87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

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rcaircraftnut
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87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by rcaircraftnut » 16 Feb 2019, 21:28

Last Monday I was lucky enough to be able to purchase this boat for the paltry sum of $600. Has the original Merc 35 horse on it. Needs a new starter unless I can get the bendix freed up. Had a 28lb minkota on it but it was in sad shape and I could not get it working. Admittidly I didnt try hard. I have a Motorguide 24v Brute 50lb with a Gatormount so no worries there exept where to put the batteries. Got the old trolling motor off, console loose, decks out, and most of the old foam out today. Bow foam and transom/flotation box foam looks good but Im going to tear it all out anyway. Going to make the two factory livewells dry storage on one side and a cooler that has the livewell recirc plumbing coiled inside it to cool the livewell on the other. Then build a larger single livewell just aft of them. Also going to build a raised deck with a battery/fuel tank compartment. No carpet. Going to bedliner everything. Got new foam for under the floors, it was waterlogged, as well as the plywood for the decks. Hope to get the leaks fixed in the bow tomorrow and then start framing in the decks and hatches. Pics tommorow. Got in a hurry and forgot to take any. Lol.

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87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 14:25

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87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 14:31

Got the anchor windlace off the bow th8s morning and got the old original plywood out of the bow. Thinking of replacing it with hdpe sheet. Like cutting board material. Never r9ts and is way stronger than plywood.
Got a problem with my engine. Plugs out it turns over good with the starter as it should. Plugs in it has so much compression you cant pull it with the emergency rope and my bendix is slipping grinding and smoking trying to turn it over. Then the bendix jams in the up position and no amount of tapping with a plastic mallet or rotating the flywheel releases it.
Should I have this much compression on a 35 horse Merc? Should I get a new starter or just a new bendix? Im used to Harleys and Dodges so a bit out of my element here. Lol.

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87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 14:33

No the plugs are not hitting the pistons but they are a weird looking design with a flat electrode. Hmmmm.

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87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 14:35

Just trying to get all the teardown done today. But I do need to get a list together to get things on order so Im not stuck waiting vs fishing.
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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 14:37

No Im not a cameraman. Yes my yard is a mess at the moment. No Im not happy about it, but I am moving soon and see no reason to clean it twice haha.

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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 14:40

Found the plugs. They are NGK Surface gap plugs. Never seen anything like em. Interesting.

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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 15:15

Rear aluminum floor removed. Foam in bilge was all waterlogged. It all has to come out. Sponsons are next.
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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 18:15

Getting at the foam be death wheeling the rivit heads and pulling stuff out. I love teardown. Hehe. Found some rot in the transom wood so that will be on the list for this winter. It shoupd hold up through fishing season.
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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 19:37

Teardown is as far as I am taking it tonite. Still need to remove the front bulkhead so I an strip the old carpet off it. This was carpeted then riveted into place. As were most of the panels. Got all of the old 80s foam out. Good riddance. Going to need LOTS of pool noodles. Haha.
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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 19:39

Lots of foam to haul to the dump. Lol.
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Post by Bowlershop » 17 Feb 2019, 19:44

Nice boat. I’m building the same one right now. If the transom needs fixing I would highly recommend replacing it while you have everything apart and foam out. It’s not as hard of a job as it seams. I have my build posted on here as well as a couple other transoms I have replaced. Have fun!

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Re: 87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by thedude » 17 Feb 2019, 22:52

Productive weekend! I would get a new starter. You may want to check your exhaust ports and make sure they aren't clogged.

Also mercury has a service bulletin on many of the spark plugs. Post a model/serial number. Not sure if yours would be affected.

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Re: 87 Bass Tracker MV 16 rebuild and upgrade.

Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 23:24

thedude wrote:Productive weekend! I would get a new starter. You may want to check your exhaust ports and make sure they aren't clogged.

Also mercury has a service bulletin on many of the spark plugs. Post a model/serial number. Not sure if yours would be affected.
How do I check this? Forgive me but I am just getting familiar with these engines. Give me a few weeks and I will have a good handle on em.

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Post by rcaircraftnut » 17 Feb 2019, 23:28

Bowlershop wrote:Nice boat. I’m building the same one right now. If the transom needs fixing I would highly recommend replacing it while you have everything apart and foam out. It’s not as hard of a job as it seams. I have my build posted on here as well as a couple other transoms I have replaced. Have fun!
Boat has a beamwise crack in the keel up the bow. Peled up the JB weld and found it today. So, since it has to be welded, I may as well have them weld the transom splashwell/cap at the same time. So going to start tearing it out tomorrow after work if its not pouring rain. Now I just need to get some wood. Marine grade is almost impossible to get here. So I may have to drive to Memphis, or Dallas to get some. I am wondering what composite I can use. Like HDPE, or maybe Coosa Board.

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