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SunCoast 83
01-02-2012, 09:04 PM
Has anyone here replaced their original AirGuides on a Stars & Stripes MC? I have the old originals that look like they came from the Bismarck and I wanted to upgrade to newer ones.

I have looked on EBay and Amazon and they have newer MC Speedometers, however do these hook up to the AirGuide tubes?

What updates have some of you gone with (Equip, Source, Install, Cost?)

Thanks for your help.:confused::D

03geetee
01-03-2012, 10:09 AM
Interested in this also before I go ahead and just restore them.

JTR

ski_king
01-03-2012, 10:25 AM
I replaced my old "on dash" speedometers with new "in dash" speedometers right before Airguide discontinued them.

There has a supplier on this site stating he can provide the "in dash" types. Not sure if anybody has bought any, the supplier is in Australia.

If mine were to crap out, I would probobly replace with a GPS unit.

SunCoast 83
01-04-2012, 09:12 AM
Thanks.
Do you have a name of the supplier or a website?

So the newer ones seen on EBay are not compatible?

Jetlag
01-04-2012, 12:11 PM
Thanks.
Do you have a name of the supplier or a website?

So the newer ones seen on EBay are not compatible?

http://www.airguide.com.au/

You could use some cheap 0-50 MPH pitot style speedometer untill you get them replaced.
pitot style speedometer (http://greatlakesskipper.com/product/2-review/3322-teleflex-marine-teleflex-hurricane-59641-boat-speedometer.html)

Slinkyredfoot
01-04-2012, 03:43 PM
If you would be interested in restoring your originals might check this place out.

http://www.classicboatwork.com/classicparts/gauges/restorations/restoration_gauge.html

thatsmrmastercraft
01-04-2012, 03:56 PM
If you would be interested in restoring your originals might check this place out.

http://www.classicboatwork.com/classicparts/gauges/restorations/restoration_gauge.html

They do beautiful work. I have spoken with those guys on numerous occasions. I haven't used their services yet, but have learned something every time I talk with them.

Slinkyredfoot
01-04-2012, 05:03 PM
They do beautiful work. I have spoken with those guys on numerous occasions. I haven't used their services yet, but have learned something every time I talk with them.

Yes I have as well. The guy was very informative when I had an issue with one of mine and walked me through what to do. Not sure how much a restore job costs but I would say it may not be real cheap but they make these speedos look and work like brand new.

TRBenj
01-04-2012, 05:32 PM
Yes I have as well. The guy was very informative when I had an issue with one of mine and walked me through what to do. Not sure how much a restore job costs but I would say it may not be real cheap but they make these speedos look and work like brand new.
I believe a functional repair is on the range of $75 (each). A cosmetic restoration is most likely 2-3x that. It would be far cheaper to replace the gauges, especially if youre not crazy about the look.

If you decide to replace them, Id be interested in your old ones!

SunCoast 83
01-04-2012, 07:57 PM
I believe a functional repair is on the range of $75 (each). A cosmetic restoration is most likely 2-3x that. It would be far cheaper to replace the gauges, especially if youre not crazy about the look.

If you decide to replace them, Id be interested in your old ones!


Yeah......not crazy about the look.
That was the only thing that I ever liked about a 1984 from a 1983. The wood grain dash and those huge chrome speedometers.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
01-04-2012, 10:15 PM
another place that restores gauges www.antiqueinstrument.com

ctjahn
01-05-2012, 06:56 AM
Can you just use an "off the shelf" pickup? They dont look like anything special to me? One of mine is cracked and looking pretty rough, thought about replacing them both.... (even though they work, its on the winter "to do" list).

cj

TRBenj
01-05-2012, 08:48 AM
The pitots from SkiDIM work well. The holes dont line up perfectly, but you can enlarge the holes on the plastic pitots so that you dont have to drill new holes in the boat. Supposedly the newer units arent as susceptible to picking up weeds.

Pitots at SkiDIM (http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=769B)

Id be interested in your old pitots as well, if you decide to scrap them.

ctjahn
01-05-2012, 09:11 AM
I will give it a try... If it goes well you can have the old ones.

Just ordered two.

Cj

TRBenj
01-05-2012, 09:36 AM
I will give it a try... If it goes well you can have the old ones.

Just ordered two.

Cj
:headbang:

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Slinkyredfoot
01-05-2012, 10:05 AM
The pitots from SkiDIM work well. The holes dont line up perfectly, but you can enlarge the holes on the plastic pitots so that you dont have to drill new holes in the boat. Supposedly the newer units arent as susceptible to picking up weeds.

Pitots at SkiDIM (http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=769B)

Id be interested in your old pitots as well, if you decide to scrap them.

This is correct. I bought two new pitots from ski dim and the new ones came with three mounting holes as opposed to two on the old ones. Instead of drilling a extra hole in the boat to mount them, I used a bench grinder and ground down the top of the new one to do away with the extra hole I would have to drill in the boat. The two side holes lined up.

ctjahn
01-05-2012, 12:36 PM
ANd I am glad you still have the fiberglass deck. I thought I was the only one (I personally like it)

cj

Cloaked
01-05-2012, 08:14 PM
ANd I am glad you still have the fiberglass deck. I thought I was the only one (I personally like it)

cjI had a glass platform on a 79, then later bought an 82 model with teak / slats. A noticable difference in the quietness that the glass platform provided. I'd take a glass platform over the wood any day.

Classic Boatworks
03-16-2012, 10:00 AM
I believe a functional repair is on the range of $75 (each). A cosmetic restoration is most likely 2-3x that. It would be far cheaper to replace the gauges, especially if youre not crazy about the look.

If you decide to replace them, Id be interested in your old ones!

I love this... change 'em but I am interested in your old ones! Me too! :D

orbeamlb
03-22-2012, 09:45 PM
The pitots from SkiDIM work well. The holes dont line up perfectly, but you can enlarge the holes on the plastic pitots so that you dont have to drill new holes in the boat. Supposedly the newer units arent as susceptible to picking up weeds.

Pitots at SkiDIM (http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=769B)

Id be interested in your old pitots as well, if you decide to scrap them.

Put two of these Pitots on my ProStar 200 and they work great. Very sturdy design.