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Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think :)

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  • Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think :)

    Hello all!
    Here are a few pictures of the Starcraft we just bought.
    The guy I bought it form said it was a 1974 22' Cruiser. But from looking at pictures on this forum, I think it might be a Starcraft Chieftain? I haven't been able to locate a build tag anywhere on it. It's supposed to be by the shifter/throttle, but I can't find it there. Maybe it was removed before? Not sure....
    At any rate, very excited about owning a vintage Starcraft and getting it and my family in the water!
    I had to pull the engine as the block was cracked, and I was getting water in the oil. So, it's being rebuilt in my garage
    Eventually I will take out the floors and cuddy, and redo all the wood.
    So for all you Starcraft lovers... are there some good resources out there on our boats, and makes/models, history, things like that?
    There are some great restos going on here in iboats.com that I am trying to dig through.
    Thanks for the great forum!

    David Sexton
    USCG
    Kodiak, AK
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    Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

    Very cool! I'd love an old Chieftain or Islander someday. I think the Islander's cabin is a little bigger than the Chieftain, at expense of open deck space in the stern, and I think yours looks like the Chieftain. But I'm no expert!
    1989 Grumman 14" with 2010 Mercury 15hp 4 stroke
    1972 Starcraft Chieftain with 115hp Mercury Tower of Power!
    Chieftain Restore (slowly) Thread!- http://forums.iboats.com/showthread....85#post3652485

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      Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

      really nice boat.......good find.......too bad the motors toast....

      looks like you have a little work to do on the interior.......do you have any place to work on it?.....its gotta be getting cold up there soon....
      The Hull Extension Thread
      great info on all aspects on boat building with detailed information.

      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=234392

      IN MEMORY OF Our friend SpinnerBait_Nut LESTER WRIGHT July 31, 1953 - Nov 26, 2008 RIP

      IN MEMORY OF Our friend Tashasdaddy Robert (bob) Griffis. October 27, 1948
      November 29 2010 RIP

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        Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

        Very cool boat! Welcome to the Chieftain owners club, I picked up a '71 21' Chieftain a few months ago and have been slowing going through and making it beautiful again, wonderful boats in my opinion.

        The build plate should be near the throttle/shift lever towards the bow, here's a picture of mine:



        Erik

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          Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

          Originally posted by erwinner View Post
          Very cool! I'd love an old Chieftain or Islander someday. I think the Islander's cabin is a little bigger than the Chieftain, at expense of open deck space in the stern, and I think yours looks like the Chieftain. But I'm no expert!
          I think it's the other way around with the Chieftain having the larger cabin, I'm only going off pictures if the Islander though, I've never actually seen one in the flesh ...err aluminum?

          I think the Islander cuddy is shorter at least, though they do step down the floor from what I've seen so maybe they're comparable?

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            Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

            That is a super cool boat so congrats on getting it.Youve pulled the engine and stuff and no pics? just messing with you though I love seeing the rebuilds on these in detail.

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              Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

              Looks like you scored yourself a great ol Chieftain there, excellent!

              Here are a few awesome resources for you:

              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=349830

              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=494143

              http://forums.iboats.com/forumdisplay.php?f=22 (you already found this one)

              http://forums.iboats.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21

              With those links right there ^^^^^ you've got the best info and help anywhere.

              Welcome and cheers!
              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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                Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                Welcome to the Starmada, sextondom. The links in the prior post are darned good resources for fix-up info. Good find and keep us posted on your progress. Hope you have a warm place to work. And thanks for keeping our waters safe.
                Sent using a tin can and a piece of string. A technological breakthrough. The tin can is a 1966 Starcraft Nassau powered by a 1966 Merc 500.

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                  Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                  I really see something like that being my next boat. Congrats on the purchase. Too bad it's an I/O
                  Zak

                  Boat
                  Manatee Mystery boat Paint job soon to be in progress
                  Engine
                  '71 Chrysler 70 HP Repower coming soon
                  Tow Truck
                  '03 4Runner limited V8


                  Over-engineering only means that there may be a simplier way to do it. Not that the outome has fallen short of the objective!

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                    Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                    Nice boat! Welcome to the Starmada. As mentioned, you've got a Chieftain. The Chiefs had larger cabins than the Islanders.
                    1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                    Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
                    1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
                    Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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                      Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                      Thanks all for the warm welcome!
                      My brother has had a few nice old boats, and I have to give him the credit for getting me involved
                      At any rate, I'm picking up the engine block from the engine shop tomorrow, so I'll try to get some pictures as I put it back together.
                      I believe the cuddy door is teak wood. Can it be restored and if so how? It really seems to fit the boat and its vintage, so I'd like to keep it if possible.
                      I also like the idea of a teak swim platform like ErikF mentioned! That would be really nice.
                      Well, I need to sign off, thanks again!

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                        Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                        Originally posted by sextondm View Post
                        Thanks all for the warm welcome!
                        My brother has had a few nice old boats, and I have to give him the credit for getting me involved
                        At any rate, I'm picking up the engine block from the engine shop tomorrow, so I'll try to get some pictures as I put it back together.
                        I believe the cuddy door is teak wood. Can it be restored and if so how? It really seems to fit the boat and its vintage, so I'd like to keep it if possible.
                        I also like the idea of a teak swim platform like ErikF mentioned! That would be really nice.
                        Well, I need to sign off, thanks again!
                        Light sanding, a buncha teak oil should shine it right up.
                        Zak

                        Boat
                        Manatee Mystery boat Paint job soon to be in progress
                        Engine
                        '71 Chrysler 70 HP Repower coming soon
                        Tow Truck
                        '03 4Runner limited V8


                        Over-engineering only means that there may be a simplier way to do it. Not that the outome has fallen short of the objective!

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                          Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                          Nice looking Chieftain! They are great old boats and easy to work on. Lots of great info here to help you out.
                          1969 Lonestar Medallion restoration

                          1972 Glastron GT-160 restoration

                          1973 Silverline Grand Bahama restoration

                          1991 Galaxie 19' 4.3 Mercruiser
                          2007 F150 4x4 Supercrew
                          A boat is just a big hull in the water you throw money into.

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                            Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                            Well, for an update:
                            Picked up the new/used bare engine block from the machine shop. They mag checked it, hot tanked and installed new brass freeze plugs and cam bearings, bored .030 and honed. Waiting on the rebuild kit now to show up in the mail with new pistons, rings & bearings, gaskets, valve seals etc.
                            Cylinder head was hot tanked, checked, valve seats reground. All else was in great shape... Only set me back $120 for the head.
                            I'm going to be able to reuse the cam and crank as well. Machine shop checked those and they are good to go. I think these engines are a fairly low-stress application in our boats. Seems they last pretty well when taken care of properly and don't wear excessively.
                            I rebuilt the carb in the garage. Took ordering two carb kits to get it done, but it's done! First one from ebay had wrong gaskets for the Rochester 2GC. Oh well...
                            I filled the exhaust with acetone, capped off the bottom end and stood it up overnight to check it for leaks. It was dry in the morning, so I'm feeling pretty confident it's ok. Thanks for the acetone tip!
                            Yesterday I spent all day going through the wiring in the transom/bilge area. I think over the years when things were added they were not installed by the most experienced type. Wires wrapped around shift linkage, excess wire tangled everywhere... was a mess!! Looks good now though and will be reliable now.
                            Later I'm going to be adding a fishfinder/gps so I will be adding that in when funds permit. Thinking Lowrance? Heard good things...
                            I took a few pictures after my work, so I'll attach those.
                            Next step, build my motor!


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                              Re: Proud new owners! '74 Starcraft Chieftain (I think

                              Pics don't work. You need to click the Go Advanced button when posting if you want to upload pics (forum glitch).
                              1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                              Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
                              1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
                              Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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