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  • my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

    I know i should have taken more pics but every time i went to work on the boat
    I seem to forget the camera

    its a real mess it was jackknifed knocking holes in the bow on both side.
    I tried to weld the holes up and found the aluminum these boats are made of
    doesnt like being welded had almost 90% of a patch welded in, as it started to cool it cracked. so it looks like it will be solid rivets and patches.
    so far:
    replaced 20 + of the solid rivets up the middle
    replaced many more of the pop rivets that hold the floor supports
    these were all broken from freezing i think.
    cut out the soaked foam under the floor, changed the stringers that the
    motor bolts down to with plastic tuftex plastic 4x4 does that stuff hold a lag bolt!
    rebuilt motor and head 140hp omc
    new water pump and shaft in leg
    weld on new skeg
    new floor and coverings used duradeck on the floors
    new side panels and covering same duradeck on the side
    rear seats are now done most wood replaced new foam on the bottoms
    to keep momma happy. new colors
    engine cover rebuilt and recovered now.
    started on the front seats which appear to have more rot that the rears
    did, first one i took apart was so bad i cant even use it as a template !

    I will try to remember the camera to take some better pics took these tonight
    with the camera phone.


  • #2
    Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

    You've been busy. The patch is high enough on the sides that it shouldn't see much water.

    Keep the pics coming.
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=319609

    http://s674.photobucket.com/albums/v...y%2018%20redo/

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    1977 Starcraft Holiday 18 I/O

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    • #3
      Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

      Would be nice to find a decent trailer cheap this one seems like it was home
      made and it is in need of some work, it was built for a direct drive.
      so once the boat is done I will have to work on the trailer to

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      • #4
        Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

        I'd be more confortable with new leaf springs, rollers, shacles and fenders as well. Paint will come over the summer on the trailer once the boat is floating
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=319609

        http://s674.photobucket.com/albums/v...y%2018%20redo/

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        1977 Starcraft Holiday 18 I/O

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        • #5
          Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

          well moved the boat out of the heated shop that its been in all winter.
          everything is done now even made a nice top to keep the rain out
          turned out not bad for a amature
          I say everything but the motor has to go back in yet.
          also added a pic of the front where the patch was, put on a aluminum patch
          thought I could do better than the plywood patch the last owner did.
          can also see the nice refinished teak.
          need to change the boot I see a crack in it now that its out in the light
          anyone have a source or a boot at a good price?

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          • #6
            Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

            Cool cover. Looks that would shed the water nicely.

            I'm hoping to have the transom done this weekend so I can drop the boat off to have the engine and leg bolted in.
            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=319609

            http://s674.photobucket.com/albums/v...y%2018%20redo/

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            1977 Starcraft Holiday 18 I/O

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            • #7
              Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

              Sweet..another Starcrafter amongst us..welcome to the club!
              That patch job turned out great from the looks of it..nice job!!!
              Cheers...Kenny
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              My recent projects...
              1961 Starcraft 18' Holiday - Sold
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=364883
              1979 Imperial 17' runabout - Sold
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=324091

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              • #8
                Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                Hey man, nice rig! Question, what ya gonna do with that OMC stringer?
                1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
                1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
                1984 16.5' Sea Nymph Ski Sport Rebuild
                1980 16' Sea Nymph SS 165 Rebuild (swapped)
                1968 15' Starcraft Jet Star Rebuild (sold)
                1970's 12' Starcraft Sea Scamp
                Starcraft Rebuilds and Restorations

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                • #9
                  Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                  Originally posted by sprintst View Post
                  Cool cover. Looks that would shed the water nicely.

                  I'm hoping to have the transom done this weekend so I can drop the boat off to have the engine and leg bolted in.
                  cover works great so far 100% water proof
                  one strange thing about cordura fabric is that the hotter the day the
                  tighter it fits, as it gets cold and rains it loosens off.
                  had to hose it today just to put the cover back on after i had put the motor
                  back in
                  almost done now think i need a marine starter though.
                  anyone know what the extra terminal on the marine starter does?
                  this boat came with two starters and neither have 4 terminals
                  matt

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                  • #10
                    Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                    Originally posted by HopeSheFloats View Post
                    Sweet..another Starcrafter amongst us..welcome to the club!
                    That patch job turned out great from the looks of it..nice job!!!
                    would have turned out better but had the air pressure up to high when
                    i was riviting it so the heads got a little over hammered, but they are
                    super tight lol

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                    • #11
                      Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                      Originally posted by jasoutside View Post
                      Hey man, nice rig! Question, what ya gonna do with that OMC stringer?
                      Fully rebuilt the motor, leg is good just needed a water pump.
                      so i guess i hope to run it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                        Originally posted by nowback View Post
                        Fully rebuilt the motor, leg is good just needed a water pump.
                        so i guess i hope to run it.
                        Nice!!
                        1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
                        1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
                        1984 16.5' Sea Nymph Ski Sport Rebuild
                        1980 16' Sea Nymph SS 165 Rebuild (swapped)
                        1968 15' Starcraft Jet Star Rebuild (sold)
                        1970's 12' Starcraft Sea Scamp
                        Starcraft Rebuilds and Restorations

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                        • #13
                          Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                          Welcome to iboats and the starcraft armada

                          Nice old rig ya got...I really like that cover
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                          '79 16' Starcraft SuperSport
                          12' AeroCraft '55 Johnson 5.5hp
                          Starcraft brochures thread

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                          • #14
                            Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                            Originally posted by Huron Angler View Post
                            Welcome to iboats and the starcraft armada

                            Nice old rig ya got...I really like that cover
                            I would offer to make you one but your a little far away.lol

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                            • #15
                              Re: my 1980 starcraft holiday 181 restore

                              ITS ALIVE!!!

                              After getting it all back together and scratching my head for a while
                              when it wouldnt start (timing was out 180deg) its fired right up,
                              set the timing adjusted the carb runs great!!
                              just the matter of a little oil leak on the lifter cover to fix and i am
                              ready for summer
                              I will take a couple more pics when i clean up the oil and fix the cover.
                              sprintst> you got all new gauges didnt you,,, what the plan for the old ones
                              i think my tach isnt working

                              matt

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