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    Look what followed me home Friday! Since y'all are such fine fellows, and there is no Aero forum, I thought I'd start a thread to share and get ideas for restoring this classic craft. I found that the PO's half- *****ed everything... including a car radio/ CD player with a full car antenna sticking out of her fore deck! Also, a terrible conversion from a short shaft to a long shaft- using all regular steel bolts..... rust stains everywhere! The original transom high appears to be 14.5" on the vertical, and there is basically no splash well on the inside.... odd. Will this work with my standard 16" short shaft engine? Despite all of the issues, it does have a new mechanical steering system and the hull appears sound. One thing that surprised me was how DEEP the hull seems! Its dimensions are 16'x72"x37" but it would dwarf my Jet, and the Jupiter's I have seen! Now to acquire some elbow grease and Shark Hide......



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    Last edited by 1973Chieftain; February 5th, 2012, 01:08 AM. Reason: spelling error
    1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top, 1984 Merc 898
    1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
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    1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
    1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
    1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
    SOLD

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    Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

    Cool boat! I recommend power tools for polishing, less elbow grease

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    • #3
      Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

      Chief, I had seen your other thread and the ebay listing. Great looking boat.

      I know several old Starcrafts did not have splashwells. So just make sure you have one or two good bilge pumps or you'll need to create a well.

      I think your short shaft and the transom will work great. What motor are you looking to drop on this beauty?


      1973 Starcraft 21 Mariner ---------------- 1966 Lone Star Medallion II --------------- 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman

      A Smart Phone is one that is Not in your hand when driving!

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      • #4
        Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

        Sa-weeeeet!!!!
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        my resto thread here https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=304356

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        • #5
          Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

          Alright 73C. I think I'm gonna need some good shades when you get her shined up - even looking at that baby from way down here.
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          • #6
            Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

            Originally posted by 64osby View Post
            Chief, I had seen your other thread and the ebay listing. Great looking boat.

            I know several old Starcrafts did not have splashwells. So just make sure you have one or two good bilge pumps or you'll need to create a well.

            I think your short shaft and the transom will work great. What motor are you looking to drop on this beauty?
            I figured I would start another thread as a resto instead of the MBS one, but same boat. I got the horrible windshield off of her today, and will post some better pics of her tomorrow probably. As for the engine, I have a '65 33 HP Evinrude I was thinking of trying on her. It came with the Jet when I bought her, but I had terribly slow speeds last fall the one time I took her out on the Jet so I ended up buying the newer 40 HP and converting the Jet to a long shaft. I have been doing some research since and it seems instead of the 10.5" diameter prop that was original, I only had a 9.5" and a pitch around 11 or 12- might cause some of the speed issues! So I am thinking of buying a new prop and trying her on the Aero, no need for a speedboat with such an older gal! I am a bit concerned thought that the transom is an inch and a half shorter then standard, but I was thinking if worst came to worst I can put an inch or 2 of spacers in to lift it up a bit.
            1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top, 1984 Merc 898
            1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
            >>>
            1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
            1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
            1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
            SOLD

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            • #7
              Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

              very cool, it would look sweet polished .

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              • #8
                Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                Originally posted by 1973Chieftain View Post
                ..............As for the engine, I have a '65 33 HP Evinrude ....................... So I am thinking of buying a new prop and trying her on the Aero, no need for a speedboat with such an older gal! I am a bit concerned thought that the transom is an inch and a half shorter then standard, but I was thinking if worst came to worst I can put an inch or 2 of spacers in to lift it up a bit.
                Do you know what the boat was rated for? I think the 33 Rude would make a great cruiser.

                I'm fighting the same transom height issue on my Lone Star. '57 Rude 18 hp short shaft is 18", transom is 15.5. In the big scheme my boat will max at 22 to 25mph so not a huge issue with trying to dial it in to max speed.. It's not like you trying to make the boat go 60, are you?


                1973 Starcraft 21 Mariner ---------------- 1966 Lone Star Medallion II --------------- 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman

                A Smart Phone is one that is Not in your hand when driving!

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                • #9
                  Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                  A beauty in the rough. Nice...
                  http://s860.photobucket.com/albums/a...nanabert/Boat/

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                  • #10
                    Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                    I saw that on Ebay....if it was near me - may have bid on it!!

                    I bet it did not have a windscreen - maybe....thanks for taking that winshield off!!!
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                    "Bare Naked Lady" 1968 Starcraft Holiday 18 w/ 130 Merc + Alpha One Transplant I/O.
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                    https://forums.iboats.com/showthread...35#post2683135

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                    • #11
                      Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                      Originally posted by starcrafter65 View Post
                      I saw that on Ebay....if it was near me - may have bid on it!!

                      I bet it did not have a windscreen - maybe....thanks for taking that winshield off!!!
                      Originally it had a one piece wrap around like early 60's SC boats, so im keeping my eyes open for a donor boat.

                      64, its rated for 50, but im hoping the 33 should be able to push it into the 20's somewhere once I get the correct prop on it.
                      1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top, 1984 Merc 898
                      1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
                      >>>
                      1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
                      1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
                      1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
                      SOLD

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                      • #12
                        Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                        Originally posted by 1973Chieftain View Post
                        Originally it had a one piece wrap around like early 60's SC boats, so im keeping my eyes open for a donor boat.

                        64, its rated for 50, but im hoping the 33 should be able to push it into the 20's somewhere once I get the correct prop on it.
                        I know you have power hanging in the garage, but it would be really cool to put a 50's Rude on that beauty, a big twin or maybe a Lark. Gives you the true vintage look.

                        First, windscreen, transom and elbow grease. Have fun.


                        1973 Starcraft 21 Mariner ---------------- 1966 Lone Star Medallion II --------------- 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman

                        A Smart Phone is one that is Not in your hand when driving!

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                        • #13
                          Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                          Originally posted by 64osby View Post
                          I know you have power hanging in the garage, but it would be really cool to put a 50's Rude on that beauty, a big twin or maybe a Lark. Gives you the true vintage look.

                          First, windscreen, transom and elbow grease. Have fun.
                          Im keeping my eyes on CL to find a 50's engine around 50 hp, all I have seen lately are non running 35 hp ones. I agree, it would look cooler then a 1965!
                          1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top, 1984 Merc 898
                          1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
                          >>>
                          1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
                          1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
                          1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
                          SOLD

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                          • #14
                            Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                            Originally posted by 64osby View Post
                            I know you have power hanging in the garage, but it would be really cool to put a 50's Rude on that beauty, a big twin or maybe a Lark. Gives you the true vintage look.

                            First, windscreen, transom and elbow grease. Have fun.
                            Im keeping my eyes on CL to find a 50's engine around 50 hp, all I have seen lately are non running 35 hp ones. I agree, it would look cooler then a 1965!
                            1974 Starcraft 24' Chieftan IV Express Hard top, 1984 Merc 898
                            1972 Starcraft 18' Mariner, 1985 Evinrude 140HP
                            >>>
                            1969 MirroCraft 18.5' Center Console<<< AVOID https://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...to-591439.html
                            1965 Starcraft Jet, 1996 40 HP Force by Mercury- SOLD
                            1955 Aerocraft CC-16 barrel back runabout, '67 Mercury 500
                            SOLD

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                              Re: '55 Aerocraft CC Resto

                              there weren't many 50hp motors pre-1960. that's why the ubiquitous OMC 35/40hp models were known as the "big twin"....they were some of the bigger ones on the mkt at time. and for any motor that old, be sure you can get necessary parts before you plunk down the presidents.

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