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08-13-2013, 12:31 PM
hi was wondering does any one know anything about my boat i think its a 1980 s&s with a 5.7 ford winsor engine any info on the model would be great as i'm looking to do some light resto on it so was looking for some interior bits and pieces

08-13-2013, 12:36 PM
Welcome to Team Talk. You have a great looking boat, and there are quite a few people on here with Stars & Stripes boats with all the info you could need. Ask virtually any question and someone here is likely to have the answer.

08-13-2013, 12:42 PM
thanks it looks better from a distance however it runs great just needs a bit of sprucing up so i was looking for some bits like an original decal set (as you will probably able to tell the pvevious owner put some pretty appaling ones on) a new wheel and somes dash switches if anyone can help oh and a origianal cover would be nice

08-13-2013, 12:44 PM
The 351W (Windsor, as in originally made in Windsor, Ontario across the river from Detroit) is a 5.8 liter engine, not 5.7. The 5.7 is the Chevy 350.

I don't remember who was the marinizer for the Mastercrafts then, but if it was PCM, you can find a copy of the engine manual here (http://www.correctcraftfan.com/reference/) at the CCfan website.

The 351W is a great engine and found in the majority of the inboards from this era. Parts are readily available. There are several bolt-on performance upgrades as well. You can get a better alternator, starter, and coil for pretty good prices. One thing that is tough to come by and expensive is the Oil Pan.... so take good care of it!

08-13-2013, 12:46 PM
thanks for that jeff

08-13-2013, 12:50 PM
That would have a PCM engine in it.

Really nice decal sets are available from Jim at Bay Area Watersports in Florida.

By a new wheel, are you referring to a new steering wheel?

Dash switches shouldn't be a problem. Do you have the push/pull style?

08-13-2013, 12:53 PM
yes new steering wheel preferabaly a genuine one and the switches are push pull type

08-13-2013, 12:56 PM
Not sure where you would find a genuine wheel unless you got one from a boat that was being parted out. Most guys that are replacing steering wheels, me included, have purchased Grant Marine steering wheels and the necessary adapter.


08-13-2013, 01:02 PM
just looked the classic series wheels look good i think i might invest in one of those also is there a spruce up kit for the dash as the laminate wood effect is looking a bit worse for wear

08-13-2013, 01:07 PM
Replacing the adhesive vinyl on the dash is easy enough. Removing the gauges and getting them wired properly again is the tough part. Take lots of pictures.

The vinyl is available from a local sigh shop.

Same thing on the switches. Any decent marine shop should have those or be able to order them.

08-13-2013, 01:12 PM
cool thanks
also one other thing when accelerating it sometimes feels like the drive is slipping any ideas?

08-13-2013, 01:20 PM
Check your transmission fluid level. If it is low it can slip. Also check for a brown look (instead of redish) or for a burned smell. If you haven't replaced it in the last year, I would remove the fluid and refill.

08-13-2013, 02:05 PM
Edit: Saw the tube was attached at the lower eye, not the top of the pylon. Nevermind! Welcome to TT!

08-13-2013, 08:43 PM
Welcome to TT, VERY cool boat! I love the colors! I must tell you, you will NEVER be finished with your project..its always something you need to replace, sand, buff, clean, restore, Welcome to the club!

08-14-2013, 04:20 AM
tell me about it, although i dont see the problem attaching the tube to the lower eye any ideas
plus has any one else seen one in the same colours as mine?

08-14-2013, 10:18 AM
No problem at all attaching the tube to the lower attachment point.

08-14-2013, 10:52 AM
thought not

08-14-2013, 10:57 AM
is there any body on here from england because ive looked for a forum in england and there isnt one its a shame really because the lake i run on is predominatley mastercraft including pro stars tri stars x5's

08-14-2013, 11:12 AM
There are a few. Got HERE (http://www.communitywalk.com/teamtalk_members/map/1558430) for a map with three guys showing.

08-14-2013, 11:33 AM
does any one know of any other s&s the same colour as mine silver with a blue metal flake band i've looked in england but no joy i dont know if its a standard colour or a bespoke or special edition