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Old 06-23-2017, 02:54 PM
viffer93 viffer93 is offline
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1992 Prostar comes out of its coma

Hello All, Been snooping around here for about a month. Gathering pieces of information to get my latest project back in the water. So, Thank You! to everyone who has taken the time to post!

Long story short, I have been looking for a Prostar 190 for a long time. Not sure about other areas of the country but they are tough to find here in the Northeast and decent ones are never sold. Well sure enough a 1992 Prostar finally found us, it had been sitting in a garage for 5 years. The price was right to take the chance so we brought it home and took over the wife's spot in the garage immediately.

The boat, not having run in five years certainly was a risk but I just had a good feeling about it once I looked at. The upholstery was torn at the seams on 2 seats but the interior was in great shape overall. The Hull was in amazing condition no serious scratches, hull blisters, water stains or cracks and the gel coat was relatively unblemished (I have yet to buff and polish it). All the big things, prop strut, prop, prop shaft, cutlass bearings, throttle all checked out and the engine compartment was very clean. (The unverified story was this was a dealer boat that sat in the show room/warehouse and was never left in the water, again, unverified but the way the hull looks it is plausible)

I was hoping all would go as expected and we started to bring it back slowly. Working out some very rusted spark plugs, lubricating and hand turning the motor to make sure things checked out was the tough part. It is so tempting just to put a battery in it and fire that puppy up but damaging dry cylinder walls any more then they might be was not an option. We did this for about a week and then it was time to turn the motor over with the starter.

When we did there was a horrible racket.. like marbles in a tin can but the motor did turn over. A quick inspection revealed that the starter motor was shot, one new starter later and thankfully the ring gear was just fine and the motor turned over nice and smooth. Compression check was in spec and with that done, we knew we had a good motor and it was time to do what almost everyone else here has done..

- Pulled fuel tank, burned off some very very old gas, cleaned the tank, replace fuel lines and filters, new sending unit, new fuel pump, hard line and carb rebuild.
- Oil change
- New Raw water impeller
- New spark plugs
- Wired the bilge pump correctly and had to replace a new dash switch
- Rewired all the electrical connections (replaced the wire nuts, cleaned ground wires etc)
- Re-glassed the Silent Master and utilized Silicone exhaust connectors. Softer more flexible then the 3" exhaust hose, I expect the lack of flex with the hard 3" hose is why the Silent Masters Crack. (yes I will be replacing the "Egg" later but the budget only allowed for patching but it works just fine now)
- New packing in the stuffing box
- Through bolted the windscreen (super easy job if anyone has a loose windshield)
- etc etc etc - As I said most of what I did was documented.

Still to be done;

- Good wash, cut, buff and wax job
- Finish building a new teak ski platform
- Re-wire the trailer
- This winter I will re-do the seats and carpet.
- Proper cover

3 weeks later we finally took it out to the lake, it ran smooth and strong. No funny sounds or sputters it runs like a Prostar should is what I might say. There are some really nice older ski boats on our lake and it is cool to finally have one of my own.

So thank you to everyone who has shared some of their experiences and insight!

1st Picture is just as it came home
2nd Picture is the fuel burning off.. My neighbors were not thriled
3rd Picture is the manditory "My fuel filter was more dirty then yours"
4th Is the patched Silent Master with the new bellows.
5ht Picture was its madden voyage just after she was off the trailer for the 1st time in 5 years.
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:09 PM
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She's a beaut! Love the blue.
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:15 PM
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nice work
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Old 04-03-2018, 11:19 AM
viffer93 viffer93 is offline
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It has been a busy winter working on basic clean up items. Spent the winter working out the minor scratches on the hull through a good buff and polish. Detailed the engine, rebuilt all the side panels and interior completely redone and those parts are starting to come back.

Just have a deep cleaning on the carpet and install of a new radio and we should be good to go for summer
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Old 04-03-2018, 03:32 PM
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Very nice work. Definitely a labor of love.
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Old 04-03-2018, 05:23 PM
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Looks awesome! Congrats!
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:26 PM
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Looks good!!
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:45 AM
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great job its a labor of love.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:15 PM
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viffer93, Who did your upholstery work?
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Old 04-13-2018, 02:01 PM
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Great to see them come back to life!


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