Last weekend my wife and I picked up a 1990 Maristar 240 SC project. In it's current state is a minimally functional fiberglass and rotted vinyl contraption in desperate need of some TLC. Tomorrow will be the first full day of decent weather I have to actually dive into this monster and see how much more than I had originally thought needs to be done. As of now this is what I do know:
1. 351w Indmar motor idled, but would die with any throttling. I have the holley renew kit to rebuild the carbs and the carbs are off. After pulling the carbs I saw more rust in intake manifold than I would have liked so I removed that as well for a little parts wash.
2. Velvet Drive 1.52:1 is being lubricated by pepto. Tomorrow it comes out and thanks to this forum I have seen a couple of ideas for how to get that beast off the motor. Fortunately a buddy runs a transmission shop full of guys with boats. I can't complain about the price given for the rebuild. I know some of you have been able to replace the cooler and flush the trans several times with success, but seriously, this thing is 23 yrs. old and the price is too good not to just have it totally rebuilt.
3. Interior is trashed both the carpet and the vinyl. I will post some pictures tomorrow. My wife has decided that she is game for an attempt at tackling this project.
4. Like the majority of these boats I have been able to find it has been cursed with the miami vice green color. We are looking into options to rectify this, but so far it looks like we can get a vinyl wrap to cover the stripe for about $300-400 installed. Not a full wrap obviously but enough to bring this old monstercraft into the current decade. Once again not a bad deal.
5. The sliding door is actually in reasonably decent shape... minus the locking hardware that seems to be missing a piece or 5. If you have any ideas of how I might be able to get my hands on replacement hardware, or some other fix please let me know. If not, I am not too worried about this at the moment.
6. Electrical seems to be in decent shape other than the stereo and I am pretty sure the bilge pump or wiring is shot, not a big deal who need one of those anyway.
7. I have not spent a whole lot of time looking, but I can not seem to figure out how to get the vinyl panels off the inside of the gunwales. I have to assume there are screws accessed from inside the storage compartments, hopefully that will be more obvious tomorrow.
8.My fuel tank needs some help. I have about a 1/2 tank of fuel in it, but have no idea if it has been stabilized or how long it has been in there. Sadly I am afraid that I will be disposing of roughly 22 gallons of liquid gold in order to clean out the tank. I also see that my fuel pickup hose has deteriorated and that someone monkeyed with the Al fittings and cross threaded them. While I have all the interior out I might as well replace the fuel lines as well. I am basically of the mindset at this point that I do not want to have to tear this thing down like this again for a while, so I might as well replace anything that is or looks worn that is not easily accessible. Once weather gets good I would much rather be in it on the water than in it trying to fix this weeks problem.
9. I will be asking for lots of input, suggestions, opinions, help, and encouragement. And beer.
Thanks in advance for your input!