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SunCoast 83
02-05-2008, 11:31 AM
My friend and I are attempting to get his 1985 Ski Nautique running and "lake-worthy" again. The boat has not run in about 3.5 years. It has been stored outside, under a boat cover. Here is what we are going to do;

*Drain the fuel tank, new gas, and fuel stabilzer
*Oil Change
*New Oil Filter
*New battery
*Run boat for about 5 hours? and change oil & filter again.

I think he has a rebuilt Holley 4 barrel that we are going to install. I believe its a Ford 350. Is there anything else we need to do, or look at for a boat that has been dormant for this long?............:confused:

Thanks,
Jay

drbesvold1
02-05-2008, 11:33 AM
My friend and I are attempting to get his 1985 Ski Nautique running and "lake-worthy" again. The boat has not run in about 3.5 years. It has been stored outside, under a boat cover. Here is what we are going to do;

*Drain the fuel tank, new gas, and fuel stabilzer
*Oil Change
*New Oil Filter
*New battery
*Run boat for about 5 hours? and change oil & filter again.

I think he has a rebuilt Holley 4 barrel that we are going to install. I believe its a Ford 350. Is there anything else we need to do, or look at for a boat that has been dormant for this long?............:confused:

Thanks,
Jay make sure you change the trani fluid as well and the spark plugs and wires as well

flipper
02-05-2008, 11:38 AM
I would go down these lists, plus the stuff you listed.
http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=103139&postcount=6

stuartmcnair
02-05-2008, 11:38 AM
I would change out all of the coolant hoses, the impeller and the fuel filters

Ben
02-05-2008, 11:39 AM
I'd change the fuel filter and fuel/water separator (if equipped). Also pull the plugs & shoot oil in there prior to firing (fogging oil may be best as it will coat the cylinder walls better). Or, if plugs look bad, replace them.

Also, make sure the drain plug is in. Good luck, don't forget your ski.

sk8salomon
02-05-2008, 12:50 PM
I would change out all of the coolant hoses, the impeller and the fuel filters

yeah, i'd pack a spare impeller or change out the old one. those dryrotten impeller vanes will break off for sure!

06' X-2 R8R H8R
02-05-2008, 12:51 PM
I'd buy a MASTERCRAFT......

flipper
02-05-2008, 12:53 PM
I'd buy a MASTERCRAFT......


That too!!!

Sodar
02-05-2008, 12:54 PM
Run some carb/fuel system cleaner through it. Hopefully he put a little bit of stabilizer in the fuel or drained the carb bowls... could get a little nasty after 3+ years.

Good Luck! Typically these motors are pretty bulletproof as long as they are put away in a decent fashion....

kjohnson
02-05-2008, 02:12 PM
I would trade it in on a Mastercraft.

H20skeefreek
02-05-2008, 02:17 PM
I'd buy a MASTERCRAFT......
I was waiting for that one......

Muttley
02-05-2008, 03:11 PM
After 3 1/2 years, I'd squirt a little oil down the cylinders before starting it up.

SunCoast 83
02-05-2008, 03:34 PM
I'd buy a MASTERCRAFT......


:D The logical choice!! It always fixes any problems with a CC.

Leroy
02-05-2008, 04:29 PM
Rotor and distributor cap when you change out the wires and plugs....

Jerseydave
02-05-2008, 07:39 PM
Before start-up, I would remove all spark plug and spray WD-40 heavily into each cylinder, re-install old plugs, GROUND-OUT the coil wire and crank engine over for about 20 seconds (no more than that or you could overheat the starter) This should put a good coating of lube on the cylinder walls.

Replace plugs with new ones, hook everything up and start it. DON'T rev engine, let it idle for a while to reach operating temp. (of course you will need the boat in the water or at least a water source hooked-up to engine)

Check ignition dwell and timing, then you should be good to go.

Oh, you may want to install a new t-stat first.

DBR
02-05-2008, 07:45 PM
Why the rebuilt carb. Make sure it is marine type. You can't put an automotive carb. on a boat. Alll the other stuff too.

learjet2230
02-05-2008, 07:47 PM
Check the fuel vent
Add a "1" to the 350 if it is a Ford.....Its a 351
Would not be suprized if your starter Bendix drive is frozen. Dont be suprised if the starter doesn't engage on the first several attempts!
Give it to me as a donation for under-privilaged city kids that have never water skied:D

And oh yea, put the plug in!!!

east tx skier
02-05-2008, 08:16 PM
In addition to the helpful advice above, you might also check out www.correctcraftfan.com. Those guys know their way around the older CCs.