View Full Version : What do YOU pull the Mastercraft with?? Part 3

08-06-2004, 01:44 PM
Ok back

By popular demand.. Alright itís back anyway.

I think this is what Rick pulls with

08-07-2004, 08:44 PM
Nice looking truck Rick.. What year is that?

08-07-2004, 08:59 PM
I put it up on another thread, but here it is. 2004 F150 FX4!!! Wife's truck?? :confused:

lakes Rick
08-08-2004, 01:18 AM
Mark P, that is my old truck and my old boat... Just wanted to show Mitch that I did have a TriStar once..

78 chev Stepside Silverado Factory 454 turbo 400... Great truck.. I purchased it in sad shape in 90 to tow my boat.. I started to fix this and that on the truck and ended up with a bare frame on my sawhorses.... SO I ended up doing a frame off restoration on it... I believe I have a pic of me painting the frame somewhere... EVERYTHING was rebuilt or new... sold it in 01, when I purchased my 01 Silverado. I started to feel a little old driving it. Lots of young kids asking me why I was driving my kids truck.. You can see my new truck in the pic of my Maristar in my driveway you downloaded for me....

08-08-2004, 10:07 AM

Never let em make you feel old.. Just ask them why they are driving dads truck

betsy&david Harrison
08-11-2004, 12:55 PM
I refuse to show a photo of the disgrace that we use to launch my "baby" with. It is a beat up 'ol ranch truck...chevy...blue and white..just like my boat. Luckily it only tows it to the launch ramp...200ft away from our home. Pretty pitiful though. :eek:

08-11-2004, 01:00 PM
Ok Betsy n David now I think you have got to show it:wavey:

east tx skier
08-11-2004, 02:29 PM
Nothing wrong with that. Matilda towed our boat faithfully for a couple of years before we bought the Expedition.

betsy&david Harrison
08-11-2004, 02:52 PM
I'll have to get a pic of the "Beast" as I call it. Matilda looks pretty snazy compared to the Beast. I'll get one this weekend when we are at the lake. I'll even have a pic of the boat tow'n behind it for you. Just to clue you in..the rabbits have chewed on the plug wires, major dents and rust and best of all, the spiders have taken over the inside. I do not go near it! :D Betsy

east tx skier
08-11-2004, 03:02 PM
She was snazzy to be sure, but at 6,200 lbs GCW and sporting an AMC 360 with a 2 barrel motorcraft carb, you could watch the gas guage fall, even without the boat in tow. We're talkin' 10 mpg in the city without the boat hooked up. Couldn't beat the shag carpet though.

betsy&david Harrison
08-11-2004, 03:09 PM
Yep lovin the shag...deep matted blue on the beast. Smokes up a storm too. B

08-14-2004, 07:55 PM
Rick, That Tristar looks like it rides rough, very rough ;)

lakes Rick
08-14-2004, 08:19 PM
Hey Mitch, I knew that would catch your eye.... Proof I did own a "bucking bronco"

Had a guy contact me with an email, after reading my posts on the TriStars off this site.... After his test run in the boat, he agreed with me, but was going to buy the boat anyway......

08-14-2004, 11:03 PM
Hey Rick,

Is that your son's truck? :uglyhamme

lakes Rick
08-15-2004, 01:06 AM
Actually some guy flew out from Michigan and bought it in 02... Not sure what it is doing now......

betsy&david Harrison
08-16-2004, 12:10 PM
Ok...here is the Beast. Equipped with cracked windshield that you can't see in the photos.

betsy&david Harrison
08-16-2004, 12:14 PM
We really do launch the MC with this thing.

08-16-2004, 12:25 PM
The people on this board are just looking at the boat, they don't worry about the truck!

River Rat
08-16-2004, 12:38 PM
My babyÖ. 1999 3/4 ton 4x4 suburban pulling a 1998 PS 205 Sammy Duvall. 120K and still going strong. (Knock on wood)

Ok I have to back up and figure out how to make my photo smaller!!

08-16-2004, 01:33 PM
my new tow vehicle :eek:

08-16-2004, 02:33 PM
Betsy n David

Looks like it will do the trick

betsy&david Harrison
08-16-2004, 09:04 PM
If Hub wants me to launch the boat its got to be done with a clean machine. Hey, it was 110+ degrees the other day out there. Water was in the 90's. Yuck! Back to the truck..try getting into the thing in that weather...the windows are stuck in up position too so no air coming in. If I'm out by myself, I run for a neighbors truck. I'm not stupid! :steering:

lakes Rick
08-16-2004, 11:45 PM
Betsy if you are that close to the water why not rig up a tow ball on a lawn tractor to make it easier?? Just my :twocents:

betsy&david Harrison
08-17-2004, 01:51 PM
Guess I'd have to start looking for an old lawn tractor. We don't have a big yard to mow. Just to use it to launch. When the Beast dies for good I'll suggest it. Great idea :dance:

08-17-2004, 01:52 PM
What color is your S&S? Nevermind, I think I see it in your profile. Blue.
Very nice!

betsy&david Harrison
08-17-2004, 01:56 PM
Blue metalic flake. It was love at first site. Made David sell the 87 PS with Powerslot so I could have it. Best investment yet. It has the softest wake ever. Not great for training for tourneys though. It doesn't prepare you for the jolt other boats wakes can dish out.

08-17-2004, 02:06 PM
It does have a great wake. I have a question, there is a tail at about 20-22 off range. It doesn't bother me, I usually ski at 25 off and that is just in front of the tail. Have you had any complaints about the tail? it seemed to get worse when I added the 4 blade. As far as the wakes go, I know it's tough accelerating through the first wake when it bumps you. The ski can come out of the water. This wake definately does not jolt you.

08-17-2004, 02:45 PM

Will that baby do 88 mph and put off 121 Jigawatts?

08-17-2004, 06:28 PM
Actually, it was 1.21 jigawatts, and that only the flux capacitor.

08-17-2004, 07:09 PM
My Mazda, of course....

Ok so right about now you are probably thinking; "how well can a 2.2l 4cyl pull a 2500lb boat.!?!" Well I took care of that problem.. :D

08-17-2004, 08:17 PM
:uglyhamme Dude...

Is that a HEMI:uglyhamme

08-19-2004, 12:14 PM
:uglyhamme Dude...

Is that a HEMI:uglyhamme

Nope, but this is :D



'03 Dodge 2500 4x4 Quad cab w/ my '91 ProStar

08-25-2004, 06:19 AM
Not only do I pull my MC with this gem - I also pull the dock with it!

1969 Chevy C50 with a Clark Forklift welded on the back.

We mainly use it to pull the mobile homes out of the flood plain onto higher ground.

This baby has a 305 running on all 7 cylinders.
Rochester 2 barrell carb single pumper!
Two speed rear and Vaccume assisted brakes.
No power steering availble - sorry.
Wipers don't work, neither do the headlights.
Heater - nope - that's what the motor is for.
AC - well... just drive with the driver's side door open (passenger's side is welded shut).
The Gas tank is a 5 gallon outboard gas tank sitting in the tool box on the bed.
Did I mention we chopped 4' out of the frame to shorten it?

It's a Gem. And to think - someone donated the truck to us (motor not included - that was part of the customization process).

08-25-2004, 06:27 AM

You know what they say, "one mans trash is another one's treasure."

08-25-2004, 10:53 AM

Good looking truck (can't really see the boat). Do all the new 2500's come standard with 17" wheels? What part of VA are you located in?
Welcome aboard.

08-25-2004, 03:17 PM
Thanks! Not a great boat and truck pic...

17" wheels are standard on the 2500/3500, although I did opt for alloy upgrade (same diam.) It's been a comfortable daily driver which happens to tow the boat and my old jeep without breaking a sweat.

I'm located in Hanover Co. near Richmond.


08-25-2004, 03:22 PM

Where do you ski, on the James? I go up there now and again. A good friend is in the Virgina Powerboat Assoc. Club right on the James near Watkins Landing.

08-25-2004, 06:20 PM

In the past, we skiied quite a bit on the James. Nowadays I'm usually at Lake Anna or the Rappahanock River (not w/ my boat, as it's brackish water :eek: )

The James is a nice spot to go for a quick ski in the evening. Always smooth water to be found in one of the meanders which has been circumvented by a man-made channel. This would be on the lower James, below Richmond. Water quality isn't as nice as the upper James (Watkin's landing), but that's the price you pay for glass... ;)


08-26-2004, 12:30 PM
Great to see other Richmond area people here! We need to get together. We live in Chesterfield and usually ski/board Lake Chesdin as it is only 15 min away. We do have access to the upper James but have not gone there this season. Have not been up to Lake Anna either but do go down to Lake Gaston some. I can be reached at:

[email protected]
C. 804.370.9700


08-26-2004, 11:56 PM
94, Jeep Grand Cherokee but I wish I had the boat engine in it.

08-26-2004, 11:58 PM
But I wish this engine was in the jeep

08-27-2004, 09:08 AM

I'm all for getting together sometime. Can't count the times I've wanted to hit the water for a quick ski/ride and couldn't stir up a friend or two to drive/observe.

I'll shoot you an email.


east tx skier
08-27-2004, 11:54 AM
Wish my engine looked that clean, Bret. My brother in law just upgraded his 95 Grand Cherokee with a 6 cylinder to an 04 GC with the V-8. He's a fan of his improved towing capacity.

betsy&david Harrison
08-30-2004, 06:21 PM
Steveo137 Yea, the rooster at 22 off is a good one. If you are on edge going through the wake it is no big deal. If you are the type of skier that gets popped forward at the wake..best stay back and practice your form. Betsy

08-30-2004, 06:26 PM
That engine is ready for the show! Nice looking, and if you had it in the Jeep what engine would be left for the MC?

betsy&david Harrison
08-30-2004, 06:26 PM
I'm in trouble with the Beast now boys. My husband baught a new toy. He bought a blower and blew all the creepy crawlies out of the cab. Now I don't have an excuse to launch the boat. Sh.. :eek3:

08-30-2004, 06:29 PM
Go for it Betsy:headbang:

08-31-2004, 03:40 PM
Hey, been away for a couple of days, just checked in. Thanks for the compliments on the engine; 418 hrs, it doesn't due much joy riding, just skiing. I clean it but the thing I do that I think does it is after skiing early in the morning, when the boat's back in the lift - I raise the engine cover and leave it, to get all the heat out of there. Come back in the afternoon, lower it and cover it up.

09-02-2004, 04:10 PM
Here is my tractor :D


09-02-2004, 04:17 PM
Nice rig.....

09-23-2004, 11:32 PM
my '02



09-23-2004, 11:46 PM
Since I saw another Land Cruiser enthusiast on the board:

River Rat
10-01-2004, 01:57 PM
1999 3/4 ton 4x4 suburban with a 454.

River Rat
10-01-2004, 01:57 PM
1999 3/4 ton 4x4 suburban with a 454.
Forgot my pict.

10-13-2004, 02:15 PM
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel 4x4 (which is for sale if anyone's interested).

10-13-2004, 02:28 PM
2004 Dodge Durango 4x4

10-13-2004, 07:02 PM
2000 Tacoma V6 TRD towing package...It gets the job done, but I will have to admit the boat gives a better pull. Just upgraded from the '85 S&S to a '91 PS190.

SD190EVO, love the cruiser. I have been looking for a fixer/upper for the last couple of years.

10-13-2004, 09:52 PM
Well I gotta get my truck in here... 1992 Bronco. 185,000 miles on it and still going strong. Drove this sucker to Alaska and back from Boston via Key West Florida. See http://home.comcast.net/%7Estf351/Alaska/

I hoping to do that again with my to be wife when I'm done with school (again) in the spring. Though this next time I'm not going to be living in the back of the Bronco. I'm going to get a camper. Since 40,000 miles is a bit far to pull the boat can I count on some pulls from folks around the country? I'll buy the first tank of gas.

10-13-2004, 10:27 PM

If you are near North, MS anytime you've got a ride. Maybe you can make a documentary about it..."Skiing for Eduaction"

You get the idea. I'll leave the name up to you.

10-14-2004, 02:36 AM

10-14-2004, 06:09 AM
If you get to the intersection of Interstate 81 & interstate 70 in Maryland, I'd be glad to give you a pull & give you a place to put your camper for a few nights.

Come on down!:friday:

10-14-2004, 07:37 AM
If you get to the intersection of Interstate 81 & interstate 70 in Maryland, I'd be glad to give you a pull & give you a place to put your camper for a few nights.

Come on down!:friday:

I'm at I-77 and I-20 in Columbia, SC. No place to park a camper, but I'd be glad to give you a few pulls. Always lookin' for a third.

10-14-2004, 09:20 AM
Middle Tennessee here... Plenty of space for a camper and I would be glad to give you a pull on Tims Ford Lake.

10-14-2004, 09:46 AM
2004 GMC Denali XL 320HP in the front and 330HP in the rear. Load leveling suppension is a great feature on this ride.

10-14-2004, 12:42 PM
Nice rigs :toast:

10-14-2004, 12:44 PM
2004 GMC Denali XL 320HP in the front and 330HP in the rear. Load leveling suppension is a great feature on this ride.

My in-laws have an '03 Denali XL that looks identical. Those are very nice rigs indeed.

10-14-2004, 12:45 PM
I like how white that truck is smitty. looks like corvette white or something in that pic.

10-14-2004, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. White looks great when its clean. Hard to keep clean though. Its hard to see but I added a red pin stripe to break up the white. The truck rides better than most cars I've driven.

10-14-2004, 01:04 PM
A 2003 white Chevy Trailerblazer LT. This thing is a towing machine for its size.

10-14-2004, 02:37 PM
Thanks gang! We're going to turn next summer into a roving MC get-together!

10-14-2004, 02:39 PM
You'll have to make plans for the Southern Reunion (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?p=13889#post13889) ... We just need to decide on a time and place.

10-14-2004, 03:07 PM
I just got it about a month ago. You can't beat 600 lb ft. of torque and 325 horsepower.

10-26-2004, 11:50 PM
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel 4x4 (which is for sale if anyone's interested).

SOLD! Listed in Truck Trader last Tuesday, buyer called on Wednesday, he drove it on Thursday and said he'd take it. Guess I'll have to crank the John Deere.

10-27-2004, 10:22 AM
Nice truck natty!! :headbang: Iíve been looking at the 4 door trucks as I have been getting some complaints from the ski crew when we take my extended cab. I told the wife Iím looking for a new truck because the kids are getting bigger but sheís got my number:D

Congrats cap