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  • 1989 Prostar 190 Restoration since 6-2007

    A little over a year ago I started on a project rebuild. I found this 1989 Prostar with only 350 hours that had been neglected and abused. When the previous owner quit using it they parked it back behind a building and left it there (with the PLUG IN THE BOAT). For 4 years it sat and nothing happened with it until I came along and wanted to fix it back up and get it back to running again. This is what I started with..........




  • #2
    How Is Re Restore Coming? Any Newer Pics? What Have You Gotten Done So Far?

    Jay

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    • #3
      That's the most unique birdbath I've ever seen...or koi pond. Seriously, previous owner need to be beaten. On the other hand, you've got a great project on your hands. A Magic Eraser and some 303 and you'll be back on the lake skiing in no time. Oh, wait, don't forget the StarBrite!! Let's see some progress pics!!
      1989 Tristar 190 - Indmar 351, 250HP, 1:1, 580 hours

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      • #4
        Pulled all the interior out and cleaned up the carpets and let it air out for almost a month... The smell was astounding !!!!! Used a pressure washer and alot of elbow to get the interior and carpet cleaned.

        The engine is basically a new engine... it has 360 hours on it. I know the boat and the previous owner so I know that for many years it was taken care of. Just in the last years their kids grew up and moved away so there was no need for the boat that much.

        Had been working on getting the starter replaced and the alternator and of course all of the "major" parts to get the motor checked out to see if it would even turn over. After 6 months of really just tinkering with it I did get it to turn over. Had to get a new ignition switch and WOW it was really good to actually see the engine turning over. Had to replace most hoses and the blower and pulled as many parts to get cleaned as I could. I have replaced plugs, cap, rotor, wires, and gotten as much of the rusty items gone as I could find. I have owned 4 other Mastercraft boats (1985 S&S, 2 1988 190's, and a 1990) and actually going through this rebuild has made me really appreciate this boat above and beyond the others for sure. I guess you can say this is by far my favorite boat.

        MORE TO COME ........

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        • #5
          I can't believe the plug was left in....Other than the rust on the engine, I would have expected much worse. The carpet and upholstery really don't look that bad. Does she turn over? I'm really curious about that engine.

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          • #6
            Keep us posted on the progress!
            Always Happy.......Never Satisfied


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            41 Mastercrafts and counting

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            • #7
              hope we can see some "cleaned up" pics soon. the condition of that boat in the pics above is just depressing.

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              • #8
                Yes it is VERY DEPRESSING !!!!! I am going through all of the pictures from the past year and pulling them now.

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                • #9
                  You have to believe that the trans is full of water. There is an air vent on top of the trans case which was fully submerged for apparantly a long time.

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                  • #10
                    Actually there wasn't water in the trans ?? I have already gone through the whole boat at this point and the boat is running. I put it in the water this past weekend to check it out and it runs like a new boat. I have had to do alot of fixing and repairing and rebuilding and replacing but it runs just fine. When I got it all put back together about the only problem I had was adjusting the carberator and the smell of the carbon that had built up on the pistons.... ran it for almost 9 hours and there was ALOT of smoke at first and I have changed the oil 6 times to make sure there was no junk in the oil but so good so far. Have pulled several skiers also and no ill effects on the engine or the trans so far !!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jimmauburn View Post
                      Pulled all the interior out and cleaned up the carpets and let it air out for almost a month... The smell was astounding !!!!! Used a pressure washer and alot of elbow to get the interior and carpet cleaned.

                      The engine is basically a new engine... it has 360 hours on it. I know the boat and the previous owner so I know that for many years it was taken care of. Just in the last years their kids grew up and moved away so there was no need for the boat that much.

                      Had been working on getting the starter replaced and the alternator and of course all of the "major" parts to get the motor checked out to see if it would even turn over. After 6 months of really just tinkering with it I did get it to turn over. Had to get a new ignition switch and WOW it was really good to actually see the engine turning over. Had to replace most hoses and the blower and pulled as many parts to get cleaned as I could. I have replaced plugs, cap, rotor, wires, and gotten as much of the rusty items gone as I could find. I have owned 4 other Mastercraft boats (1985 S&S, 2 1988 190's, and a 1990) and actually going through this rebuild has made me really appreciate this boat above and beyond the others for sure. I guess you can say this is by far my favorite boat.

                      MORE TO COME ........
                      Maybe the picture does not show it that good but how on earth does that dash look that good after being out it the weather that long. Specifically the trim bezel around the switches?

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                      • #12
                        Well the bezels were both in decent shape other than some slight cracking and all of the switches were good except for the blower switch and the bilge switch, those both had to be replaced. Believe it or not the carpet was salvagable..... alot of clorox bleach (diluted) and some jomax to kill the mold and mildew worked wonders. I will have more pics soon of the interior and the boat in the water finally.

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                        • #13
                          Shame

                          It is a shame that someone would let a great boat get in that condition. They could have sold it for a decent price prior to storing it out back.
                          Love my boat, hate my trailer.

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                          • #14
                            Unbelievable, it's a miracle it cranked, much less ran. Please continue to bring it back from the dead!
                            Charter Member Number 1

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jimmauburn View Post
                              Actually there wasn't water in the trans ?? I have already gone through the whole boat at this point and the boat is running. I put it in the water this past weekend to check it out and it runs like a new boat. I have had to do alot of fixing and repairing and rebuilding and replacing but it runs just fine. When I got it all put back together about the only problem I had was adjusting the carberator and the smell of the carbon that had built up on the pistons.... ran it for almost 9 hours and there was ALOT of smoke at first and I have changed the oil 6 times to make sure there was no junk in the oil but so good so far. Have pulled several skiers also and no ill effects on the engine or the trans so far !!!
                              A great sign of the durability of MC you can neglect them for years and still run the course after it's been submerged all that time. Can't wait to see the finished product

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