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Old 09-08-2017, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default 1976 Glastron Starflite mint condition survivor

I recently bought this 1976 Glastron 178 Starflight for $2000. It was given to the guy I bought it off of by his dad, he bought it new in '76. All of the original equipment is there and in perfect shape. There is two small hole on the edge of the soft top but it's mouse damage not rot. The engine is a '77. I'm not sure if it was upgraded when he bought or shortly after. The floor is rock solid, no tears in the upholstery and the gelcoat shines like new. Even all the original paperwork is there down to the Coast Guard safety pamphlets. It also came with a few extras, skis, ropes, preservers, vintage flare kit, oars and anchors.

It needed buffed out and cleaned. I started by scrubbing the entire boat, a basic preliminary cleaning. I'm almost done buffing the gelcoat on the exterior, then I will do the interior. Once that is complete I will deep clean and treat the upholstery and carpet. I also removed the rails, cleats, etc... to polish them.

It starts right up but has been sitting for some time. I ran new gas and Sea Foam through it, changed the plugs and took it out. I would like to say it runs as good as it looks, not the case. After sitting so long the carbs need cleaned. The kits arrived today but I'm not done buffing it out yet. The guy on E-Bay sent me the wrong service manual, it will work but I want the correct one. I guess that's another story though haha.

I mounted new taillights on the trailer back in the original location and replaced the tires. I need to paint it soon. Here are some pictures, some are after buffing it out.
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Pictures of the polished rails, etc. I still need to wax them and polish the windshield frame.
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Wow...what a cool find. Looks like brand new. I see it has Polish radar too
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and this is how you post photos of your rig.

great find sir. incredible condition.
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That is one fine looking boat and a super find. That 115 Johnson is a great work horse. If you want the manual for it, go to the link below. You can't download it but you CAN print it out. Good luck with it


http://boatinfo.no/lib/evinrude/manu...inrude.html#/0
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Thanks guys. It sure has been fun polishing and cleaning her up, it's like a boating time capsule.

Thanks for the link for the manual. I messaged the guy on E-Bay but still haven't heard back. My engine is model EL77 the manual he sent is for model TXL77. It will work but I want the manual for my exact model.

Breaktime is over, back to buffing the boat. I will post more pictures once it's completely done.
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Score of the decade...

Congrats...

Love the old school look...

John
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Amazing.
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Clean boat! Is that a self bailing bow area?
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Clean boat! Is that a self bailing bow area?
Thanks and yes.
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I had a 1978 version with a 79 115 Evinrude. With a stainless 19 it was a 50mph boat. Lots of room for a 17 foot boat. Be careful with waves. It was very easy to get water coming in over the bow.
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Until the little drain clogs with leaves... We had a rod blank that we had to poke in the hole from the outside to clear a clog from time to time.

I grew up on one a few years older. My 3 brothers and I wore out 2 motors on that thing.

Caught lots of fish, did lots of skiing, and yes, punched the bow into a few waves.

Dad sold the boat after 20 years of hard use, but it still looked pretty good after all that time. (Not nearly as nice as this one)
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Just out of curiosity, how did the guy store the boat? I can't imagine a boat sitting in a barn would look that good, even if kept under a cover.
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Just out of curiosity, how did the guy store the boat? I can't imagine a boat sitting in a barn would look that good, even if kept under a cover.

You'd be surprised how well a boat will be kept if covered and in a barn. The biggest killer to the fiberglass is the UV from the sun. I bought a similarly kept boat. It was always covered and only saw fresh water use. The gelcoat looked new and the vinyl seats were soft as marshmallows. It was a 1978 with a 1978 Evinrude. Even the carpet was original.
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Wow. You don't see many of those around anymore--even here in Minnesota where she was born...
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That was an aspirational buy when I was a kid. My Dad didn't spring for the Glastron. We got a '74 Invader 15.5' with a 65 HP Merc. I was always jealous of the families that had the "big" Glastron with 115 ponies, which was also finished nicer.

That thing looks great. Good for you.
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Thanks for the comments everybody.

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Just out of curiosity, how did the guy store the boat? I can't imagine a boat sitting in a barn would look that good, even if kept under a cover.
Not sure how his dad stored it over the years. His son had it at the edge of the driveway under a tree in the weeds. He told me he had it in his garage over the Winter but put it outside in the Spring. There is minimal to zero wear on most of the boat. My guess is there wasn't many hours put on it over the years. When it wasn't used it was maintained and stored in a garage/barn. This was somebody's pride and joy for many years. I'm glad I was able to save her, it was a mess when I found it. "Just dad's old boat taking up the driveway" and that's how it was being treated.

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I had a 1978 version with a 79 115 Evinrude. With a stainless 19 it was a 50mph boat. Lots of room for a 17 foot boat. Be careful with waves. It was very easy to get water coming in over the bow.
I had enough 'big water/little boat" to last a lifetime this past year in VA. I got to play boat man for three months. So I pretty much bounced around in a 19 footer at the mouth of the Rappahannock. You're not boating until you get sprayed with saltwater from time to time... When it gets a little hairy, is when you're anchored in a three foot swell and a few sneaky five footers come rolling in. Haha thank God for self draining decks haha. There were a few days I couldn't get that old Johnson started fast enough lol. I had 220' of rode and ten foot of tow chain on my ground tackle, that anchor stayed set unless you pulled it with the boat most of the time.

This boat will never see salt water. I may take it on Erie from time to time, other than that she will never see big water. I do have the bow cover though in case things get rough out there. They do wonders for keeping the water on the right side of the boat.
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You'd be surprised how well a boat will be kept if covered and in a barn. The biggest killer to the fiberglass is the UV from the sun. I bought a similarly kept boat. It was always covered and only saw fresh water use. The gelcoat looked new and the vinyl seats were soft as marshmallows. It was a 1978 with a 1978 Evinrude. Even the carpet was original.
Nice! We should start a show called... This Old Boat
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Here are some videos of the Glastron. One starting, one underway and one getting on plane. It bogs and dies after a few seconds at WOT. There is a slight miss at idle and it sneezes and stalls. New plugs and Sea Foam made a difference but the carbs have to come off. I think the float needs adjusted or is sticking in one carb, a few high and low speed jets plugged in all carbs. Plus is lacks power like it's out of sync. Overall it sounds good, feels strong and just needs tuned a bit. When I went to look at it he couldn't get it started. I asked him how old the gas was and he said "two years" so for sure the carbs need done. The bulb holds pressure and the line is new. I plan on replacing the fuel pump and tank. Nothing wrong with the old ones I just want two tanks and spare parts. Also upgrading to a dual battery setup. It's a loooong walk home on the river!



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