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Steve,I'm assuming a PO modified the exhaust from thru outdrive to thru hull. I'm inclined to change it back to its original condition. Plus, I'd prefer less noise.
Hi Steve, congratulations, you are in for a fun project. I am restoring an almost identical 1971 23' Offshore with 307QLV, white with blue stripes.I recently acquired a 1971 Lancer 23' Offshore. It appears to have the original 307QLV, which does not start. The PO also added quite a bit of extras. I'm in the process of stripping off the extras and non-original bits and pieces. However, it's hard to know exactly what to toss and what to keep given that the hull card is currently not available. My ultimate plan is to pull the engine, rebuild, paint the boat the original colors (gray hull, white topside), and bring it back to its former glory.
I've already learned alot from lurking on the forum. I will be posting when questions arise, which I anticipate to be quite often. I will post some photos once I go back and review how to post photos...
Congratulations Steve!I'm assuming a PO modified the exhaust from thru outdrive to thru hull. I'm inclined to change it back to its original condition. Plus, I'd prefer less noise.
Thank you for the warm welcome Paul. Also, thank you for your suggestions. I have to agree, this boat was well used. PO's added two antennas, a vhf, a depth finder, fish finder, stereo and speakers, two horns, a spotlight, and a fishing chair on the front deck. I've removed all of the above. I am keeping it all for now. All that gear, plus the additional seat a PO had made, must have weighed a few hundred pounds. Until I get the hull card, I will keep it all. Until then, I'm going to likely patch the holes and get it painted. Thank you again.Many people would call that a user boat now. If you have some vintage electronic equipment like Ray Jeff, for instance, or some other period equipment, you might want to keep that just because it was from the era. Some of the old stuff is junk, but I kept a vintage 30-watt hailer on my 38 Commander and it works great and has a cool look. As you get into your project send us some additional photos and we'll help in any way we can. The 23 Offshore is a great model.
Hi Pierre,Hi Steve, congratulations, you are in for a fun project. I am restoring an almost identical 1971 23' Offshore with 307QLV, white with blue stripes.
Don't hesitate to post questions here, this forum is great to help along with a lot of useful advice. Post with pictures always better.
By-the-way, a question: what kind of cooling system on you boat? Raw water or closed cooling?
Looks like you've got yourself a nice 23 Lancer Offshore I/O. From my experience, I'd keep the thru-hull exhaust for the reasons that Paul notes and well, these V8s have a nice rumble that's not too loud.
Here's a video of our current Chris-Craft XK-22 w an Aquamatic (Volvo) 270 I/O that gives you a good idea of what you may expect when yours is up and running, though it's a 350FLV HO w solid lifters the thru-hull exhaust tone is subdued when seated inside.https://youtu.be/-iPdKYJ_oYs
Our prior CC, a 23 Lancer Overnighter w a 350GLV was a wonderful boat but with the exhaust exiting underwater through the Aquamatic 280, just no rumble. https://youtu.be/ZnG2sg713N4
Looking forward to seeing and reading about progress on your Lancer!
Those terms mean different things to different people so it's best to use the terms in the CC owners manual: "Standard" and "Closed" (Closed with antifreeze and heat exchangers)Hi Pierre,
Thank you for the encouragement (I need it at time lol). My engine is raw water cooled but spent its entire life in fresh water. I plan on using it in salt water. What system do you have? (closed or raw). Also, what have you done so far to your boat? So far, I've been removing the extra equipment and chrome pieces. Thanks again for your help.
Thank you for your input and that video. That's a nice XK-22 you have. Reminds me alot of the XK-19 I had briefly before my Lancer 23' (wife wanted a boat with a v-berth and head). I agree, the rumble of the exhaust is great, and not too loud. I may just keep the thru hull exhaust after all.
On another point, I'm finding that alot of the details on my 23' Lancer are identical to the XK-22 of the same era (ie bow light, stern light, throttle, etc). I'm always looking for shinier parts to replace the pitted ones my boat came with. I'm competing with all the XK-22 owners so I'm finding parts are rather scarce. Thanks again for your input.