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mike bohanan
02-10-2011, 04:36 PM
just purchased an 89 prostar 190 with the ford motor i believe its 260 hp.Are there any knocks on this year i should know about.electrical etc...
Thanks for the help
Mike B

CantRepeat
02-10-2011, 05:07 PM
Welcome to TT Mike. The 89s are pretty solid. Where in the southeast are you?

Covi
02-10-2011, 05:14 PM
just purchased an 89 prostar 190 with the ford motor i believe its 260 hp.Are there any knocks on this year i should know about.electrical etc...
Thanks for the help
Mike B

Welcome to TT. Congrats on the new boat! Are you sure you have a Ford and not the Chevy?

mike bohanan
02-10-2011, 05:19 PM
im located in ga .Im picking the boat up in marryville teen on sunday .The guy i spoke with said it was a ford 351 i believe.He worked for mastercraft for twenty years and has been servicing this boat for a friend for 8 years .Where are you located?

Willski
02-10-2011, 05:20 PM
Welcome. A lot of good info on here.

stewvette
02-10-2011, 05:22 PM
Ya those are nice boats. On my old one I had points ignition on the ford, gave me nothing but problems. Change the ignition if some one has not already done so. Great choice on a first boat congrats.

mike bohanan
02-10-2011, 05:33 PM
yeah he replaced the starter the carborator added a four blade prop.new decals after he buffed it.

thatsmrmastercraft
02-10-2011, 06:25 PM
Congrats on purchasing a great boat and welcome to the family Mike. Any pics? Sure expect to see some once you get it home.

gatorguy
02-10-2011, 06:35 PM
+1 on the need for pictures. Congrats on the new boat. Hopefully you have a chance to get it wet real soon. This is a hard time of year for those of us in the colder areas of the country.

SkiDog
02-10-2011, 06:40 PM
Great boat! I had an 87 & an 88 with the ford 351. Its got 240 HP.

03geetee
02-10-2011, 07:59 PM
Welcome!

JTR

SWeaver
02-10-2011, 08:11 PM
Chevy 350 is 260hp, Ford 351 is 240hp and was the more common base engine. Also Chevy 454 offered.

Table Rocker
02-10-2011, 08:17 PM
Distributor on the front of the intake manifold = Ford
Distributor on the rear of the intake manifold = GM

east tx skier
02-10-2011, 08:37 PM
Great boat. One great upgrade might be electronic ignition Congrats, and welcome!

mike bohanan
02-10-2011, 09:39 PM
He has done the electronic ignition.Has a thousand hours on it but hes been servicing it for years .Anybody got two thousand hours out of their mastercrafts?Oh and i need some wakeboarding lessons in atlanta.

east tx skier
02-10-2011, 10:07 PM
2,000 is supposedly the magic rebuild number. Some go longer; some not so much. I have talked to people that have exceeded that number. You have miles to go if it has been well maintained and will continue to be.

mike bohanan
02-10-2011, 11:18 PM
wow i new i chose the right brand ive been doing research by myself for four years.
Im very glad to be here

oldairboater
02-11-2011, 12:49 AM
I never knew what I was missing till I bought my 93 last year. I was looking underneath my boat cover today checking my heater. To explain the heater --my boat is covered and I drained all of the water through normal procedures. I am paranoid about freezing water so I have a ceramic blower heater warming the interior of the boat on freezing nights and a fan blowing air on warm days. I enjoy just looking at it after all the work. Welcome and enjoy.

aaron.
02-11-2011, 08:47 AM
enjoy your new toy dude!

Willski
02-11-2011, 09:00 AM
wow i new i chose the right brand ive been doing research by myself for four years.
Im very glad to be here

Yep. You made a good choice. I had an 84 for 13 years, then traded it last year on a 2007 Prostar 197. There was nothing wrong with my 84, just time to upgrade a little. I had 1660 hours on the old boat with the same engine as yours. The biggest thing I ever did was replace exhaust manifolds. Also had the same minor stuff, rebuilding the carb, replaced the points with electronic, and also had a starter go out.

TNPIG
02-11-2011, 09:13 AM
He has done the electronic ignition.Has a thousand hours on it but hes been servicing it for years .Anybody got two thousand hours out of their mastercrafts?Oh and i need some wakeboarding lessons in atlanta.

Are you taking it out for a spin before buying? Only reason I ask is because that's the only reason I haven't picked up and '84 S&S. I don't feel comfortable buying it without putting it in the water. I feel like I might cave this weekend when temperatures get to the 60's and sunny.

What do you guys suggest? Put it on the fake a lake? Take it to Mastercraft for a compression test? Wait until first of Spring so I won't have to re winterize it?

1985 Skiier
02-11-2011, 09:51 AM
Take it to the lake and rip it. Then get it in then winterize it and you will find projects to do on it for the rest of the winter to get it ready for spring. (my 2 cents.)

I had an 89 with the 454 for ten years. The wake was "big" compared to other years and the weight of the big motor did not help. The only problem I had was with the distributor. I installed a HEI billet distributor. $125.00 or so on ebay and it worked great, and a power valve. Other than that the boat was solid!

mike bohanan
02-11-2011, 11:57 AM
I Drive Anything Before I Buy It.i Dont Care If Its A Unicycle I Would Still Wanna Make Sure That One Wheel Works..

Jeff Lyman
02-11-2011, 12:43 PM
Mike, glad to have you here, you'll enjoy the information you will find just enter it in that search box. I became a member 3 months before I bought my boat off this site in 06. Great boats I have a 93 with a 351 Ford HO with almost 1800 hours. Not even close to needing a rebuild. We once did the math to convert hours into miles as with a car and take into consideration high average rpms etc. While I don't remember the exact numbers I think 2k hours equals about 80k miles car miles. We all no that's not rebuild ready at that. Also take into consideration we MC owners change our oil like we change our underwear! ENJOY!

03geetee
02-11-2011, 01:38 PM
2748 hours here on the old PCM 351 Windsor and the only hardware on the bottom end that has been changed is the timing chain at about 2300 hrs and it didnt fail just preventative.

Keep on enjoying it! My boat rarely sees past 4K RPM for more then 10-15 secs at a time just to be safe but other then that shes solid.

JTR

broncotw
02-11-2011, 02:07 PM
Hey Mike PLEASE post some photographs of your new boat once you acquire it -- if you have not already...... GREAT choice for your first boat....

mike bohanan
02-11-2011, 02:18 PM
will do i have been craving a mastercraft for years now.My daughter is seven and my labradore is ready for the water.Picking up the boat on the 25 pics to follow.Probably with an ear to ear grin!!Also all info or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

WAProstar
02-12-2011, 12:06 PM
Hey Mike,
I've also got an 89 with the 351w. Great boat! I've had no issues with the engine / tranny. I have only had to work on the dash gauges' wiring. Most of my gauges were not working when I bought the boat, but they are all working now. My boat sat unused for 2-3 years before I bought it and I believe that contributed to the issues I had with the gauges.
Anyway, enjoy the boat. And as others have said, can't wait for the pics!