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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13808752 12/16/20 06:56 PM
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Outstanding job! I had one of those back in the late 70's. It was my first bass boat and I really enjoyed it.

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Re: Modern version restoration of a 53 year old Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13808999 12/16/20 09:27 PM
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Re: Modern version restoration of a 53 year old Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13809113 12/16/20 10:55 PM
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A difficult job well done. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Modern version restoration of a 53 year old Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13809226 12/17/20 12:30 AM
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great job........is that a 50 hp johnson motor?..

Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13809239 12/17/20 12:38 AM
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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: beartrap] #13809253 12/17/20 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by beartrap
great job........is that a 50 hp johnson motor?..

Yes. That’s what it’s rated for on the manufacturer serial number plate. Was surprised but googled it and came up with a pic of the Starcraft specs for that year and it is 50 hp rated. Handles quite well with almost no steering torque.

Thanks to all for the compliments. It’s been a fun project.



Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13809427 12/17/20 03:00 AM
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That's a real beauty.

I have many fond memories of my old '67 Super Skeeter that would make a good project when I retire.
Assuming I could find one.



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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13810112 12/17/20 06:07 PM
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Awesome job. I am an old car guy, so I like to see old stuff revived and restored!

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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13810540 12/18/20 01:20 AM
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Outstanding job! coolphotos cheers

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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13810827 12/18/20 11:51 AM
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Awesome boat! We met on Hawkins back in October, you offered to tow my yak against the headwind if I needed thumb


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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13811051 12/18/20 03:06 PM
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Brings back good memories. My first "bass boat" was an Ouchita with stick steering and a 55 Johnson. Caught a lot of fish out of that little boat.

Very nice job on yours!


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Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13811248 12/18/20 05:10 PM
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Great job! You brought it back to life. What product/process did you use to remove the oxidation and restore the shine?



JAlfred,

3M makes multiple refinishing products for projects like this. You want to use the one with the least amount of abrasives necessary to "take off" the oxidation which naturally occurs over the years depending on use, UV exposure, indoor or outdoor storage and other factors. I bought three different 3M products, tested each on a small area on the transom and went with the one below because it did the least color removal while bringing back some shine. The before and after pic is without waxing, just the 3M product.

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Believe I got the 3M bottles at Academy. Applied the Restorer with a small orbital sander with a terry cloth polishing cloth which is attached onto the velcro polishing surface. In the next few weeks plan to apply some "Pro-Tec Sealant" to finish the "waxing" process. For boat applications it lasts longer than traditional waxes.

MDM, thanks for taking the time to share this info with me. Now I just need to gin up some of your work ethic to tackle my (much smaller) project.

Re: Modern version restoration of a vintage Starcraft aluminum boat [Re: MDM] #13811261 12/18/20 05:21 PM
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Love restoration stories and photo, very cool. Congrats.


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