View Full Version : New Owner! 1984 Stars and Stripes

07-13-2012, 12:31 PM
How's it going guys, just picked up my first MC last night which is an '84 Stars and Stripes!

Extremely happy with the condition, although it will be needing an interior in the next year or two!

I plan on doing some maintenance this next week before I drop it in the water so I just wanted to post up to see you guys normally do to freshen these up.

Plug wires looks brandnew but the plugs look extremely old so those will be replaced, does everyone stick to the Autolites?

I popped the cap off and that looks farely new but looking down in the distributor it seems like some moisture was getting in. I plan on ordering an electronic conversion kit so should I worry about the moisture or should I just try it up and make sure it's sealed properly?

Seems like the MC guys like the Pertronix kit and coil so I intend on using that kit!

I am thinking about rebuilding the carb as well so I wanted to see if you guys have any recommendations as to which rebuild kit to use and if the kits are different for the marine carbs.

Aside from that, it's a pretty solid boat. Ordering up some belts, impeller, etc.


Thanks in advance!

07-13-2012, 12:34 PM
wow, great looking mc! i always enjoyed skiing behind those when i was younger.

07-13-2012, 12:36 PM
Congrats on purchasing a beautiful boat and welcome to the family. I am happy with my Pertronix Ignitor II ignition and Flamethrower coil. They have a link on their site to input your distributor number and get the correct part number for you application. Go with the marine Holley rebuild kit. Power valve is different from the automotive application.

old blue
07-13-2012, 12:42 PM

Great boat. I just call Vince at ski dim.com

I put in the Mallory distributor when I rebuilt my motor, but had the petronix kit on the original. Great upgrade.

I'd check the fuel filter and replace it. I'd buy a new impeller just to have.

Congratulations I love these old boats.


07-13-2012, 12:58 PM

07-13-2012, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone, I'll definitely get some more pictures up once I get into it!

Should be ordering the parts today so hopefully I'll be at it next week.

07-13-2012, 01:36 PM
oil change, check bearings on trailer, check tires for cracks and proper pressure. check tranny fluid and likely change it. many things like the wires are not that expensive and if you do it then you know it is done and done right. check input to tranny cooler to make sure it is not clogged with anything like weeds from raw water pickup. nice boat and truck!

07-13-2012, 01:37 PM
Congrats and welcome! Nice boat you've got there. Other than what you're already doing and what was suggested, the only thing I can think of is to check the oil and tranny fluid and maybe have the altenator and starter tested and check the belt.

07-13-2012, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone, I'll definitely get some more pictures up once I get into it!

Should be ordering the parts today so hopefully I'll be at it next week.
How did she run on sea trials? (lake trials for most of you'all heh heh)

07-13-2012, 07:37 PM

love your pics.... :)

07-13-2012, 07:38 PM
Nice... love the mature ladies... :)

07-14-2012, 02:23 AM
Thanks again guys, I'll definitely be looking at everything mentioned!

Anyone have experience with these guys?

07-14-2012, 09:07 AM
Great looking boat another one saved.


07-14-2012, 11:43 AM
I got the auto lite plugs for mine at AutoZone really cheap. Auto light #24. Listen around the bell housing if it sounds clanky may be time for a damper plate. Clean out Speedo pickup with sturdy paper clip.

07-14-2012, 03:14 PM
Great first boat. What's your primary usage?

07-14-2012, 05:42 PM

07-14-2012, 10:04 PM
Pass on these guys. Recently I have read (including here) that they have not lived up to their promise of work nor stand behind their work.

Look, don't be cheap. Nothing about a boat is inexpensive, so get used to that concept. You'll get what you pay for on anything. Buy a new 4160 and be done with it. (spoken in a nice way)




Spoken like a boss!!! Heed the warning new carbs are a nice time if all other things are running properly, these can really make a nice improvement with minimal hassle.


07-14-2012, 11:47 PM
Great looking boat. Welcome to the MC Family

07-15-2012, 01:29 PM
Make sure you don't put the impeller in the wrong way..


07-15-2012, 01:49 PM
Thanks again guys, I'll see how she's running after plugs and a few other things.

Few more pics:

07-30-2012, 11:33 AM
I must say, she performed flawlessly this weekend!!!


07-30-2012, 02:08 PM
Nice!! I had one just like it!

07-30-2012, 02:08 PM
That is a very clean and well loved S&S. White bilge after all those years? Sweet.

The PO was definitely an MC OCD kinda guy.

07-30-2012, 04:25 PM
That is a very clean and well loved S&S. White bilge after all those years? Sweet.

The PO was definitely an MC OCD kinda guy.

Nice!! I had one just like it!

Thanks guys, definitely had a great time in it this weekend. It was howling!!!!!!!

It might of been yours at one point Willski! To my understanding it's been in IL since new.