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Old 03-25-2013, 07:24 PM
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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.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:28 PM
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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.
I wish I had heard that clear coat advice when my intake was all clean and shiny.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:31 PM
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I wish I had heard that clear coat advice when my intake was all clean and shiny.
I learned the hard way, 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.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:37 PM
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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.
omg - no way...
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:49 PM
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I learned the hard way, 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.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:15 PM
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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.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:53 PM
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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?
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:29 PM
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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.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:33 PM
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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!
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:14 PM
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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.
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