1985 Bass Tracker refurb

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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 27 Aug 2017, 19:02

Bought a project boat today. 1985 Bass Tracker, 17 foot, 50 hp Mercury. Needs a lot of work.
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Re: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Dirtmonkey » 27 Aug 2017, 19:04

What are your plans for it? There are a ton of old tracker projects on here you can refer to


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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 27 Aug 2017, 19:09

Not sure of the plan yet. Will start by ripping out all of the old carpet and wood.
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Re: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 28 Aug 2017, 07:16

Looks like the weather did most of the teardown for you. Lol. Good luck with the project.


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Re: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by gatorglenn » 28 Aug 2017, 15:06

Great platform to start with. Have fun


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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 28 Aug 2017, 22:15

Will post more pictures later.
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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by ncfishin » 29 Aug 2017, 19:02

Just looked at your other project. Damn fine job. I think you're gonna do just fine. That Bass tracker looks like it needs somebody like you to bring it back.
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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 30 Aug 2017, 21:35

Thanks! The little green boat was a lot of fun. This will be a bigger challenge.
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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 02 Sep 2017, 21:53

Made progress today on the demo. There is not one piece of wood on this boat that is not rotten. The boat is 32 years old and I believe it has spent it's entire life outside and uncovered. Still trying to decide if I will pull all of the foam out and replace it.
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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 02 Sep 2017, 22:01

Pics of todays progress. Looks like some wasps really liked this boat.
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Post by Duke62 » 09 Sep 2017, 11:20

More progress on the demo. I thought I would be able to save some of the foam, but it is wet. Looks like I will be tearing it all out.
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Re: 1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Dirtmonkey » 12 Sep 2017, 13:49

I hate foam haha i just finished getting all of mine out of my bass tracker. Is the foam in between the ribs solid or is it in layers? Mine is a mod v so it was a lot thinner than yours


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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 12 Sep 2017, 21:18

The foam is both solid and layers. Most is solid except the six inches closest to the center. It is layers. I thought some of the foam would be ok, but I was wrong. The closer I get to the back the more wet it is. I am going to have to remove all of it. It's going to be a pain to get the stuff in the back. Going to be more disassembly than I wanted. But it's all good because I'm having fun.
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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by PZLTracker » 14 Sep 2017, 14:32

Its got potential! Keep at it!

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1985 Bass Tracker refurb

Post by Duke62 » 24 Sep 2017, 13:17

More demo completed this weekend. Motor, live well, battery pan, and plenty of foam removed. All foam under battery tray was soaked. Pressure washed the inside, things are moving along.

Question: The only remaining foam is in the two rear corners. Anybody know a good way to remove the foam without more structural disassembly? Some of it is attached to the hull with solid rivets and I really don't want to mess with it. All ideas welcome.
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