Posted 16 September 2007 - 08:02 AM
Well first off, if it's a small block Chevy, you can rebuild the entire motor for so cheap, it's not worth risking it to try and just "get it running." Unless you know for sure it ran okay before you got it. 77 or 79, doesn't make a difference either. Same motor. Did the boat come with any maintenance log? Or was it sitting for a while before you picked it up? A few things to check and double check during your rebuild.out drive seals are the #1 cause of I/O's sinking.non marine carburator is #1 reason for boat fires. Make sure it is the proper carb.replace ALL of the plumbing hoses. everything from the bait tank to the wash down if it has them.open up your hatches and give a good look at as much of your stringers as possible. Your Skipjack has wood stringers, not composite, so obviously look for any cracks or bubbling under the gel coat.pull and lube all of your steering cables and throttle cables.I'm sure you have a great boat there, just don't be in too much of a hurry to get it in the water. This season's about to an end, so that should give you a good 9 months before you HAVE to have it in the water. After it's all said and done, be sure to have a qualified boat mechanic give her a once over and no matter what the records might say, replace your impeller and have the outdrive serviced. And for God sake, don't go out on the water without vessel assist.