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  • 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

    Look what followed me home! A 1957 14' Starcraft Ski Champ and original trailer. I also just picked up a 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 hp electric start engine for it. Just what I need, another project boat! SWMBO thinks I am nuts! here are plenty of photos for you to look at:


    http://old-omc.de/bilder/1956_lark.jpg

    http://lasvegaspix.com/projects/starcraft57skichamp.jpg





    Last edited by ezmobee; May 25th, 2010, 12:07 PM.
    Regards,

    -Bret

    Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


    1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

    1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

  • #2
    Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

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    The logos are intact!


    Regards,

    -Bret

    Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


    1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

    1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

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    • #3
      Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

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      What is this thing?There is one on each side, some sort of trim tab or wake modifier for skiing?

      Tilt Trailer



      Raisable and locking bunks
      Regards,

      -Bret

      Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


      1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

      1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

        And the motor:





        Regards,

        -Bret

        Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


        1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

        1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

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        • #5
          Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

          I brought the SkiChamp in out of the rain to begin It's resto. First off is to remove the trim so I can haul it up to Sturgis MI to get soda blasted Saturday. I found a guy that will blast for $130 an hour, and he thinks about 2-3 hrs to get it to bare metal. I did find some rot in the oak rubrail under the aluminum trim, so I may be doing some wood work this winter. I am planning on a new transom, and we will see if I can salvage the mahogany seats and dash. Here are some updated pics.











          Last edited by wrfalpacas; May 28th, 2010, 11:37 PM.
          Regards,

          -Bret

          Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


          1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

          1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

            A few More:



            I cant get over the tilt mechanism
            Regards,

            -Bret

            Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


            1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

            1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

              I drove about an hour to lower Michigan to get my boat soda blasted today. This stuff is slicker than snot! Boy I wish I had done this on the cuddy, I probably spent the same on sandpaper and stripper! Not to mention the Hours and Hours with my palm sander. Well I got it all stripped in 2-1/2 hrs, and what a great job this guy did.

              Soda is nice in that it doesn't remove or pit the metal, it leaves a nice satin finish. And clean up consisted of stopping at the local drive up self serve carwash and dissolving all the leftover soda dust with plain old H2O. Try that with sand/glass bead/walnut shells. The guy only charged me $300 as compared to the estimate I got in fort wayne of $1200.
              Before:

              After:




              Last edited by wrfalpacas; May 28th, 2010, 11:39 PM.
              Regards,

              -Bret

              Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


              1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

              1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                We did find some damage to the keel under one of the trailer rollers... Any ideas on a repair? It doesnt affect the watertight integrity, but it needs fixed nonetheless


                I also got the cowl blasted, and while Barney was working, made a run over to a place called Hildebrand's Marine salvage yard 517-238-2828 in Coldwater Michigan. HOLY CRAP, this place had, and I am not kidding, THOUSANDS of old outboards you could get parts from. I was like a kid in a candy store, not only did I get bearings for my Mercruiser outdrive (1968 R Model 120) but I got parts for my 56 30 hp Evinrude lark, and my 54 5-1/2 hp johnson. As well as a mess of cable steering pulleys.
                Regards,

                -Bret

                Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                  I started some more teardown today, got the transom out (1 pc solid oak!) and removed the coaming trim. Started taking all the rusty screws out of the oak rubrail. still not sure what to do with that. it is a solid piece 14' long, but has some rot under where the aluminum trim covers, I was thinking of git rot and then filling the areas with a waterproof putty befor the varnishing.







                  Last edited by wrfalpacas; May 28th, 2010, 11:41 PM.
                  Regards,

                  -Bret

                  Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                  http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                  1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                  http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                  1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                  http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                    Got some more work done on the boat and engine this weekend. The flywheel finally popped of after sitting with the puller on it for a week and a half. I also decided to pull the seats to refinish them, and found some more rot to deal with. hopefully it is all in non visible places, and I can make repairs without corrupting the look of the boat. I foundout it was originally red and white, and am planning on trying to match the original design. This is the first outboard I have worked on, and so far seems a breeze compared to a 120 hp I/O. I am slowly accumulating bits and pieces to fit her out on fleabay. I also ordered some bits and paint for the motor, as well as picked up an impeller, new coils, a tuneup kit, and a carb rebuild kit.











                    Regards,

                    -Bret

                    Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                    1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                    1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                      I got back to work tonight and finished removing the cap and front flotation pod. for some reason they made it out of galvanized steel, and as you can see it rusted thru in spots, so thats one more thing to replace. If I can I am going to try and drill out the rest of the rusted screws and swap the inner and outer rubrails, that will give me virgin oak that is already bent to the proper shape to use. then I can fill the rot voids in the inner rail with epoxy to make them structurally sound and the stained wood will never be seen.






                      Regards,

                      -Bret

                      Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                      1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                      1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                      http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                        So Much for a simple polish and paint
                        Before:



                        Now:
                        Regards,

                        -Bret

                        Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                        1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                        1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                          I got the rubrails off tonight. after removing all the screws and nails, I reversed them to see how it would look. I put the stained and rotten wood in the back (treated with get rot and epoxy encapsulated so it will rot no more) and the new/old wood to the outside. I think it will work great. I am going to power wash the hull again this weekend, and then get it all painted before re-installing the rubrail.

                          inner and outer reversed (you can see the stained old outer rail behind (it will be covered by the cap, and not seen.))
                          Regards,

                          -Bret

                          Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                          1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                          1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                            Got her flipped over to work on some rough spots on her bottom and repair the keel crack/break. I used a piece of 3/8 aluminum rod epoxied in and extending infront and behind the broken area 3". Then I added a layer of filler epoxy, and finally epoxy fairing compound. It should be stronger than original and invisible once painted.
                            Before

                            After

                            Getting slightly closer to ready to paint!
                            Regards,

                            -Bret

                            Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                            1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                            1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

                            Comment


                            • #15
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                              Re: 1957 Starcraft Ski Champ Restoration

                              The windshield saga:

                              The boat came sans windshield, so I have been on the lookout for one, as new ones From Taylor Marine are $400 plus shipping. Well I found one in wisconsin and bought it for $60, then spent $ 120 to get it here. Instead of it being 54" it was 60" which was too wide. I mulled it over for a couple of weeks,and decided to cut it in half and then use a center mullion to make up the difference. In a blonde moment, I ended up cutting too much out of the middle, and now am faced with having a windshield too narrow. I get the bright idea, of heating the plexiglass and making the 90 degree curve more of a 60 degree curve,thus givingme the correct wingtip width. So I gin up a heating fixture with a quartz infared chicken coop heater and a cobbled up plywood fixture. It workedpretty well, but I still got a small crack on one side. Here is the windshield, minus the trim, sitting on the bow top. My question: Does it still look too narrow?



                              Regards,

                              -Bret

                              Converting a 1940 US Navy Lifeboat to a Steam Launch
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=453972


                              1968 Starcraft StarChief - 120 Mercruiser I/O
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=316643

                              1957 Starcraft Ski Champ - 1956 Evinrude Lark 30 Hp
                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=352569

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