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  • 1983 Stars & Stripes restoration project

    Hello from Australian Waterski Magazine. We just wanted to let the members of this forum know about a restoration we are doing on a 1983 Stars & Stripes, fitted with the original 351 PCM with PowerSlot option.
    The boat was in poor, non-running condition so we're looking to do a full restoration including new paint / gelcoat restore, new interior, running gear & trailer, involving some local businesses who advertise with us.
    Anyway, will post some pics of the hull / paint shortly as it has been completed.
    Here are the pics of the boat as we found it. The colour scheme will be white / dark blue (metal flake) rather than the double blue in these pics once complete.
    Interested to hear any views or thoughts.
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    Last edited by Australian Waterski Mag; 07-20-2012, 03:58 AM.

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    Looks great. On the edge of my seat waiting for more! Good luck!

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    • #3
      Welcome to Team Talk. Love to see another beauty brought back to life. Keep the pics coming.
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      • #4
        I'd be interested in what's left of that old ski mirror. Please email Keith at keith3613@tx.rr.com.

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          Is that an early '83 with wood stringers or a late model with the fiberglass system? Looking forward to your updates!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by keith3613 View Post
            I'd be interested in what's left of that old ski mirror. Please email Keith at keith3613@tx.rr.com.
            Don't mean to thread jack but, Shipping from australia gonna cost, east tx skier has one for sale in marketplace. A lot closer to home.
            http://www.mastercraft.com/market/sh...ct=4279&cat=14
            James

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            • #7
              Looking forward to hearing about your project, is there a web site where we can also follow along?

              Did a search believe this might be the link

              http://www.waterskimag.com.au/
              Last edited by rjracin240; 02-03-2012, 12:16 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by keith3613 View Post
                I'd be interested in what's left of that old ski mirror. Please email Keith at keith3613@tx.rr.com.
                Hi Kieth. I think we'll hang onto everything for the moment. Tom

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rjracin240 View Post
                  Looking forward to hearing about your project, is there a web site where we can also follow along?

                  Did a search believe this might be the link

                  http://www.waterskimag.com.au/
                  That's the correct link for our website. We haven't got anything online at the moment however. But will do as we start to make progress.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tph View Post
                    Is that an early '83 with wood stringers or a late model with the fiberglass system? Looking forward to your updates!
                    I'll get back to you on that. The boat might even be an 82 now I think of it. I'll check next time I see it. Floor feels pretty solid anyway, so hopefully stringers won't need to be replaced.

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                    • #11
                      Before you spend a lot of money on new gel coat/ paint you may wanna do a search in this forum on gelcoat restoration. A lot of times these old boats can be saved without trashing the OEM finish. Get with Jim@BAWS for the decals too.

                      This is Gunna be a looker.

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                        Originally posted by psychobilly View Post
                        Before you spend a lot of money on new gel coat/ paint you may wanna do a search in this forum on gelcoat restoration. A lot of times these old boats can be saved without trashing the OEM finish. Get with Jim@BAWS for the decals too.

                        This is Gunna be a looker.
                        I agree. The problem with that year boat can be a break down in the clear gel over the flake, but from the pictures that looks good.

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                        • #13
                          It is an 82 model, not 83 as I originally stated.
                          Just on the gelcoat / paint, we've already gone done the repaint path, and refurb the clear over the flake as it had broken down badly in patches. There were a number of deep scratches and some damage in the gelcoat as well. We had an experienced boat painter in Melbourne work on the hull. It was a bigger deal than any of us expected, but hopefully the results will be worth it. We'll be able to upload some shots hopefully this week. Here are some closer pics of how it arrived.
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                          • #14
                            Interior advice / photos

                            Just wondering if anyone has got any interior photos of a boat similar to this one. This is the look we'll be going for. So probably white seats with blue piping. Blue or grey carpet. But would love to see some more detail of how interior.
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                            • #15
                              Original interior

                              Originally posted by Australian Waterski Mag View Post
                              Just wondering if anyone has got any interior photos of a boat similar to this one. This is the look we'll be going for. So probably white seats with blue piping. Blue or grey carpet. But would love to see some more detail of how interior.
                              Here are some pictures of what your original interior probably looked like (different color):
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