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  • 1976 Mako 25 Project (T-top & Floor)

    Well, I finally sold my 22 and found a 25, which I have always wanted. Unfortunately it was all the way down in Miami, so I towed it up to the Boston area. Apparently she was bought new on the Cape by a wealthy family who rarely used it. They brought it down to Miami where it sat on a covered rack the rest of her life, up until a couple years ago. It was purchased as a second boat by a person who was more into go fast boats. He rarely used her and didn't enjoy putting in the work. So that's where I came in

    Here are a couple pics of the boat. Cosmetically, she is in rough shape. But the overall hull and floors are solid. The engines are from 1986 and look horrible, but all 12 cylinders were around 90 psi cold with no throttle. I don't know what my plans are for the engines yet, but i did get them going with a lot of work. All the wires were dry rotted and neglected. All the seals in the lower were also rotted and oil was full of water, so i had to go through both of those lowers.

    Oh yeah, the current name is 'shimubi' which is Japanese for 'everything beautiful'....yeah, that's getting sanded off....So far everyone likes to pronounce it with an L placed in the middle[(#)]













    The first order of business was to change out one of the trim pumps since it had a hole literally rusted through it. It was actually a pretty easy job. But why the motor mounting screws are only accessible from the back of the motor mount is beyond me. DT's engine hoist made easy work of it though. Once that pump was on and the system bleed, i was able to work on the engine with ease. When it comes to these 80's evinrudes, I think the engineering teams were on vacation during the time of discussion on ease of access to routine maintenance items. Disconnecting the shift shaft to drop the lower is a good time[!]





    I tell you, this was the first weekend I was able to enjoy the boat and had BOTH engines running. I was absolutely amazed at the quality of the ride. Compared to my 22, I think my knees will thank me. I still can't get over how you can blast through 5 footers with ease. And the sounds of twins is awesome! Even though they're 20 year old twins, they still sounds great. Needless to say, I can't wait to work on her and make her look as good as she rides[]

    https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...-top-and-floor

  • #2
    Congrats on the new rig[8D]. I can't wait to watch progress of another great project. I bet those motors will run forever, that is if you can afford the fuel[:0][B)]. I love that hull and the way she sits in the water.
    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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    • #3
      quote:


      Originally posted by ChuckB


      I love that hull and the way she sits in the water.



      I second that. I love the console too. Plenty of room for flush mounting electronics
      Looking for the next mako[br]76\' 22B project[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7232&whichpage=1&SearchTerms=76

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      • #4
        My 254 lays out a little diferent, but im 3/4 the way through a full overhaul.. You got a great hull there. she'll make you very happy. I have ran mine 40mi off shore and love her... look for my posts to see progress

        start



        3/4 the way home


        LBI NJ [br]84 25\'4\" completed

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        • #5
          Hey Mike, are you running twin standard rotation motors too? Your project looks great. I can't wait to see more of your project.

          Chuck, I hear ya on the gas, I'll have to put some #'s on paper and see if i can validate an upgrade. I think it comes down to paying an extra couple hundred every once in a while (when i run offshore) during our short boating season, or paying a couple hundred every month for 5 years if I finance.[88] I also stumbled upon a running parts motor for $100 which had a bunch of new parts on it to keep them going. I already took the VRO's off with the help of MD and just installed fuel pumps, so i'm premixing now

          https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...-top-and-floor

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          • #6
            Mike,

            When you dropped the lift off you left one of your bungee cords (the one shown in your posted images) in my garage. Do you want it back? I can drop it at your folks house or toss it in your boat next time I'm up in Newburyport.

            Boat looks nice. Would you consider hanging a 250 DI on the back? I've seen some at a resonable price.

            D-
            Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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            • #7
              Pretty sure I saw you offshore last weekend and then later in the river...
              ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Justin


                Pretty sure I saw you offshore last weekend and then later in the river...



                Justin, long time no hear. How has the river been treatin you? That probably was me. I was trying to burn off the 80 gal of gas which I don't know how long has been in there.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, same to you!

                  I was coming back from Hampton...saw a Mako 25' off the inlet near the red nun.

                  Later when we were in the river Alison was lounging on the bow and I was spaced out cruising at 5 knts or so when I saw what I now know was your rig passing me near the red daymark and heading toward AYC.

                  I *think* it was you...
                  ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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                  • #10
                    Mike, congrats on the 25. I still have the 25 "bug" too. I even went so far as buy one on e-bay a few months ago, and then second thought about it being the "wrong time"[], and re-sold it without even looking at it [:u].

                    I still want one, and I`m still "browsing !

                    Good luck with her !
                    Dan[br]1983 /21B CC / 200 RUDE[br]Stamford CT[br]

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                    • #11
                      Mike,

                      That boat looks just like mine did 10 years ago. The engines and all are almost exactly the same.

                      Now all you have to do is replace the tanks, motors, bimini, hatches, rod holders, tackle station, paint, etc. and you have a brand new boat

                      Have fun!!
                      Tom[br]Pompano Beach, Florida[br]1976 25\' Mako[br]

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                      • #12
                        Thanks guys, yeah I have a little work ahead of me.[88]

                        Today was the day where I pulled all the useless wireing and that aux. fuel tank in the bow. The previous owner installed a fiberglass tank, but we know what the ethanol does to them...... So I pulled her out, which wasn't too tough since it was just a couple screws.



                        After I pulled the tank, I inspected it only to find a sludge at the bottom of the tank. I also pulled the pickup to find a rusted, sludge covered pickup. It's amazing to think the engines used to run from this tank.



                        I also inspected the main tank a little. Is it normal for two engines to be pulling fuel from a single 3/8th inch line?



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                        • #13
                          Congrats on the boat!!!
                          Jack[br]88 Mako 248, 03 225 Opti[br]Cocoa,Florida

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                          • #14
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by mrdelgado


                            Thanks guys, yeah I have a little work ahead of me.[88]


                            I also inspected the main tank a little. Is it normal for two engines to be pulling fuel from a single 3/8th inch line?




                            NO! should have a 1/2" fitting on the tank and two 3/8" lines

                            is that jb weld on the tank fitting?

                            please get rid of that glass fuel strainer(only an optomist would call that a filter) before it falls apart and strands you!
                            76 25 \"Aenigma\"[br]73 17[br]Richland/Long Beach, MS[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=14182[br][br]17 project[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56176

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                            • #15
                              I'm not sure what that filler is, initially i thought it was just there to keep the water out of the coffin.

                              There was a 3/8" T fitting there, but I disconnected it just to run the a single engine for testing purposes. I also installed the glass filter because there where literally chunks of rubber being sucked up and clogging th hose. I replaced all the hose and didn't want the chunks to get past the filter. the rubber looks to be the inner liner of old fuel hose and there is a lot of it.[V] For real filters I have two racor 10 micron filters.

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