The boat is in ready to enjoy and worthy of adding to your permanent collection. Nothing feels better than cruising in a Chris Craft! The Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout was built from 1934-through to 1936 and only 206 of these were built during that time. You'll also need a repair manual covering general overhaul procedures for your specific engine. Restoration was done in 2010. The engine box also needs to be finished. Good luck and be safe.
The boat was found in a barn in Lake Tahoe and underwent a full restoration. Excellent instruments, chrome and varnish. Very rare model with center steering wheel, an option only available on the deluxe model. This Kit boat is a true survivor as it has been in the same Family for over 50 years and stored indoors all of that time. They were painted white natural and also blue which were extremely popular. Boat comes complete with a full mooring cover, fire extinguisher, flags, step plates and new windshield.
Hard to find a better Deluxe. The boat has a new double planked original style bottom on it and retains its original sides, decks and transom. This example has been nicely restored. There are two bilge pumps, two fuel tanks main and aux. Look a little closer they are pretty small.
It has a 5200 bottom as well as custom made sealing panels which can be seen in the pictures. The boat has all of its original hardware and has been converted to a 12 volt system. Bottom in in nice condition, fresh bottom paint 3 years ago - not used much since. I ordered the manual and am looking forward to getting it. The standard utlity had no windshield, while the deluxe model was equipped with the folding windshield.
The boat has seen low usage over the last few years. Engine was rebuilt in 2002 and the carburetor was just rebuilt this season. Banjo steerng wheel really sets off the interior. This version was a gift to the current owner in 1957 when it was new. Flywheel, housing, and valve covers have been powder coated. While inspecting the parts, you can relate any lifter wear patterns to the corresponding camshaft lobes and lifter bores. Haynes Publishing Group offers a well written book that's easy to follow.
If a rebore is done, oversize pistons and rings will be required. Custom tandem axle trailer with mag wheels. They have a couple of employees that worked for the original Hercules plant in nearby Canton, Ohio, my old hometown. This model was offered with Deluxe and Standard options, and the Deluxe model featured the folding forward windshield. The bottom and transom were replaced in 2006 and she has been in use every season since then.
You will find the Hercules designation letters there, somerimes you can find both the original Herk letters and the Chri Craft letters. We purchased and shipped it to California in 2000, where we restored the all original Engine, drive train, Electrical systems, and interior upholstery. This is the prize boat to tie up to your summer-home's dock. The engines were sent to Chris Craft for conversion from the Hercules plant in Canton, Ohio as incomplete, short blocks, and thus not dynamometer tested. There were 503 Racing Runabouts built and this is number 498 of 503. A car engine, or a Hercules engine, turns with the top of the crank moving to the left if you are standing behind the engine at the flywheel end. The Montgomery Ward trailer is original to the boat and is in great condition.
It was repowered at the time of restoration. Award winner in Coeur D'Alene. First step is to remove the exhaust manifolds. I've also found out that places like west marine think they can look up the parts but in reality dont give you the correct thing. All hardware, seats, and floorboards are there. This was a result of engineering and testing and involved horsepower, torque Herks are torque monsters , hull size, weight, beam, propeller shaft angle, shaft length, strut angle and heighth, slippage and probably other things as well.
It won best in show at Lake Arrowhead. This boat is in excellent condition and would be a prize to any collection. Any help in locating a manual or copy would be greatly appreciated. Complete with trailer, custom cover, and cockpit cover. On a 60 year old boat you have no idea what was done to the engines. Originally delivered in 1955 to a lake in Pennsylvania.
The wind screen is Plexiglas is usable but for show should be replaced easily done the two white rubber grommets are good. This boat has all new paint and Varnish, New Seat Frames, New Floor boards with new rubber flooring. To ensure that the connecting rods and caps don't get mixed up, a numbered punch set is used to emboss the cylinder number for each connecting rod and rod end cap. Too bad you can't just drop a pin down the spark plug hole but the plugs are offset from the bore. New black faced gauges, nice upholstery, and a wonderfully detailed Chris Craft K-95hp engine make this barrelback a real winner! Or somebody has replaced one of your exhaust manifolds that had the original rngine I. New ceilings and upholstery, Engine rebuilt, brand new electrical. Comes complete with a trailer.