here's a few more pics...the one of the board hanging up in the garage rafters is how i saw the board-before i offered to buy it."I thought it was just a board"..i wasn't even gonna ask about it--wasn't even aware of the brand,model or age.I just thought it was a board someone bought at a swap meet or yard sale?the guys house is like 45 miles from the nearest beach....heck i wasn't even familiar with the Con logo.The other pic shows the "slipcheck" before removing some of it.The pic of the tail showing the fin is what i was before (I know..don't say it) I had it replaced(dumb idea)...heck i just bought it for 50 bucks,what did i know at the time.....He even starting saying his son had 2 more boards in his attic even older.."I dunno I think he said the brand was B.Simmons and a Peck-penetrator? ..yeah right" last thing i wanna do is go in some hot dirty attic...besides he was asking 250 for both.
what!!!!!..300 bucks..for that price i'll deliver it myself..whataya think Mike..should I?
That board looks so bitchen...
If he really has a Penetrator sitting around you should go get that too.
I dunno I think he said the brand was B.Simmons and a Peck-penetrator?..l..okay u got me-a buddy told me to put that one in(sorry guys)....."DREAM ALITTLE DREAM"......Thanks for the scans of the old ads SammyA...wow!!must have an archive of mags.
You can find those old fins here and there. My advice: If the shop that put the box in doesn't still have the old fin (they probably don't since they were stupid enough not to advise you to keep it and just reset it) then put out a bunch of wanted ads here on Sways, on CL, on Longboard.net and wherever else you can. There are a few places with big collections (e.g. Matador surfboards on the EC) that might have one lying around. Sure the box makes things versatile but better to have an original fin. Then you can have it reset (many of these old boards have had that done anyway, by necessity) and can sleep at night knowing you've put that beauty back the way it should be.
Or you can sell it to me as is. Please check your PMs.
It's hard to tell how much of this thread is a joke and how much is true. But what's not a joke (apparently) is that you had a perfectly good fin removed and replaced with a modern box. Why you did that is hard to fathom. Why the repair shop did it is not. The answer there is $$$
For those of you who are seriously interested here's a little lesson in fin history----
Back in the sixties some manufacturers routed in the fins rather than glassing them on top of the boards the way most are done today. An old G&S ad said "Routed in fins are stronger and neater in appearance".
Many started using a system which came from TRAF aka Tom Morey Skegworks. (TRAF was FART spelled backwards). The system consisted of a fiberglass box which was installed into a routed slot and a polypropelene fin which was wedged into the box. Resin was then poured around the fin base even though it didn't stick to the fin. A variation of this was the Weber Wonderbolt system which, although as SammyA said above was proprietary to Weber, it was also built by Tom Morey's Skegworks. In fact what made it proprietary was that Weber advertised it as his own so no other mfg would touch it. Tom would complain laughingly that he was shoulder hopped on his own invention by Dewey's ad. As Larry Gordon always said, it wasn't who invented something that counted, it was the first to explain it in an ad that counted.
Hobie had a bolt through the top system which was proprietary but I'm not sure if Tom manufactured them or not. I will ask him because I'm interested to know myself..
Oh yes, and you better pass on that "B. Simmons". Certainly not worth the $250. The "Peckertator" on the other hand is quite a collectors item and you better grab it. Actually that was the first name of John Peck's model but Surfer Mag wouldn't take the ad and they had to change the name. (That part is true).