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  1. thndrmech

    1988 178xl

    I posted some pictures in the Boat Talk Gallery of a 1988 178xl. Was talking to someone who said to talk the guy into giving it to me. Maybe offer $250 for the trailer. If all else fails, sell the trailer, and I know someone who wants a boat as an obstacle for a paint ball course. But anyway, anyone who has restored a boat, if you could take a look at the pics and let me know what you think, I would appreciate it. There are more explanations in the picture captions. Floor is bad Needs a paint job (or at least a good waxing) Has been sitting for the last 5 yrs Engine has about 50 hours on it
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    Manuals

    Hey All, Went out and posted pics of this prospect boat I am looking at. If you all could take a gander at them, and let me know if it would be work a few hundred bucks plus resto. I would appreciate it.
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    Things to look for?

    I posted some pictures in the Boat Talk Gallery of the boat. Was talking to someone who said to talk the guy into giving it to me. Maybe offer $250 for the trailer. If all else fails, sell the trailer, and I know someone who wants a boat as an obstacle for a paint ball course. But anyway, anyone who has restored a boat, if you could take a look at the pics and let me know what you think, I would appreciate it.
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    Engine Right side as looking at it from Bow

    Again minus the mud dobber nests, engine and hoses "look" OK.
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    Walk through window

    This is what concerns me. The windshield does not line up. I had to push up on the drivers dash and the passengers dash to get it to line up. I know the sides are rotten, and so is the floor under it, but will that cause the boat to Bow in like that?
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    Engine

    Hoses look good, wires look good, no leaks from the seals. brought the battery home to charge may try to start it tomorrow, or at least get it to crank over. taking some tools to fiddle with it.
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    The Boat

    This is the 1988 178XL I am looking at. the fiberglass seems to be strong The steering is free with no binding. the paint is faded and chalky, but not chipped. Trailer is in excellent condition. Please look at the series of pictures of this boat, and let me know if from the pictures if it might be worth restoring.
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    Prop and out drive

    Steering is free and smooth prop is chipped.
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    Storage

    This is the rear seat of the vessel I am looking at.
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    Things to look for?

    Don't know if it was winterized, I bought Coors Light pounders (2 Nine packs), and thanks for the Spark plug info. I am sure all will be well, but who knows. Will keep y'all posted and upload pictures IF I bring it home.
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    Things to look for?

    I am going to go look at a 1988 178xl this weekend and was wondering what are some of the key things to look for. The owner is asking $450 (and a case of beer) for the boat. Here is what I know so far. The flooring and carpet need replaced The engine has about 50 hours on it It is faded It hasn't been started in about 5 years. I would like to start it there, but I am sure the carb is gummed up. any suggestions on how I might be able to Un gum it?
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    Manuals

    OK, Going to go Look at a 1988 178XL this weekend. Any Clues I should look for that will let me know if it is a good deal or not? Here is I know so far. Floor is bad Needs a paint job (or at least a good waxing) Has been sitting for the last 5 yrs Engine has about 50 hours on it. The Guy I am getting it from Wants $450 but only because I am a friend of a friend.
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    Manuals

    Thanks All! Great info. I will know by Sunday If I will be an Owner or not. Wish me Luck, and Nice to Meet you all.
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    Manuals

    Hello all, New to this site, and Chaparral boats in general, but looking for some info. I am looking to buy a 1988 Chapparal 178xl with the 3.0 Mercruiser inboard. It is a project boat, but the price is hard to pass up. Problem is I can't find any Manuals on it. I looked in the "INFO" section before posting this but with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for any info, and I am looking forward to posting, and joining the Community.
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