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roush611
04-15-2013, 06:28 PM
I am picking up a 1983 Stars and Stripes friday that has been sitting for 10 or so years. I have been told that there is still gas in the tank and I have no idea how much. What is the best plan of attack for this? Put a bunch of additive in and have several fuel filters available? Syphon gas out? Any help would be appreciated. I will post pictures of the boat once I get my grimy hand on it. Should be a fun project.

02ProstarSammyD
04-15-2013, 06:28 PM
thats full dump territory imho

mikeg205
04-15-2013, 06:30 PM
I am picking up a 1983 Stars and Stripes friday that has been sitting for 10 or so years. I have been told that there is still gas in the tank and I have no idea how much. What is the best plan of attack for this? Put a bunch of additive in and have several fuel filters available? Syphon gas out? Any help would be appreciated. I will post pictures of the boat once I get my grimy hand on it. Should be a fun project.

Get rid of it... siphon it out and dump it.

roush611
04-15-2013, 06:37 PM
That is what I was leaning towards. Thanks for the opinions. Now I just have to hope there is not all that much gas in the darn thing.

thatsmrmastercraft
04-15-2013, 06:50 PM
In MN the county run hazardous waste collection center accepts it. I would assume you must have a similar agency in your side of the country.

f925
04-15-2013, 06:59 PM
Typically i would call it lawnmower gas, at this point empty it. Might consider pulling the tank for a full clean as well.


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thatsmrmastercraft
04-15-2013, 07:39 PM
I would definitely dispose of 10 year old gas, as well as do a thorough cleaning of the tank and replacement of the fuel tank to fuel pump line.

03geetee
04-15-2013, 07:45 PM
Bon fire.

JTR

mikeg205
04-15-2013, 10:50 PM
After 10 years the tank will have all sorts of varnish and particulates in the bottom of the tank... time for a fish boil... but a careful fish boil.. ;)

Lumbergh
04-16-2013, 01:25 AM
Siphon and dispose. Clean tank if possible.

SSMoose
04-16-2013, 12:23 PM
I wouldn't run that gas in my lawn mower even. Dump it, clean the tank, replace fuel lines all the way to the carb, new filter, the whole nine yards. The last thing you want is to get on the water to have fun and get towed back to the dock when the engine quits.

thatsmrmastercraft
04-16-2013, 02:13 PM
The carb is going to need to be rebuilt as well. It will be full of varnish. If you go that route and don't want to do the work yourself, I might know a guy......

roush611
04-16-2013, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the replies. I have decided to syphon the gas and pull the tank this weekend. I will also be attacking all the fuel lines as well.

Mrmastercraft I will not be tackling rebuilding myself. Any insight as to where I can get that bad boy rebuilt would be great.

strad
04-16-2013, 05:53 PM
I wouldn't run that gas in my lawn mower even. Dump it, clean the tank, replace fuel lines all the way to the carb, new filter, the whole nine yards. The last thing you want is to get on the water to have fun and get towed back to the dock when the engine quits.

yup, my lawnmower is nearly impossible to start and runs terrible with even a few months' old gas in it. If I have a small amount of old gas, I dump it into the truck (or the boat ;)). And by small I mean a gallon or less, and it's not ten years old -- more like six months. Any more than that and you've gotta just dispose of it.

edit: oh, and op, I bought my 84 SS last September probably within a few miles of where you live, in Pleasanton. If you were looking on clist back then you may have seen it -- it had had a prop strike.

roush611
04-16-2013, 08:19 PM
yup, my lawnmower is nearly impossible to start and runs terrible with even a few months' old gas in it. If I have a small amount of old gas, I dump it into the truck (or the boat ;)). And by small I mean a gallon or less, and it's not ten years old -- more like six months. Any more than that and you've gotta just dispose of it.

edit: oh, and op, I bought my 84 SS last September probably within a few miles of where you live, in Pleasanton. If you were looking on clist back then you may have seen it -- it had had a prop strike.

Thats awesome. I was born, bread and raised in Pleasanton. I actually was not looking at all in the past or present. This opportunity presented itself and I could not pass it up. Even got the OK from the wife ha ha. I will make a thread friday once I pick the thing up and get some pictures.


Also, are there any good resources for the location of the fuel lines and stuff. The web is not really providing much help...

strad
04-17-2013, 11:17 AM
Yeah. They run down the bilge center up next to the port side muffler. Pull the rear seat out, get the motor box out of the way, pull the screws from that center rear floor section, then pull the section forward and then lift the front edge up. To get full access, remove the gas tank cover (behind the rear seat). Fuel line is all there easy to get to. You'll love working on this boat. ;-)

milkmania
04-17-2013, 12:18 PM
empty it, store it and wait for..........

milkmania
04-17-2013, 12:21 PM
oh, and don't come in here telling us you just bought a boat without giving us pics! http://deephousepage.com/smilies/poundon.gif

:)

roush611
04-17-2013, 03:21 PM
oh, and don't come in here telling us you just bought a boat without giving us pics! http://deephousepage.com/smilies/poundon.gif

:)

Ha ha ha! Sorry I am picking it up Friday and will make a thread full of pictures then. The ones I have are no good.

thatsmrmastercraft
04-17-2013, 03:32 PM
C'mon man, you really need to throw us a bone. We are supposed to get 6 inches of snow tomorrow.

CruisinGA
04-17-2013, 04:21 PM
Mix it up with some used engine oil. Makes great campfire "hot sauce"

roush611
04-17-2013, 05:26 PM
Ok here is all I have...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/roush611/null_zps4f0db2cd.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/roush611/media/null_zps4f0db2cd.jpg.html)

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thatsmrmastercraft
04-17-2013, 06:21 PM
That doesn't look bad at all. Love red flake:love:

Looks like the same tandem trailer I have.

strad
04-17-2013, 06:24 PM
Interior looks ok too. Cosmetically doesn't look like a terrible amount of work to bring back.

roush611
04-17-2013, 07:47 PM
That doesn't look bad at all. Love red flake:love:

Looks like the same tandem trailer I have.

Interior looks ok too. Cosmetically doesn't look like a terrible amount of work to bring back.


The boat overall is in pretty good shape. The interior is perfect it just needs a good scrub and carpet clean. The exterior is alright. The only annoying part is the starboard side on the rail there is pretty good spider cracking along the top. Unfortunately that is going to be out of my budget for fixing at the moment. :( Other then that its just going to be refreshing the motor and detail work.