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    Wanted to get into boating low budget in case the family or I didn't like it. I looked over a month on Craigslist and came up with a system that if any boat had 2 of the 3 things wrong with it I would walk away. Soft floors, bad interior or engine work. Eventually, I stopped asking the condition of the boat over the phone since "great shape" can mean different things. I wanted something between 18-22' so I could trailer easily. I looked at this Imperial and besides the very oxidized gelcoat and some dings here and there, the hull was in pretty solid shape. It ran "ok" and I could live with the interior flaws as it wasn't that bad, but still needs recovering at some point. I liked the fact that is was 22' with a 5.7 and no carpet on the deck. So I picked it up for $1600.

    Needs mainly minor maintenance stuff. So far I've installed a new water impeller and gear lube. Serviced the engine, replaced all filters and full tune up, one new battery, replaced the ends of the battery cables and cleaned up a bunch of electrical connections. New trim senders. Full carb rebuild and clean. The red color on the gelcoat was so oxidized it was pale pink. I did a quick wetsand/wax just to make it a 15'er cosmetically, but I plan on restoring the gelcoat over the winter. A couple of the seat bases were waterlogged so I replaced those temporarily (hatch wouldn't stay up from the weight - lol). I think I have about $300-325 into it so far.

    After servicing the lower unit I found the upper unit was leaking lube from somewhere so I ordered a seal kit for that. Been battling the shift cables, previous owner said the drive shift cable was replaced, still shifts funky so I plan on replacing the long control cable. Trying to nurse the boat for the rest of the summer, then pull the drive, rebuild the gimbal, etc over the winter. Also going to replace the fuse block as it has the old glass fuses and some corrosion.

    Only had it out 2 times, so Im ironing out the wrinkles. Heard some tapping last time out and found a few loose rocker arms, 2 rocker studs pulling out that I need to replace next week. Doing some more testing on that.

    1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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    Welcome to iBoats. . . Sounds like this boat will keep you busy. Most boats do . . . Share some more pictures as you can
    Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

    Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
    Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
    Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

    My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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    • #3
      Thanks. It's been a little bit of a battle but everything has (mostly) been going my way.

      I got the rockers all adjusted and fired it up, purrs like a kitten now. So I'm going to take it out this weekend and see what happens under load with the rockers. I did order the removal/tap guide tool and a set of the thread in rocker studs. Also, I seem to have dialed in the shift cables for now which is a huge relief.

      Here's another pic.



      Last edited by JaCrispy; August 6th, 2014, 10:16 AM.
      1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
      https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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      • #4
        Cool Boat! Good Buy! Good Luck!

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        • #5
          So the rocker adjustment didn't last long. Such a bad design with the press-in studs.




          Engine hatch is ridiculous.



          1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
          https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JaCrispy View Post
            So the rocker adjustment didn't last long. Such a bad design with the press-in studs.

            Yea they were, but there was (are) millions of SBC's that never failed. I've only had one fail on me out of all the miles I driven a SBC with them and like you, I replaced them all with screw-in studs.

            BTW nice boat

            Rodney
            Rodney


            https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...sylvan-rebuild

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            • #7
              I'm glad I replaced all the studs since every one of them was damaged from the rocker arms. I also ordered a half dozen new arms in case I came across a few that were damaged. The new ones are self centering unlike the original arms, so I decided to replace all of the arms as well. So the combination of the new studs and new arms should finally put an end to this issue.

              Here's what I removed


              This stud was wore 1/2 way through, but pretty much all had some major notching.


              Here's how the new arms are designed, pic from the web

              1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
              https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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              • #8
                Safe to say the rockers are holding up. Still battling a fuel delivery issue (other thread) but for the most part she's running pretty friggin sweet!

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABlhO4Av6JI
                1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
                https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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                • #9
                  Decided to tackle the front main seal today. What a @$#~%@$^%&%!!!!!! For the record, I don't recommend the cheap cast aluminum timing covers on Ebay. The slot for the front oil pan seal is off, I had to modify it to fit. I'll prob ditch it when I pull the engine this winter.

                  Sweet thermostat too. Fixing bilge pumps while I'm in there, the one that (is supposed to) run off the batt isn't working.





                  1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
                  https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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                  • #10
                    Boat was missing the "glove box" ? So I made a new one. Its 1/4 plexiglass shaped with a heat gun. Covered with 3D carbon fiber vinyl, little latch and handle. I used the same cf vinyl for the gauge panel.



                    1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
                    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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                      1988 Imperial V220, 260/5.7 Alpha One
                      https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...220-low-budget

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                      • #12
                        Lol 2/3 that's how I shopped. Interior, drive train, hull, two HAVE to be good, soo funny you did that too. I got a rinker v190 for 2g's 5.7 exact same as you fixing previous evils from past owners

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                        • #13
                          You're doing some good work here - love the repair to the glove box. Share some of that mechanical knowledge by prowling through the engine forums.
                          Peter
                          Northern Ontario, Canada
                          1968 Starcraft Holiday, 2012 Yamaha F90
                          1974 Starcraft Chieftain 25'

                          The Yellow Submarine
                          14' Lone Star Transom Replacement
                          1955 Johnson QD-16 10hp restoration

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                          • #14
                            Love the glove box too. Trying to think of some ways to use that stuff myself!
                            1994 Crowline 182 restore https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...stringers-deck

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                            • #15
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                              Very nice. I've been thinking of refurbishing the instrument panel of my boat, and that vinyl looks like it would be really good for something like that.
                              Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

                              Current Boats: Formula 330 Sun Sport, O'Day Mariner Sail #3224, Sunfish
                              Past Boats: Catalina 22 Sail #10531, Formula 242 Sun Sport
                              Twin Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI (0F802036, 039), Bravo 3's (0F806198, 199), Mercury 7.5 HP (1969), Johnson 4.5 HP (1980)

                              My Boating Web Pages: http://www.tpenfield.com

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