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Old 03-11-2015, 10:45 AM
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1990 Mastercraft Prostar 190 - New to me

Picked up a 1990 Prostar 190 from a co-worker / friend. It's got the 351 with the 1.5:1 Powerslot and ~1200hrs on it. Been talking to him about it forever, but needed to agree on a price. Boat's been sitting since 2007 in the elements (his job, family, and other interest have taken up his time), needless to say it needs A LOT of TLC but he did say it ran great when he parked it 8 years ago (he wouldn't lie to me). Pics below are when I first looked at it 1 1/2 years ago sitting on his friends property (still looks the same).. A couple months ago he finally made me an offer I couldn't refuse so I picked it up. Just sold my pontoon boat last weekend so now've given myself permission to start diving into this project.

My immediate plan is to make sure it runs strong and take care of running gear issues before tackling cosmetics. I'll clean it out and give it a good bath, but don't want to deal with buffing / wetsanding or interior until I know it's "vitals" are healthy.

That's why I'm turning to you guys. What would you replace, flush, service, etc. before even firing it up (or taking it out).

I know it's gonna be a long haul, but I love these old mastercrafts and am hoping to bring this one back from the dead.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:48 AM
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Good project boat.

Keep us posted w/pics.

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Old 03-11-2015, 11:09 AM
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Sorry for the bad formatting, still trying to get used to the Forum.
Thanks for the kind words Aquaman. I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:16 AM
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http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=65219
Give this a read, should answer most all questions.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:56 AM
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Good project boat.

Keep us posted w/pics.

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Thanks aquaman. I'm hoping it looks worst then it actually is. Luckily the weather is fairly forgiving in my area year round or else it'd likely be in much worst shape. I'll keep the pictures coming along the way.


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http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=65219
Give this a read, should answer most all questions.
Thanks Paco, that's exactly the kind of tutorial I was looking for.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:44 AM
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I've got the same boat, just a year older. Yours actually looks like it's in a little better shape than mine when I got it, at least as far as the interior. Just go slow, check/change what you can- plugs, wires, cap, rotor, points, all the usual tuneup stuff. Good plan to change out the oil, trans fluid, check/clean battery, starter electrical contacts.
Enjoy the ride!!
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:08 PM
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Progress...

Wanted to get it cleaned up before I started really "working" on it. Forgot to get some "true" before pictures. It had ~6" of pine needles covering the entire boat.

Still not where I want it to be cleanliness wise. But it's a starting point. Next up is getting it fired up for the first time since 2007.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:28 PM
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One of Kyles Custom Cup Holders and black sunbrella replacement fabric on that bimini top sure would do wonders for it cosmetically!

Nice boat btw!
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:11 PM
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One of Kyles Custom Cup Holders and black sunbrella replacement fabric on that bimini top sure would do wonders for it cosmetically!

Nice boat btw!
Thanks RiverRat. It could use one of Kyles cup holders. The bimini is actually in great shape. Cleaned it with the pressure washer and threw the cover/boot in the washing machine. It's not perfect, but there's A LOT of other cosmetic things I'll be focusing on before I tackle that.

I'm so impressed with the durability of the sunbrella fabric it's making me think it's time to bite the bullett and order a new sunbrella boat cover (found one for ~$411 delivered) since it'll be stored outside for a while. But wanted to make sure it runs good before I do that.

I'll be ordering some 303 cleaner and protectant soon and finish cleaning up the interior. As well as a buffer with different cutting compounds and waxes to restore the shine.

This weekend was about getting it "clean enough" so I can start my mechanical work without feeling disgusted everytime I get in the boat.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:31 PM
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Looks good so far.
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