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    Posted: 03/08/2012 at 10:02pm
This is my 64 Correct Craft American Skier. I bought the boat 7 years ago. Been a work in progress.
first time in her new home...


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engine is a Falcon 170CI/6 banger. She runs, but needs some work..
 
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she needed some stringer work and a new floor...
 
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New floor installed.. started to remove YEARS of scale build up..
 
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another new floor pic....
 
 
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original blue interior with carpeted side... dont cut it!
 
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Red with white inserts.. new upholstered side panels..thats a little better!...
 
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thought I was done?
not quite..the "rattle-can" rebuild of the motor did NOT make her run any better.. head had three cracks....
 
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Replaced the head with a 1978 / 200CI head. Lots of machine work, porting, new valves, springs, etc..
 
Polished the original aluminum exhaust manifold, custom made stainless steel carb adapter elbow, and a little chrome does wonders!
 
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Very interesting and some very nice work.  Thumbs Up  What's the length and beam on her??
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With a "toe-heal" gas pedal and a floor shifter....This is a fun little cruiser!
 
 
 
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riding of into the sunset....


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Originally posted by adakops adakops wrote:

Very interesting and some very nice work.  Thumbs Up  What's the length and beam on her??
 
thanks... she is 16 feet long with a beam a little over 5 feet.
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Great lookin' rebuild. Thumbs Up I had a 1967 Wellcraft 16'er I rebuilt too. Sure is satisfying to bring the old ones back..  

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    I love it ,great job on the rebuild Clap  There is just some thing about those old direct drive boats that I love. The floor shift and foot throttle make it even better in my book ! Have you towed with it at all since the rebuild ? Again great work !!!
 
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Rick,
What does the Wellcraft have for power?   (btw.. a couple of pics up, in the background is my daughter and son-in-laws's 58 Crownline... I kinda got them hooked on the "oldies")
Old inboards (mainly Correct Crafts) are my real passion. I have 5 or 6 of them around. I'm also working on a 62 Correct Craft Classic with a 312 Thunderbird engine and a wooden Higgins with a 327 AMC/Hudson power.
 
Here is a pic of the Classic ...


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Originally posted by Liquid Asset Liquid Asset wrote:

I love it ,great job on the rebuild Clap There is just some thing about those old direct drive boats that I love. The floor shift and foot throttle make it even better in my book ! Have you towed with it at all since the rebuild ? Again great work !!!
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 Thanks for all the compliments.. Yes we do ski behind her, altho she "aint very fast" . It will run in the mid 30's..  I just about didn't buy the 64 because of the 6 banger. All my boats have always had V8's..  NO WAY was I going to run a 6!!!!  Funny... It actually has become our favorite ride. We can go out for 3 hours on 5 gallons of gas and that old six with straight exhaust has a sound all her own!Big smile
 
I'm am doing some work on the 312 right now... definitley a better "puller"... heres a pic of it right after pulling it from the hull.
 


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Sweet looking boat...I'd like to have one of those as a side project, looks like a nicely restored hot rod!
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Originally posted by Mrtoler Mrtoler wrote:

looks like a nicely restored hot rod!
 
You know, you just jarred an old memory - I was thinking of it more like a 52 Cadillac with the tall fins and super smooth ride and built like a tank. Big smile  I was a sucker for the old cars with tall fins and thought it was so cool to open the tail light to access the gas tank cap.
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I seen an old boat sitting in a yard awhile back kinda like the one in the pics above, I'm not sure of the make/model or anything about it except it had the tail fins on the stern like your talking about on the 52 caddy! It's a sweet looking boat from the road but not sure how much work it would need...I'm not even sure my skill level can tackle that kinda boat, pontoons are pretty basic knowledge on rebuilding I guess that's why mine is turning out pretty good!
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With a little looking, these old boats can be bought pretty reasonable.
 
A couple of the biggest problems are:
1)finding mechanical parts for a marine conversion engine that hasnt been made for almost 50 years,
and
2) finding someone to work on them.  
So, you end up learning how to do most things yourself. Most mechanics dont have a clue what these even are.....the arrangements are pretty weird.  In this case, even tho the 6 banger itself is the same basic thing that was used in the Falcon, it is a flywheel forward setup... the motor is actually setting in the hull backwards.  If you look closely, the belt is driven off a pully mounted to the flywheel, which is exposed.  The 312 in the Classic is a conventional flywheel aft setup, but it rotates backwards of an auto engine.
 
One thing for sure... they are a blast to drive!
 
 
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I LIKE THAT !!!!! GREAT JOB,,,, What does the Higgins look like??? Is it a Higgins made in New Orleans, the people that made the landing crafts
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Originally posted by kartracer28 kartracer28 wrote:

I LIKE THAT !!!!! GREAT JOB,,,, What does the Higgins look like??? Is it a Higgins made in New Orleans, the people that made the landing crafts
Yes it was made by them.   After the war they started making pleasure boats. They are very rare... only around 200 or so are known to exist today. Did you know the Higgins boats are plywood?  Most were painted.  A few had stained decks, but the sides were painted. I have the only Higgins we know of that is completely stained, other than a paint stripe on the sides.
 
I bought my Higgins 8 or 9 years ago. It is the Port Royal model and was an estate find. It had been sitting in a garage for over 25 years, so it is in pretty good condition. I am replacing a bit of the top rear deck because of rot, but the rest of the hull is pretty solid. I completely stripped the boat to bare wood and have it restained with 8 coats of varnish on it , 4 more to follow.
 
The boat originally came with a 135(hp)/ 250CI Graymarine engine. I found a 188 /327 Gray, which would have been an option. That is currently setting in the hull but needs to be hooked up.
 
This is a pic of the boat when I first had it in the water...
 


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Here is apic of the boat when I was installing the 188..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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this is a pic of the deck before I stripped it..
 


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How could you not love a dash / steering wheel like this?
 
 
btw... notice its a LH steer?  most boats are RH.
 
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Thought  I'd thro in a pic of the day we re-stained the boat..
 
 
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