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mondos829
06-25-2012, 11:24 AM
Hello,

I am new to teamtalk. I just purchased a 1976 Mastercraft Start and Stripes with the 255 GT from the original owner this past weekend for $1000. The motor was supposedly frozen, and there was no motor oil in the engine. But it turned out that there was only 3 quarts of oil in the pan so it was no showing up on the dipstick. As well the engine turned over fine after getting the plugs out.

I will post some photos later this evening, after I get the gas tank hooked back up. Please feel free to offer suggestions.

Were can I look for a canvas cover which will snap to the hull, and should the boat have a swim platform?

thatsmrmastercraft
06-25-2012, 11:31 AM
Congrats on a great purchase and welcome to Team Talk. I would change the oil and filter before starting it up. If it is three quarts low, it probably hasn't been changed in a while. I run 20W/50 Valvoline in my '77, but if this boat hasn't been run for a while, I would consider some less expensive 10W/40 until you have it up and running.

A snap-on cover will likely need to be custom made.

mondos829
06-25-2012, 11:39 AM
ok thanks. currently I just topped it off with another 2 qts and have all the old fuel filters and oil filters in place until I get the motor running.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-25-2012, 01:03 PM
Good luck with getting her fired up. Nothing quite like the first time you fire it up.

scott023
06-25-2012, 01:09 PM
Congrats. We need to see some pictures now. :D

501s
06-25-2012, 01:10 PM
Wouldn't you want to change all the filters/oil/plugs and everything before starting it up?

tim79mc
06-26-2012, 11:09 PM
I had a snap on cover for my 1979 and hated it. It fit great for the first season, but the canvas stretched and flopped all over. After year 1, I just used the cinch cords and tied at the bow when I hooked up the bow line. Much faster, just as secure and adjustable to the stretching cover.

btw, I also vacuumed the carpet and kept the cover propped up to keep moisture from under the cover. Covers can be worse than just leaving your boat open to the air...

SilviaMan
06-27-2012, 09:04 AM
Congrats on your purchase.
We all love to see pics! Keep us updated on how it goes getting her running. There is a lot of information here for you!

76S&S
06-27-2012, 09:31 AM
Pics.................

thatsmrmastercraft
06-27-2012, 10:26 AM
Pics.................

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

mondos829
06-27-2012, 10:54 AM
I have not had time to take photos yet. So far I have got the engine to start on either. However, last night I pulled the carb and broke it down to put in a carb cleaner bath. New impeller and fuel sending float come in the mail today.

The carberator is a holly 4 barrel, but is not a marine carb. Were automotive carbs ever used stock from the factory?

Also, any ideas for the best stereo possibilites (I will not be installing a tower)?

thatsmrmastercraft
06-27-2012, 11:03 AM
I have not had time to take photos yet. So far I have got the engine to start on either. However, last night I pulled the carb and broke it down to put in a carb cleaner bath. New impeller and fuel sending float come in the mail today.

The carberator is a holly 4 barrel, but is not a marine carb. Were automotive carbs ever used stock from the factory?

Also, any ideas for the best stereo possibilites (I will not be installing a tower)?

No. There are several features on a marine carb that makes them less of a fire hazard on a boat. Overflow tubes are bent to return fuel back to the throat of the carb in the event of a sunk/stuck float, no fuel level access plugs, special shaft seals to prevent fuel leaks, no fast idle capability to prevent unwanted acceleration when shifted into gear while the choke is still on.

Lumbergh
06-27-2012, 11:49 AM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/This_thread_is_worthless_without_pictures.jpg

Scottman
06-28-2012, 01:14 AM
I had a snap on cover for my 1979 and hated it. It fit great for the first season, but the canvas stretched and flopped all over. After year 1, I just used the cinch cords and tied at the bow when I hooked up the bow line. Much faster, just as secure and adjustable to the stretching cover.

btw, I also vacuumed the carpet and kept the cover propped up to keep moisture from under the cover. Covers can be worse than just leaving your boat open to the air...

Yep. I have a nice cover that came with the boat and I've never used it. It's barn kept, and I heard horror stories about cats and coons living under them so I've never bothered. Have never had a single problem besides a little dust.

blakehardesty
06-28-2012, 09:03 AM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/This_thread_is_worthless_without_pictures.jpg


now that a forgotten movie!!

mondos829
06-29-2012, 12:53 AM
Carb rebuilt, and motor is running.

damaged442
06-29-2012, 04:45 PM
Nice! Congrats on your new acquisition!!

h2oskifreak
06-29-2012, 05:09 PM
I have never seen a ladder like that on a ski boat. Seems like it wouldn't work well for slalom.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-29-2012, 05:12 PM
Great looking boat........looks pretty complete. Glad to hear you got it running. Not sure if I care for the ladder. Any history on where the ladder came from?

ctjahn
06-29-2012, 06:21 PM
I have seen them on old CorrectCrafts? Barracuda?

bailey78
06-29-2012, 06:45 PM
I agree , old correct craft!!!! Have seen many with that ladder!

Dylan
06-29-2012, 06:58 PM
Great looking boat, and that ladder is definitely unlike anything I've ever seen. Are the pitot ballast mounts originally in that location?

mondos829
07-01-2012, 01:39 AM
the boats stock as i know. trailer and boat registration were all original. older guy in his 80 sold it to me. he had 2 knees replaced. he said he was a ******* for letting it sit for 4 years

phickman
07-01-2012, 02:39 AM
She is a beauty, you will be amazed what a wet sanding, pin stripe and decals will do. As in my other post, trace that regional tow boat on wax paper and have that reproduced. The pitot pickups on the back are most likely original. The decals and stars are readily available. You just need the American Flag Shields. There are some Correct Craft ones available on ebay. I just finished up a 1972 sold in 1973 boat. Ditch the staircase on the back. Simple filling of the holes with gelcoat kit. LOL

mondos829
07-01-2012, 07:46 PM
can you please provide a link to the square flag decal I am having trouble locating anything on ebay

phickman
07-01-2012, 10:39 PM
not cheap but worth it for the proper look if you are purist like me.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CORRECT-CRAFT-DECALS-USA-FLAG-SHIELD-SKY-NAUTIQUE-/150372445965?hash=item2302e56f0d&item=150372445965&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr#ht_1294wt_922

phickman
07-01-2012, 10:43 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Classic-MasterCraft-Boat-Decals-6-x55-w-36-stars-/310343289092?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item4841e6c904&vxp=mtr#ht_737wt_1139


I used these...very good quality. Enough stars for the doghouse too with a couple left over.

phickman
07-01-2012, 10:50 PM
Also....Be uber careful when removing the windshield. There are a ton of small nuts that hold it on. There are some very obscure ones in the gunnels near the corner where it wraps around. If you don't take these out you will flex and crack the windshield. You will think you have them all out and you won't.

mondos829
07-02-2012, 10:59 AM
what should be the correct temp for a replacement thermostat?

Miss Rita
07-02-2012, 11:39 AM
160 degrees. Boats with raw water cooling use thermostats with lower rating than cars because the system isn't pressurized.

thatsmrmastercraft
07-02-2012, 11:43 AM
That should take the 143 degree thermostat. Not sure why they used such a low temp, but that is what most of the older boats take.

Give Jim at Bay Area Watersports BAWS a shout when you get ready for your vinyl graphics. He is known for the quality of the work he does.

http://www.bayareawatersports.com/

SilviaMan
07-02-2012, 02:11 PM
Love it! Not sure I love the ladder...
I agree with the 143 stat.
I ran into some road blocks with my 76 on the lettering. Does jim at BAWS have the old "curly" lettering? I was going to have it (re) made locally because I couldn't find it online.

TRBenj
07-02-2012, 05:27 PM
That ladder was used on Correct Crafts in the 70's. Ive got one on a '75 Mustang 17. Doesnt bother the slalom performance. I dont know if that ladder was a generic piece, or a previous owner borrowed it from a CC, but its definitely the same exact ladder.

thatsmrmastercraft
07-02-2012, 05:32 PM
That ladder was used on Correct Crafts in the 70's. Ive got one on a '75 Mustang 17. Doesnt bother the slalom performance. I dont know if that ladder was a generic piece, or a previous owner borrowed it from a CC, but its definitely the same exact ladder.

I don't think I have seen pics of this boat. :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

TRBenj
07-02-2012, 06:50 PM
Its hardly worth mentioning!

http://correctcraftfan.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=25907

thatsmrmastercraft
07-02-2012, 06:59 PM
Its hardly worth mentioning!

http://correctcraftfan.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=25907

Those were great boats in a smaller package.

mondos829
07-05-2012, 03:18 PM
Any sudjestions for a 4 blade prop? (size, pitch, brand?)

phickman
07-06-2012, 12:27 AM
Get the old girl sorted out mechanically and cosmetically first. Depends on what you are wanting to do with the boat. The stock props are good for many applications. I had an 86 with a three blade stock prop for example. It was great for slalom skiing. I put a 4 blade prop on it and it reshaped the wake for a less desirable wake and a more desirable wakeboard wake. It changed not only the shape, but also acceleration, and top speed. I am not a wakeboarder. I promptly went back to the stock 3 blade for slalom and put the 4 blade on the shelf and sold it later. Props are not cheap. Get the boat sorted out and dependable....then make sure you know what you are going to do primarily with the boat. I have owned Ski Nautiques and MC together and separately. TRBENJ who has posted on this thread knows props and has conducted tests that are documented on Correct Craft Fan. Listen to him on this when you know the primary use for the boat. Post pics of your progress.

mondos829
08-26-2012, 01:25 AM
she is alive. had her out today, first time ever driven a mastercraft. the boat screams. Hit hit 48 in chop all day. Skied a few hours. Photos and video tomarrow.

mondos829
08-28-2012, 11:07 AM
83490

phickman
09-01-2012, 03:14 AM
Don't trust the speedos for 48mph. You have a 1:1 transmission. Check your RPMs and download a gps phone app. and compare. Lower end of the 40s is more than likely the real number depending on your prop. Great to see you have her going. Does she have mufflers or just straight hoses? I know they transition somewhere in mid to late 1970's. Don't forget to be very careful if you pull the windshield for wet sanding and buffing. There are two small nuts in the corners and in the gunnels. You will think it is loose and crack it. Keep us posted.

thatsmrmastercraft
09-01-2012, 11:31 AM
1977 was the first year with mufflers. The Airguide speedometers are adjustable and need some fine tuning from time to time. Way easier now that everyone has a gps in their phone.