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Old 06-18-2018, 10:54 PM
MasterCraft187 MasterCraft187 is offline
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Boat: 1998 Mastercraft Maristar LT1
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1998 Maristar LT1 Engine Harness

Hi Guys,
I own a 1998 maristar. Had the LT1 vette motor in it. My boat was stolen and among other things they took the engine completely out. Just the engine everthing else still in place, including the mounts. Heres my question. Finding a used marinized engine with the marine wiring harness will be dam near impossible. Is there a place I can buy the engine harness for my maristar? Couldn't find it on MC parts. I can find a complete engine for cheap out of a wrecked Camaro/firebird relatively easy and put the appropriate marine parts on but anyone know if you could retrofit the automotive harness?
If someone has a complete bobtail I would be interested. Any input would be great. Really just want to get my boat in the water this summer again. Thanks guys!

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Old 06-20-2018, 11:05 AM
gotta_ski gotta_ski is offline
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Boat: 1998 Prostar 190 LT-1
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I'd go complete crate engine since you're essentially starting from scratch. Fuel injected 350, something like this:

The price hurts, but it's turnkey ready. You could go carb'ed and end up cheaper, but if you can swing it I'd go fuel injection all the way. Could be on the water in a couple weeks.

Is insurance not covering your loss?
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:47 AM
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^^ Agree! There are many options for engines. I for one would take advantage of the opportunity of upping your power. Your year's LT1 was rated at 340hp. Did they take the transmission too?

1998 MariStar 225VRS, 350ci LT1

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Old 06-22-2018, 07:49 PM
MasterCraft187 MasterCraft187 is offline
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Insurance took care of it yes. They were “nice” enough to leave the transmission lol but you guys are right Fuel injection is the way to go. I just picked up a 350 mag mpi low hour bobtail Only has a few seasons on it. Glad I spent more and went away from a carbureted motor. Will be here this weekend.
Any comments for you guys who have retrofitting a new engine in your boat? Wiring harness adapter? Etc? Any input appreciated!

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