to laying on the floor thanks to the crew lead by Steve Compton tonight. Nice work guys..

See you all Saturday morning..

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 4, 2016 at 5:30pm

Gary and I will be at the shop tomorrow morning until about 12:30 to start making plans for disassembling this old gal, drop by and say hi if you are in the area..


Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 1, 2016 at 8:27pm

The boat is off of the trailer and sitting on her dollies, there will be an announcement very shortly for the kickoff for the crew and the next steps so stay tuned for that.

We're leaning towards 2uesdays being the official crew nights for this boat, any thoughts as to why?

Comment by Gary Laws on October 24, 2016 at 7:07pm

Damn, I have a previously scheduled engagement that I have to attend that evening........otherwise I would have liked to have been there for that!

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on October 24, 2016 at 6:40pm


1979 "Squire Shop" Unlimited Hydroplane


1979 Squire Shop Restoration


Comment by Timothy Ramsey on October 24, 2016 at 6:35pm

The Pay-n-Pak restoration is getting closer to completion and that's a great thing for sure. This means that the Squire Shop project is going to slide just a little further and since I hate to sit around and wait I'll be down at the museum on Thursday after 6:00pm to start to identify V-12 "Merlin" parts that will eventually go into powering this classic unlimited.

Drop by and say hi or if you want to learn something about a Merlin you can give us a hand in identifying these pieces. Either way it would be great to see you all..


Comment by Gary Laws on October 11, 2016 at 10:37am

Don't forget to visit www.79squireshop.weebly.com for updates as well!


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