Here's a few pic's and a brief rundown on the 85 Sunsport me and a buddy purchased about a month ago for 3k.
The story from the seller:
85 Sunsport that "Runs", but it just needs a starter.
Engine completely rebuilt in 06 w/ receipts and bored 30 over
New Rudder + Prop
Looks a little rough around the edges, but what can you expect for 3k with a trailer.
Interior shows well, but has a few imperfections that can be worked on
The actual story:
Seller had the WRONG starter in there, not even close to the proper alignment to engage.
Once the starter situation was figured out, we quickly realized that the engine was seized! Would not turn over!
Pulled the plugs to find a few a little rusty. Started with a concoction of WD-40 and SeaFoam "Deep Creep" penetrating oil. After about a week I was able to get the motor turning over with a breaker bar on the crank pulley bolt.
After that new plugs and everything hooked up, it would still not fire! After much reading and some basic mechanical/electrical knowledge, it came down to a timing/firing order issue, that I believe to have inherited from the previous owner. After figuring that out, the motor runs like a champ! Changed the fluids and put it in the water!
Got it out on the water for the first time this past weekend and absolutely love the boat and the way it handles. Although the lake I am on is quite big, and does get some serious chop on it the boat held its own quite well!
As its the end of the summer, the plan is to suck as much fun out if this thing as possible before tis to cold to be out there in even wet suits, and then a full on rebuild (cash flow permitting) over the winter.
To come out with something that we can enjoy for many year out on the lake from here on in! A serious wakesurf/wakeboard boat in the making!
In the future:
-Stringers + exterior fix up!
Thanks for looking and keep your eyes out as I will post some pics as we start some work on it over the winter.
I posted up some pics of the boat as purchased and the last one is of it in the boat slip a block from my house, FINALLY!