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freehugs
03-25-2013, 04:36 PM
Hello everybody.

I'm a super long-time lurker...

I bought a 1991 Prostar 190 a couple years ago as a project boat for $3,500.

The good news: the hull and gelcoat were in pretty good shape and it had a new transmission put in it only 2 seasons before and had been sparingly used since then.

The bad news:

Well, I'll give more details upon request but I'll let the pictures tell the story.

thatsmrmastercraft
03-25-2013, 04:42 PM
Welcome to the posting side of TT. Your pictures do tell of story of neglect by the previous owner. You must have been busy. The before pictures make the inside of your boat look worse than the inside of a New York Taxi. Would like to see more pics if you have them. Anything extra done when going through the engine?

Dylan
03-25-2013, 05:02 PM
Great looking boat externally. It almost looks like you had a fire in the engine... Is that the case?

freehugs
03-25-2013, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the words of welcome. I figured I've been through enough with this boat that I can contribute back with some of my experience.

The engine is a brand new 351 long block without a core exchange (still have the old block). The intake manifold was ruined. The only engine upgrade is the Edelbrock performer intake. Other than that, she's all stock. The tranny is the 1.52:1 model.

The motor and tranny are back in the boat. The interior is completely gutted. The side panels and rear seat literally fell apart while being removed.

I reconditioned the exhaust manifolds and risers, the cross brace for the ski pylon, and the steering system. The rear brackets and entire rudder assembly had to be taken apart and cleaned / greased. Had to replace all the zerk fittings. The pylon brace had several bolt ripped out on one side (were they trying to pull out a tree or something?!). I repaired this by drilling out and tapping the holes for the next size up bolt.

Along the way to rebuilding this boat, I got sidetracked with silly things like marriage and having a baby with my wife (the lady scooping crap out of the bilge in the pictures).

But here's the good news. I'm back on the project!

I have to glass in mounting points for the fuel tank, install the sending unit and fuel withdrawal tube, fuel line, fuel tank, carb, exhaust manifolds, alternator, and then all I have to do is point-to-point wire the entire electrical system! (piece of cake!). I'm hoping to actually start the engine sometime in April...and then I'll focus on the interior.

mikeg205
03-25-2013, 05:22 PM
Thanks for posts.... where did you pick up the motor? What the motors horsepower rated at... can I ask how much the engine was?

Thanks...

Table Rocker
03-25-2013, 05:26 PM
The hull and the new engine look great! Good luck with the project.

thatsmrmastercraft
03-25-2013, 05:44 PM
It looks like it must have sat uncovered and full of water at some point in it's life. Great transformation so far.

occva
03-25-2013, 05:50 PM
New engine looks great!

Any chance you want to sell the old valve covers?

freehugs
03-25-2013, 07:06 PM
@mikeg205

I got the motor from S&J engines in WA.

I talked to a couple different engine builders on the east coast, but these guys were $1,800 with the core charge and shipping. Seemed silly that the engine was shipping from Washington state all the way to Florida but they were super helpful and the price was right...(I just checked and their prices have gone up since then).

@mrmastercraft

It was filled with a combination of rainwater and sprinkler system water from a south florida well. Which means the water had a high iron content, hence the rust stains all over the boat. The line on the fuel tank is very telling of how much water was in it...

@occva

You probably wouldn't want the valve covers. I tried to reuse them, but after a light (and I mean light) media blasting, you could see through them in a couple spots (oops). They are currently acting as (poor) dust covers until I get the exhaust manifolds on.

mikeg205
03-25-2013, 07:16 PM
Outstanding!!!!... on the price... I will have to keep that one tucked away... :)

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
03-25-2013, 07:24 PM
Hello everybody.

I'm a super long-time lurker...

I bought a 1991 Prostar 190 a couple years ago as a project boat for $3,500.

The good news: the hull and gelcoat were in pretty good shape and it had a new transmission put in it only 2 seasons before and had been sparingly used since then.

The bad news:

Well, I'll give more details upon request but I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Looking good, just a word of advise, apply some clear coat to the intake manifold and the valve covers to prevent moisture from premature corrosion, just ask me how I know.:rolleyes:

thatsmrmastercraft
03-25-2013, 07:28 PM
Looking good, just a word of advise, apply some clear coat to the intake manifold and the valve covers to prevent moisture from premature corrosion, just ask me how I know.:rolleyes:

I wish I had heard that clear coat advice when my intake was all clean and shiny.http://www.fresh-hope.com/forums/images/smilies/tapping%20foot.gif

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
03-25-2013, 07:31 PM
I wish I had heard that clear coat advice when my intake was all clean and shiny.http://www.fresh-hope.com/forums/images/smilies/tapping%20foot.gif

I learned the hard way, :mad: thats why my intake manifold is now painted black with another new set of valve covers and I had my painter clear coat them. Well to be honest thats not the primary reason why I needed to change the valve covers a second time, but my first set did start to oxidize from just a few trips out, had to sand them lightly then clear coat.

mikeg205
03-25-2013, 07:37 PM
Looking good, just a word of advise, apply some clear coat to the intake manifold and the valve covers to prevent moisture from premature corrosion, just ask me how I know.:rolleyes:

omg - no way... ;)

thatsmrmastercraft
03-25-2013, 07:49 PM
I learned the hard way, :mad: thats why my intake manifold is now painted black with another new set of valve covers and I had my painter clear coat them. Well to be honest thats not the primary reason why I needed to change the valve covers a second time, but my first set did start to oxidize from just a few trips out, had to sand them lightly then clear coat.

Mine Intake still looks pretty good, but I really have to stay on top of it. At least when I do my valve covers I will know to clear them.

SWGA Boater
03-25-2013, 08:15 PM
Looks like a good project. I really like the red and white boats. Shame about the valve covers. I wish I could find a pair.

freehugs
03-27-2013, 12:53 PM
I'll have to shoot the valve covers with some clear before I put them on. Thanks for the heads-up.

I placed an order today on amazon for fuel tank hold-down straps, fuel sending unit and gasket, withdrawal tube, and some buna-n rubber to make a gasket out of for the hard plastic rectangle thing that the sending unit and withdrawal tube attach to (don't know what to call it?). Either way, I removed that whole assembly and couldn't find a replacement gasket from moeller, so I'm making my own.

Also ordering the fuel hose from skidim today. The fuel tank is a bit varnish-y even after trying to dissolve the crap in fresh gas. There are no 'chunks' or anything, so I'm planning on running 2 inline fuel filters before the fuel/water separator. Hopefully this keeps any crud from hitting the carb.

I'm also shopping for an alternator that costs less than the $211 from skidim. If anyone knows of a place that's got a better deal, let me know...

Sorry about the lack of pictures. I'm storing the boat in my parents' garage while I'm working on it, since it protects me from a deadly onslaught of mosquitos (for the most part), and haven't been out there with my camera. I should get some more pictures of what I'm working on this weekend.

Oh ya! Before I forget...

Does anyone know if there is a return fuel line on a 351w that is only using a mechanical fuel pump?

I do know for 100% certainty that there was not one on there when I got the boat. However, there was also an automotive carb, alternator, and starter...and the fuel tank mounting straps were 'improvised', suggesting that they had taken the fuel tank out before.

So does anyone know if that is necessary?

thatsmrmastercraft
03-27-2013, 01:29 PM
There will be a line from a nipple on the fuel pump to the flame arrestor in case the diaphragm ruptures. Often times this is a clear line.

Aric'sX15
03-27-2013, 01:33 PM
What the hell is wrong with people these days?! why cant people just take care of their stuff.
But, props to you! good luck with the progression!

freehugs
03-27-2013, 02:14 PM
There will be a line from a nipple on the fuel pump to the flame arrestor in case the diaphragm ruptures. Often times this is a clear line.


Thanks for the info, that makes perfect sense.

Bouyhead
03-27-2013, 08:43 PM
Someone scored a nice project boat and a great woman!!