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Author Topic:  Better late than never for my 1986 Ranger BB  (Read 272 times)


Better late than never for my 1986 Ranger BB
« on: September 30, 2018, 01:28:12 AM »
The Ranger was my first bass boat that gave me so many pleasurable memories over so many years. I bought it used way back when and have had little downtime in all those years, the 90 hp engine zooming along at 40 mph. Ethanol gas finally did the motor in two years ago and I couldn't find anyone who would fix an old Merc. But the boat motor gods finally showed me the way and within three days the motor was fixed. What was found:

gummed up carbs
bad gas in the tank
plugs that should have been changed years ago
water cooling leak

The test run won't happen until today or Monday, but I'm confident the gent that fixed it last, 15 years ago, though unofficially retired, worked another miracle. The 17' boat cost $7500 way back then and everything worked - including the hydrofoil I installed on the lower unit for tight turns. Can't wait to ride with the wind and sell the new boat that has issues.

(Funny though, I took the new fishing boat to have its Minn Kota trolling motor fixed under warranty. I recognized the shop owner from the last time I took the boat to his shop at another location years ago and found out that the mechanic still works for him on and off and was still available. 

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