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  • 1989 Tristar mini makeover on Busch Light budget

    I started out this off season with a few minor things to do,
    1) Seal leaks in rear of the boat around the exhaust flanges and speedo's and rub rail.
    2)Replace the decals and get the missing tristar decal
    3)Clean seats and get some quotes for possible replacements.

    that turned into alot more than I was planning on. When I winterized the boat I noticed one of the exhaust manifold drain plugs had pretty smooth threads and was worn out as was the inside of the exhaust. So I waited until I took it to a garage and had a guy look at it and he had new threads in a matter of minutes but they was not much meat left on the casting. So I decided to buy the easy drain kit from SKIDIM and never have to remove that hopefully getting a few more years of use..

    Received a few quotes for the interior--Keep in mind I did not have the means to get to viper for a complete redo and the local shops were all asking over $5000. for just a basic interior (no welting) that was noted on the quote as being (alot more) and no carpet included .
    So one intersting option I got was from a shop that does restoration of leather and vinyl. They gave me a quote that was right in line with what I was looking for. Repairing what they can and fixing the bad stitching and replacing what was needed. Still havent got the parts back yet will show you before and after once they are back.

    But while I had manifold off and almost all the vinyl out I had other things that I added to my to do list.
    4) Took out combings and the wood was brittle-replaced the the wood but kept the vinyl and put it all back together. (there is alot of staples wow)
    5)The removable floor piece between the windshield had felt soft - so I took it out and the wood inside was rotted had to scrape all the wood out and replace the lay over with several layers of fiberglass.
    6)took out the carpet because it was in pretty bad shape since I already had almost everything else out of the interior at this point. Ordered new carpet and currently in process of installing. While carpet was out had two spots under each front seat that needed to be fiber glassed, also fiber glassed all the screw holes that hold the seats and everything else down since they seemed to be larger than the screws are now. Sanded all the old glue off the floor and side walls (PITA) glad that is done.- Midnight Boat Carpeting (20oz)
    7) Since I had the manifold off one side I took exhaust flanges and speedo's off and reinstalled everything sealing and tightening all clamps.
    8)Got to install a new stereo and speakers nothing special but better then what was in there. (Dual stereo with speakers package deal)
    9) Took windshield off to replace the weather stripping, had several places where it was straight up missing. Polished the dash up nice and purdy while that was off.

    Still have alot of things to do will add them to the list and keep updating.
    Keep in mind these might not be the choices everyone might make as upgrades but I did not want to drop a bunch of money into a boat that I would never see back out of it if I ever decided to sell but I do intend to keep it for a year or two more until I can upgrade to a newer mastercraft. And all this work is stuff I have never attempted before or would have ever attempted with out Team Talk (gotta love this site) and it has kept me pretty busy this winter and will keep me busy for the next several weeks. Will attach some of the pictures tonight and the rest once I have them all sorted out and downloaded from the camera if I can find the cable.
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  • #2
    some of the progress pictures

    Here are some of the in process pictures.... Not sure exactly when I started all this
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    • #3
      some more in progress

      Think I am getting a hang of it now I will put what each picture is now.
      1) walk thru floor board with rotted wood
      2)old combing panels
      3)alot fo staples pulled from combing panels
      4 and 5) Holes in floor under each seat cleaned out and repaired
      6 and 7) floor and sides with all the glue after carpet removed
      8)cleaned scraped and sanded floor glue all removed
      9) holes repaired did some more finishing sanded smoother and such but didnt take final cleaned up pics
      More to come
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      • #4

        as promised
        1) Rounded drain plug
        2) quick drain plugs
        3)exhaust and speedos reinstalled minus flappers still cleaning them up before putting back on
        4)The new drain plg put back in or the part that I was worried about being able to catch a thread, hopefully I will not have to pull this off and save me from having to buy new manifolds for a few more years ( thought this was a pretty handy solution)
        5)Sealed the floor seams with some 3M 5200 black where it has some seperations
        6)Picture of the front end cleaned up a bit from what it looked like before.
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        • #5
          last for now

          Here are the last few I have loaded to the computer the others are in other cam or not downloaded yet or I have not taken them yet !!!
          1 and 2) Old carpet next to new carpet --Love the improvement
          3 and 4) walk thru floor piece carpet front and back.. Got a bit sloppy with the glue Opps
          5) Picture of the passenger side with the carpet laid down..Still have the drivers side to do and 2 of the center sections, front Vee section and the pieces under the dash board.

          So Since this is my last post for now feed back would be appreciated but be gentle.. I am pretty stoked and would hate to be bummed after ha ha ha..

          and I have a question for your opinion..Post # 1 Picture 1 and post # 2 picture # 5 the decal has been removed. It used to be red with a grey or silver outline..What do you suggest as a replacement decal? Would it look good with the black outline as the registration numbers like in Post 1 picture 5? Or any other suggestions for colors or just straight up red? Have Jim Baws waiting on me to give him the color scheme I want.

          Thanks for looking hope you enjoy..
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          • #6
            That looks like a lot of hard werk man! nice one! Keep the pics coming!!!


            • #7
              Wow. I am assuming that this was a fairly recent purchase and you are bringing her back to life. Keep up the good work.


              • #8
                Nice work.

                Like a tarbaby, one thing leads to another.

                It can be hard to fix others neglect.
                1991 ProStar / 351W with 1:1 Velvet Drive


                • #9
                  The floor on the left side of the engine is soft in my 1990 tristar. Im guessing just the wood under the carpet is rotten and needs replacing.


                  • #10
                    Really nice work so far. It looks like you are doing a good job of limiting yourself to repairing the necessary issues while keeping an eye on resale. This can be a difficult line to walk. Keep up the great work!
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                    • #11
                      wow! I have the interior out of my TriStar and will freight it to Viper ($330 shipping one way) to have the seats redone. They seem to know what they do and are priced way under my local upholstry shops. But after seeing the condition or your boat, mine is pristine! 22 years of indoor storage has helped a lot. Good luck on your project. Jim at BAWS can reproduce your decals if you want to keep the origial look.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by thatsmrmastercraft View Post
                        ...It looks like you are doing a good job of limiting yourself to repairing the necessary issues while keeping an eye on resale. This can be a difficult line to walk. Keep up the great work!
                        Sage advice. A true life lesson there!
                        1991 ProStar / 351W with 1:1 Velvet Drive


                        • #13
                          The pics are from the removable floor sections still need to do the cut outs but other than that they are good to go.
                          got the three removeable floor sections done and the driver side (no pics yet) almost done with the carept. Still have to do the front sections which should be easier once I have the floor pieces back in over the gas tank. Also spent some time cleaning off the gas tank it was a mess. And then I still have the panels that hide all the wires in front of the two forward seats but I think I need to do some glass work on them first.

                          Also want to *** a new swim deck may thinking of the same type, found some non slip matting like what is already on there for pretty cheap, might see how this one cleans up.

                          Picture # 2 See the exhaust hole fitting, Does anyone know what that is called or where to get a replacement? I have one that is pretty beat up if not too hard to find might get a replacement.

                          To answer when I got this boat- I got this boat Jan 2012. Was in pretty rough shape I guess but I thought the price was right until someone posted that tristar in Des Moines this week DOHHH...

                          12 more payments on my other boat and I may be looking for a upgrade mastercraft

                          I consider this my learn everything on boat.
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                          • #14

                            Guess I asked too soon found them.


                            • #15
                              Well done my man. I did almost exactly what you've done on my former TriStar. Your replacement carpet even looks exactly the same!
                              Great pics also to document your work. Keep 'em coming.

                              As for the side decal, I personally like the stock look with the gray shadowing.
                              Last edited by wheelerd; 02-02-2013, 01:08 AM.
                              2005 X2, Viper Red, MCX, Acme 1285, PPass, rear 750 sacs, KBS, IBS, Bennett Wake Plate
                              (previous) 2001 X5, 1991 TriStar 190