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1970 Starcraft Chieftain Restoration

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  • 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Restoration

    I have an 18' 1970 Starcraft. The title says Chieftain, but probably should say Starchief? Anyway, In my restoration efforts I have discovered some of the flybridge windshield frame pieces missing. Anyone know of a salvage source for the complete frame?


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    Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

    Welcome to iboats Tul!

    Yah, if she is 18' probably a Starchief.

    To be quite honest, you are going to have a real tough time finding that stuff. I'd think your best bet is to hang around here, in the iboats restoration section, or in the Starcraft section, in an effort to find a guy who is tearing the lid off of his Chief or something. Rare, big time.

    Or, find a company that can custom build the framework for you. That'll be kinda pricy though.

    The thing about these ol Starcraft cabin boats is they have that track that your windshield will slide into so it has to be specifically designed for that.

    But, probably a third option could be...

    Drill out that track all together and find a good fitting replacement windshield from a donor boat or something.

    I dunno, just thinking out loud here.

    Got any photos of what you are working on

    Cheers
    1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
    1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
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    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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    • #3
      Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

      Originally posted by jasoutside View Post
      Welcome to iboats Tul!

      Yah, if she is 18' probably a Starchief.

      To be quite honest, you are going to have a real tough time finding that stuff. I'd think your best bet is to hang around here, in the iboats restoration section, or in the Starcraft section, in an effort to find a guy who is tearing the lid off of his Chief or something. Rare, big time.

      Or, find a company that can custom build the framework for you. That'll be kinda pricy though.

      The thing about these ol Starcraft cabin boats is they have that track that your windshield will slide into so it has to be specifically designed for that.

      But, probably a third option could be...

      Drill out that track all together and find a good fitting replacement windshield from a donor boat or something.

      I dunno, just thinking out loud here.

      Got any photos of what you are working on

      Cheers
      Ya, I've already been combing the Craigslist for a 500 mile radius looking for an old Starcraft that I can rob the windshield frame from to fit mine. I have some actual frame pieces missing.

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      • #4
        Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

        Post up some pics, TulOK. Ive seen some on CL, in fact not too long ago. Is it the WS that looks like a '55 Chevy or something altogether different? Most of the SC windshields are stock pices from Taylor Made and used on for than just SCs. Pics will help. Welcome to the Tin Madness. We'll help you out and some of us might even convince you to turn her into a center console.
        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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        • #5
          Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

          Originally posted by GA_Boater View Post
          Post up some pics, TulOK. Ive seen some on CL, in fact not too long ago. Is it the WS that looks like a '55 Chevy or something altogether different? Most of the SC windshields are stock pices from Taylor Made and used on for than just SCs. Pics will help. Welcome to the Tin Madness. We'll help you out and some of us might even convince you to turn her into a center console.
          Well, I got extremely lucky already. Located all frame pieces within 75 miles of home. Still need the rubber molding, but i can pick up lots of that.

          I am keeping a photographic journal of this journey, but to upload seems a big secret. Heck, this site won't even let me edit my own profile. Tells me that I don't have permission.
          Attached Files

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          • #6
            Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

            Most of us use PhotoBucket to store the pics and you have use Go Advanced to insert pics. I still have probs every time I insert pics.

            As far as your profile, click on Settings in the top right corner and choose Edit Profile on the left under My Settings. That has worked for me.

            Glad you found the frame pieces you needed. Gaskets are prob some universal type.
            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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            • #7
              Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

              Thanks for the tips. I've created a PhotoBucket file for the restoration activities. See if it works. Probably need a new title on this thread now.http://s1139.photobucket.com/albums/...t Restoration/
              Last edited by TulOkBtMn; December 19th, 2011, 01:17 AM. Reason: error

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              • #8
                Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

                That worked TulOk. I saw your PB pics. Just a quick glance but you got a started by ripping the deck out. A couple of planks and you'll be on the water. Well,maybe a little more. Keep us posted and don't be shy about asking if you have questions.
                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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                • #9
                  Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

                  Welcome and great looking rig! Glad you found the pieces you needed right off like that, awesome! I actually have the whole upper windshield from a previous project I unfortunatly had to sell. Looking forward to seeing what you do with her.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

                    Welcome to the site TulOkBtMn. That's a great looking project you've got there. We had to severely restrict what newbies can do on the site due to a terrible spammer infestation. I think you only need make a couple posts to "advance" enough to be able to edit your profile. Check it out now. You can post your photobucket pictures right in your thread using the IMG code links that photobucket provides. You might want to size them down a bit before doing that though. If you want to create a new restore thread that's fine or I can re-title this one for you.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

                      Originally posted by ezmobee View Post
                      Welcome to the site TulOkBtMn. That's a great looking project you've got there. We had to severely restrict what newbies can do on the site due to a terrible spammer infestation. I think you only need make a couple posts to "advance" enough to be able to edit your profile. Check it out now. You can post your photobucket pictures right in your thread using the IMG code links that photobucket provides. You might want to size them down a bit before doing that though. If you want to create a new restore thread that's fine or I can re-title this one for you.
                      Thanks ezmobee. Yes, I would appreciate a re-title to: "1970 Starcraft Restoration." Seems like I spent half my career learning new computer operating systems, so, just have to slowly master this one. Replies are a bit tricky yet as I'm used to Windows Mail.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1970 Starcraft Chieftain Flybridge Windshield Frame

                        Originally posted by boatnut74 View Post
                        Welcome and great looking rig! Glad you found the pieces you needed right off like that, awesome! I actually have the whole upper windshield from a previous project I unfortunatly had to sell. Looking forward to seeing what you do with her.
                        Hey boatnut74, I may still be interested in that windshield you have. Specially if it has all parts and unbroken?

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