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  • #31
    Originally posted by Old Ironmaker View Post
    Good advise above. Go to that StarCraft rebuild forum and read each and every post on rebuilds from start to finish, everything.

    Never fall in love with a boat. You can't divorce it, she will be a love hate relationship, that I guarantee. This new love of yours will cost you more than getting divorced from a Woman, multiple times. Take a deep breath and start reading.

    Prolly should have gone glass. But I’m a tin guy. Love em. But I’ve been running out to Stoney and little galloo withmy 16’ javelin bass boat. Caught couple times coming back in 4-5 footers. Pay attention to the wind for sure outthere. Still prolly get wet but I’ll feel better. She’s still not for 4-6’. Got fuel to carb now. Going to clean carb see whathappens,

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    • #32
      Hey guys. Home is upstate ny. No I’m not talking about just north of the city. Live in Port Leyden tiny village bout 50 miles from Alex bay or Canada. 2 hrs north Syracuse. I’m starting the year down this weekend. I have read so much great info on rebuilding. I looked at the whole project Bob -vt sent me. A beauty. This boat is worth my complete effort. I really wanted to read more and get ideas before I took her apart to the bones. And the more I have read and have seen what others have done has me even more excited about the chieftain. I think all the old Starcraft have a great look and history with them. I will be taking a lot of pics. And asking prolly many questions before I’m done. It has a certain draw to me. It’s almost 50 yrs old. Would love to hear the stories I could tell. I’ll have her tip top and all new adventures will start. I’m still looking in my area for real marine Plywood. And sources to pick up the things I’ll need. All the glass in good shape. But caulk in many places around frame. It’s all being disassembled hoping an automotive glass company can get me seals and weather striping when time to go back on. So much cleaning and repair. But don’t want to miss a thing. I won’t be selling her when I’m done. So all the info I get is very welcomed. The admiral said I know you’ll be living in the garage again cause that’s what you do when it comes to your boats. And she’s looking forward to going out in it. I get a little possessed when deciding to do such things. Last question from her was. Do you have a budget in mind? I just smiled. And booked her a cruise with my mother and sister. She’s happy.!!! Thank you all for letting me share this experience and all the help so far and help in the future. It’s not a hobby it’s a passion!!

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      • #33
        Also thank you Waterman. Your advice will be taken I’ll do it right.

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          • #35
            Hello folks. Question. As in taking my chief apart. I see the cabin top has a black vinyl covering that has shrunk near the bottom and around where snaps were installed. Suggestions. Is there a buiss that recovers the vinyl, can I do it myself. Or should I take to bare aluminum and paint. Colors will be dark navy blue and white. I would want that section white. Advantages to vinyl over paint ? Thanks for your input.

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            • #36
              Most of us with Chiefs have removed the old vinyl and painted the cabins. I can't think of a reason to use vinyl, it will fail sooner and damage isn't an easy repair that's for sure.
              1979 V5 SS140 HP Merc ...... 1970 18' Chieftain IO restoration
              1978 16' SS160 SeaNymph .. 1978 14' Seafarer

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              • #37
                It was your chief I saw and really liked the look. I was thinking paint would be the way to go. I enjoyed watching your chief come together. Great job. Thanks for your input.

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                • #38
                  Hello fellow boat nuts. Y’all got me concerned. Been reading a lot of post. Starting to take my 21’ chieftain apart. Going to be a long process. But I knew that. It ran great on water. Still have to adjust shift cables. Thought I could do that in spring. BUT!! She’s a 1970. I don’t believe transome has ever been changed. I really didn’t want to pull the 2.5 merc and drive. But I’m going to do all this work. And I hear y’all say. Pull it. Put new transom in. It seems good. But what is good ?? How do I check to see if it really is. I want to be able to give this boat to grandson someday. And let’s face it. It’s no small project. And there’s no cheap way to rebuild this beauty. I’ve never attempted to pull an engine and drive. But I’m sure I’m capable. What’s your thoughts. How to make sure it’s still going to last another 30 yrs. and even though this motor runs strong. Will it be enough horsepower to take on some 4 footers on Lake Ontario or should I look for something bigger and I could always sell this motor and drive. I think. Let’s me know your honest thoughts. Plus I can’t turtle this boat to property paint the bottom. With motor in. Or how could I get to bottom with motor and drive in it. Thanks.

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                  • #39
                    You can always down the road put a 3.0 L motor and updated drive assembly in the boat. Painting a boat on the trailer is a tough nut to crack, I've seen guys do it in sections by moving the boat on the trailer. I plan on stripping and leaving the bottom bare on my 22' Islander.

                    Post some good pics of your transom.
                    1979 V5 SS140 HP Merc ...... 1970 18' Chieftain IO restoration
                    1978 16' SS160 SeaNymph .. 1978 14' Seafarer

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                            There’s some. Not very good. Trying to get a handle on resizing to post.

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                            • #44
                              Wow that is the original white washed factory transom wood, amazingly clean and it does look to be in solid good shape.

                              1979 V5 SS140 HP Merc ...... 1970 18' Chieftain IO restoration
                              1978 16' SS160 SeaNymph .. 1978 14' Seafarer

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                              • #45
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                                You may want to do something with that falling apart blower hose unless it's just a vent without the blower up under there. Yeah that transom is clean, I'd use the boat too and not worry about it.

                                1979 V5 SS140 HP Merc ...... 1970 18' Chieftain IO restoration
                                1978 16' SS160 SeaNymph .. 1978 14' Seafarer

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