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Post by BYOB Fishing » 02 Jun 2010, 23:49

Here is the boat I have to work with, a 1983 Bass Tracker Tournament TX. It's 17ft long. I plan on setting it up for bass fishing. My wife actually worked the deal to get it for my Father's Day/B-Day gift for $400. After getting it home and looking it over in my own garage, I noticed a couple of problems. First, the bow eye is cracked and in need of repair. I'm not sure what that will cost. Also, the transom is pretty soft and in need of replacement. I don't know how difficult that will be; there looks to be quite a bit of aluminum bracing holding everything together, all riveted in. I don't know how comfortable I am with working on that...But I'm sure with everyone's advice, I can get it done. Other than that, I plan to do the standard mods for turning this into a good bass boat. New carpet, seats, wiring, paint, etc...I don't have much time to work on it this week, so for now I will put up the photos and see what you all think! Plan on starting the demo next Sunday/Monday. I'm pretty excited, I've wanted a Bass Tracker for quite some time! Oh yeah, it's rated for 80hp. I plan on looking for something that's 50-75hp to hang on the back once completed...
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Post by belliott » 02 Jun 2010, 23:59

It has potential, for 400 bucks it looks like a great boat.

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Post by skip » 03 Jun 2010, 05:08

i love the bass tracker insert in the back! that alone makes it worth it to me!

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Post by Troutman3000 » 03 Jun 2010, 07:08

Just picked up a 99 Tracker V-hull. They seem to be made pretty solid from what I have seen.

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Post by Queencitybassman » 03 Jun 2010, 07:15

Nice find I am in the process of fixing up something I got that is very similar... 79 tracker i got for $450 with a 50hp mercury on it.. Trackers are solid boats

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Post by bobberboy » 03 Jun 2010, 08:14

That's going to be nice when you're done with it. It looks like a lot of work but when you get the carpet and crud out of it I bet you'll find a good boat to work with.

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Post by ober51 » 03 Jun 2010, 08:47

What a great gift! It's going to be a great rig once you put some elbow grease into it and clean the aluminum. I wouldn't paint it, just clean that oxidation/dirt off and put new stickers, and you have a great new boat. That grate in the back is awesome, I can't wait to see that restored, good luck buddy.
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Post by BYOB Fishing » 04 Jun 2010, 23:23

ober51 wrote:What a great gift! It's going to be a great rig once you put some elbow grease into it and clean the aluminum. I wouldn't paint it, just clean that oxidation/dirt off and put new stickers, and you have a great new boat. That grate in the back is awesome, I can't wait to see that restored, good luck buddy.

Well, I was planning on painting the top half...Kinda like the newer bass trackers are. I was thinking black, and replacing the decals with newer ones just like them. I'm going to shine up the exposed aluminum. As far as the grate goes, I'm probably going to take that off too. It's a little flimsy, and I'm afraid it will break if stepped on accidentally. I will probably paint it up and hang it on my garage wall, in place of all that golf crap! hahahaha!

I'll probably get started on it next week. Any advice on replacing that transom?

Thanks!

Matt
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Post by Hanr3 » 05 Jun 2010, 01:51

nice find.

is that a crack in the bow eye where it meets the boat?
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Post by BYOB Fishing » 05 Jun 2010, 08:50

Hanr3 wrote:nice find.

is that a crack in the bow eye where it meets the boat?
Yep. So far that crack and the half-rotten transom are the major issues I have to get fixed.
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Post by ober51 » 05 Jun 2010, 15:07

I can't help with the transom other than it looks like you will have to remove the corner braces, which won't be fun. I am sure others will chime in, good luck.
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Post by BYOB Fishing » 10 Jun 2010, 22:18

I've taken some photos of the transom, and my plans to replace it. First, it looks like I will need to cut the welds that hold the rear cross member and corner caps. After that, I can drill out the rivets that hold the caps and cross member, and lift the whole assembly off. From there, I should be able to drill rivets to remove the angle braces on the bottom of the transom. (The top is rolled over, so the new transom will have to be slid into place from the bottom up) After that, I can drill the rivets on the access panels on both sides of the bilge. From there, I should be able to pull the transom down, over the top of the lip, and out.

That's probably the easy part....I'll still have to find someone to re-weld everything I cut up. :-)

Let me know what you think of that plan...Here are the photos:
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Thanks,

Matt
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'09 60hp Mercury Four Stroke EFI
'87 15' LOWE Pro Jon
'87 9.9 Evinrude
'06 Jeep GC

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'83 Bass Tracker Revival *6-10 Update: Transom Replacement

Post by Brine » 11 Jun 2010, 07:34

I can hear the guy building the boat on the assembly line... "I feel sorry for the guy who ever wants to replace this transom board..." :LOL2:

I've got similar corner caps on mine, and was wondering the best way to cut them off if I ever had to, to be able to reuse them knowing I wouldn't want to have to replace them.

Good luck!

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Post by bobberboy » 11 Jun 2010, 08:06

It's going to be a pain now but a really sweet boat later.

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Post by rook » 11 Jun 2010, 09:13

BYOB Im in the middle of a re-build on the same boat (1983 Bass Tracker Tourny TX) check it out, in my signature below is a link. I didnt have to replace the transom in mine but I can tell its gonna be a pain in the arse if I ever had to replace. I will be following your build, its always interesting to see what 2 different people come up with on the same hull. Good luck with your build and if you run into anything just let me know, I may have already had to deal with any issues. And I will be doing the same, already got some questions floating around in my head. I will take a good look at mine tonight and see if any ideas come to me on replacing those transom board. Ill let you know if I come up with anything.
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