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    1980 Sleekcraft project

    Hello all;

    Picked up this Sleekcraft and trailer for $800 (looks like the boat and trailer are going to be the cheapest part of the rebuild).
    Looking forward to sharing with you all the process of putting her back in the water. Looks like its been on
    land (trailer) since 2001. Came with a 460 ford (no idea when the engine ran last) and Panther jet. Solid floor and engine stringers are rock hard.

    Have the engine out and removed all the rat turds. Only found one spot of rot, which was under the ski pylon. I'm planning
    on sanding down the gel coat and repainting it.

    Is it best to rebuild the engine or just by a reman? Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

    Killer hull, in my opinion looks like you scored! Keep us updated on the progress.
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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

    You have a very nice restorable hull with the desired plant. The "SST" or non tunell hull moniker should be on the starboard transom of the boat. Its there! Its not a tunnel but a beautiful water eating bitch ready to go again, let us help!
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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

    Quote Originally Posted by "THE ADVOCATE" View Post
    You have a very nice restorable hull with the desired plant. The "SST" or non tunell hull moniker should be on the starboard transom of the boat. Its there! Its not a tunnel but a beautiful water eating bitch ready to go again, let us help!
    Thanks;
    Could use some advice on getting the panther drive out of the boat. I've removed every bolt I can see, tried lifting the drive a little with the engine hoist (was pretty good at only lifting the boat off the trailer) Any ideas on what to try next?Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

    I can’t help you there, but I like how you are digging in and getting to work on it!

    enjoy and welcome aboard!
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    as long as you look good doing it.

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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

    Quote Originally Posted by azjimbob View Post
    Hello all;

    Picked up this Sleekcraft and trailer for $800 (looks like the boat and trailer are going to be the cheapest part of the rebuild).
    Looking forward to sharing with you all the process of putting her back in the water. Looks like its been on
    land (trailer) since 2001. Came with a 460 ford (no idea when the engine ran last) and Panther jet. Solid floor and engine stringers are rock hard.

    Have the engine out and removed all the rat turds. Only found one spot of rot, which was under the ski pylon. I'm planning
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    I got tired of sanding the hull and still can't remove the Panther drive yet so I decided take a break and to look into the engine. Click image for larger version. 

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    Was very interesting getting it on the Harbor Freight 2000# stand. (It required lifting the stand up to the engine to be able slide the mounting plate onto the stand, because the legs on
    the stand won't go between the legs of the engine hoist)

    Good news is that the engine had oil in it (very clear color) And it freely cranked.
    Also found I have a D00e-9425-C intake (dam thing weighs at least 50#)
    The heads are DV3E-A2A.
    Both are un-molested and look to be in good condition.

    Bad news
    Found leak.

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    Re: 1980 Sleekcraft project

    Working continues:

    Removed all the guages, and steering wheel.
    Not sure if any of the guages work so I'm planning on replacing them all.

    Will also replace the fuel senders in both saddle gas tanks.
    (nned to get them cleaned up and pressured tested to make sure they are ok to use

    Still can't get the Panther off the boat. I separated the drive
    (found a nice dead spider) Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

    Have sanded the entire top of the boat, and now am filling a few chips lefts
    and the holes left from the rivets that held the rub rail on.

    Net week well try my hand at some fiberglass on the area where the ski pylon was
    and will add some fiberglass and wood to the engine cover to reinforce it.

    Just to let you all know that this is the first boat I've owned, but am loving it
    and looking forward to seeing it on the water.
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    I donít know Panthers but Berks are glued in pretty damn well. It took a lot of cutting (Fein or dremel multi tool helps) and prying. Then some more cutting and prying. Eventually something started to give and things got a lot easier. Once you reinstall yours youíll see why they are so hard to get out. Lots of 5200 to seal the housing to the hull and it is some tough stuff.
    Keep up the good work!

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