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restoring a 1986 stingray

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03-12-07, 09:37 AM   #1  
restoring a 1986 stingray

i am restoring a 1986 stingray for my husband whie he is deployed. I am in search of a book that can help me. or someone i can ask questions about. i know absolutely nothing about boats. i am installing new seats, adding padding to the inside rails, and need parts for the looks of it. I have no clue what i am looking for. IF anyone knows of a picture i could go off of it would helpme a great deal.
thanks samantha

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03-12-07, 09:57 AM   #2  
Dont know how big the boat is are what all you need there . but try www.defender.com and also West Marine
See if this will help some ask for their Catalog

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03-12-07, 10:28 AM   #3  
Lucky guy.

Here is a link to some Stingray boats that are for sale.
Maybe you can find some ideas about what you might need.


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03-13-07, 01:30 PM   #4  
In my experience - and I've renovated a few boats over time.... the first step to a good restoration is to take the boat to a quality upholstry shop. They will be able to take the leftover seats/trim and design new ones that will certainly look great - even if not "original equipment"... A good glass shop can replace scratched/worn windshields and associated trimwork.

As far as instrumentation - you'll be very, very lucky to find original equipment matching instruments. It's easier, and cheaper, to buy new ones that match each other and fit in the existing holes in the dashboard.

You're facing a relatively spendy project - if you do it right.... A quality upholstry job, depending on number of seats/side panels - will run you between $1500 - $4000. Instruments are around $50 apiece plus labor to install same. Carpeting - if you do it yourself - will cost you a couple of hundred or so.... (buy the good stuff). And, while you've got the old carpet up - you'll want to check to see if the flooring and/or stringers need repair/replacement. While you're in the guts - you'll probably want/need to replace the steering/throttle cable system - as, at 20 years old - the old one will certainly need replacement.

Last, but not least - a good polish/wax job will easily cost you a few hundred bucks too - but - after doing all the interior work - you'll want to make sure the outside looks as good as the inside.

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